REIGNING Colac district goalkicking champion Ben Cox has continued his red-hot form from last season with a 10-goal haul against the Western Eagles.
The haul was Cox’s third bag of at least 10 goals against the Eagles in three seasons, and has rocketed the South Colac forward into the lead of the CDFL’s goalkicking tally.
He has 14 goals, and leads the tally ahead of returned Birregurra spearhead Christian Kelly, who has 11 goals from three games, and Otway Districts coach Tom Mullane-Grant, 10, who kicked another bag of five on Saturday against Simpson.
South Colac coach Tim Foley said an improved forward line had taken the pressure off Cox, who booted a career-high 112 goals last season, in the opening two rounds.
Tall recruit Brodie Walsh has taken on the bulk of the ruckwork in the absence of injured Clay Brewer, back soreness, allowing Todd Baudinette to play across half-forward.
Joel Menzies has also made a strong return to football, after a ruptured spleen prematurely ended his season in June last year.
“Todd Baudnette was terrific at centre half-forward yesterday, he’s probably better suited around the ground now that we’ve got Brodie in the ruck,” Foley said.
“So between Todd, Joel and Coxy, we’ve got three key talls down there and it seems to be working pretty well so far,” he said.
The Roos continued their red-hot form from last week’s 109-point win against Colac Imperials, beating the Eagles by 177 points on Saturday.
Foley said his team put in another top performance despite a second-quarter lapse, when the Eagles kicked three of their five goals, with midfielder Nathan McNamara and utility Cam McLure leading the way.
“The Eagles have definitely got an improved side, they’ve got a fair way to go still but I think they’re on the right track,” Foley said.
“We played some good footy in three of the four quarters, the Eagles clogged things up and made it hard for us to score in the second, but in the second half we went back to winning the contested footy, hunting in packs and using our skills,” he said.
Young Roos Mitch Perkins and Tom McKean slotted into the side for injured duo Tim Speirs and Ben Lynch, while midfielder Mick Embrey and Walsh were the Roos’ best players.