A COMPLETE four-quarter performance against Nhill has helped the Southern Mallee Giants prepare for finals in the best possible way on Saturday.
The Giants controlled much of the contest before the Tigers were able to snare three late goals before the final siren signalled the 23.20 (158) to 8.2 (50) result.
Giants coach Coleman Schache said his side played a consistent brand of football that would carry into finals.
“I think we just played our game the way we wanted to play,” he said.
“We moved the ball nice and quickly to our forward line, it was about getting it in there before it got to congested.”
The Giants jumped out of the blocks strongly to establish a 29-point lead by the first break before Nhill was able to slightly slow the side’s attack through the second quarter.
After leading by 58 points at half-time the Giants added 13 second-half goals to Nhill’s six.
“In the second quarter they put up a bit more of a fight to slow us down,” Scache said.
“In the last 10 minutes of the game they kicked the final four goals which was a little disappointing.”
Zac Robins was best on ground for the Giants and bagged five goals.
“He had a ripping game,” Schache said.
“He led the way along with Tyler Lehmann and Clint Burdett through the middle.”
Scott Hughes kicked four of his side’s eight goals.
“Nhill played with an open forward line which allowed him to make the most of his opportunities, but we were happy with how Tim Sandford went on him,” Schache said.