ON FIRE: Red-hot Roos await Birregurra

Gun South Colac and Simpson ball winners Dave Marendaz, left, and Brock Neal, right, do battle on Saturday. Marendaz’s Roos had the last laugh, beating the Tigers by 55 points at Elliminyt.

Gun South Colac and Simpson ball winners Dave Marendaz, left, and Brock Neal, right, do battle on Saturday. Marendaz’s Roos had the last laugh, beating the Tigers by 55 points at Elliminyt.

SOUTH COLAC will be in red-hot form for this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash with Birregurra after a 55-point win against reigning premier Simpson.

The 14.9 (93) to 6.2 (38) result was the Roos’ first win against the Tigers since round 10, 2013.

Both South Colac and Birregurra enter this weekend’s clash undefeated, and Roos coach Tim Foley said Saturday’s win against Simpson proved his team was ready for another big contest.

“We’ve ticked all the boxes in the first five rounds, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” he said.

“Now we’re looking forward to the challenge against probably the premiership favourites in Birregurra.”

Both Simpson and South Colac entered Saturday’s clash under strength.

The Tigers were without Sam Mason, knee, Brenton de Jong, knee, Tom Spokes, pectoral muscle, and Mick Salmon, ankle, while the Roos rested midfielders Jake O’Dwyer, back soreness, and Ben Lynch, tight hamstring.

The Tigers shot out of the blocks to lead by a goal at quarter time as the Roos adjusted to playing without two key onballers.

But Foley said he was pleased the Roos’ depth was able to adjust and cover the outs, while handing Simpson its second straight loss.

South Colac booted six unanswered goals in the second term to take control of the match, with wingman Luke Burnett and skipper Daniel Roberts leading the way.

“Simpson had a couple of players out, but so did we,” Foley said.

“It was a tough and physical game from the first bounce, the first quarter was a bit of an arm wrestle but after quarter time we really hit our straps and were able to convert on the scoreboard,” he said.

Defender Luke Weel and key tall Joel Hayward were the Tigers’ best players in the loss, which kept the team in fourth spot on the ladder.

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