Collingullie-Glenfield Park returned to something close to their best form to dispose of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes for the second time this season on Saturday.
The Demons set the scene early with the first five goals of the game and were never headed on their way to victory, 12.11 (83) to 9.10 (64) at Mangoplah Sportsground.
Collingullie-GP blew the Goannas away early with the first five goals of the game, only for MCUE to snare the last four goals of the second quarter to close the margin to eight points at the main break.
The Demons then put their foot down again, kicking the only four goals of the third quarter to open the lead up to 33 points at the final change.
That margin grew to as much as 38 points in the final term before MCUE kicked the final three goals of the game to lessen the damage.
But after only just getting by in recent weeks, the Demons lifted a level for the clash against their rivals, who were hosting a number of premiership reunions on the day.
Collingullie-GP coach Luke Gestier, who got through unscathed in his return from a hamstring injury, was pleased to come away from Mangoplah with a victory.
“It’s good to get the points out here, it’s always pretty tough to win out at Mango so it’s a good result for the boys,” Gestier said.
Gestier thought that some of the footy his team produced was back near their best.
“In patches, definitely. In the first and the third quarters,” he said.
“I thought we floated in and floated out. At times when they were getting on top we didn’t realise and crack down but other than I thought we did move the footy well and into space so it’s something to look forward to.”
The win seals a top-three finish and a double chance for the Demons. It also keeps them in the hunt for the minor premiership as they sit one game, plus percentage, behind ladder leaders, Griffith.
“Yeah it keeps us in there with a sniff but we’re more just focused on playing four quarters of consistent footy at the moment and we’ll go from there,” Gestier siad.
“But it’s definitely still an option for us, which is good.”
Ed Perryman was brilliant for the Demons, always very clean with the ball and made smart decisions.
The Klemke brothers, Matt, Ben and Jayden, were also strong contributors, as was Nick Kennedy.
MCUE had their moments and the game could have taken a different path had they not missed two shots on goal from right in front early in the third quarter when nine points down.
Lachie Kendall was very good in the midfield, while younger brother George was solid in defence.