RINGWOOD resurgence has seen it bolt into the Eastern Football League Division 3 top three thanks to a 58-point win over Heathmont at HE Parker Reserve on Saturday.
The thumping 14.10 (94) to 4.12 (36) victory, which saw the Parker Cup return to Jubilee Park, took Ringwood’s record to 8-4 after starting the season winless from its first three games.
Captain Trent Farmer continued his fine season with six goals to take his season tally to 53, helping the Redbacks to their eighth win from their past nine games.
Despite just six points separating first from sixth, Ringwood coach Patrick Bowden said the win, which catapulted the Redbacks from fifth to second, confirmed his side as a top-three contender.
“It’d be silly to say that we didn’t think we were a top three team,” Bowden said.
“We’ve got three games out of the next six that are against top five teams so we knew Heathmont was the start of what we wanted to do for the rest of the season.
“Now we know we can perform that way against a top-two team, we can go in to the end of the season hoping we can beat those other teams and secure a top-three position.”
The Redbacks laid the foundations for the win with six goals to one in the opening term to go to quarter-time with a commanding 31-point lead.
The visitors never let Heathmont back in the game from that point and by three-quarter time led by 46 points before finishing with another three goals to one in the final term.
The loss saw Heathmont fall out of the top two for the first time since Round 3, with the Jets dropping to fourth.
Ringwood’s average winning margin has been 53 points since starting 0-3, with its only loss in that time coming to table-topping Park Orchards in Round 9.
“We were determined to play well against a top team and perform at our best and we did so I was very happy with that,” Bowden said.
“It is definitely one of our best wins this year and shows us we are capable of being a very good team.
“We’re hoping we can perform like that on most weekends.”
Forward duo Mitch Brereton and Declan Hill and utility Daniel Collier are due to return from injury in the coming weeks.
Toby Prime, Maroondah Leader
July 10, 2017 10:40am