A sniff of spring was in the air as traditional rivals Fish Creek and Foster clashed on Saturday at Terrill Park. The game got underway under bright sunshine with Foster doing most of the attacking in the early parts of the first quarter.
Cook for Foster was on top early in the ruck with Neville getting plenty of footy. Van Dyke was busy out on his wing, creating early chances. Fish Creek’s backline was under pressure as Foster kept attacking through Rooney, Grainger and Grylls. Foster’s inaccuracy at goals was keeping Fish Creek in the match. Fish Creek went coast to coast from a bullet pass from Ethan Park to Hayes out to Straw, who kicked Fish Creek’s first for the quarter. Another quick one to the Kangas, and Fish Creek had a slender lead into the first break.
The second started fast for Fish Creek as the two Park boys were getting plenty of the footy. Harry Hunt slammed on one and Foster hit back through Green. Wilson and first gamer Dorling were becoming a handful for the Tigers as Fish Creek went three goals up. A late surge from Foster saw it pile on four in a row with goals to Grylls, Van Dyke, Grainger and Neville. Foster had all the momentum going into the second half in front by a goal.
Hoskin asked for a lift from Fish Creek, and Walker, Hayes, Macri and Gay were solid down back as the Roos rebounded. An early goal from the Tigers saw them go two up. Harfield-Park was getting the better of Van Dyke, Cooper for Fishy was clunking everything. Fish Creek was getting on top and banged on five unanswered goals through Wilson, Cooper, Shaw and Straw. The Creek was up by 19 points at the last change.
The Tigers came out and got back within two goals with Neville, Toner and Grylls keeping the Tiger boys alive. Ethan Park was racking up possessions at will and proving to be a real handful. Manne was getting on top in the ruck and Tom Cameron started get his hands on the footy. Goals to Wilson, Hunt, and Cooper saw Fish Creek steady and push the margin out to five goals.
It was a cracking game footy; Foster is certainly on the rise and could prove formidable come finals time.The Great Southern Star
Toora have continued their strong march towards the finals with a big 95~point win over the struggling MDU Demons on Saturday.
The Magpies were led by young gun Brad Mitchell who continued his amazing run of form with a bag of eight goals. Mitchell has now slotted 23 goals in last four weeks, becoming a key feature of the Toora attack.
The scoreboard could have been a lot worse early on if the Magpies were able to convert, only snagging four goals from their nine scoring attempts in the first quarter. Jack Weston was up to his usual tricks through the midfield, a class performance that was capped off with four goals.
The Demons mounted a slight fight back in the second quarter, controlling the play and hitting the scoreboard through Tom Corry and Jacob Bryden. But it didn't last long as Jon Pintus and Peter ‘Cat’ Grant started to get their hands on the ball, the Magpies heading into half time with a healthy 44-point lead.
Mitchell really started to get himself going in the second half marking anything and everything that was kicked in his direction. If he wasn't marking the ball he was bringing it to ground for the likes of Matt Andrews and Bennett Osborne to run onto .
The 58-point three quarter time lead quickly blew out in the final term as every Magpie player tried to join the party with a goal of their own, boasting 10 players on the scoresheet.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Another haul of goals to superstar forward Kael Bergles has led Stony Creek to a 128-point drubbing of Tarwin at the racecourse on Saturday.
The Sharks simply couldn’t contain the lively forward who was basically unstoppable on the lead and at ground level. Bergles was complemented by forward partners Jack Soroczynski and Jacob Byrnes who chipped in with four and three goals respectively.
The Lions were on from the get go slamming home eight first quarter goals to zip, making a big statement on their home turf. But it wasn’t the forwards doing all the work. Darcy Atkins and Lachie Thomas were moving the ball superbly by foot for the Lions and giving the forwards the best opportunity to mark the ball.
Despite the scoreboard painting a very unflattering picture, the Sharks never stopped attacking the ball. Todd Dobson was doing the hard yards as usual for the Sharks, along with Ben Ellen and Ricky O’Loughlin who were able to hold their heads high at the final siren.
But with Bergles and Soroczynski running rampant up forward the Lions were just far too good and ran away big winners. Stony Creek will now gear up for a big game on the road against Foster at the Showgrounds, while Tarwin can recharge their batteries with a week off.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
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