Laharum thumps Swifts at home

LAHARUM made an emphatic statement at home on Saturday, as it brushed aside fellow finals contender Swifts with ease.

The Mountain Men proved last week's upset victory over ladder-leader Edenhope-Apsley was no fluke, belting the fifth-placed Baggies by 114 points.

Laharum set the tone for the match early. It had all the play in the opening 10 minutes, rushing to a 22-point lead before Swifts scored.

Ricky Whitehead sparked the Baggies to life when he snapped a goal, starting a run of four consecutive goals which put his side in front.

Laharum scored the next three goals to regain the lead, with a late goal to Swifts' Damon Folkes reducing their deficit to 14 points at quarter time.

Both teams had chances early in the second quarter, but it was Laharum which was able to capitalise.

The Mountain Men kicked the first three goals of the quarter to extend their lead.

Swifts managed two late goals, as Laharum took a 27-point lead into half time.

Two quick goals to Laharum to start the third quarter saw its lead extend to 42 points.

Swifts forward Brett Hargreaves responded with two goals, giving his side a glimmer of hope.

Laharum put an end to Swifts' notion of a comeback, piling on six unanswered goals to take a 70-point lead into three quarter time.

Now just playing for pride, Swifts coach Paul Hanns was able to kick the first goal of the final term.

From there, it was all Laharum.

The Mountain Men kicked the final eight goals of the match to record a comfortable win.

Laharum's pressure forced Swifts to regularly turn over the football, as the Baggies struggled to play their usual attacking game.

Swifts coach Paul Hanns described it as a 'rough day'.

"Things just didn't go our way," he said.

Laharum coach Marcus Demaria was rapt with his side.

"Our focus was on applying pressure and we were able to execute our game plan well," he said.

Demaria kicked five goals in the win, with Jason Przibilla kicking seven.

"Our forward line is working better," Demaria said. "Earlier in the season we were too top heavy, but we're getting the balance right."

In other matches, Rupanyup beat Harrow-Balmoral 146-45, Edenhope-Apsley prevailed over Kalkee 85-67, Taylors Lake had a big win over Natimuk 157-42 and Noradjuha-Quantong beat Pimpinio 112-64.

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