SOUTH GAMBIER 18.14 (122) d KYBYBOLITE 6.4 (40)
SOUTH Gambier had a day out when it hosted Kybybolite for round three of the Limestone Coast Football League at Blue Lake Sports Park on Saturday.
With an impressive 122-40 point triumph, the result puts South third on the ladder with only percentage separating the top four teams.
Despite its eventual drubbing, Kyby showed promise in the opening term and banged through the first three goals.
But the hosts returned fire to kick three of their own and at the first break trailed by just a single point.
That marked a turning point in the game and the Demons carried the same momentum for the rest of the match.
They held the majority of play in the second quarter and could have blown out the score even more if their aim was true, adding five goals and seven behinds to Kyby’s point.
A closer quarter followed the main break, but South still outscored its rival four goals to two and entered the final stanza with a 49-point buffer.
The home team kept up the tempo in the fourth to polish the game off with an 82-point win.
Once again it was the ever-reliable Brett O’Neil who received the top honours, while youngster Kyle Jones also had an impact.
He scored two goals, as did Brayden Kain, who is usually the focal point up forward.
However, on Saturday it was the Brodie Foster and Sam Willis show as the pair collected five and four goals respectively.
The output from Foster has raised him to the top of the goal-kicking table with a total of 11.
Another young face among the best players was Colby Munro, who backed up his impressive feats against Kalangadoo last week with another quality game.
Taylor Saffin was strong down back and Robert Hein was also a key contributor in what was the largest margin of the Limestone Coast Football League to date.
For Kybybolite Bill Laurie put in another top-tier performance, but it was not enough to keep South at bay.
The loss is Kyby’s third for the year and it will now need nothing short of a miracle to earn a place in finals.
South on the other hand sits in prime position and has so far raised the bar every week.
However, a clash with ladder-leader Mundulla this week means the Demons will need to turn up the heat even further.