Douglas puts spring into Kangaroos’ step

A PRODUCTIVE Hugh Douglas performance in attack helped Hamilton Kangaroos upset 2013 grand finalist Koroit yesterday.

Hugh Douglas: five goals.

Hugh Douglas: five goals.

The fast-finishing Kangaroos recorded a 14.8 (92) to 12.11 (83) win at Melville Oval.

Koroit had a nine-point lead 14 minutes into the final term but Hamilton Kangaroos came home with a flurry to provide new coach Jarrod Holt with his first win.

The Saints were 20 points up at quarter-time but found themselves two points down at half-time after the Kangaroos kicked four unanswered goals.

The two sides booted two goals apiece in the third term, leaving the Saints one point clear at the break and setting up a thrilling final quarter.

Douglas slotted five goals for the Kangaroos and recruit Tim Meulendyks was their best.

Jesse White kicked four first-quarter goals for the Saints, whose best was ruckman Jeremy Hausler. 

Cobden was too strong for South Warrnambool, celebrating a 20.18 (138) to 14.7 (91) win at Friendly Societies’ Park on Saturday. South Warrnambool went goalless in the opening term and faced a 29-point deficit at the first break.

Roosters coach Matt Monk said his side showed heart after quarter-time.

“With where we are we have to look at positives and with individuals the signs were good things,” he said.

“Harry Lee played well and the continued form of Sam Kelly is good and the fact we kicked 14.7.”

Monk said the Bombers’ run and carry hurt the Roosters.

“Last week our ball use was the big problem, this week we couldn’t stick a tackle and in the clearances we got smashed,” he said.

“Cobden was really good. A bit like Warrnambool, they back themselves to run and when we turned it over they made us pay.”

South Warrnambool midfielder Sam Thompson injured his shoulder and recruit Inoke Ratu was sent off and reported in the second quarter. Monk said Ratu “lost his temper”.

“In some manner he flew the flag and if anything we lifted,” he said. “In saying that, that’s not how we wanted to play footy.”


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