A united Timboon hands Nirranda its first loss and lowest score for the season

HAPPY TIMES: Timboon's Sam Negrello is all smiles after the Demons secured a come from behind victory over a previously undefeated Nirranda. Picture: Morgan Hancock
HAPPY TIMES: Timboon's Sam Negrello is all smiles after the Demons secured a come from behind victory over a previously undefeated Nirranda. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Timboon had a mountain to climb against a rampaging Nirranda.

But the Demons united and handed the Blues their first defeat for the year.

Timboon trailed at every break, before storming home to kick three goals to one in the final term to turn an eight-point deficit into a 9.2 (56) to 7.10 (52) triumph.

Demons mentor Mick Hunt said his sides’ ability to stick together helped secure the upset victory.

“We just kept borrowing in and kept working hard,” he said. “Our players were picking one another up off the ground and looking after one another and it was a good sign to show that we are gelling with one another.”

Hunt also believed the Demons hunger for the contest was a significant factor.

“I thought we have been very good at contested footy and our fitness has been a problem because we had a late start, but I thought today we won the contested footy and that was the difference,” he said.

“We fought out the game really well compared to other games where we have sort of stopped or dropped off and today we didn't do that and it’s good for the boys, as they needed to win.

“Winning today puts us into a good position for the next five games where if we can play anywhere near to our potential we can square the ledger.”

Timboon were deadly accurate in front of goal, kicking just two points in the second and fourth quarters, while the Demons frantic pressure pushed the Blues wide and forced them into kicking 10 behinds and Hunt said that also made a difference.

“I’ve been in games where we have been kicking badly and today and we were kicking our goals,” he said

“We had a bit of a plan that if we could force them a little bit wider than what they wanted to go and knowing that it would be slippery and wet meant it would be harder for them to kick goals.”

Leigh McKenzie relished the move from forward line to the back line with a best on ground performance, while Marcus Hickey and Andy Hargreaves continued their good form. Up forward the Demons shared the load with Sam Negrello (two goals) the only multiple goal scorer.

Hunt was pleased with his sides ability to defend Nirranda and limit the Blues to their lowest score for the season. Peter Mcdowall and Nick Couch were named at the top of Blues’ best players, while James Willsher and Jesse Dalton kicked two goals each.