Matt Swindells and Jaxson Kinnear celebrate one of Kilmore's 24 goals during a big win against Reservoir in May 2021..

By Colin MacGillivray

KILMORE’S Northern Football Netball League division three season appears firmly back on track after a 24.27 (171) to 4.5 (29) demolition of Reservoir on Saturday.

The Blues dominated from start to finish at JJ Clancy Reserve, winning the ball easily through the midfield and setting up a host of goal kickers.

Chris Ryall did plenty of damage around the stoppages and pushed forward to kick three goals, but it was defender Adam Milne who was named best afield.

Bailey Taylor-Egan presented strongly at centre half-forward and booted three goals and Luke Chapman was the side’s top goal kicker with four.

Coach Nathan Phillips said it was hard to pick Kilmore’s best after the dominant effort.

“We were a little bit lazy at times, which we need to get out of our game, but all in all it was a good effort and you can’t knock the blokes for a 140-point win,” he said.

Among the few negatives to come from the match were potential injuries to Mick Marrett and Pete De Sousa.

A few vocal Kilmore supporters also left disappointed after repeatedly calling for the Blues to feed defender Grant Paxton the ball in the forward line during the final term.

Despite multiple shots at goal, including one after the final siren, Paxton finished without a major.

Kilmore will face a more difficult test against Mernda this weekend, with the Demons coming off a 14.9 (93) to 8.3 (51) loss to Old Eltham Collegians.

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A three-goal game from Josh Mazzarella and good games from Tom McMahon, Lachlan Taylor and Michael Evans were not enough to keep Mernda in the game, as the team fell to its fourth loss from five games.

Laurimar suffered its first setback of the season on the road against Heidelberg West, going down 12.10 (82) to 8.20 (68).

The Power were left to rue a day of wayward kicking as they trailed by 20 points at the final change despite having registered five more scoring shots than their opponents.

Luke Wilson was Laurimar’s best performer, with Brayden Burgess, Ethan Gorski and Kaiden Arthur also refusing to give up.

The Power will face the toughest road trip in the division as they take on powerhouse South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve this Saturday.

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