Reigning premier Bacchus Marsh knocked the wind out of Melton South with a an emphatic 56-point win in the Ballarat Football League at Maddingley Park on Saturday.
The Cobras took a while to shake off the Panthers, but when they did opened right up.
Jarrah Maksymow kicked a bag of seven goals as Bacchus Marsh booted 13 goals to six in the second half.
It was a reminder that Bacchus Marsh is well and truly in the running for back-to-back flags and that Melton South still has quite a way to go despite a wealth of high profile recruits.
While Maksymow shone in attack, key defender Trent Angwin was equally impressive in his performance on Brendan Fevola.
While Fevola finished with five goals, he struggled when it counted most and only gave his tally any substance late after the game was done and dusted.
Bacchus Marsh coach Travis Hodgson said much of the Cobras’ second half dominance was set up before half-time.
He said the third quarter was really significant, especially after losing Matt Denham and Riley Stuhldreier out of the midfield.
Panthers joint coach Sean Triplett said their execution was terrible.
“Our decision making was okay and you could see what we were trying to do, but we just couldn’t get the execution right.
“I didn’t really feel Bacchus Marsh were a nine-goal better side, with a few decisions going their way, and I don’t think they would’ve thought they were a nine goal side either,” he said.
Darley, Lake Wendouree, Redan and Sunbury lived up to expectations with victories.
FORMER AFL and VFL ruckman Orren Stephenson marked his return to Redan with a dominant day out against Ballarat.
He not surprisingly dictated the ruck and capped off his work with two third quarter goals.
Redan coach Brendan Peace said Stephenson provided the Lions with so much more versatility – especially at stoppages, where they could now play much more positively.
Callum Currie and Dean Matthews were ball magnets, leading the way as the experience of Redan proved too much for the Swans at the City Oval
BRIAN Graham carried his marvellous start to the season with eight goals for Darley as it blew away Sebastopol at Marty Busch Reserve.
NICK Peters also continued his way for Lake Wendouree as it had a workman-like 39-point win over Melton at MacPherson Park.
SUNBURY had a deserved victory at the expense of East Point at Clarke Oval, with the damage done in the first half before the Kangaroos finally found their feet.
ALL THE ROUND 4 DETAILS
Bacchus Marsh 4.3, 7.9, 13.11, 20.13 (133)
Melton South 3.3, 5.4, 7.10, 11.11 (77)
GOALS – Bacchus Marsh: Jarrah Maksymow 7, Ryley Stuhldreier 3, Declan Phyland 3, Billy Griffiths 2, Alec Del Papa 1, Scott Sherlock 1, Logan Blundell 1, Hamish Coulton 1, Liam Mullen 1. Melton South: Brendan Fevola 5, Mitchell Banner 1, Daniel Vasjuta 1, Benjamin Sortino 1
BEST – Bacchus Marsh: not supplied. Melton South: Nick Kommer, Craig Searle, Mark Lynch, Daniel Vasjuta, Brendan Fevola, Mitchell Banner
Lake Wendouree 4.5, 6.6, 9.8, 13.12 (90)
Melton 2.1, 3.6, 4.7, 7.9 (51)
GOALS – Lake Wendouree: Benjamin Hayes 3, Ben Taylor 2, Luke Bucknall 2, Tom Nijam 1, Dominic Sliwa 1, Jayden Hooper 1, Nathan Pring 1, Stephen Clifton 1, Ashley Simpson 1. Melton: Jordan Kight 4, Braedan Kight 1, Ryan Davis 1, Nicholas Gale 1
BEST, – Lake Wendouree: Nicholas Peters, Luke Bucknall, Jordan Alexander, Lucas Anderson, Scott Carey, Nathan Monk. Melton: Ryan Davis, Jordan Kight, Lachlan Hickey, Lachlan Walker, Jaycob Hickey, Ben Archard
Redan 5.4, 9.6, 13.10, 17.18 (120)
Ballarat 3.0, 7.1, 9.2, 11.4 (70)
GOALS – Redan: Grant Bell 3, Nicholas Willox 3, Orren Stephenson 2, Callum Currie 2, Dean Mathews 2, Nicholas Hausler 1, Liam Hoy 1, Benjamin Smyth 1, Kyle Hayes 1, Dean Chester 1. Ballarat: Nicholas O'Farrell 3, Matthieu Brehaut 3, Jack Sutherland 2, Travis Hoyle 1, Daniel Kennedy 1, Jesse Marshall 1
BEST – Redan: Dean Mathews, Callum Currie, Jacob Short, Orren Stephenson, Thomas Morrish, Patrick Britt. Ballarat :Daniel Kennedy, Nicholas O'Farrell, Mitchell Martin, William Garner, Sam James, Jack Sutherland
Darley 7.5, 10.10, 17.13, 19.16 (130)
Sebastopol 1.1, 4.5, 4.5, 5.9 (39)
GOALS – Darley: Brian Graham 7, Harley Inglis 4, Jake Ancrum 2, Rhys Ellis 1, Mark Hanson 1, Dan Roy 1, Christopher Graham 1, Heath Scotland 1, Brad Inglis 1. Sebastopol: Toby Hutt 2, Geoffrey Lovett 1, Lochie Huppatz 1, Damon Williamson 1
BEST – Darley: Brian Graham, Shane Page, Brad Inglis, Harley Inglis, Jackson Carrick, Jay Pearson. Sebastopol: Chase Dummett, James Grills, Tom Petersen, Tyler Mookhoek, Ryan Noether, Daniel Widgery
Sunbury 6.0, 9.4, 10.7, 14.9 (93)
East Point 1.4, 3.7, 5.7, 9.12 (66)
GOALS – Sunbury: Benjamin Said 6, Ben Guthrie 3, Jesse Flannery 2, Alec Goodson 1, Patrick MacDonough 1, Andrew Duhau 1. East Point: Andrew Stevenson 2, Bryson McDougall 2, Rhys Monument 1, Jack Peeters 1, Jordan Taylor 1, Mickitja Rotumah-Onus 1, Cameron Jackson 1
BEST – Sunbury: James Rizk, Ben Guthrie, Benjamin Said, Joshua Guthrie, Jesse Flannery, Andrew Duhau. East Point: Jake McQueen, Aden Nestor, Charlie Lee, Daniel Semmens, Joel Van Meel, Clay Bilney
LADDER (after 4 rounds):
DARLEY 157.79 16
LAKE WENDOUREE 154.68 16
MELTON SOUTH 99.56 16
REDAN 138.97 12
BACCHUS MARSH 131.25 12
SUNBURY 104.82 8
North Ballarat City 100.75 8
Melton 74.75 8
Ballarat 88.59 6
Sebastopol 32.96 4
East Point 73.66 2