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Finals still a chance for reigning premiers

TOO GOOD: Collingullie-GP’s Matt Beckmans fires off a handball in front of GGGM’s Lachlan Steward at Crossroads Oval. Picture: Laura HardwickCOLLINGULLIE-Glenfield Park kept their finals hopes alive with a spirited 41-point victory over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Saturday.
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The reigning premiers moved back within four points of the top five by proving far too good for the Lions, 11.12 (78) to 5.7 (37) at Crossroads Oval.

Playing in muddy conditions, the Demons were still able to get their running game going as they moved the ball far superior to the under-siege Lions.

Collingullie-GP won the midfield battle and with James Morris dangerous deep in attack, ran out convincing winners.

Six unanswered goals in the second term set up the victory as the Demons went from trailing to 27 points up at the main break.

The Lions kicked the first two goals of the second half to close back within 15 points but that was it as the Demons responded with the final four goals of the game.

Collingullie-GP coach Brett Lenon was thrilled with the victory but was not getting carried away with talk of finals just yet.

“We’re not looking too far ahead,” Lenon said.

“We all know it’s within reach but we’re not concerning ourselves with that.

“We’ll just go a week at a time, I know it’s an old cliche but it’s a week at a time. We’re not in a position where we can afford to get ahead of ourselves so we’ll take it a week at a time, and start with Coolamon next week and go from there.

“If we’re going to be any chance we just need to keep winning.”

Lenon was pleased to see the fire back within his Demons team.

“When we’re up and about and we have got these things right, our effort and pressure, then we have the ability to press sides and win games of footy,” he said.

“That was the most pleasing part, that the fire is still there and we have taken a good step in the right direction.”

Lenon said there were a couple of key areas that the Demons focused on and it worked.

“We’ve been working on a lot of stuff, all year. This week we put a lot of emphasis on effort, overall commitment, I suppose, to the club and to each other,” he said.

“We had a big build up this week and to get back on the board in the way they did, I thought we tackled excellent, our pressure across the board was excellent and that’s probably what set up the win.”

The Demons had winners all over the ground. Jayden Klemke (26 possessions), Matt Klemke and Matt Beckmans all had a lot of the footy through the midfield. Tom Keogh (23 possessions)was good in the ruck, while James Morris finished with four goals.

For the Lions, James Lawton was always dangerous, as usual, and finished with four goals. Adam Cullen was the other to shine.

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