WASHING machines will be running around the clock after Ballan overcame the heavy conditions and Smythesdale on Saturday.
The Bluesheld the Bulldogs goalless to record a 134-point win in the mud at home to keep a firm grip on seventh spot.
Ballan hit its straps with a seven-goal third term, ignited by the play of the day from midfielder Shaun Campbell. Campbell’s mid-air volley from the centre clearance hit Sam Hitchings, who found Dan King for the third of his seven goals.
Smythesdale coach Stephen Frys praised the efforts of his charges, despite losing three players to injury.
“I’m very proud of our effort today, we made them work for it. Our attack on the footy was pleasing,” Frys said.
The Bulldogs lost midfielders John Cranny and Aaron Cameron to shoulder issuesand Stephen Smith to a possible rib injury.
The Dogs were best served by Rylan Rattley, Damien Kennedy and Mark Hocking, who never stopped working despite a one-man bench and the trying conditions. For the Blues,King, Campbell,Kyle Doyle andDanny Mullane led the way.
After the win, Ballan coach Mark Williams spoke about the future in light of his new two-year contract.
“We want to keep this list together. We have seven or eight players aged between 21-25 and another nine in the 25-28 bracket, so the future’s looking good. Today was very pleasing, the boys got the job done,” he said.
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