THE Kyabram District Football League stayed close to Colac and District for much of its contest, but could not gather the overall result.
After a tedious four-hour journey to Central Reserve to take on Colac on its home turf, both sides hit the ground running.
Undera’s Kaine Herbert took to representative football in the same way he dominates on a Saturday to be the KDFL’s best on ground.
Coach Mark Patten said the midfield ace led the way in terms of ball use for the side.
‘‘He was one of our cleaner players and a bit of a one-touch player and Tyson (Sidebottom) wasn’t far behind him (in terms of best players on the ground), he took a little bit to get going, but they were both prominent,’’ he said.
The KDFL trailed by just eight points at quarter-time, but the margin increased to 26 points at the main break with Rushworth’s Ryan Dunmore his side’s only goal-kicker in the second term.
It was a defence that needed to stand up against plenty of challenges, with Dustin Walters and Christian Kelly each kicking four goals for Colac.
But Stanhope’s James Fraser and Undera’s Brenton Campbell stuck to their roles and kept the damage down, while ruck work from Mitch Sidebottom allowed the onballers to shine.
‘‘We thought their midfield was good, but the opposition coach thought our midfield was fantastic so the midfield nullified each other,’’ Patten said.
‘‘We thought we were even across the ground, we just didn’t score goals as readily as we possibly could.
‘‘I think they were probably always in control of the game, but we did manage to get it back to a couple of goals late in the third term and were probably a realistic chance of pinching it, but didn’t take the momentum.’’
Colac dominated the last term, kicking four goals while Kyabram could manage just five points as the final margin blew out to 46 points.
‘‘The guys represented the league really well and did a great job and can be proud,’’ Patten said.
‘‘The final score didn’t show the full nature of the game, in fairness they were about three goals in front of us, but it certainly wasn’t a seven or eight-goal deficit.’’