Winchelsea claimed a massive scalp in East Geelong to remain in the top five, coach David Mensch
labelling the performance as one of the best in his time at the club.
The Blues have had a poor five weeks and consequently were staring down the barrel of dropping
out of the top five come seasons end. But the 36-point win at Richmond Crescent rediscovered the
Blues best form and gave a timely confidence boost.
“It was probably one of our better wins since I’ve been at the club.” Mensch said.
“We’re taking a lot of confidence out of that game.”
“The way we played today, it was pretty exciting footy. I just said to the boys, (if) we play like that
and have some belief, we can push any team, we’ve just got to do it for four quarters.”
The clash was built up as a “mini final” for the fifth-placed Blues and while they produced some of
their best football on such a big occasion, they will not be getting ahead of themselves prior to an
equally crucial and challenging encounter with Inverleigh next week.
“We built it up.”
“We made it like our mini final.”
“The boys didn’t go over the top in the rooms which was pleasing, they know what’s ahead of us, we
just need to knuckle down and keep playing the way we know we can play.”
“It’s not going to be easy next week against Inverleigh.”
Mensch was confident his side was more than capable to have an impact in the finals series if it can
make the top five, as the Blues close in on fielding they’re best line-up for the year with the likes of
Graeme McFarlane and Daniel Hermans impressing in the reserves.
“If we make finals I think we can have a bit of a crack at it.”
“If we can play four quarters, we’ll push anyone – we’ve just got to do it.”
Tim Van Der Klooster was the clear best afield, dominating the aerial contest and repelling many an
Eagle attack. Tom Steven, Chris Giuricin and Steve Oliver were all prolific through the middle while
David Mensch competed strongly as well as kicking some clutch goals.
Winchelsea began the match with the opening three goals; signally it had come to play in what was a
crucial match. The Eagles answered via a classy Challis goal before fellow Winchelsea dasher Tavae
Sauni goaled prior to quarter-time to give his side a 15-point lead at the first change.
The home side would hit back in the second quarter but despite numerous opportunities it would not reap full reward for its dominance. The Eagles kicking 1.4 early in the term, before straightening
up to kick two majors and close the margin to one point. The Blues answered with two goals of their
own in quick succession to lead by 13 points at half-time.
The sides exchanged goals to begin the second half before the visitors skipped away with the final
two goals of the term to give it a more than handy 23-point buffer heading into the final term.
Brett Venables converted in the opening minute of the fourth before Lewis Hollmer kicked truly to
put the result beyond doubt. The Blues eventually cruising home in a massive win for the club.