Merrivale Tigers record big win over East Warrnambool following first-quarter blitz

Goal kicker: Merrivale's Josh Britton booted three goals in his side's win against East Warrnambool on Saturday. Picture: Christine Ansorge.
Goal kicker: Merrivale's Josh Britton booted three goals in his side's win against East Warrnambool on Saturday. Picture: Christine Ansorge.

Merrivale coach Jason Rowan hopes his side has put costly slow starts behind it.

And if Saturday’s first-quarter blitz against East Warrnambool was anything to go by, it seems it had.

The Tigers booted eight goals to none in the opening term to set-up the eventual 82-point win.

“The boys really came out firing,” he said.

“We have had a big emphasis on our first quarters the last few weeks, because we tend to chase tail.

“The emphasis was on getting a quick start and that is starting with the warm up.

“And the boys were up and about in the warm up which showed in the first quarter.”

The win sees the Tigers, who are one win out of the five, move one step closer in their hunt for finals spot.

“We just have to keep winning” Rowan said.

“And if we can sneak into the five then that starts again.

“We are taking it week by week and controlling what we can control.”