TERANG Mortlake shrugged off a gallant Hamilton outfit in their round six Hampden league senior football encounter on Saturday.
The Bloods have now set up a clash with South Warrnambool for fifth position on the ladder following the 15.12 (102) to 11.15 (81) victory.
Bloods coach Michael Sargeant said he was “pretty happy” with the win but added patches in quarters hurt his side at times.
“The first five minutes of every quarter we let ourselves down a bit but we controlled the game I think,” he said.
“Really it was just the first five minutes where they would kick goals and then we’d peg it back and get in front.
“We were in control without putting them away.”
Hamilton entered quarter time seven points ahead before Terang Mortlake reduced their lead to just two points at half-time.
The Bloods began to win the ball in the clinches and surge forward in the third quarter as they opened up a 10 point lead with one term to play.
Terang Mortlake finished with four goals to Hamilton’s two as the Bloods’ forward entries started to pay dividends.
“We were well on top in the midfield and in the second half we started converting our entries,” Sargeant said.
Brodie Carroll, Isaac Wareham and Mark Clissold drew the coach’s praise for their performances against the Kangaroos.
“Brodie in the midfield was really good, getting a lot of clearances,” Sargeant said.
“Isaac was terrific in the second half and Mark kicked four goals in the second half.”
The Bloods will host the Roosters at Terang Recreation Reserve on Saturday with South Warrnambool (fifth) and Terang Mortlake (sixth) only separated by percentage.
“It’s a pretty important game,” Sargeant said.
“Obviously we’re both three and three and had pretty similar starts to the year.”
Sargeant said his side would need to nullify the Roosters in the ruck and midfield but thinks his forward line can stretch the South Warrnambool defence come Saturday.
On the injury front, Sargeant said Stephen Staunton was also nearing a return, with the Bloods to “err on the side of caution” with their star big man.
Staunton injured his hamstring in the win against Warrnambool and has missed the last two victories.
In the other Terang Mortlake football results, the reserves (13 points), under 18.5s (68) and under 16s (77) all suffered defeats against the Kangaroos at Melville Oval.