Laharum 161 d Rupanyup 41
LAHARUM’S dominance was on display again at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Mountain Men never hit top gear, but were still good enough to post a 120-point win over the Panthers.
Angus Martin’s return from the North Ballarat Rebels yielded immediate results for Laharum, as the young player led all goals kickers on the ground with five.
Robbie Miller’s return from suspension for racially abusing an opponent was a successful one, as Miller found plenty of the ball and booted a goal.
Hamish Roberts played his best game of the season so far.
Despite the final margin, coach Shannon Argall said his team could still get better.
“At times we weren’t as clean as what we demand of ourselves,” he said.
“On the positive side, our press and zone was really strong, and our young players have continued to play well.”
Rupanyup coach Mick Finnigan said his depleted team was far from disgraced.
Captain and leading goal kicker David Lang tried to play through illness but was severely limited, and the team struggled with him confined to the bench and several others not playing.
Paul Trotter dominated in the ruck and backline, and nearly kicked a goal when he pushed forward.
“Our worst was nowhere near as bad as what our worst has been at times this season, and we did play competitive football for a while,” Finnigan said.
“Laharum showed why they are top of the tree and undefeated, because they can still win even when they’re not playing at their best.”