WFL – It was amuch more spirited Stawell Westlift Warriors outfit that took on Dimboola intheir Wimmera Football League clash at Dimboola on Saturday.
Despite the result, 111 points in favour of the home side -Stawell were mostly competitive, but in the end it was the bigger, strongerRoos that continued their unbeaten run.
Jarrod Illig was called up for his first senior game and wasimpressive when he found the ball, while Drew Silk returned to Stawell for hisfirst match this season.
The opening quarter was definitely again the highlight forthe Warriors, who hit the front 24 minutes into the match courtesy of TomEckel.
Stawell’s lead didn’t last long with Ashley Avery respondingquickly for Dimboola, but the effort was there and Stawell went into quartertime one goal behind.
Joint coach Jamie Solyom was impressed with the first term,calling it a fantastic start.
“We worked hard, we’re lowering our eyes and people arepresenting,” he said, adding the side needed to maintain the pressure onthe Roos.
However, things started to go awry for Stawell in the secondterm with Dimboola lifting its intensity.
Todd Matthews had already booted two goals in the first andwas forced to move up the ground, while defenders Matt Dwyer, Drew Silk, ShaneField and Jackson Dark were having a tough time against Roos forwards JaydenLehmann and Ash Clugston.
Lehmann was the stand out for the Roos in that second term, whowere peppering the goals throughout and allowing Stawell to score just onebehind.
There was tackling pressure shown by a number of Warriorsthroughout the match, including Shaun Ellis who battled hard all game andreceived best on ground honours.
Dimboola’s inaccuracy kept the scores from becoming acomplete blowout – the Roos booted 6.9 including a goal on the siren, to leadby 50 points at half time.
The onslaught continued in the third term, with Lachie Exellchiming in with two goals in less than a minute.
Angus Barham finally put Stawell’s fifth goal on the boardeight minutes into the third term, kicking the visitors first goal since midwaythrough the first.
Todd Matthews was another stand out for Stawell and althoughhe had limited opportunities against a formidable Dimboola defence, he managedto boot four goals for the match in the Roos 22.25 (157) to 7.4 (46) victory.
Tom Eckel was named among Stawell’s best in the 111 point loss to Dimboola.
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