Bathurst Bushrangers Outlaws showed they’re in no mood to surrender second spot on the Central West AFL ladder, crushing the Young Saints by 110 points at George Park on Saturday.
The Outlaws showed no mercy in their 24-14-158 to 7-6-48 win, which coincided with the club’s Indigenous round.
The Outlaws almost outscored the Saints’ total score in just a single quarter, dominating from the outset.
Tim Hunter had a field day inside his side’s attacking 50, slotting 10 majors.
Outlaws co-coach Matt Archer said his side were able to seize the momentum early and rarely took the foot off the pedal.
“I think we started off really strongly. Getting that great start was so important for us. After that we just rolled on with it,” he said.
“We were confident going into the game but that really set us up well. Cameron Richards early on was really strong for us, so was Kaleb Crowhurst. A lot of our play started with some great clearances from the midfield.
“We just wanted to keep focused on playing our game, but Young had a couple of good five to 10 minute patches of play, and we sometimes panicked a bit there.”
Getting that great start was so important for us. After that we just rolled on with it.Matt Archer
The Outlaws raced out to a 45-19 lead at quarter time and upped the tempo in the second quarter to outscore the Saints six goals to one in a dominant period of play.
Saints had their moments after half-time before once again the hosts hit the ground running in the final term.
The Outlaws won the last quarter 46 to six to not only finish the match on a high but, more importantly, maintain a strong percentage advantage over the Orange Tigers – the two sides are deadlocked in second.
“We can’t afford as bad game from here on out,” Archer said.
“We don’t want to take a backwards step. We’re confident that this team can beat any other in the competition on its day.”
Bushrangers were sporting special jerseys for the Indigenous round, designed by Richards.
“Cam gave a really good speech before the game and I think that really helped to fire us up,” Archer said.
Richards produced an inspired performance for the Outlaws to pick up five goals.