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   Jul 06

McMahon’s Tigers sizzle in big Toohey Trophy victory

STAR PERFORMER: Springbank forward Paul McMahon (right) and Gordon’s Luke Gunnell jostle for position on Saturday. McMahon was named best on ground for his nine-goal effort. Picture: Kate Healy. Story: John McGregor.
Nanjing Night Net

SPRINGBANK humbled one-week ladder leader Gordon with a 91-point smacking on Saturday.

The Tigers pounced early and were never headed, withgrit and determination dictatingplay.

A modest 11-point lead at the first change suddenly blew out to a 43-point margin by half time.That seven-goal quarter by the GJ Gardner Tigers saw sharpshooter Paul McMahon kick three in six minutes as the Springbank midfield ran amok.

McMahon wasn’t done yet. He booted a further six majors for a total of nine forthe day and was awarded the Moorabool Medal for best on ground.

North Ballarat-listed player Nick Couch kicked three handy goals on his way back to fitness, with Roosters’ coach Gerard FitzGerald on hand tocheckout hisprogress.

It was a slick showing by Springbank and players like Brock Freeman threw himself into the fray. Hetook it up to Eagles ruckman Luke Gunnell. Lots of drive came from Matt Tyler, Joel Maher andSimon Quinlan.Ben Quinlan, Matt Raworth, Gerard Clifford and Jaymes Gorman flew the flag for the home side.

Springbank coach Terry Simpson believed the team’s efforts were consistent across the board andpointed out that winning the Jimmy Toohey Memorial Trophy had special meaning forboth clubs.

“It’s nice to get one back,” he said.

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