THE WAIT for Lockington-Bamawm United’s first win of 2017 ended in style on Saturday as the Cats took apart Mount Pleasant for a 74-point win at the Nichol Trading Oval.
In the process LBU avenged its round one loss to the Blues and showed it had made some strides despite eight losses to start the season.
Coach Peter Gibbs said he was excited with what he’d seen.
‘‘I saw young kids prepared to run, have a crack and take the game on,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s great, not just for our players but for the supporters; you could see the happiness, or relief, in their faces as we came off the ground.
‘‘It’s good for the club that we’ve got the monkey off our back.’’
The Cats turned up ready to roll and before the Blues could settle had raced to a 27-point quarter-time lead.
The domination continued in the second as they piled on another five goals; a 49-point half-time lead putting them right in the box seat to break through for their maiden win.
Its scoring slowed down some in the third term but the defence held strong to not let Mount Pleasant anywhere near the contest, the Cats entering the final term with a 61-point lead and the game all but wrapped up.
LBU continued its onslaught in the last but couldn’t quite capitalise on its chances with 3.7, but ran out winners 15.12 (102) to 4.4 (28).
In the end it was total domination, 27 scoring shots to eight.
And Gibbs said the credit went to a rock solid backline.
‘‘Defensively they all did their roles well and no key forwards for them were able to kick a goal at all,’’ he said. ‘‘Defensively they were stoic, but they also ran well and created some handball receives.’’
Gibbs said a brilliant display from Meyrick Buchanan was one of the best performances he’d ever seen.
‘‘I haven’t seen anyone dominate a game like that,’’ he said.
‘‘He played through the middle; we don’t take personal stats but he would have had well over 40 touches and he uses the ball so well.
‘‘He set up a lot of our play, and not far behind him was his brother (Callum Buchanan); it’s a pretty good combination to have.’’
Marcus Angove was also a key part of the midfield battle where LBU would take control of the contest.
Zeik Johnston, Hayden Mitchell and Daniel Zegelin led the goalkicking for the Cats, each kicking three goals.
The coach made mention of strong efforts from young guns Mitch Candy and Jeremy Felmingham in the win.
‘‘They’re keen and they’re ready to run; they didn’t miss a beat,’’ Gibbs said. ‘‘I told them to keep running, because if they do no one is going to catch them.’’
LBU will look to consolidate the win with another one when it battles Elmore away next weekend.