Henty firms for finish in top two | PHOTOS

PREMIERSHIP contender Henty delivered a blow to Howlong’s finals aspirations with a 45-point victory at Howlong on Saturday.

After an even opening quarter the Swampies asserted their authority by kicking 10 goals to four for a 13.16 (94) to 7.7 (49) win.

The victory ensured the Swampies remain in the hunt for a prized top-two finish, while the Spiders were nudged out of the top six with just five rounds remaining.

Henty co-coach Jamarl O’Sullivan was relieved to emerge with the four points after Howlong upset the Swampies in the corresponding fixture last season.

“Howlong at Howlong is always a dangerous proposition, especially when it’s wet with their big bodies,” O’Sullivan said.

“Luckily it wasn’t that wet and we have some good key targets that were able to take some grabs up forward.

“We got a couple of goals early to help build momentum and had a really good third quarter when we were able to keep them goalless.

“We just rolled the sleeves up and got the job done and everyone did their bit.”

Adding further merit to the win, the Swampies went into the clash without key forwards Ryan Hon and Jason Brown who missed with minor knee complaints.

Strong marking forward Shannon Terlich and Roy Jaques stepped up in the pair’s absence and ensured the visitors kicked a winning score.

Jaques caused the Spiders’ defence plenty of headaches and looms as a nightmare for opposition who struggle to find a suitable match-up against the man mountain.