Big W puts on show of strength

Wimmera Football League's representative team put on a show of strength against North Central in the Worksafe Country Championships on Saturday at St Arnaud.

Stawell captain Tom Eckel in action for the Wimmera.

Stawell captain Tom Eckel in action for the Wimmera.

The Big W took control of the match early and maintained pressure throughout to run out easy winners in the end by 63 points.

Ararat power forward, Beau Cosson, set the tone early when he booted three first quarter goals to set up a nine point lead at the first break.

From there the scoreboard only got worse for North Central as Wimmera piled on nine unanswered goals, seven of them in the second term.

"We were really good in the second quarter, but then we went missing a little in the third," coach Louie Dalziel said.

Wimmera looked a little flat in the third term and allowed North Central to cut the margin.

However, the match winning margin that was set up in the second quarter was never really threatened and the hard running Wimmera went on to record a comfortable victory in the end.

The scoreboard at the final siren was Wimmera Football League 21.15.141 defeating North Central 11.11.77.

"We had a handy lead all day," Dalziel said.

"We slowed down in the third term, but shot away in the last. I'm stoked."

After losing last year, Dalziel was happy for the group to finally be successful.

"It's very rare that you have a game where everyone does their bit," Dalziel said.

"Today was one of those days where we just didn't have a non contributor on the ground.

Patrick Notts was awarded the medal for a best on ground performance for his intensity through the middle of the ground.

Notts was assisted by big man Kieran Delahunty who gave the Big W first use of the football time and time again.

Other solid performers were captain Nic Pekin and Beau Cosson.

Cosson added just two goals after quarter time to finish the game with five majors.

"Beau was a really good target for the boys to hit up," Dalziel said.

"He worked hard and presented all day."

Tom Eckel, the only Stawell player to represent the Wimmera in the seniors, started the game slowly, but lifted after the opening term.

"Tom took a bit to get going. He finished the game with two goals and for a young bloke, he played really well," Dalziel said.

Six weeks ago when Dalziel and the coaching group got together they had a plan.

The plan was to be a high intensity team who ran and carried the ball.

"To be able to put a plan in place and have it come off is very impressive," Dalziel said.


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