Nirranda's premiership defence is in full swing

TOP SHOW: Nirranda defender Nathan Couch. Picture: Christine Ansorge

TOP SHOW: Nirranda defender Nathan Couch. Picture: Christine Ansorge

NIRRANDA’s premiership defence is in full swing.

The reigning premier recorded its biggest total of the season on Saturday, thrashing East Warrnambool by 187 points.

It was also the Bombers’ biggest defeat of the season to date.

Blues co-coach Shane Threlfall said his side’s ability to hold structures leading into a qualifying final was pleasing.

“We were really pleased with our boys on a whole,” he said.

“We did push inside 50 a little bit too much, so we need to hold back a little bit. But it was generally really pleasing.

“We’re able to lock it inside our forward line and we were able to do it again, which helped us.”

Threlfall subbed mercurial forward Jack Primmer from the game early on as a precautionary measure after he suffered cramping.

“I reckon we’ll be OK on the injury front,” Threlfall said.

“We’re pretty confident Jack will be fine, it was more of a precautionary measure. We were just conservative in our management of him.”

The former Terang Mortlake coach said the Blues would ease off training in a bid to ensure full fitness for the qualifying final against Kolora-Noorat.

“If anything, we’ll lighten off a fraction. You want to be fresh for finals, because it’s a big campaign,” Threlfall said.

“We want to freshen the boys up a bit, so we’ll make sure we have the right recovery.

“Fitness isn’t an issue at this stage – you’ve either got it or you don’t.”