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Darcy Atkins has been Stony Creek’s best player through the 2019 season and yet again showed why in his team’s win over Tarwin on Saturday.

Atkins led the away side to an 89-57 victory with his impressive work across the ground. “Darcy would have had about 50 touches. We just wanted to get him the ball and bang it down long,” coach Scott Anderson said.

“They tried to tag him but he just got on top and put on a bit of a show in the second half.” The Maroons blew the game open in the second term after leading 26-15 at the first break. The play of Atkins through the middle and Byrnes up front was overwhelming for the Sharks and saw the away side take a 30-point lead into the main break.

“I was also happy with the widespread contribution up front,” coach Anderson said.

This widespread contribution on the scoreboard continued in the second half.

Tarwin’s attacking players were also on top, making great leads and finishing with goals. The Maroons’ ability to run with the ball through the middle and wings, and then execute in front of goal was a big reason behind their win. “I think our running game is as good as any,” coach Anderson said.

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Fish Creek were at home for a second week in a row against Foster on Saturday and after another tense struggle between the two sides it was the Tigers that prevailed solidifying their tag as the flag favourites in 2019. With both sides missing some keys players the game got underway with conditions good and no real advantage to either end, Foster kicking to the canteen end. It was a very even start to the match with the intensity high. Fishy got the opening goal through Shaw after he took a nice contested mark at the 7-minute mark. Foster answer through Pace shortly after and any nervousness from both sides was gone. Van Dyke was exciting on a wing and Pace looked very dangerous early while for Fish Creek, Pulham was putting his body on the line with some great defensive work and McPhee was also very good early.

After moving the ball from one end of the ground to the other very quickly Foster got the only other goal of the quarter when McGowan got on the end of his only goal for the day with Fish Creek’s Lachie Gay doing a great job on the league’s leading goal scorer. The second quarter underway and the Tigers got off to a flyer with Clark kicking a goal in the opening minute, Fishy answered with a great dribble goal from Shaw that even the Chief Dunstall would have had to acknowledge as a beauty and when the Kangas goaled again after a big mark in the goal square to Adlington that was converted the Kangas had the lead back. The pressure being applied from both sides was tremendous and this was causing some skill errors from both sides. Foster coach Rooney managed a goal late in the half and the Tigers went into the main break up by 8 points with a couple of late misses by the Kangaroos from set shots costing them the change to be in front. The second half didn’t disappoint with neither side backing away from what had already been a great contest, the Kangaroos got the opener through Harfield Park and once again inaccurate kicking from the Fish Creek forwards stopped them from taking the lead. Fishy seemed to have the ascendency but as in all close games, it doesn’t take much for that to change and two late goals to the Tigers via Pace & Neville extended the margin back out to 13 points at the final change. Tiger youngsters Rathjen and Cripps leading the way for their side while for the Kangaroos Wilson was ferocious and Macri was a general for his side. The final quarter was set to be a beauty and it certainly didn’t disappoint, neither side able to break the shackles it was a real battle right throughout. The Kangaroos got the all-important opener through Smith with a great kick from deep in the pocket that closed the margin to 8 points only to see a relatively soft free kick given to Van Dyke minutes later that extended the margin back out beyond 2 goals. The Kangaroos were pressing but the Tigers seemed to have the answers and when the final siren went with the ball deep in the Fish Creek forward 50 the Tigers had done what they needed to do to hang on to a 14-point win.

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Hosting the visiting MDU side, Toora made a strong start but were unable to maintain momentum against the determined fitness and hard-hitting Demons team.

Making the trip to the end of the Alberton line, fire was in the air between the two rival clubs. Coming in one-point down at the first term break, Toora was hopeful – but lucky to be amongst the competition as MDU failed to make their mark.

Led by the endeavour of Kel Pavlou, Rhett Moor and Josh Griffin, the locals’ first term was relentless. However, into the second the Demons stacked on five goals with the breeze. Tom Corry, Jason Kennedy and Michael Smith worked to dissolve the locals’ defence. Corry was incisive out of the middle, his role central to the authority and attack the Demons displayed after the first break. Jake McMillan was impressive again for MDU, playing on the ball, his fitness a testament to his focussed training and extra kilometres on the track.

The work continued for the visitors in the second half, as Sam Wilson was given the opportunity to move forward, the insight and versatility of the visitors’ stock not giving Toora a second chance.

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Tarwin v Stony Creek match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe to TGSS here.

Fish Creek v Foster match review written by Jason Harding reporting for South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.

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