The 10th round of the 2022 Steeline Bendigo Bank Limestone Coast Football Association Senior Men’s season was all about goals as the top three teams went ballistic on Sunday.
In the final weekend of action before clubs enjoy a brief break, the likes of International, Centrals and Apollo were not in holiday mood just yet.
The biggest statement was made at Casadio Park where International blew Naracoorte away.
With second playing fourth on the ladder it had the potential to be an interesting encounter, but the black and blue were in top gear and showcased the gulf between the two outfits.
The tone was set early as the hosts went at full throttle, attacking the goals at blitzkrieg speed.
The likes of Caleb Casey, Sar Hay Moo, Sam Bueti and Matthew Bueti were all playing with plenty of pace and looked dangerous.
This forced the Naracoorte defensive setup featuring Cedar Sopha, Patrick O’Donovan, Muhammad Haidar and goalkeeper Brad Pilven to fight for their life just to stay in the game.
But soon Inter’s force was too strong and the goals started coming continually.
A super strike from Casey opened the floodgates after five minutes of play and the goals just kept on coming.
Moo won a one on one and then Matt Bueti had some fun, needing only 22 minutes to complete a hat-trick.
After the opening flurry of goals, the yellow and black’s backline found some resolve and managed to hold off a few of the home side’s attacks.
Some strong tackles from O’Donovan and saves from Pilven would have given the visitors something to smile about as some of the International players started to get a bit frustrated after missing some more scoring opportunities.
But soon normal service resumed as the powerful boot of Matthew Bueti finished off a play set up by Nicholas Morony in style just before the break.
At half time with the scoreboard reading 8-1, International coach Vlada Gajic saw an opportunity to boost the side’s goal difference and his men responded violently.
Matthew Bueti completed his dominant day by scoring a crazy six-goal haul, while Casey also had some fun scoring a hat-trick.
Moo and Matt Ferguson were the others to find the back of the net in a dominant display with the latter putting the cherry on top, scoring in the 95th minute.
George Matutuva did give Naracoorte something to smile about by nailing two strikes himself, but the road trip home would have been a long one after going down 13-2.
Apollo headed up to McLaughlin Park with high hopes of success and recorded a second straight win over Millicent.
It was quite a simple affair with the blue and white in control from the first whistle to the last.
The visitors did not mess around, finding the breakthrough in the opening minutes, which put them on the path to glory.
During a devastating first half performance, Apollo amassed seven goals with Say Wah the star.
He booted three goals and received support from five others ranging from Hayden Cutting and Robert Nagy.
Millicent managed to wrestle back some momentum and stopped the bleeding by only conceding one goal after half time thanks to the gritty efforts of Keenan Ferguson, Noah Duka and Taz McGrath.
But they could not stop Apollo from cruising to an 8-0 triumph.
Gambier Centrals ensured it remained sitting pretty at the top of the ladder by accounting for Blue Lake.
The Lions enjoyed the feeling of playing on their home turf of MGA Park once again and would have been confident of claiming the premiership points.
But the Rangers came out of the blocks fast and pressed early, but a huge chance to hit the lead almost instantly went begging.
It proved to be a costly mistake as Centrals quickly killed off the visitors threat and dictated proceedings with fast drives to the box as the likes of Jensen Childs, Jake Blackwell and Christian Fleetwood won plenty of the ball.
The Lions smelt an opportunity to break the game open with a corner, but Blue Lake captain Jacob Phillips was alert to the danger and headered the ball to safety.
However, no one saw Fleetwood hovering just outside the box and his boot saw the ball rocket into the net.
This allowed Centrals to ease to a 5-0 victory with Blackwell the star recording his first hat-trick of the season, while Cam Saint also got into the act.
Lions’ coach Brodey Koop said it was the perfect performance required to enter the bye on a high after recording a bruising series of wins.
“Back on our home deck we continued on the momentum built over the previous weeks,” he said.
“Jake continued his rich vein of form with three goals and an assist.
“With a few sore, banged up bodies, we are happy to go into the bye weekend with no new injuries and look forward to resting up and attacking the next stretch of games heading into finals.”