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Josh Schache boots eight as Vic Country thumps WA

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AN EIGHT-GOAL haul to highly touted key forward Josh Schache has helped Vic Country record a dominant 105-point win over Western Australia at Medibank Stadium in Perth on Sunday.

The 199cm Murray Bushranger propelled Vic Country to a 34-point quarter-time advantage, registering two goals and three behinds from his seven touches and three marks in the first term.

Schache, who won the Bushrangers' goalkicking award last season, finished the match with 8.4 from his seven marks and 24 possessions in his side's 21.18 (144) to 5.9 (39) victory.

Vic Country midfielder Rhys Mathieson gathered plenty of the ball, accumulating 27 disposals, seven clearances, six inside 50s and a goal.

The Geelong Falcon impressed with his ability to extract the football at the stoppages with 13 contested possessions.

Big men Kieran Collins (15 disposals) and Jacob Weitering (14 disposals) stood tall in defence all game, collecting 17 marks between them.

Attacking midfielder Nash Holmes was also a key figure in the centre with 26 touches (23 kicks, three handballs), nine inside 50s and three goals. 

Bottom-age player Jarrod Berry, who stands at 190cm and can perform midfield and half-back roles, also stood out with his 21 disposals (seven kicks, 14 handballs) for Vic Country.

But the win was soured by a left knee injury to Sam Skinner in the second quarter.

The Gippsland Power key position player, who stands at 197cm and weighs 96kg, will have scans in the coming days to determine the severity of the injury. 

For Western Australia, 193cm captain Greg Clark was most prominent with 23 touches (12 kicks, 11 handballs) and a goal playing through the midfield.

Small indigenous defender John Shaw showcased his blistering pace and generated run out of defence with 10 disposals (six kicks, four handballs) and one goal at 90 per cent efficiency. 

In attack, half-forward Callum Ah Chee, the younger brother of Port Adelaide's Brendon, kicked two goals and had 13 touches in a team that was outclassed by their more fancied opponents.

Left-footed on-baller Clint Hinchliffe, who has turned down a cricket scholarship offer, was among WA's major ball winners with 18 possessions (10 kicks, eight handballs).

WESTERN AUSTRALIA       0.2     2.2      4.5      5.9 (39)
VIC COUNTRY                    5.6    10.9   13.14  21.18 (144) 

GOALS
Western Australia: Ah Chee 2, Clark, Rogers, Shaw
Vic Country: Schache 8, Holmes 3, Ainsworth, Poholke, McKay 2, Mathieson, Eades, Simpkin, Skinner 

BEST
Western Australia: Shaw, Clark, Ridley, Harrold, Powell-Pepper, Rotham
Vic Country: Schache, Collins, Tucker, Berry, Mathieson, Holmes