All was going to plan for Catani on the road against Buln Buln on Saturday.
A 17-point quarter time lead was following the script many would have predicted.
But things quickly turned for the Blues, who struggled mightily after quarter-time.
The Lyrebirds lifted in the second quarter and, surprisingly, the Blues never responded as they were dominated in the final three quarters. The Lyrebirds scored nine goals to three after quarter time to inflict the Blues’ fifth loss of the season, 10.11 (71) to 6.10 (46).
Paul Pattison and Brett Williams battled valiantly for the Blues, while Simon Dawson and Mathew Notman (four goals) were dominant for the Lyrebirds.
The loss – Catani’s second in a row – highlights the team’s struggles this season and the goals are not coming as easy as they were at the business end of last season.Hayley Wildes
Ellinbank bounced back strongly from its defeat at the hands of Neerim-Neerim South, easily disposing of a Lang Lang team languishing at the bottom of the ladder, 16-21 (117) to 2-8 (20).
The win ensures the Eagles will maintain pace with fifth-placed Poowong, with the gap now less than two percentage points. Better conversion could have pushed the margin beyond 100-points and perhaps a return to the top five.
The Eagles kicked 2-7 in the first quarter and finished with 4-10 in the final term. With their early inaccuracy keeping the Tigers in the match, the Eagles kicked five goals in each the second and third quarter to ensure the match was in their keeping.
Shaun Phelan kicked four goals, while Tim Mashado chipped in with three majors. Adam Cook, coach Ben Wragg, Jake Harper and Michael Urie also helped the Eagles take control.
Troy McPherson, Josh Brown, Scott Fairburn, Clint Fulton and Brad Michie battled against the odds for the Tigers.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Longwarry comfortably accounted for Neerim-Neerim South.
The Crows scored consistently where the Cats could only manage one goal in each quarter, setting up a comfortable win for the home side 13-7 (85) to 4-8 (32).
Daniel Fry kicked four goals for Longwarry, while Russell Lehman, Danny Wells, Kane. Oldham, Troy Lehman, Ben Cuckson and Casey Wells also helped the Crows maintain control.
Aiden Dibsdale, Nicholas Castle Ashley Lockett, Dane Fawcett, Chris Saunders and Aaron Fawcett were the better players for the Cats.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
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