Merrivale trounces East Warrnambool as Jason Rowan kicks nine goals

BEST ON: Merrivale's Leatham Robe impressed against East Warrnambool.

BEST ON: Merrivale's Leatham Robe impressed against East Warrnambool.

MERRIVALE is looking to load-up when it returns after consecutive byes on the back of an emphatic 19.21 (135) to 4.4 (28) win over East Warrnambool on Saturday.

Led by coach Jason Rowan, who booted nine goals, and the in-form Leatham Robe, the Tigers were simply too strong for the Bombers.

They were up by 26 at the first change, 47 at the second and boomed out to a 75-point lead at three-quarter-time, before finishing 107-point winners.

“We’re playing our game style, really, making sure we execute that, and our ball use was a lot better,” Rowan said.

“That second quarter was disappointing when East tended to get a lot of numbers in our forward 50 – we didn’t really handle that well.”

The Tigers have a bye next week before the league-wide bye on July 15, but will look to hit the ground running when they return with a few players expected back from injury. “It’s going to be a solid, healthy squad there,” Rowan said.

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