By Jackson Russell
Whittlesea are now just a game off top spot on the NFNL division two ladder after a 132-point win over Epping at home on Saturday.
The Eagles were in control from the outset, taking a 43-point lead into quarter time with a seven-goal first term while holding the Pingers to just two behinds.
Scoring slowed for Whittlesea, adding three goals to their tally while holding Epping scoreless in the second term as the lead grew to 65 points at half-time.
The Pingers were held scoreless once again while the Eagles booted another four majors to extend the lead out to 94 points at three-quarter time.
Epping added just two more behinds while Whittlesea piled on six goals in the final term.
Whittlesea coach Blair Harvey said the challenge was to win and win well and his charges passed with flying colours.
“We knew we had to beat them well so it was good the boys weren’t complacent,” he said.
“We tried different guys in different positions at different time to have some new looks against the sides we might come up against in the finals.
Some guys were solid but the key performances were from Matt Atta, Mitchell Andrews and Curtis Taplin. Those three boys really stood out on the day.”
Whittlesea takes on St Mary’s this week, who despite their 4-7 record have beaten some of the competition’s top sides.
“St Mary’s are the most in form side in the comp so it’s a game we won’t take lightly, that’s for sure,” Harvey said.
Whittlesea 20.16 (136) def Epping 0.4 (4)
Goals: N. Pupillo 3, C. Taplin 3, C. McCabe 3, M. Atta 3, M. Andrews 2, R. Carter 2, C. Bland, J. Murphy, B. Watson, Z. Molloy.
Best: M. Atta, M. Andrews, C. Taplin, C. McCabe, R. Johnson, B. Watson.
Best: C. Chilcott, S. Solomon, D. Nourish, T. Burnside, C. Middleton, L. Aquilina.