Tatura registered a straightforward win against Mooroopna to salute in captain Tom Miller’s 100th game.
Miller was dominant in the 57-point victory and coach Jamason Daniels said the skipper produced a trademark game.
‘‘He was unbelievable and one of our best players again. It was great to get the win for him, but he played really well and each week he’s getting better and better in that midfield role, but he was his normal self and runs hard,’’ Daniels said.
The Bulldogs governed the match, but the near 10-goal victory could have been much more had they been more accurate around goals.
Tatura kicked 9.22 at home with Matt Ryan leading the way with four goals and Daniels said there was greater opportunity to put the Cats away.
‘‘It was a good win in the end, although it was pretty frustrating given our inaccuracy. But other than that we implemented everything that we wanted to and came with the right intent and on our terms,’’ he said.
‘‘We did everything right, but just didn’t finish off in front of the sticks. A little bit of that was the wind, but some of it is that we need to work on shot selection.’’
But every kick-in the Bulldogs gave to Mooroopna with each behind was soon turned back over to ensure another inside-50 entry.
The Cats kicked 3.1 up until half-time and the away side never troubled the scorers again following the main break.
Ash Hockey kicked all of Mooroopna’s majors, but the Tatura backline stood strong with new member Matt Shannon on board.
The former Shepparton onballer played his first game at his new club, slotting into the back six in his return from a fractured hand.
But Daniels said Tatura fans would soon see Shannon tearing through the midfield.
‘‘We’ll just ease him back into it. No doubt he’ll be a key driver in the midfield as a ball carrier, but he’s played a lot of footy along halfback, so it was more about just easing him back into it,’’ he said.
‘‘Our backline has been unbelievable all year; Brad Ryan is in career-best form and if he’s not the best key defender I’d be very surprised — he’s a rock.
‘‘He’s not only doing a job as a key defender but also picking up 25 disposals.’’
Mooroopna was best served by Bayden Fallon, Trent Freer and Jak McMillan.
Result: Tatura 76 def Mooroopna 19.
Tatura best players: Brad Ryan, Tom Miller, Matt Ryan, Sean Martin, Billy Lovel and Linc Wellington.
Tatura goals: Matt Ryan 4, Billy Cooper, Brandyn Grenfell, Tom Miller, Brad Ryan and Matt Shannon.