Demons beaten, the giant awaits

By Andrew Johnston

ROCHESTER has set itself up for a final round showdown with Goulburn Valley League powerhouse Kyabram following a big win against Shepp United on Saturday.

And the win ensured Tigers sent favourite son Dylan Cuttriss off in style.

The 200-game premiership player farewelled Moon Oval as his beloved Tigers put the Demons to the sword in a 74-point thrashing.

Rochester coach James Flaherty said the club was happy with the outcome.

‘‘Going into the split round we had a goal,’’ he said.

‘‘We wanted to come home strong and get a few wins to finish off the year.

‘‘We have two wins from that period now and we are pretty happy with that result.’’

The Tigers had all the usual suspects on board, with Steven Stroobants kicking five goals and Rhys Free also kicking three.

‘‘We had a really solid contribution across the ground,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘We needed all our plans to pay off and everyone needed to give their best for us to get the result we did, so I’m happy that all the boys made a contribution across the game.

‘‘It was a good continuation of our form heading into next week.’’

And this Saturday brings the biggest challenge of all — Kyabram.

The reinging premier is undefeated in almost three years of competition football and looks to be steamrolling its way to another premiers and champions title in 2018.

‘‘It’s an interesting game to prepare for,’’ Flaherty said of the upcoming clash with the Bombers.

‘‘There isn’t much more you can say about Ky that hasn’t already been said.

‘‘They’re a dominant football team and we are always looking to be better against them.

‘‘We played earlier this year and produced three really good quarters of football, but they ran away when we slipped up a bit.

‘‘It’s going to be a tough contest, but we are going to give it our all and see exactly where we are at.’’

The team will also have the added incentive of Ash Watson playing his 200th game, while James Gledhill plays his 150th.

‘‘Obviously the challenge is there, but there is some added motivation with these guys in milestone games,’’ Flaherty said.