IT WAS one-way traffic at Dunnstown on Saturday as Hepburn demolished the Towners by 115 points.
Hepburn asserted its dominance early, kicking five goals to one in the opening term, relentlessly thrusting the ball forward, mounting attack after attack on the Towners’ defence.
Dunnstown came out of the quarter-time huddle showing its home fans that they were up for a fight, kicking two quick goals to get them back into the contest.
This was all they could muster, however, as Hepburn put its foot down, kicking the last 17 goals of the game.
Alex Lyon showed some good signs for the Towners, booting two goals from limited chances, and if it wasn’t for some inaccurate kicking could have had a few more to his name.
Luke Mitchell returned from injury and was solid across half-back for the Burras, taking strong contested marks, and with Segifili Asa Leausa alongside him, they rebounded any forward attacks that Dunnstown threw at them.
Hepburn forwards Lee Cox, Jarryd King and Andrew McKay contributed 12 goals between them.
McKay was lively up forward kicking three, while Cox was the leading goal scorer on the ground with five.
Hepburn coach Troy Auld was happy with the performance of his side.
“It was a really good team orientated performance,” he said.
“We had a good spread of contributors across the board.”
Auld said he was looking forward to this weekend’s clash with reigning premiers Waubra, in what will be a replay of last year’s preliminary final.
“It’s going to be a really good challenge for us, a timely challenge and we give ourselves a good chance.”
Hepburn 22.9 (141)
Dunnstown 3.8 (26)