Giants savour win­ning feel­ing

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

KORUMBURRA-Bena won its first game for the sea­son and only its sec­ond game in its West Gipp­s­land league his­tory yes­ter­day.

The Giants reg­is­tered just one vic­tory in the league’s inaugural sea­son last year, off the back of a win­less sea­son in the Al­ber­ton league in 2016.

Their 63-point thrash­ing of Da­lyston, 17.11 (113) to 7.8 (50), was their first win at home since July 2015 in the Al­ber­ton.

Korumburra-Bena coach Ben McGee is a for­mer Korumburra player and a dual Noble Park premier­ship player and coach at Clay­ton.

He said the Giants had been get­ting closer, los­ing to reign­ing premier In­ver­loch-Kong­wak by eight points two weeks ago and to Koo Wee Rup by 15 points last week.

“Even though we hadn’t won a game, we had a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence that we were do­ing the right things,” he said.

“The main thing for us was build­ing a psy­chol­ogy for win­ning and we used that as a theme.

“It was so im­por­tant for us to take this scalp be­cause it gives us now the op­por­tu­nity to spring­board our sea­son.”

McGee said cen­tre half­for­ward Jake McMil­lan could “take this com­pe­ti­tion by storm” af­ter grab­bing 11 con­tested marks and three goals.

And he was con­fi­dent there was more im­prove­ment to come, with for­mer ju­nior Aaron Hill­berg — a premier­ship player with Leon­gatha in the Gipp­s­land League — still to de­but due to stress frac­tures in his foot.

In other re­sults across the state, Bois­dale Briago­long de­feated Lin­de­now for just the sec­ond time join­ing the East Gipp­s­land league in 2015.

Dy­lan Bolton booted six goals as the Bombers won 14.13 (97) to 14.8 (92).

Nathan Gor­don kicked four goals in a best-on-ground dis­play for Birchip-Watchem in the North Cen­tral league.

The Bulls are the only un­de­feated team left af­ter five rounds af­ter end­ing reign­ing premier Wy­che­p­roof-Nar­ra­port’s own un­beaten run by 38 points, 12.12 (84) to 7.4 (46).

In the Ham­p­den league Koroit, Port Fairy and Cam­per­down are all un­de­feated af­ter five games, but the lat­ter only just held off South War­rnam­bool, 10.9 (69) to 9.9 (63).

Port Fairy beat Hamil­ton Kan­ga­roos by 13 points, leav­ing the Kan­ga­roos, War­rnam­bool and North War­rnam­bool still look­ing for their first wins.

The Ovens and Mur­ray lo­cal derby be­tween Lav­ing­ton and North Al­bury was aban­doned af­ter Pan­thers cham­pion Matt Pen­der­gast suf­fered a bro­ken leg late in the first term.

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