BEECHWORTH unleashed its best quarter of football under Brenton Surrey’s coaching to steamroll Yackandandah by 47 points at Yackandandah on Saturday.
Leading by only nine points at the last change, the Bushrangers slammed on 8.4 to 2.2 to rocket to seventh position on the ladder.
Recruit Nick Cibiras turned in a polished display on a wing while Brenton Pool, Joel Whitehead and Brayden Carey also performed admirably in the season-defining clash.
Dylan Pritchard stood up with six goals as a floating half-forward.
Surrey said he was rapt with the way Beechworth ran out the match.
“I don’t think we would have kicked eight goals in a quarter for a long time,” Surrey said.
“You are probably looking at 2011 or something like that.
“Our training has been good and when we are committed we can play pretty good footy.
“The boys did well.
“We haven’t won away from home for a long time either.”
Beechworth’s victory was even more impressive considering Nathan Philpotts injured his knee just before three-quarter-time and was forced from the ground.
He had held Roo dangerman Trent Castles to two goals.
“I just think we started to win a lot more of the ball around the middle and you can do that when everyone is contributing,” Surrey said.
“We have had a few downers over the past couple of weeks so it was good to bounce back.
“Hopefully we can bring that sort of commitment every week.”
Yackandandah had high hopes going in but was soundly beaten around the packs in the final quarter with Brenton Newbold and Justin Davies asked to shoulder too much responsibility.
Wahgunyah put its season back on track by defeating Tallangatta by 60 points.
The Lions squared their win-loss ledger with strong performances from Jake Beams, Dean Bigger, James Wilson and Rhys Carlisle.
Tallangatta’s Tyson Smith played well, but he lacked support against an opponent who hunted in numbers.
Kane Parsons was forced to play a lone hand in attack with two goals.