Laharum 234 d Pimpinio 3
WHEN Laharum entered Saturday’s match against Pimpinio with a percentage of more than 346, it would have been fair to assume it could not rise much higher in the space of a game.
That assumption would have been wrong.
An incredible defensive effort from the Mountain Men restricted the Tigers to just three behinds, while they went on to score 36.18 (234) themselves.
Despite already boasting a huge percentage, Laharum’s spiked almost 40 points to about 384.
From the first bounce Laharum was switched on, pressuring the Tigers and creating goals from turnovers.
Its backline was superb, continually foiling any Pimpinio attack.
Laharum coach Shannon Argall praised unheralded defender Alex Ellifson for his strong play, while youngster Tom Crawford was named among the best.
Argall said there were no negatives for his side coming out of the game.
“We set a lot of small goals that we wanted to achieve and we achieved them all,” he said.
“The best thing was our defensive pressure, which we applied from the word go.
"When the margin is huge it can be easy to drop your intensity but our backline stuck to its tasks all day and didn’t give them any space.”
The Tigers have been up and down with their efforts in the past few weeks.
A competitive showing against Noradjuha-Quantong was sandwiched between Sunday's hiding from Laharum and a disappointing loss to Rupanyup in round 13.
Pimpinio coach Mal Coutts said he was unsure why his team was so inconsistent.
“Our attitude and preparation on Saturday was the worst it has been this year,” he said.
“If I knew why we were inconsistent I’d try to do something about it.
“The biggest positive to come out of it is there are only three games left.”
Todd O’Connor was named the Tigers’ best player.