Football ladder leader Birregurra has shown promising signs in a pre-finals outing at Colac’s Central Reserve, cruising to victory against Lorne after a dominant second half.
Saints coach Ben Boseley said club officials had shifted the match from Birregurra Recreation Reserve to Colac to preserve their ground after the district’s recent heavy rain.
The Saints were comfortable 16.9 (105) to 5.6 (36) winners on Saturday, and Boseley said his footballers would learn from the outing at the venue, which hosts CDFL finals.
“Central’s a different type of ground to what we’re used to,” he said.
“With our ground it was just a bit wet, there was a lot of water on the surface, so it would’ve been a nightmare.
“It was a good opportunity for us to move to give the players a rest and it worked out well for us.
“You always want to test how you play on the bigger ground, particularly Central, and we’ll learn a few things and practice a few things.”
In-form Birregurra forward Tim McLean booted six majors, while Boseley said Josh Weatherhead, James Rowan, Mick Davis and Michael Bolitho were standouts for the victors.
The Dolphins almost caused an upset when the two sides met in the season opener, with the Saints storming home at Lorne to win by a point after trailing by 39.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.