PREMIERSHIP contender Henty rebounded from its first loss of the season in emphatic fashion with a 56-point thumping of Holbrook at Holbrook on Saturday.
Buoyed by the return of key forwards Shannon Terlich and Jason Brown, alongside centre half-back Josh Spencer, the Swampies were never seriously challenged as they waltzed to a 14.9 (93) to 5.7 (37) victory.
Terlich and Brown combined for eight goals and help cover the loss of livewire Ryan Hon, who missed with a hamstring complaint.
Jared Farwell impressed for the visitors on a wing and capped a polished display with two goals.
Youngsters Sam Murray and Harrison Macreadie were also prominent in a promising sign for the Swampies.
Co-coach Brent Piltz said it was important to rebound strongly after an undermanned Swampies had their colours lowered by Jindera last week.
“Obviously we were disappointed to lose last week against Jindera where we didn’t play that good footy,” Piltz said.
“I put it to the boys during the week — it’s important how we respond as a team and as an individual.
“It was certainly pleasing how we were able to come out and keep the opposition scoreless in that opening quarter.
“We had to plug a few holes last week with the blokes we had out and to get them back on Saturday showed just how valuable they are.
“But we have got a huge challenge this week against the defen- ding premier in Brock-Burrum, who look the pick of the bunch at the moment.”
Holbrook sorely miss- ed inspirational co-coach Jarrod Twitt (hamstring) and experienced big man Brad Thompson.