SOUTH COLAC will enter this weekend’s clash with reigning premier Simpson as strong favourite following the Roos’ fourth straight 100-point win.
South Colac made light work of last year’s grand finalist Irrewarra-Beeac when the teams met on Saturday for the first time since last year’s preliminary final.
The Bombers were without a host of key midfielders, most notably Khan Beckett and Troy Keating, and South Colac ran away with a comfortable 19.20 (134) to 4.4 (28) win.
South Colac coach Tim Foley said he was rapt with his team’s performance as it prepared for another big test against Simpson.
“That’s our fourth in a row by 100 points so you’ve got to be pretty happy with that,” he said.
“But the pleasing thing was it was our most complete four-quarter performance of the season, I thought we showed we could really control the game against some quality opposition.
“To beat a team by 100 points that beat us in last year’s preliminary final was quite pleasing.”
The Roos, playing without midfielder Tim Speirs who had a sore calf, led by two goals at quarter time before taking control of the match in the second term.
Key forwards Ben Cox, Clay Brewer and Joel Menzies, who all finished with four goals each, caused headaches for Bombers defenders as the Roos slammed on nine goals to one in the second term.
“I thought we controlled the midfield which was probably the difference, they had Beckett and Keating out but they did have Jason Cartwright back,” Foley said.
“And our back six was good, a lot of our attack started back there from guys like Alex McVilly and Dylan McCarthy.”
Foley praised midfielder Dave Marendaz for his 30-plus possessions and young forward Tom McKean for his liveliness around goals, but it was Brewer and McVilly who earned best-on-ground honours for the Roos, while Cartwright, midfielder David Dunne and defender Paul Stinchcombe were the Bombers’ best players in their teams’ third loss of the season.