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