After a wait of nearly three years and with the strength of new talent MDU came through to defeat old foes Stony Creek in the club’s first win since May 28, 2016. MDU understands Saturday’s 9.5.59 to 6.14 .50 victory over Stony Creek was the club’s first victory in 994 days and a big reason for lots of smiles in the rooms after the game with the victory song belted out in the rooms loud and proud in front of more than 100 supporters. Second year coach Steve Wright said the win was not just for the players but for the entire club which has stuck thick through some tough times. “It’s a reward for everyone involved; the volunteers, medical staff, committee, players, anyone who is involved with the club really,” Mr Wright told The Star. “We’ve recruited a couple of really handy players and combined with the efforts of the players who have really stepped up, we knew we were pretty close to a win. “Some of our pressure was really good, we just need to replicate that week on week. “Stony Creek missed a few shots they should have really nailed but to our guys credit we really put it together on Saturday.
“The Maroons to their credit tried to hit back as they are a good side but we were able to hang on,” Mr Wright said.
Stony Creek coach Scott Anderson said MDU deserved to win saying “I was impressed with the way they played to be honest.” “MDU has picked up some handy talent and we knew we were going to be challenged, it’s a credit to them and they’ll win more games that’s for sure,” he said. “The day didn’t start well, we missed the first three set shots on goal within range and MDU converted pretty soon after. Nothing really went right after that with a few injuries, so it was quite a frustrating day.” MDU got its head in front in the first quarter and fought hard to keep its nose in front from there on. Stony Creek managed to keep in touch but injuries and poor kicking for goal would ultimately be its undoing.
The Maroons added an inaccurate 2.10 since half time while MDU scored 4.2 to seal the win. Jake McMillan was best for MDU, one of the club’s returned players after a stint at Korumburra Bena. He has been very consistent this year, spending his time on ball and up forward.
Josh Wright played in the middle but had his biggest influence dropping back in the defensive “hole”, plucking out plenty of defensive marks. Regular senior player Michael Smith in the ruck played up to his best, Steve Hawkins up forward is another new player giving the Demons bite up forward with four goals. Another recruit in Tony Butera at full back had his hands full with Stony spearhead Kael Bergles, doing a great job holding him to three goals. Wayne Stewart playing mainly on ball and half forward also did well as did Eric O’Loughlin on ball. Stony Creek was best served by its middle brigade of Hayden Egerton, Darcy Atkins and Cam McKenzie. The Maroons saw two injuries in the third quarter, ma bec more to quarter, to Ash Zuidema (calf) and Tate Sabec (hamstring) but a more concerning injury to Darcy Atkins (finger) which was badly dislocated. Scans this week will determine the extent of this injury to one of Stony’s best players.The Great Southern Star
Fish Creek were at home to Tarwin on Saturday and with our first taste of some winter weather the game was going to be a tough one for the players.
Fish Creek co-captain Harfield Park won the toss and kicked with the aid of the breeze to the creek end.
The game underway and both teams had opportunities early, Fish Creek probably the better starters with the majority of play in their forward 50 but they were not able to capitalize until the 10 minute mark when Shaw kicked the opener with a smart opportunistic goal.
Hargrave was good early for the Kangaroos as was Voorham and Smith while for Tarwin, Carroll was lively and throwing his body around recklessly at times while Evans was also in everything for the Sharks.
The Sharks levelled things up a couple of minutes later when Carroll was awarded a free kick that opened the account for the Sharks.
After a tight opening, the game begun to open up and the Kangaroos with the wind advantage started to get on top, goals to Stefani and two more to Shaw opened up a little break.
A free kick and 50m penalty against Tarwin’s Carroll late in the quarter gave the Kangaroos another opportunity that was missed before McGannon seized his opportunity late to give the Kangaroos a 28 point lead at the opening break.
Tarwin with the wind advantage had to take their opportunity and less than a minute into the second quarter they did when youngster Garnham marked and goaled. Tarwin continued to attack but the Kangaroos defence led by Macri and youngster Howard held firm and repelled the Sharks attacks. At the 12 minute mark, Fish Creek’s Smith caused a Tarwin turnover that had the ball racing back into the Kangaroos forward 50 where Shaw gathered and running into goal kicked truly from 35m out.
The Kangaroos went again only a minute later and Fish Creek’s McPhee caused another Tarwin turnover and pushed the ball forward it was Cooper that kicked truly to extend the margin again for the Kangaroos. The Sharks weren’t done however and a free kick and resulting goal gave them some mo mentum once again.
Fish Creek however against the run of play late in the quarter got the final goal of the half when bigman Adlington kicked a beauty against the wind from just inside 50m to give the Roos a 32 point lead at the half. With the weather not letting on and the annoying light rain continuing the second half got underway. The Kangaroos intent on putting the game beyond the Sharks were peppering the goals early and Shaw had his 5th for the day very early on.
Harfield Park added another for the Roos and it looked like the Fish Creek boys would run away with the game. To the Sharks credit, they battened down the hatches again and mid-way through the quarter they got their reward with a very nice goal from McNeil. Both teams defended well through the later part of the third quarter with opportunities limited.
Fish Creek’s McGannon had his second very late with a very nice kick from tight in the pocket and when a melee erupted just before the siren in the goal square the Kangaroos had two shots on goal, a point to Wilson before his co-captain showed him how it was done by kicking truly to close the quarter and give the Kangaroos a big 50 point lead going into the final quarter. The final quarter saw more of the same from the Roos who managed a further four goals all to the very lively Justin Smith who pressed his case for BOG with a magnificent final quarter while the Sharks managed a single goal, the final margin a 72 point win for the Fish Creek team.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Foster claimed a stunning win over Toora on Saturday night. Slippery conditions were part of the challenge on the night and but Foster worked the wind to its advantage in the first quarter. Making good use of the centre clearances and finding easy options in the forward line, Foster put five unanswered goals on the board. However, the rest of the match was an even contest with Toora strengthening its defence. Despite this, Toora could not convert its efforts on the scoreboard.
The last quarter was an arm wrestle, with Toora refusing to give up.
Back line pressure increased as the final siren loomed, and both teams only managed to add a goal each.
Foster won the points with a 61 point margin. For Foster, Cameron Pace worked well up forward, handling a lot of the ball and delivering it into the goal kickers.
Young guns Ryan Angwin and Levi De NieseMcGregor worked well together on the wing. This was De Niese-McGregor’s first Senior game. For Toora, the best players were Nathan Her rington, Joshua Griffin, Zac Clavarino, Mathew Baxter and Peter Grant.The Great Southern Star
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