THRASHING: Saints’ forwards firing

Birregurra’s Paul Ridout battles Colac Imperials footballers, from left, Tom Marshallsea, Adam Buckle and Adrian Murray for a loose ball during the Saints’ win at Birregurra. The undefeated Saints sit second on the ladder.

Birregurra’s Paul Ridout battles Colac Imperials footballers, from left, Tom Marshallsea, Adam Buckle and Adrian Murray for a loose ball during the Saints’ win at Birregurra. The undefeated Saints sit second on the ladder.

BIRREGURRA coach Ben Boseley says star forward Christian Kelly is reaping the rewards of his teammates’ hard work.

The reliable goalkicker booted nine goals in the Saints’ damaging 20.20 (140) to 5.4 (34) win over Colac Imperials, taking his season tally to 29 goals, just one behind South Colac star Ben Cox.

The two power forwards will go head-to-head this Saturday in a highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash.

Boseley said the Saints weren’t reliant on Kelly to impact the scoreboard each week.

He returned to the club this season, while Birregurra also picked up Tom McCrickard to complement the likes of Tim McLean in attack.

McLean has booted 13 goals this season, while McCrickard has only kicked five goals from his three games after spending time in the ruck.

“The forwards have been playing well,” Boseley said.

“Christian kicked nine, but he’s got a lot to thank from his other forwards giving him space and the midfielders’ run, carry and ball use.

“It was his turn this week, but the way the forward line’s working we’re not relying on Christian,  hopefully during the course of the year different players will kick bags of goals.”

Birregurra officials praised utility Lachy Hill and ball winners Andrew Kelly and Michael Bolitho for their performances in the 106-point win.

Cat Steve Parker was his side’s only multiple goalkicker, while Adrian Murray was their best.

Boseley said his side’s second-straight triple-figure win had put the Saints in a good position to challenge South for ladder leading bragging rights this Saturday.

“We’re pleased with the first five weeks and we’re starting to hit some good form,” he said.

“Saturday all went according to plan, we worked hard and we ticked off some KPIs and had a really good result.

“The past few weeks have been a really good indicator for us, with Simpson and Colac Imperials, who are really good teams.

“South will be a good challenge, the boys are really looking forward to it so we can keep building what we have over the past five weeks.”

Meanwhile, Lorne has hit the winners’ list for the second time this season with a commanding win over the Western Eagles.

The Dolphins got through their 25.16 (166) to 2.5 (17) victory injury-free.

Coach Sam Stavenuiter bagged six majors, while Boe Trickey earned best-on-ground honours.

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