Another week, another big win

August 09, 2011, 09:30 PM AEST


Patrick Lane Sunbury & Melton Leader

IT WAS a textbook demonstration of unrelenting dominance.

For the 15th week in a row, Sunbury pounded its Ballarat Football League opposition into submission, beating Sebastopol 30.25 (205) to 2.2 (14).

The local powerhouse, notorious for sharing its goals among its midfielders, has kicked 63 goals in a fortnight.

And, while the job is far from done, Sunbury will cool its heels with a Round 17 bye, knowing only self-destruction can derail its premiership quest.

Save for a Jay Cheep rolled ankle, nothing went wrong for the Lions at Clarke Oval on Saturday.

A seven-goal-to-one first quarter set up the thrashing and nine more unanswered majors before halftime knocked Sebastopol down.

Despite the perceived walk in the park, however, Sunbury was unforgiving all day, and coach Rick Horwood knows why.

"A lot of their guys are playing for their spots," he said. "It's getting down to the business end of the season so everyone is really concentrating all the time.

"They are really playing as a team and playing to team structures because they know somebody might take their spot if they don't."

All of Sunbury's regulars fired in front of goal, with Dale Ciunik kicking six, Ross Sleight kicking five and Cameron McCabe five.

Under-18s captain James Rizk was blooded for the first time and was outstanding.

Stand-in ruckman David Kovacevic again assumed Cariss's role with aplomb, while Cheep and Ben Jordan were as sublime as the Sunbury faithful have come to expect.

Horwood revealed the footballs will remain under lock and key this week at Clarke Oval as the Lions will turn to strength and conditioning work in the lead-up to finals.

Sunbury players will be given the weekend off while, perhaps not surprisingly, Horwood will be in the stands at Lake Wendouree's clash with Redan.

A date with the Lakers is guaranteed in the first week of finals, but the Lions still have a Round 18 fixture with fellow finals contender North Ballarat City.

For Horwood, the final dress rehearsal against "quality opposition" is a blessing.

"We are rapt that we are playing a really good team in the last home-and-away match. I don't know whether it would have been great preparation going into finals having won our last two matches by 190-odd points," he said.

Cariss, Clarke and Cheep will be available in Round 18.

Elsewhere in the BFL, Lake Wendouree defeated Ballarat, Redan thrashed East Point, North Ballarat City defeated Bacchus Marsh and Melton South claimed territorial rule against Melton by a point.

Ladder: Sunbury 64, Lake Wendouree 52, North Ballarat City 44 (137.25), Redan 44 (120.09), Melton South 44 (95.69), Ballarat 40, East Point 36, Bacchus Marsh 24, Sebastopol 20, Melton 16, Darley 8.

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