THE Western Jets got the early break on the Rural Bank Bendigo Pioneers on the way to a 41-point victory in the last round of the TAC Cup home and away season on Sunday.
The Jets kicked six goals to two in the first term en route to a 15.8 (98) to 8.9 (57) victory at the QEO.
The result leaves the Pioneers on the bottom of the ladder, but their season is not over after the TAC Cup this year introduced a wildcard weekend of matches.
The Pioneers (2-14) will play their long-time nemesis, the fifth-placed Murray Bushrangers (9-7), at Carlton’s IKON Park next Sunday in their wildcard match.
Sunday’s battle featured an impressive first half of goalkicking accuracy as the two teams combined for 16.2 – the Jets scoring 10.1; the Pioneers 6.1.
“The Jets were a really slick outfit today and one of the faster teams we’ve come across with the way they moved the ball,” Pioneers coach Rick Coburn said.
“We played some good footy in the second quarter when we kicked five goals and we had plenty of chances throughout the day, so it was probably a lot closer than what the scoreboard showed.”
• MATCH DETAILS:
6.1, 10.1, 12.4, 15.8 (98)
2.0, 6.1, 7.5, 8.9 (57)
Bendigo goals – C. Fisher 2, N. Wheeler, N. Kay, H. Lawrence, A. Gundry, B. Waasdorp, J. McHale.
Bendigo best – N. Wheeler, H. Lawrence, A. Gundry, B. Kemp, B. Henderson, J. McHale.