Ararat 154 d Nhill 29
ARARAT kept its finals hopes alive with a 125-point win over Nhill at Alexandra Oval at the weekend.
The home side got away early, booting six majors in the first quarter, while the Tigers were kept to a single goal and two behinds.
The final result was Ararat 23.16 (154) to Nhill 4.5 (29).
The Rats sit sixth on the ladder with only percentage separating them from fifth-placed Dimboola.
Ararat coach David Hosking said his side concentrated on the basics.
“We focused on that and tried to do them well,” he said.
Outstanding performers included Beau Cosson, who kicked seven goals, and Daniel Mendes who kicked six.
Hosking said brothers Harry Ganley and Jack Ganley were also key players.
Jake Robinson and Alan Batchelor were also among the Rats’ top performers.
Hosking said a win on Saturday would hopefully see them playing finals football.
“We need to win and Dimboola needs to lose,” he said.
Despite the loss, Tigers coach Shane Grover said he could not fault his team’s efforts.
“I couldn’t question the blokes out there – they all tried their hardest,” he said.
“We were beaten pretty easily, but Ararat was a good side and good luck to them – hopefully they make finals.”
Grover said under-17s players Frazer Driscoll and Jack McQueen made their senior debuts.
Both players kicked a goal for the Tigers, with McQueen also named in the side’s best.
Tom Crowhurst came up from reserves and played his first senior game for the year.
Grover said the game was riddled with injuries, with Aaron Beer, Tim Seymour and Andrew Watson all suffering.
“We didn’t have much of a bench after half-time,” he said.
Grover said he would aim to give new players a run.
“We will try a few more young guys out on Saturday and look towards building for next year,” he said.
The Tigers’ best players included Liam Albrecht, Simon Brearley, Benjamin Pollock, Justin Merrett and Jake Corstens.