Cobras shine against Burras

Isaac Nixon. (Ljubica Vrankovic). 403538_24

Tara Murray

Bacchus Marsh put together its best performance of the Ballarat Football League season to beat Sebastopol on Saturday.

The Cobras travelled up to Ballarat to face the Burras, with both sides entering the match with one win.

The Cobras led by 16 points at quarter time and the margin was two goals at half time.

Seven goals to none in the third quarter broke the game open in the favour of the Cobras.

With the game in their control the Cobras finished well to come away with a 17.19 (121)-7.7 (49) win.

Cobras coach Dennis Armfield said it was nice to put out a performance like that after being so close in other games.

“We should play in Ballarat more, we have two wins up there,” he said. “We’ve played some very good patches but not able to sustain it.

“We were able to do it for longer in the second half.”

Armfield said early on they allowed Sebastopol to get too many uncontested marks. He said once they shut that down in the second half they were able to take control of the game.

He said they were able to get some isolation for the forwards which led to scoring opportunities.

“It was the first game this year that everyone put the team first which was nice.

Isaac Nixon kicked 4.3 in a best on ground performance, while Armfield and Jake Owen kicked three each.

Jack Kovacevic and Ethan Mckercher were also named in the best.

Armfield said there were plenty of players that could have been named in the best. One who took his eye was 17-year-old Cade Hilton on debut.

“He was sensational,” Armfield said. “Standing next to him as a 37-year-old, it lifts you.

“Watching the freedom that he plays with. He got us going in the first half with his tackling and harassment.”

The Cobras now sit seventh on the ladder.

They face a winless Melton South this Saturday.

In other results, Melton was too strong for Ballarat.

After a slow start with just two goals kicked in the first quarter, the Bloods opened the game up in the second quarter with six goals to one.

Now with the game in control, the Bloods continued the momentum in the second half on the way to a 15.6 (96)-3.8 (26) win.

Kyle Borg kicked seven for the Bloods but it wasn’t enough to be named in the best.

Braedan Kight and Jaycob Hickey were named their best.

The Bloods remain atop the ladder, one of only two undefeated teams.

Darley is starting to find some form with a win against Redan on Saturday.

The Devils jumped out of the blocks and led by 41 points at quarter time.

That margin would stay about 40 points for most of the next two quarters, before the Devils finished off strongly to win, 19.11 (125)-8.11 (59).

Billy Myers kicked six goals in a best on ground performance. Harley Inglis was also strong up forward with five goals.

The Devils sit in third and will face second placed Sunbury Lions on Saturday.

Melton South had the bye on the weekend.

In the women’s football, both Bacchus Marsh and Darley got wins.

The Cobras won a low scoring affair against Lake Wendouree, getting the points, 4.10 (34)-3.5 (23).

The Devils continued their unbeaten run with a 15.13 (103)-3.2 (20).

The Devils sit in second spot and Bacchus Marsh in third.