Diorites pile on 40 goals in GFL rout of Kambalda

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Mines Rovers’ Jett Stevens during round 12 of the 2024 Goldfields Football League.
Camera IconMines Rovers’ Jett Stevens during round 12 of the 2024 Goldfields Football League. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Notwithstanding Nick Reghenzani’s career-best 11 goals and no significant injuries, Mines Rovers coach Marc Johnstone said there was nothing to take out of Saturday’s 267-point win against Kambalda, 40.27 (267) to 0.0 (0), to complete round 12 in the Goldfields Football League.

The Diorites piled on 11.3 to quarter-time and led by 123 points at half-time before emerging from the clash at Digger Daws Oval with 14 goalkickers.

With a 7-3 win-loss record, Mines Rovers trail only Railways in the standings.

Johnstone, however, lamented what was a dark day for the Eagles, whose forfeit in the reserves preceded a monumental blowout.

It included young defender Jaron Schmidt going forward and kicking six goals, as did Nick Willis.

The damage could have been worse, but the blue-and-whites in the third term misfired for 7.13.

“It was a very weird day,” Johnstone said.

“The (Kambalda) reserves forfeited so there was no game for two hours after the women’s (match).

“There was a period when we were standing around, wondering if they (Kambalda) were going to have a league side or not.

“Even when the game was meant to start, they still hadn’t ran out on to the ground — the siren blew and we were waiting to see if they had enough players.

“I think they had 18 in the end (and) they (Kambalda officials) were saying it was a pretty busy day for them (players) being caught on shift work.”

On Schmidt’s move forward, Johnstone said it was designed to ensure the reliable backman remained in the action.

“We rate him so highly and wanted to make sure he was going to be around the football as much as possible,” Johnstone said.

“That was the reason to throw him to centre-half-forward — we didn’t want him sitting in the backline and the ball not going down there.

“We also brought up a few reserves players and Nick Willis kicked six which he reminded me about all night.”

Reghenzani has 31 goals for the season, behind only Railways’ Chris Yarran (46).

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