A SEASON’S best performance from Leeton sealed the Greens the minor premiership with a commanding 54-18 victory over fierce rivals Bidgee Hurricanes yesterday.
The Greens threatened to lose top spot after by last week’s loss to Yenda but responded with an effort that blew the Hurricanes off the park.
After the stumble last week coach Willie McDonald labelled the Greens effort as one their best performances of the season.
“I was pretty pleased with the way we performed, the score line probably flattered us a little bit but I wasn’t too worried about the scoreboard,” he said.
“I was more pleased about how we played, we still have a bit to work on but it was a pretty good game, one of our better games.
“No disrespect to the Hurricanes but I thought they were a little bit off their game today and our boys definitely played well.”
Warren Lloyd opened the scoring for the Greens and long-range effort from Kolo Lomu handed the Leeton team a 22-6 lead at the break.
Lomu collected the ball from his own in-goal before streaking the length of the field to score on of his three tries for the match.
The Greens continued to fire in the second half skipping out to a 50-6 lead before the Hurricanes scored two consolation tries.
Bidgee coach Chris Bamford admitted his side simply didn’t turn up with the right mindset to face the Greens.
“We just didn’t turn up and we got pumped unfortunately,” Bamford said.
“I changed our routine and it backfired on us.
“Instead of going down to watch the football I thought it would be a good idea to go to our ground as a side, get away from the football, get around each other, have a whiteboard session talking about what it would mean to beat them.
“But it might have been overemphasised as we talked too much about it rather than putting it on the field.”
The Hurricanes’ defensive effort was the key aspect that Bamford thought was his team’s biggest concern.
“Our defence wasn’t up to scratch fullstop,” he said.
“They had too much second phase, getting balls up the middle and then went wide and had it all over us.
“We did too much defence, the boys got tired and the flood gates opened.”
The Hurricanes will face Yenda in Saturday’s elimination semi-final while the Greens will have the weekend off before playing the winner of West Wyalong and Tullibigeal Lakes United.