Nagambie has asserted itself over the rest of the competition with another huge win — this time over finals aspirant Girgarre.
The Kangaroos — in seventh place on ladder — were outplayed from the opening bounce, thanks largely to the Lakers’ impressive engine room.
Nagambie’s mids were clearly on top of a hapless Kangaroos, in the opening term in particular, with the Lakers winning the first quarter clearances 10-2 and dominating all over the ground.
Mick Roberts was once again brilliant, picking up possessions at will and proving why he is one of the competition’s elite players.
‘‘He’s just a big, strong body in there, you can’t knock him off the footy and he knows where to go to get the footy,’’ Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan said of Roberts.
‘‘He had a lot of influence for sure.’’
Girgarre managed a solitary behind in the opening quarter, while Nagambie skipped away to hold a 39-point lead by the first break.
The Kangaroos managed to rein the Lakers in somewhat in the second term, restricting them to four goals while kicking their first major of the day.
However the Lakers continued the onslaught in the second half and skipped away to a 78-point win.
‘‘I’m pretty happy with how we went,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘Our mids were well on top and winning most of the footy and our defence was really good as well.’’
Danny Haysom was another to fire for the Lakers.
Haysom rotated between the forward line and the midfield and booted six goals, while Kyle Winter-Irving kicked four majors.
The Lakers have had a few easy games in recent weeks, but the going gets a little tougher this week against the fourth-placed Lancaster.
Pressure will be on for spots this week, with a number of key players a possibility to return from injury — including Jackson Hutton (who played in the reserves on Saturday), Matt Waterson and Brett Connors.
Pat Rattray — who was cleared to the club last week — is another who is a chance to return to the seniors, possibly taking the spot of out-of-touch forward Harley Taylor-Lloyd.
Taylor-Lloyd has only managed six goals in nine games at full-forward. He didn’t kick any on Saturday, and will be feeling the heat.
‘‘He (Rattray) seems well, and if he’s fit and able and his body holds up, I don’t see why he couldn’t break in to the seniors,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘But it’s not just Patty putting the pressure on, all the blokes are putting pressure on each other.
‘‘If you have a bad run for three, four, five weeks, there’s plenty of blokes in the twos who are knocking on the door.’’
Score: Nagambie 17.16 (118) d Girgarre 5.10 (40).
Goals: D. Haysom 6; K. Winter-Irving 4; M. Roberts 2; D. Lowry, M. Winter-Irving, M. Shiels, A. Haysom, B. Hutton.
Best: M. Roberts, K. Winter-Irving, N. Fothergill, D. Haysom, A. Haysom, B. Hutton.
Nagambie’s season is on the rebuild after it notched its fifth win of the year against Girgarre on Saturday.
The Lakers dropped their first three games of the season — but have won five of the past six outings — to resurrect their chance of back-to-back premierships.
Pat Rattray has returned to Laker-land after playing the opening half of the season with Yea.
Rattray was leading the league goalkicking up until his departure a fortnight ago from the Tigers, and has booted five goals — two on Saturday — from his two outings for the Lakers since his return.
The Lakers outshone their opponents from the opening bounce on Saturday, keeping the Kangaroos scoreless in the first term and allowing them just two majors for the entire match.
While the Lakers themselves didn’t set the scoreboard alight either — they only managed an inaccurate 7.12 for the match — they were well in control all over the ground.
Paul McLoughlin and Finton Butler were the Lakers’ best in the win.
Score: Nagambie 7.12 (54) d Girgarre 2.4 (16).
Goals: J. Hutton, P. Rattray 2; M. Mensfeld, B. Taylor-Lloyd, H. Lowry.
Best: P. McLoughlin, F. Butler, K. Shepherd, M. Sloan, J. Lloyd, W. Ulrich.