Nhill Tigers overcome spirited Dimboola | Wimmera Football League 2018

EXCITEMENT: Nhill Tigers legend Steve Graham presents Josh Lees his jumper before his first senior game for the club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
EXCITEMENT: Nhill Tigers legend Steve Graham presents Josh Lees his jumper before his first senior game for the club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A STRONG third quarter helped Nhill secure a first win of the season when it defeated Dimboola on Saturday.

The Tigers were able to convert at a higher rate during the premiership quarter in order to set up the 10.10 (70) to 5.12 (42) against their neighbouring rivals.

Tigers coach Tim Bone said the first win of the season came as a relief for his players.

“There has been some negative talk about how we’ve been going so I’m rapt to finally get a win,” he said. 

“It was arm wrestle to half-time with each side making a number of skill errors which kept the scores low.

“Then we got then jump in the third quarter to establish a lead we were able to maintain.”

Both side missed a number of opportunities during the open two quarters. The Roos had to wait until the second quarter to kick an opening goal before the scoreboard read 4.8 (32) to 2.7 (21) in favour of the home team at half-time.

Strong performances by Nhill leaders Liam Albrecht, Jake Harrap, Simon Cave and Ben Jones along with Simon Hughes in the forward line helped turn the game during the third quarter. Nhill piled on five goals to two in order to establish a 32-point lead at three-quarter time.

“Everyone really played their roles though,” Bone said. “We had a couple of 16 year-olds – Josh Lees and Jarryd Dahlenburg – playing who were as good as anyone in the team. That’s a really fantastic sign for the future.”

Dimboola won the final quarter of the game to close the margin to 28  points by the final siren.