WITH their season stoved in by Stony Creek the previous week, MDU gave up with barely a yelp at Inverloch on Saturday as one of the contenders for the flag celebrated the milestone game for Mark Billows in fine style.
Running through completely unattended out of the ruck, big Brad Hender got the game going IK’s way early with four first quarter goals and the Demons never really looked like mounting a challenge after that.
In fact MDU had the first meaningful attacking plays of the game with Craig Ricardo and Jake McMillan taking potshots at goal and finally setting up a major but IK still had plenty of winners around the ball and it wasn’t long before Hender, out on his own, marked and goaled on two occasions.
Lucas McMillan led up strongly next and slotted one through on the angle from 40 and away they went.
Hender got his third in 15 minutes and with Dylan Clark the go-to-man on the wing, there was no shortage of opportunities for the forwards.
IK’s onballers including Soumilas, Terlich and others were linking up well and while Corry, Harris, Olden and Wilson battled; they were outgunned all-round the ground.
A great tackle by Wilson saved a goal but a free to Hender soon after brought up his fourth and IK finished with six goals to one for the quarter.
It got worse from there with MDU managing only one more goal for the day, and rubbing salt into the wounds was the 300-gamer himself, Mark Billows, moved forward and uncharacteristically kicking two goals to add to the team’s tally.
IK has a talented line-up all over the ground and it’s going to be super hard to hold your spot come finals time but clearly that’s what Billows hopes to do while chasing the club record of 307 games set by the late, great Kevin Murray.
‘Billsy’ marks 300 with a bang
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