A RAMPANT Springbank has announced itself as a genuine 2014 premiership contender, clinically dismantling Buninyong by 42 points in perfect conditions at Wallace Oval on Anzac Day.
The Tigers had winners all over the ground in the rout, with Billy Driscoll and Paul McMahon bagging five and four majors respectively and Joel Maher, Chris Quinlan, Luke Fisher and James Millikan dominating proceedings.
Springbank coach Sam Giblett was impressed with the display from his charges.
“We put on some real internal pressure to perform, it’s not very often that we beat ‘a Buninyong’ so if we are going to make inroads then these are the types of matches we need to perform in,” he said after the match.
Speaking about the chance to play on Anzac Day, Giblett said it was great for both sides and the competition.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Central Highlands and a great privilege to play. There were about 80 people at the dawn service this morning, everyone just had the right mindset,” he said.
The match began in hot fashion, with both sides throwing themselves into the contest.
But the home side settled faster, opening the scoring with the first two majors before piling on four of the next five goals to take a handy 27-point lead into the first change.
The Bombers did manage to stop the Tiger goals to an extent, but failed to convert some crucial chances.
After controlling the match for the opening half, Springbank really began to flex its muscles on the scoreboard in the third term.
The Tigers piled on a string of six goals, on the back of some domination from the half-back line. Suddenly, the lead had ballooned beyond 10 goals at the final change.
It was elementary in terms of the result in the last, but the Bombers showed the fight they lacked in the first three quarters, winning the final term by five goals.