MDU might be languishing winless at the bottom of the six-team Alberton Football Netball League’s seniors competition but if Saturday’s performance against Toora is any indication, a win isn’t all that far away.

While Toora probably had the edge on the stats sheet, MDU was super-efficient most of the day going forward with good kicking for goal and reward for effort had them right in the hunt up until three quarter time.

What that indicates is that if they do win more of the ball at the stoppages or as a result or turnovers, they have the fire power to really trouble teams.

Jason Kennedy up forward and Josh Wright coming off the flanks both kicked three goals each in a good return and the likes of Jess Hickey and Tim Harris also chipped in. In fact the scores were only three points apart at the last change. courtesy. it must be said. of some inaccuracy by Toora who had 21 scoring shots to MDU’s 12 at that stage but it was certainly ‘game on’ at the last change.

And MDU was really in line to make the most of it because they had all the play for the first 10 minutes of the last term and
botched a number of really good chances to hit the lead. The most notable of these was when Matt Harris appeared to be running into an open goal, only to shank the kick from close range for a point when he could have run in even closer. But the moment was lost and Toora ran it up the other end where a couple of their bigger blokes clunked marks and kicked steadying goals.
The team was well served by Michael Smith, good in the ruck all day, Tom Corry and Jess Hickey on the ball, Josh Wright and Jacob Brydon real goers all day and Jacob Kennedy up forward.
Matt Andrews was the difference up forward for Toora with four goals and they had seven other goal kickers on the day with the likes of Cat Grant. Jess Bedggood, Ben Osborne. Rhett Moore and Tyson Kirwan named among the best.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

PICKED by many to be the match of the round in the Alberton League turned into a fizzer with Stony Creek emphatically ending the Tarwin‘s perfect start to the season by 88 points.

It was highlighted by a nine-goal haul to Kael Bergles‘ that’s taken him to 20 goals in three matches, proving he’s well and truly found his feet at the Lions.

The battle was on early in the midfield with Jackson Nolan and Max Homer clearing the ball well for the Lions as they looked to send the ball deep to the dangerous Bergles. It wasn’t a one man show up forward however, with Jacob Byrnes working off Bergles for six goals of his own.

A 15-point lead at quarter time was reduced to 11 points at the long break, with the Sharks willing their way back into the contest. Kevin McLean who was promoted from the reserves was a revelation up forward for Tarwin, nailing four goals and providing a strong body around the forward stoppages. Todd Dobson and Nick McRae were carrying on their strong form through the midfield for the Sharks, with their run and carry play highlighting the second quarter.

But the Lions blew the Sharks out of the water in the third term, booting seven goals to one. That man Bergles was on fire, even with two men on him he could find a way to mark the ball or draw the free kick.

The Lions didn’t rest on their 48-point three quarter time lead, going on to add a further eight last quarter goals to really ram the point home. The combination of Bergles and Byrnes was dangerous up forward and paired with the hard-running midfield work of Nolan, Homer and co. the Lions firing on all cylinders could be a hard team to stop this season.

The Lions will this week head to Foster to tangle with the Tigers, while the Sharks will look to bounce back against MDU at Shark Park.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times

AN inaccurate Fish Creek has got the better of Foster in a scrappy affair at Terrill Park on Saturday, the Kangaroos running out winners by 38 points.

The skills were all over the place early on, with both teams turning the ball over when in attack. Brent Cooper and Eddie Smith both slotted majors for their respected sides but goals were few and far between for most of the afternoon.

At half time the scoreboard read Fish Creek 2.11-23 to Foster 1.5-11 which really summed up the dour affair. Applause must be given to the Foster defence who really put the pressure on the Kangaroos when they tried to attack, with the likes of Brad Angwin and Jack Roper particularly good.

Both teams continued to spray easy chances in the third quarter until Justin Smith was able was able to find the big sticks for the Kangaroos. Smith and Chad Macri were vital to the Kangaroos’ midfield who seemed to be just going through the motions for most of the game. Josh Toner slotted a goal late for the Tigers and at three quarter time the Kangaroos led by just 13 points and some of the Tigers faithful could smell an upset.

But Fish Creek just had that extra bit of run in their legs and added four unanswered goals to run away with victory. The tally of 7 goals 15 capped off an average couple of weeks in front of goal for the Kangaroos who kicked 21 behinds last week against MDU.

We suspect coach Greg Hoskin will be hosting some specialist goal kicking practice at training during the week as the Kangaroos prepare to take on Toora at Toora, while the Tigers host Stony Creek.

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