The Colac Tigers have ended a four-year winless run against St Mary’s with an emphatic 11-goal triumph.
The Saints were one of just two teams to upstage the Tigers this season, but Colac exacted revenge with a 20.9 (129) to 9.10 (64) win at Anthony Costa Oval; Colac’s first win at the venue since round 12, 2015.
Colac co-coach Rowan McSparron said the Tigers adapted better to the Saints’ game plan this time around.
“It’s been a little while since we’ve been able to beat St Mary’s so we were rapt,” he said.
“We probably adapted better this time to them having an extra player behind the ball, from the first bounce they had seven backs and a guy who rolled through as an extra mid.
“But since the first time we played them I think we’re executing our gameplan a lot better, and that’s been shown with our results.”
The Saints threatened to cause another upset early, shooting out to a 15-point lead at the first break.
But Colac took control in the second term with forward-wingman Brendan Monaghan, two goals, leading the charge.
“St Mary’s started really well, they were up for the first knowing their season was on the line, if they have too many more losses they’ll slip out of contention,” McSparron said.
“But halfway through the second we started to get some momentum, Brendan Monaghan kicked a couple of crucial goals,” he said.
“Early on we were sloppy around the contest but once we cleaned that up and moved the ball forward cleanly instead of trying to hack it forward, it made a difference.”
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