TALLANGATTA and District league overcame a tardy start to blow away Kyabram and District by 111 points in their Victorian Country Championship match at Albury Sportsground on Saturday.
After leading by 12 points at half-time, Andrew Robertson’s charges turned the match on its head with six goals in the opening five minutes of the third quarter to cruise to victory.
The midfield class of Elliott Powell, Cameron McNeill, Tory Ziems and Trent Turner proved too much for Kyabram who were outscored 21 goals to four after the long break.
“The first half was frustrating because we probably had 90 per cent of the play but fell down going forward,” Robertson said.
“Once we restructured and organised ourselves better we took control.
“We just needed to play it a bit smarter.
“I think we kicked 10 goals in the third quarter and 11 in the last so it was a fairly dominant performance.
“We had a good side and it showed in the end.”
Mitta United forward James Gray and Ziems led the scoring spree with four goals each while Powell and Jack Price hit the scoreboard when left unattended drifting forward.
Co-captain Trent Castles was able to find space in the second-half and finished with three majors.
At the other end of the ground, Beechworth’s Brayden Carey was outstanding across half-back with support coming from Damien Jones.
Robertson said the league was building its representative reputation each year.
“I was really happy with how everyone went about it,” he said.
“The commitment was good and I think it showed in the way the boys played.”
Kyabram’s Thomas Davies and Chris Kilmartin tried hard but were brought down by sheer weight of numbers.
Dederang-Mount Beauty’s Joel Heiner had a groin injury put him out of the second half.