COLAC Tigers duo Alex Adams and Jake McGuane celebrated their 100th senior games with a return-to-form victory against North Shore.
The Tigers bounced back from a disappointing loss to Bell Park, outclassing the Seagulls for four quarters en route to the 25.14 (164) to 8.7 (55) thumping.
Coach Matt Gibson said it was important the Tigers took the right approach to the clash and the team responded across the board.
Andrew Kelly provided plenty of run for McGuane, who stepped in to take the ruck duties in the absence of injured Lochie Veale, while Jake Carmody impressed as the team’s focal point up forward, booting four goals.
“We just made sure our preparation and approach to the game was spot on, we tried to make sure we dictated the way the game played out,” Gibson said.
“We didn’t want a slug or scrappy affair, they showed that in the first quarter,” he said.
“Jake Carmody was really good, just with his work-rate around the footy, and Kelly was able to set the tone of the game, his endeavour and commitment to contested footy was sensational.”
The Tigers had 11 individual goal kickers for the Central Reserve clash – their second highest for the season.
McGuane shifted forward in the second half to finish with four goals of his own while skipper Dan Jeffreys, Kane Leersen, and Josh Black all finished with three majors.
“We’re starting to get a spread of goal kickers, in contrast to the start of the season when we were relying on three or four guys to kick goals but that was too easy for opposition players to shut them down,” Gibson said.
“By margin it’s our biggest win, we played similar-style footy that we played prior to the Bell Park game, but there are still a few areas we need to tidy up on,” he said.
Milestone men Adams and McGuane also won plaudits from Gibson.
“They were really good, Alex was solid down back, he didn’t let any ball get through,” he said.
“And Jake started in the ruck and played down forward in the second half and kicked four goals, he’s having a real influence on the game at the moment.”