South ‘shows no mercy’

The South Gambier machine is humming along beautifully after its latest and biggest win of the 2022 Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League season on Saturday.

The top of the table Demons showed no mercy to the struggling East Gambier Bulldogs in round 12 at Blue Lake Sports Park flying to a crushing 99-point win.

With top playing bottom it was always going to be a mismatch and the Demons only needed 20 seconds to hit the scoreboard when Brodie Foster nailed a set shot from long range.

The blow set the tone of the day as the Bulldogs were forced to play catchup footy.

Even when the visitors were able to find the Sherrin they were met with fierce tackling pressure and found it hard to move freely.

After six minutes of toil East Gambier co coach Matt Scanlon managed to create something out of nothing with a snap around the corner.

But this failed to bring the Bulldogs into the game as South stormed to a 22-point lead and continued its way.

The hosts doubled their tally in the second term to put the game to bed with quick ball movement from end to end.

But it was a different game after the main break as the Bulldogs were able to match the intensity and go goal for goal with the Demons throughout the third term.

However, South had lots left in the tank and sent a huge statement, charging home in the final term.

The Demons moved the ball freely and booted home seven goals in the last to race to a 128-29 win.

South Gambier coach Brayden Kain said the clinical performance was another step in the right direction.

“We did not want to leave anything up to chance so it was pleasing to have a comprehensive win to keep building into the back end of the year,” he said.

“It was good to be in control for most of the time, our back six held up incredibly well only conceding four goals.

“There was an interesting little period at the start of the third quarter, but we controlled the ball and held onto possession.

“Then we were able to put the foot down in the last with our midfield creating a lot of forward entry and scoring shots.”

Foster was on fire booting six majors having presented well all day and enjoyed plenty of company with a wide range of players also finding the big sticks.

Josh Woodall did the grunt work in the midfield and Todd Reid was the roadblock on the backline line, while youngsters Ethan Chuck, Mitchell Sims and Emerson Marks all stepped up and led the assault.

Experienced heads Mark Rumbelow and Jayden Eldridge were able to show some grit for the Bulldogs alongside James Byrne and Will Ellis, but they were fighting a losing battle as South showcased its best.

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