Bacchus Marsh has ended Lake Wendouree’s winning run in the Ballarat Football League.
The Cobras produced a seven-goal last quarter to inflict the Lakers’ first defeat of the season by 32 points – a margin which appeared highly unlikely going into the final stanza – at Maddingley Park on Saturday
Darley was also a major beneficiary of the reigning premier’s impressive outing despite having the week off with a bye.
The Devils move back to the top of the ladder on percentage from Bacchus Marsh and the Lakers, which dropped two spots to third.
This trio are two games clear of Sunbury, Redan and Melton South.
Sunbury was a big mover with a 48-point win over Ballarat at Alfredton, while Redan ended a two-game losing run by accounting for a struggling Melton South by 50 points at the City.
Melton also had a significant come-from-behind five-point victory over a hapless North Ballarat City at Eureka Stadium, while East Point made it back-to-back win in swamping Sebastopol by 65 points at the Eastern Oval.
For Bacchus Marsh, it was a perfect way to celebrate premiership player Daniel Veldon’s 250th senior appearance.
The Cobras had control of the top-of-the-table battle with a 22-point lead at half-time on the back of the efforts of Dean Heta, Scott Sherlock and Tyson Shea.
However, Lakers dominated the third term with five goals – predominantly off the boots of Jack Elkington (five goals) and Lucas Anderson (four) – to lead by two points.
With Lake Wendouree having key defender Ben Hayes (knee) and small forward Nathan Pring (hamstring) out of the game, and Luke Bucknall (ankle) unable to have any impact though, Bacchus Marsh pounced and pressurised the Lakers out of the game.
NOT even the arrival of new key forward Jonathan Kent from Lancefield in the Riddell District league was enough help Melton South stop its slide against Redan.
The Lions put the game away with a seven-goal first quarter, with Mitch Phelps making his presence felt with six goals in just his second game since returning to Redan.
Phelps is a great pick-up, having won the Lions’ 2013 best and fairest. He played with Buninyong in CHFL last year and has not long returned from overseas.
LADDER (eight rounds)
DARLEY 176.23 28
BACCHUS MARSH 151.07 28
LAKE WENDOUREE 138.14 28
SUNBURY 122.08 20
REDAN 115.93 20
MELTON SOUTH 85.37 20
Melton 85.95 16
East Point 89.45 14
Ballarat 80.81 14
North Ballarat City 83.38 8
Sebastopol 44.61 4
Bacchus Marsh 2.2, 7.8, 7.14, 14.20 (104)
Lake Wendouree 2.4, 4.4, 9.4, 11.6 (72)
GOALS - Bacchus Marsh: Declan Phyland 4, Billy Griffiths 3, Dean Heta 3, Jarrah Maksymow 2, Jadyn Trowsdale 1, Matt Denham 1. Lake Wendouree: Jack Elkington 5, Lucas Anderson 4, Tom Nijam 1, Eamonn McCuskey 1
BEST - Bacchus Marsh: Declan Phyland, Dean Heta, Tyson Shea, Scott Sherlock, Matt Denham, Kane White. Lake Wendouree: Jack Elkington, Isaac Kirby, Lucas Anderson, Arthur Armstrong, Nicholas Peters, Stephen Clifton
Sunbury 5.1, 9.3, 17.3, 20.4 (124)
Ballarat 0.2, 2.6, 6.7, 11.10 (76)
GOALS – Sunbury: Benjamin Said 6, Ben Guthrie 3, Alik Magin 3, Alec Goodson 2, Patrick MacDonough 2, Andrew Duhau 2, Jesse Flannery 1, Tom Donoghue 1. Ballarat: Sam James 3, Nicholas O'Farrell 2, Matthieu Brehaut 1, Jackson Ford 1, Nicholas Garner 1, Daniel Kennedy 1, Jack Leonard 1, Jesse Marshall 1
BEST - Sunbury: Alec Goodson, Gregory Hay, David Kovacevic, Benjamin Said, Andrew Duhau, Alik Magin. Ballarat: Marcus Powling, Joel Antonio, Bailey Van de Heuvel, Nicholas Garner, Ged Shearer, Carter Prendergast
East Point 7.8, 12.13, 17.16, 21.17 (143)
Sebastopol 2.2, 4.5, 5.9, 11.12 (78)
GOALS, East Point: Jake McQueen 5, Rhys Monument 4, Bryson McDougall 4, Billy Watkins 3, Jordan Taylor 1, Clay Bilney 1, Paul Koderenko 1, Daniel Semmens 1, Daniel Tung 1. Sebastopol: Tyler O'Sullivan-Kirchner 3, Michael Powell 3, Lochie Huppatz 2, Daniel Widgery 1, Jack Mason 1, Tyler Mookhoek 1
BEST – East Point: Mickitja Rotumah-Onus, Paul Koderenko, Jordan Taylor, Andrew Maconachie, Cameron Jackson, Chris Carson. Sebastopol: William Hoye, Ben Hutt, Tom Petersen, Michael Powell, Brett Goodes
Melton 1.0, 2.4, 8.6, 10.8 (68)
North Ballarat City 3.1, 5.7, 8.12, 8.15 (63)
GOALS – Melton: Braedan Kight 5, Angus Grigg 3, Connor Griffiths 1, Lachlan Hickey 1. North Ballarat City: Tom Bromley-Lynch 3, Mitchell Johns 1, William Young 1, Daniel Jones 1, Caleb McGrath 1, Simon McCartin 1
BEST, Melton: Ben Archard, Braedan Kight, Lachlan Walker, Angus Grigg, Connor Griffiths, Ryan Davis. North Ballarat City: Simon Mc Cartin, Mitchell Gilbert, Mitchell Johns, Oliver Nash, Ryan Luke, Joshua Bromley-Lynch
Redan 7.2, 8.6, 12.11, 17.15 (117)
Melton South 2.0, 4.2, 7.2, 10.7 (67)
GOALS – Redan: Mitchell Phelps 6, Nicholas Willox 4, Tom Lamb 2, Nathan Horbury 2, Callum Currie 1, Liam Hoy 1, Benjamin Smyth 1. Melton South: NOT SUPPLIED
BEST – Redan: Mitchell Phelps, Nathan Horbury, Benjamin Smyth, Christopher Giampaolo, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Nicholas Willox. Melton South: NOT SUPPLIED