Colac Imperials coach Dan Casey says a 74-point thumping of Otway Districts is exactly the kind of confidence boost his team needs heading into the pointy end of the season.
But the blowout win came at a cost for the Imperials, with winger Tom Prascevic likely to miss out on a push for finals courtesy of a broken collarbone.
The Imps and the Demons slogged it out in the first quarter at Western Oval, to come into the huddle 5.3 to 4.0 respectively.
But a seven-goal onslaught by the home side in the second quarter saw the Imps put the Demons to the sword, eventually booting the scores out to 18.19 (127) to 8.5 (53) by the final siren.
Casey said it was “fantastic” to see the Imps rise to the challenge after the first quarter wake up call.
“The first quarter we didn’t play to what we wanted to, we were just half-asleep and let Otway kick a few easy goals – but the second quarter the boys kicked away, which is really pleasing,” he said.
“We didn’t kick straight, but we played really well.”
Imps captain and midfielder Jeremy Spokes led the scoreboard assault with a five-goal haul thanks to rests in the forward line, while Brodie Smith piled on four and Stewart McCann and Jackson Henry contributed two, with five other Cats on the goalkicking tally.
Bailey Scott was the best for the blue and white, with the midfielder-forward earning praise from his coach.
“He’s been probably one of our better players all year, he’s been a little bit out of form but he played really well yesterday,” Casey said.
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