K rock Football

Giants end Colac hoodoo

Geelong West coach Greg Mellor (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG West has snapped a 12-game losing streak against Colac in what coach Greg Mellor has declared the best win in his time at the club.

Handed a 100-point hiding by St Joseph’s last week, the Giants overcame a slow start to beat the Tigers by one point, 10.11 (71) to 10.10 (70), for just the second time in 15 attempts at Central Reserve.

“They’re a seriously good side,” Mellor said of Colac.

“I know they had a few out, and we had a few in, but that will be the swings and roundabouts of the season.

“It’s just really pleasing how the boys bounced back from last week, and we played well.”

Trailing by 19 points at quarter time, it appeared West was heading for a 13th consecutive loss to the Tigers.

However, the home team could not make the most of their opportunities.

“They kicked a couple of easy goals, and they probably should have put us away, to be honest,” Mellor.

“Coming off a 100-point loss, the tendency is to go back into your shell.

“But, to their credit, they just kept turning up.”

Baxter Mensch produced another performance that is likely to have in Mathieson Medal discussions, while Phillip Moi Moi and Tylar Watts continued their consistent seasons.

However, Mellor wasn’t keen to individualise.

“Honesty, they all played well at different stages,” he said. “It would be unfair to single individuals out.”

An Achilles injury suffered by captain David Peel early in the contest took some of the shine off West’s win.

However, Mellor said the Giants were unsure of the severity of the damage, but he will miss the Round 8 clash with St Mary’s next Sunday.

“We’ll need to find out more,” he said.

“He did it in the first quarter, and he was playing really well, too.

“He won’t play next week.”


MEANWHILE, a goal after the siren from talented teenager Flynn Young has given Grovedale consecutive wins for the first time this year, beating Leopold by two points at Leopold Memorial Park, 14.15 (99) to 14.13 (97).

It was one of an equal team-high four goals for Young, with Jordan Erskine also kicking four majors in his best outing since returning to the club.

Mitch Patten’s impressive season continued for the Lions, with his five-goal haul taking him to 24 for the season.

Newtown & Chilwell has overcome an 11-point three-quarter time deficit to defeat South Barwon by 8 points at Elderslie Reserve, 10.11 (71) to 8.15 (63).

Best-on-ground Jai Sheahan and fellow key forward Lachie Bond kicked two goals for the Eagles, who remain second on the ladder.

After booting three majors, Swans spearhead Andrew Boseley now has 23 goals for the season.

Bell Park snapped a four-game losing streak with a 37-point win over Lara at Hi Sushi Oval, 12.13 (85) to 6.12 (48).

Jamie Fulton kicked three goals, while young defender Darcy Brown’s impressive season continued for the Dragons.

Missing Mitch Day, the Cats included Brock van Doren for his first game of the season, and he contributed two goals.

North Shore overcame inaccuracy and a dogged St Albans to record its third win of the season, 12.17 (89) to 10.6 (66) at The Gordon TAFE Oval.

The win has the Seagulls only a game outside the top five.

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