Laharum 117 d Harrow-Balmoral 32
LAHARUM proved its round-six domination of Harrow-Balmoral was no fluke as it dismantled the Roos again on Saturday.
Played in greasy conditions at Cameron Oval, the game was relatively close in the first half before the home side ran riot after the main break.
The Roos had more scoring shots than Laharum in the first quarter but kicked 1.4 to their opponents’ 4.0 to trail by 14.
Laharum gained the ascendancy in the second term, but this time it was the Mountain Men who were inaccurate.
A devastating third term saw Laharum kick 7.1 to two behinds with a slippery ball, putting the game out of reach.
There was more of the same in the final term as the home side kicked four goals to one.
Laharum recruit Oliver Braithwaite played another strong game, booting two goals.
His fellow forwards shared the workload as Shannon Argall and Jason Przibilla, three goals apiece, and Robbie Miller, Rhys Bennett and Angus Martin, two apiece, all kicked multiple majors.
Youngsters such as Tom Crawford and Matt Velthuis also impressed.
There were few winners for the Roos, but brothers Peter, Joel, Murray and Will Staude were all named in the best.
Harrow-Balmoral coach Brent Forsyth said he was very disappointed with his players.
“I’d give us a pass mark for the first half, and then after half-time it was a complete capitulation,” he said.
“We’ve got plenty of questions that need to be answered, and it’s hard to find positives out of that game.”
Forsyth said most of the team’s trouble was mental, rather than from skill or game-plan deficiencies.
He said the rest of the team’s season would be determined entirely by the players’ response to the loss.
Laharum coach Shannon Argall was much happier with his team after the win.
“I think this one is a better win than the first time we played them, even though we didn’t win by as much,” he said.
“We weren’t able to convert our forward 50 entries in the first half, but we were able to get on top with scoreboard pressure after half-time.”