Greater Western Victoria Rebels dominated proceedings against Eastern Ranges, hitting the scoreboard hard early, on its way to a 53-point victory in round 13 action of the TAC Cup.
After the Rebels poor display against Northern Knights last week, the first quarter reflected a side that was eager to make amends.
The Rebels kicked 3.6 to one goal and carried on that form throughout the match, winning every quarter of the 13.13 (91) – 5.8 (38) victory.
Saturday gave the Rebels their fourth win of the season and it came off the back of good ball use and a number of contributors.
Coach Marc Greig said it was a stark difference from the performance against the Knights, but that can be the case when coaching young players. Nonetheless, it rediscovered some of its best form and found plenty of the ball, controlled the air and had a plethora of targets in attack.
“We’ve shown as a group what a good game of team footy looks like,” Greig said.
“They (this week compared to last) are the inconsistencies with this age-group...while you’re striving for them to be consistent each week, it’s not uncommon for them to have a performance like the Northern (Knights) game, but it was certainly a positive response.
“It was really pleasing that we had so many contributors, that was the best part.
“And that’s what good teams do, and that’s when you generally win games of football, when you have weight of numbers.”
Greig said the side’s final month of the season had been approached like a mini finals series, Greig believing plenty can be taken from this period.
“We’ve built this last little stint up as our mini finals series.
“You can still get a fair bit out of a four-week block...it’s a good start to our first week of that.”
Of the contributors, Brayden Helyar again impressed in defence and swung forward late to hit the scoreboard, showing his versatility while Charlie Wilson won heaps of the ball and kicked five goals.
Rebels play Western Jets next week.