KOROIT midfielder James Gow put his VFL experience to good use, producing a best-on-ground display in his return to the TAC Cup on Sunday.
The Saints premiership player gathered a game-high 33 touches as North Ballarat Rebels held off a persistent Western Jets by 10 points at Stawell’s Central Park.
Rebels coach Gerard FitzGerald said Gow, who spent two games as the Roosters’ 23rd player, played with confidence.
“He’s had a bank of games now at the next level and his self-belief would be enhanced by what he’s been through,” he said.
Portland running machine Lochie Huppatz and Camperdown rebounding defender Cedric Cox both had 18 disposals in the 14.12 (96) to 12.14 (86) win.
FitzGerald said the Rebels’ five-goal third-quarter lead evaporated to five points in the final term as the Jets wrested momentum.
“Our resilience was better today and we withstood the challenge. We had better composure than last week.”