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   Jul 05

North Ballarat Rebels outlast Western Jets

MOVING UP: Kalkee’s Josh Webster spoils Laharum’s Shannon Argal in 2013. Webster was one of the North Ballarat Rebels’ best players as they beat Western Jets on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRINORTH Ballarat Rebels remain two games clear atop the TAC Cup table after overcoming a steely Western Jets side on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Jets – who have won just once in 2015 – proved difficult to shake in the opening half, as inaccuracy meant the Rebels led by just 13 points at the main break.

But the game opened up in the third term for the North Ballarat side, as it kicked five goals to oneto open up a 41-point three-quarter-time advantage.

That margin was trimmed to 29 at the final siren, but the 10.15 (75) to 6.10 (46) triumph was impressive considering the side was missing a number of its first-choice starters.

Captain Darcy Tucker did not take his place, nor did Jarrod Berry, after the pair wrapped up their AFL Under-18 Championships with Vic Country last week.

A number of Wimmera players stood up in their absence, including Kalkee’s Josh Webster, who was named among the side’s best contributors on Saturday.

Rebels talent manager Phil Partington praised Webster’s well-rounded performance.

“Josh played a few different roles for us on Saturday. He was on the ball and also down forward,” he said.

“He’s a very important player for us because of his leadership skill and also because of his efforts on the field.We can rely on him every week.”

Partington said it was a credit to the Rebels to grind out the win.

“The Jets play a really contested game and they didn’t allow our players to get much run,” he said.

“It wasn’t much of a spectacle but we had some players who played some really good footy and they rallied well when they were challenged.

“We’re pleased with the depth of our squad.”

Horsham Demons duo Billy Lloyd and Ben Lakin were also important cogs for the Rebels on Saturday.

Lloyd switched from his classic half-back flank position and spent some timethrough midfield, while Lakin played in defence.

Partington also praised the efforts of Ararat’s Tom Williamson.

“He played well as a third tall down back and his run out of defence was very important,” he said.

Partington said talent eventually got the Rebels over the line.

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