Foster enjoyed a stunning win over MDU 0n Saturday. The Tigers made a slow start t0 the day, but pulled away to an 86 point victory.

Foster was inaccurate in its kicking in the first quarter, and MDU’ s defence was tight. MDU showed it has certainly improved as the season progressed. Missed opportunities kept MDU’s chances alive early on. However, by the second quarter Foster settled and managed to get on top of the Demons. MDU was left with just a couple of behinds to its name in the second quarter, and Foster had gained a solid lead.

A few stern words at half time pushed MDU to come into the second half stronger than the first. This resulted in two goals through Yani Zorzos and Jacob Brydon. MDU battled away and achieved more entries into the forward 50 than Foster in the third quarter, but could not convert its opportunities. Jess Hickey has been the most consistent player for MDU this season, and had 20 possessions on ball for the game, driving the ball towards the forward line. The Harris brothers – Tim and Cameron – worked hard for MDU in the backline, but Foster was not to be beaten.

However, the game had opened up in the second half, and Foster felt comfortable on the road to victory. Tom McGowan was once again in form for Foster, kicking four goals for the game. He was well supported by Shaun Chaseling, who offered a number of entries into the forward line. Goal kicking was shared between nine goal kickers. Troy Van Dyke played another excellent game for the Tigers, running hard all day and giving plenty of drive through the middle. Luke Galle was unstoppable in the defence.

With a well established lead going into the fourth quarter, Foster held MDU to four behinds before the last siren.

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Local footy fans saw what they fully anticipate was a gand final preview at Stony Creek on Saturday between the Lions and the benchmark team of the competition, the visiting Fish Creek side. And they can’t have helped but like what they saw.
Trailing by 13 points at the last change, Stony Creek was full of belief at the final huddle and when Jacob Byrnes marked and goaled to cap off some strong opening minutes by the home side, you sensed they were coming. Jackson Nolan copped one too high only minutes later and the lead was back to just one point with plenty of time to spare. Fish Creek won the next centre break however, with Jack Hayes clearing it forward but with the likes of Brad Hutchinson. and Jayden Nolan leading a strong response off half back, Stony was soon in attack again with good transference of the play around the clubrooms’ wing.
Fish Creek was chipping it around in an effort to maintain possession and to find a way forward but Stony continued to dominate the play. Fish Creek’s Lachy Gay had the unenviable task of holding the dangerous Bergles at bay with the pair opposed in marking duels near goal and when the ball hit the deck but so far so good.
It was as the tensions were rising to fever pitch that Bergles appeared to juggle a clear mark only 20 metres from goal only for it not to be paid by the umpires and the moment was lost. A period of see-sawing play followed during which both teams had their chances to impact the scoreboard, Julian Zahra missing a golden opportunity to pass to Bergles one-out, Fishy defender Owen Straw made a goal-saving play, Jacob Byrnes’ long shot fell short and a snap by Julian Zahra ended in a point.
Finally Fish Creek’s Harrison Hunt cleared the ball forward, with the help of Chad Macri and others, and after a period of play on the Fishy forward line, Hunt was on the end of a pass from which he kicked the winning goal. It was his fourth for the day in a match-winning display.
Fish Creek’s Andrew Seccull was one of those who stood tall in the last quarter with several clearing plays and Tom Cameron demonstrated his class with secure ball movement under pressure. Stony had further chances in a quarter that reportedly only lasted 22 minutes but the match could certainly have gone either way and it sets up a great final series in prospect.
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Toora walked away with an impressive 120 point win over Tarwin on Saturday. The Magpies walked onto the ground at Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve, and left the Sharks immediately shell shocked.

With the defence working hard to keep the Sharks out, Toora’s forward line booted eight goals in the first quarter. Having Jack Weston back in the line up has made a huge difference to Toora’s game. Weston and Jesse Manton worked well together in the middle, and were instrumental in the first quarter lead.

It was a tough day at the office, but Tarwin gained a bit of momentum and put two goals on the board in the second quarter. At the end of the match, Tarwin’s goals were scored through Paul Hinkley, Edward Williams and John Kilsby. Hinkley was named in Tarwin’s best, and played hard at the ball all day. Tim Pellicano was also named. Playing on the wing, Pellicano was an asset and kept Toora’s Peter Grant from causing more damage.

However, Toora were quick to regroup in the back line and hold Tarwin out again. Ben Willder, Jayden Attard and Linden Dyson worked particularly hard in the defence, and Tarwin weren’t able to hit many more targets. Toora ran away with it in the second half. The midfield turned it on for Toora and dominated. Brady Mitchell was a stand out in the Toora outfit. The 16 year old had a six goal total and impressed the pack. Kelsey Pavlou another young player was also named in the best for his form on Saturday. Both Mitchell and Pavlou are regulars in the seniors line up.

Despite the surge of power from Toora in the second half, Tarwin put in the effort to keep the work rate up but couldn’t hit its targets. Toora continued to light through to the end to come away with a stunning win.

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