Two in a row is timely boost for Melton

Melton's Ben Archard. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Tara Murray

Melton has finally notched up two wins in a row in the Ballarat Football League.

Having been inconsistent from week to week, the Bloods scored an important victory on Saturday against Lake Wendouree in their push to secure their spot in the top six and to finish the regular season as high up the ladder as possible.

Bloods coach Aaron Tymms said achieving successive wins was very satisfying.

“The last time we did that was in round three and four,” he said.

“It’s the first hurdle we needed to cross to make finals. We’re not safe yet.

“We thought if we could get off to a good start, that we could break them mentally.

“They were good for a while, but we able to break them.”

After leading by 14 points at quarter-time, the Bloods kicked away in the next three quarters to record a 18.13 (121)-7.3 (45)

Tymms said it was nice to be able to sit back and simply watch later in the game.

He said it was a good, even performance across the board.

“Most players are starting to hit their straps now,” he said.

“Braedan Kight ended up with eight goals, while Liam Carter [four goals] was also good up forward.

“The whole midfield group was good, too.”

The win moves Melton up to fifth in a very even ladder, with a game separating the top six teams.

Tymms said the players knew there was still plenty of work to do and that the possibility of missing out on finals remained.

“We face second, third and fourth in the run home and hopefully we can get a win in at
least one of those games to seal our spot,” he said.

“Having hard games can go either way. You can have sore bodies and be flat – or you can string games together and be full of confidence.”

Tymms said there were two or three players to come back as the club closed in on having its best side on the park.

The Bloods’ next challenge will be against the in-form Sunbury Lions, who have won their past six games and sit third.

Tymms said it was a match he was looking forward to.

“Sunbury gave us a good touch up earlier in the year,” he said. “They are well drilled and they have talent everywhere across the board.”

In other results, Darley was smashed 9.10 (64)-2.9 (21) by the Lions.

Bacchus Marsh lost 12.7 (79)-6.8 (44) to Sebastopol.