Ararat triumphs over Nhill

Ararat midfielder Aaron Searle, pictured playing against Horsham last week, went down injured in his side's win over Nhill on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ararat midfielder Aaron Searle, pictured playing against Horsham last week, went down injured in his side's win over Nhill on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ARARAT has returned to the winners' list following its comfortable 75-point win at Nhill on Saturday.

Scores were locked at quarter-time, but the visiting Rats kicked nine goals to two in the second term to break the game open, claiming a 19.9 (123) to 7.6 (48) win.

Rats skipper Alan Batchelor led the way, as did fellow on-baller Daniel Mendes, who was one of four Ararat players to finish with three goals.

Key forwards Beau Cosson, Matt North and Liam Cavanagh also kicked three goals.

Ararat coach David Hosking said it was a good result despite his side not being at its best.

“It’s nice to win away without playing well,” he said.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but we’re a long way from playing our best football.

“I thought the margin probably flattered us a bit in the end.”

The Rats lost key players Jack Ganley, ankle, and Aaron Searle, however Peter Thompson and Brady Miller were two players who stepped up.

The result leaves Nhill without a win in 2014, but Tigers coach Shane Grover said there were some positives for his side.

“The scores were level at quarter-time, so we started well,” he said.

“They got away in the second quarter, but after half-time we competed well – our pressure was really good for three quarters.”

Grover said midfielders Liam Albrecht, in his 50th senior game, and Mitch Dahlenburg both played well.

Tyren Liebel and Andrew Watson were also among the Tigers’ best, however Liebel, shoulder, and Tim Seymour, hamstring, got injured.

Watson and Jake Corstens kicked two goals each.

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