Kilmore’s Ciaran Barton brushes off a Lalor defender.

By Colin MacGillivray

FOR the first time since joining the Northern Football Netball League’s third division in 2016, Kilmore’s senior footballers sit atop the ladder.

The Blues got a handy percentage boost at the weekend thanks to a whopping 35.25 (235) to 1.2 (8) win against the struggling Lalor Bloods at JJ Clancy Reserve.

Kilmore was on from the start, grabbing a 10-goal advantage at the first break and not letting up from there.

Centre half-forward Bailey Taylor-Egan had his best game of the season with seven goals, one of many Blues who shone on the afternoon.

Small forward Max Lacorcia finally got reward for his repeated pressure with his first senior goal, and booted another three afterwards to be among the Blues’ best.

Debutant Liam Salter also had four, while more experienced campaigners like Marcus Webb, five, Chris Jackson, four, Grant Paxton, four, and Ciaran Barton, three, kept the goal umpires busy.

The victory boosted Kilmore’s percentage to a league-best 282.2, edging the 5-1 Blues in front of Old Eltham Collegians and Laurimar.

Coach Nathan Phillips said his team’s miserly defence – which has allowed an average of only 39.3 points per game – was finally starting to gain the recognition it deserved.

He said his team would now have a target on its back as the ladder leader.

“I believe our back six are the best in the comp. For a couple of years we have probably been a little bit underrated in that department,” he said.

“It’s good to be on top. We haven’t been on top at all in this competition before, so it’s another first for us.

“Now the challenge is to maintain it and keep it if we can. We’re going to have to be at our best every week to be able to do that.”

Phillips said the Blues would be tested with an away game at Mernda on Saturday, but should be bolstered by the possible inclusions of Luke Chapman, Scott Swindells, Mick McCulloch, Hayden Phillips and Adam Milne, all of whom were managed with injury niggles at the weekend.

“Mernda always match up well with us, so we definitely won’t be taking them lightly,” he said.

“They’ve got some good forwards and good young kids, so we’ll have to be at our best down there.”

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