IT was a relentless Moyston/Willaura Pumas outfit that the Great Western Lions faced in a big loss in the Mininera and District Football League on Saturday.
Set up by a blistering eleven goal first quarter, the Pumas never looked back as they went about demolishing a wounded Lions outfit, who were left behind by a skilful and hungry team eager to get their finals campaign underway.
From the first bounce the Lions were put on the back foot when they lost star onball pair Lachie Malloy and BJ Burton to concussion in separate incidents inside the first ten minutes of the game.
Pumas veteran John Vanderwaal, playing up forward, along with classy onballers Jacob Hamilton and Luke Thomas, went about dismantling an inexperienced Lions, forcing the ball inside fifty on countless occasions.
Despite the best efforts of coach Nick Thomas, Bobby Garley and Danny Grellet there was little the Lions could do to stop the Pumas, with both Vanderwaal and star forward Aaron McKinnis kicking three goals each in the first quarter.
The Lions were able to stop the flow of play to some extent in the second term, as Lions stopper Tom McCord was sent into defence to play on McKinnis and players such as Shannon Notting and Tim Shalders were able to reduce the influence of the Pumas midfield.
After Lions captain Brett Dowie went down with a knee injury half way through the second term, the Lions were reduced to just eighteen players for the remainder of the match.
The Pumas continued to hit the scoreboard with Lachie Hamilton, despite close checking from Nick Thomas for most of the day, was able to impact the scoreboard and youngster Luke Walker kicked multiple goals to further increase the margin at the main break.
A depleted Lions outfit went about trying to earn back some respect in the third term and were able to keep the Pumas to four majors. The likes of Rayne Salmon and onballer Cody Virgona put themselves in numerous contests, while the continued efforts of defenders Thomas and McCord helped stop the Pumas from inflicting further damage.
The final siren could not have come quick enough for the Lions as they went down by 162 points.