Edenhope-Apsley thrashes Rupanyup

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EDENHOPE-APSLEY entrenched itself in the top four with a resounding home win over Rupanyup.

The Saints did not let the Apsley crowd down, as they scored 7.5 to zero against the shell-shocked Panthers in the opening term.

By half-time the margin was 98 points, and Edenhope-Apsley’s eventual winning margin was 192.

Midfield duo Brent Christie and Dave McLeish were in top form, but it was hard to pick standouts in a team performance.

The Saints’ evenness was reflected in their 14 individual goal-kickers.

McLeish, Mark Reilly, Tom Clissold and Cameron Domaschenz amassed 17 goals between them.

It was a different story for Rupanyup, with only Daniel Garner, Scott Reading and Brendan Moller registering goals.

Veteran Drew Tyler was named the side’s best player.

With pre-game injuries to Campbell Matthews and Scott Finnigan, veteran Stephen Lingham was called out of retirement and was one of the team’s better players in the second half.

The win gave Edenhope-Apsley a two-game buffer in fourth place, and is second only to Laharum in percentage.

Saints coach Grant Coxon said the win exceeded his expectations.

“I was hoping for about a 10-goal win before the match, but to win by 30 goals and have 14 goal-scorers was brilliant,” he said.

“Everybody played as a team and no one tried to be lairy.”

Panthers coach Mick Finnigan said it was a tough defeat for his side to take.

“I’ve never been involved in anything like that in my life,” he said.

“You’ve got to get the players to assess themselves after a loss like that – it’s more than just turning up and having a good time.”

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