Michael Smith of MDU and Brad Hender of Inverloch-Kongwak had a ding-dong battle in the ruck with both players figuring in their teams’ best. M611416

Michael Smith of MDU and Brad Hender of Inverloch-Kongwak had a ding-dong battle in the ruck with both players figuring in their teams’ best. M611416

A NEWLOOK Inverloch-Kongwak side continued on from where they left off last week against Korumburra-Bena and franked that form with an all-the-way win at Meeniyan on Saturday.
And it was the club’s new recruits, combining with the club’s resident talent, that showed the way.
IK had no fewer than eight of its new players in the senior side on Saturday and almost all of them made a strong impression.
New on-ballers including Daniel Reid, Craig O’Reilly and Tom McQualter all racked up clearance after clearance from the stoppages and MDU simply could not get their hands on it early as IK put the result out of reach by halftime.
Big Lucas McMillan was up at full forward providing a target when needed but the running players from IK were quite capable of doing the job themselves with Reid and O’Reilly becoming multiple goal scorers and another new recruit, Toby Mahoney, adding even more fire power with four.
In fact four of the eight new players all figured in the team’s best confirming reports that IK will be one of the main improvers this year.
They are still to come up against the likes of Killy-Bass, Foster, Dalyston and Fish Creek but with 10 players kicking goals, the talented Brad Hender in the ruck and the likes of Todd Lomax adding bite around the flanks and up forward, they are going to be a hard side to match-up against.
MDU went back into the sheds a half time with only two points to show for their efforts, in front of a bumper home crowd. It was an embarrassing return for effort and predictably, they were more desperate in the third quarter but the damage was already done.
Matthew Winderlich was one of the few able to match it with IK for intensity, Ben Thomas worked hard against the odds on the ball and there were some other good contributors around the ground including Jake McMillan, Tom McDermott and Brendan Dillon when the Demons got the ball but they were out-gunned on the day.
As well as having the better avenue to attack, IK looked well-structured in defence and calmly dealt with most of MDU’s scoring efforts, kicking six goals to four in the third quarter and cruising to the line, with the sting out of the game in the last.
They look the goods in what appears to be a more even year.

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