On-fire for­ward line leads Bal­divis in charge to easy win

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Bal­divis Football Club con­tin­ued their win­ning form last Satur­day night as they eas­ily ac­counted for the Man­durah Mus­tangs 23.15 (153) to 7.5 (47) at Rush­ton Park.

Com­ing off a week’s break for the 2017 Land­mark Coun­try Football Cham­pi­onships, Bal­divis picked up where they left off, pun­ish­ing the Mus­tangs in a solid four- quar­ter dis­play in which they ran out easy 106-point win­ners.

Bal­divis coach Craig Hamer­s­ley said his side, led by Manny Col­lard, who booted six goals, clicked all across the ground, with the for­ward line in par­tic­u­lar work­ing well as a unit.

“Our for­ward line func­tioned re­ally well, prob­a­bly for the first time this year as a whole line group,” he said.

“Through­out the year we’ve had some re­ally good in­di­vid­ual ef­forts in the for­ward line but that was prob­a­bly the first time they all fired to­gether.”

Daniel Kim­ber­ley and Luke Robin­son also starred for the vis­i­tors as they kicked five goals each, while Hay­den Lynn put in an­other solid shift in the mid­field.

“Man­durah ral­lied af­ter half­time and caught us off-guard a bit in the first five min­utes of the third quar­ter, but other than that it was pretty straight­for­ward,” Hamer- sley said. “It’s al­ways good to go down there.

“It’s the only op­por­tu­nity we’ve got this year to play on Rush­ton Park. It’s al­ways handy to get ex­pe­ri­ence on those big­ger ovals and tweak our game plan ac­cord­ingly and see what hap­pens.”

Bal­divis will now pre­pare for a huge top-four clash against Pin­jarra this week­end.

Bounce­down for the big game is at 2.30pm on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Bal­divis Oval.

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