Shepparton United was given a lesson against its Deakin Reserve co-tenant Shepparton on Saturday.
And United’s 104-point humiliation was compounded with hamstring injuries to assistant coach Luke Lowden and premiership Hawk Matt Spangher, while Matt Waight (knee) and Jack Norman (quadriceps) were also forced to sit out early, leaving Peter Sheehan bewildered with what had happened.
‘‘It is just unlucky, you lose Spangher at the start of the second, then Lowden in the same quarter and a few more later on,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘It is tough on our younger guys, we have only a few leaders out there at the moment and for some of them to go down really hurts our side.’’
Up against 17 men in the final term, Brad Campbell’s Bears ran riot kicking six unanswered goals..
‘‘It was a good result, we were after a solid four-quarter performance and I thought we nearly got that in the end,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘Our forwards without Luke Smith out worked well, ‘Snowy’ (Joel Brett) and ‘Wongy’ (James) really delivered.’’
Brett and Wong kicked five goals each, while ruck-forward Sam Dunstan snagged three.
Matt Shannon was also instrumental on the wing for the Bears, kicking back-to-back goals in the third quarter, while the diminutive David Stretton played one of his better games for the competition’s second-placed side.
United was at its best in the first quarter keeping the Bears within in its grasp, but the blowout began in the second term with Campbell’s side kicking seven goals to one, extending its lead from 10 points to eight goals at half-time.
Ed Adams was United’s only goal-kicker in that term, while Wong (two goals) and Brett (three) ran riot for Campbell’s side.
‘‘They held us quite well in the first, we were a bit sloppy and were not able to play our way, but once we got going in the second we were able to control the terms a little more,’’ Campbell said.
Bears ruckman Ash Holland sat out the final quarter to rest his corked thigh ahead of his side’s match against powerhouse Kyabram this week.
‘‘He has been nursing it for a few weeks now, he came back and played last week and today he got through okay,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘We’ll see how he goes, we didn’t want to push him ahead of Kyabram.’’
Jye Limosani (United) and Jordan Cox (Bears) made their senior debuts.
The occasion was particularly special for Limosani, who debuted in front of his father and triple premiership player Demon Mark.
United’s 1987 premiership team had a reunion on Saturday.
Demons coach Peter Sheehan was buoyant post-match, praising the efforts of his developing side despite the huge loss.
‘‘Jye is our 10th debutante this season, so it was a special occasion for him,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘I am just proud of the boys for their effort, it was a tough game out there and they just continued to will and fight until the end.
‘‘The boys gave it their all against far more developed footballers.’’
Experienced Shane Neaves battled it out in the ruck to be his side’s best, while the long-haired Liam Fiore worked tirelessly in defence.
Shepparton United 1.3, 2.5, 4.5, 4.6 (30)
Shepparton 3.1, 10.5, 14.9, 20.14 (134)
Adem Barolli’s best
Shepparton United: Shane Neaves, Liam Fiore, Reid Crowe, Jye Chalcraft, Cam Calder.
Shepparton: Joel Brett, Matt Shannon, David Stretton, Ted Lindon, Ben Davies, James Wong.
Shepparton United: Cam Calder, Ed Adams, Liam Fiore, Reid Crowe.
Shepparton: James Wong 5, Joel Brett 5, Sam Dunstan 3, Matt Shannon 2, David Stretton, Nick Allan, Harry Boyd, Mitch Brett, Rowan Hiscock.