In­domitable Dior­ites

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Mines Rovers re­main a game and a half clear in the Gold­fields Football League stand­ings af­ter another pow­er­house dis­play, capped by ruck­man/for­ward Luke Nu­gent’s seven goals, against Kal­go­or­lie on Sun­day.

The match was tight for a half, but the Dior­ites showed a strong ap­petite for hard work when it counted in the third term to win by 73 points, 19.12 (126) to 8.5 (53).

Kal­go­or­lie trailed by 39 points at quar­ter time af­ter be­ing re­stricted to a be­hind, but hit back with 6.5 in the sec­ond term to edge within 14 points. But hopes of an up­set quickly faded as the Dior­ites switched gears and piled on 11 sec­ond-half goals.

It was another dy­namic ef­fort from the blue and whites, who spread their goals among nine play­ers to notch an eighth win from 10 games.

Kal­go­or­lie coach Bren­don Simp­son, whose charges were re­stricted to two goals in the sec­ond half and held score­less in the last quar­ter, said the Dior­ites’ su­perb form could not be de­nied.

“I have no qualms in say­ing any­body who doesn’t think Mines aren’t the best team in the com­peti- tion are a long way off the mark,” he said.

“Their for­mula is very strong, they play free-flow­ing football, and at the same time when it gets tough, they get in and un­der as hard as any­body.

“From what I’ve seen, Mines are the best team get­ting around.”

Mines Rovers player-coach Dion Fleay lauded Kal­go­or­lie’s abil­ity to haul back the big early deficit, but was equally pleased with his team’s sec­ond-half blitz.

“As we headed into half time, it wasn’t quite panic sta­tions but our in­ten­sity had def­i­nitely dropped off,” he said.

“I was just very happy we were able to re­spond be­cause when you’re chal­lenged like that, it can easily go the other way.

“We have some good run­ners, but an in­di­ca­tor of when we are go­ing re­ally well is also our phys­i­cal pres­ence. Blokes just be­ing pre­pared to do the grunt work and dish­ing off to our mos­quito fleet.”

Nu­gent pulled up sore from the clash, but Fleay is hope­ful it is noth­ing se­ri­ous.

For Kal­go­or­lie, star for­ward Matt Bat­tye left the ground on crutches af­ter turn­ing an an­kle and Chad McDon­ald sus­tained a rib in­jury.

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Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Mines Rovers’ Richard Bourne Jr tries to lay a tackle on Kal­go­or­lie’s Jack Var­ian dur­ing Sun­day’s league clash.

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