ELMORE has opened its account for the season, winning a high-scoring encounter against Lockington-Bamawm United away from home at the Nichol Trading Oval on Saturday.
After leading for all of the game, the Cats hit the front in the third quarter before a strong response saw Elmore run away late with a 134-110 win.
Shane Brewster led the way for Elmore with five goals, while Dale Williamson and Trent Lang both chipped in with four as they posted a massive total.
Elmore coach Danny Brewster said to recover the lead after losing it in the third quarter had taken real character.
‘‘We’re very excited with the win, we were headed in the second half and the response was fantastic,’’ he said.
‘‘The message at three-quarter time was to just keep going, and to keep the pressure up. We knew that could get us back in front.
‘‘It was good to see the younger kids didn’t drop their heads. The more experienced boys stood up and helped us get across the line.’’
Elmore had a five goal lead in the first quarter before a late LBU charge, and led by a similar margin (27 points) at the main break.
They held just a four-point lead at three-quarter time, before a last quarter blitz saw Elmore claim a 24-point win.
The experience of Jack Hayes was crucial in the win for Elmore, as was James Harney with some big marks.
‘‘Jack was fantastic all day with his leadership and his attack on the footy,’’ Brewster said.
The coach was thrilled with the pressure his side brought after a lacklustre round one performance against White Hills in a 98-point loss.
‘‘The pressure we brought was certainly the most pleasing aspect of the performance,’’ Brewster said.
‘‘There was no real pressure on our opponent in week one. Our main focus was definitely to put pressure on them, so we could force them to turn the ball over.
‘‘There’s plenty of improvement left in us as a young side, and it’s good we’ve learned those lessons from round one mistakes and fixed them.’’
Sitting with a level 1-1 record after round two, Elmore will host Colbinabbin next week as it looks to string consecutive wins together.
‘‘We expect a tough challenge, Colbinabbin look like they’ll be very competitive again this year,’’ Brewster said.
‘‘If we can bring that intensity from the weekend, we can get a good result and performance.’’