Reigning premier Catani again just craped through for victory, this time against a spirited Nilma-Darnum. It has been well documented that the Blues haven‘t been playing their best football, and it took a final quarter burst to see them get over the line, 10-14 (74) to 8-11 (59).
Coming off a loss to lower ranked Poowong last week, albeit under trying circumstances, the Bombers were out to make a good start and headed into the first break with a one point lead.
Three goals to one in the second term opened up a buffer for the home side, an advantage they were able to keep heading into the final change thanks in some part to missed opportunities from the Blues. A return of 2-6 from the Blues had the match in the balance at the final change, as both sides looked for a strong finish to honour their 300 game players in Trent Hughes and Owen Fitzpatan respectively.
While Hughes was celebrating 300 games at club level, Fitzpatrick’s 300 senior appearances was a slightly more impressive feat. The match finished on a similar tone as the Blues stormed home, booting six goals to two to overrun their opposition.
Fitzpatrick celebrated the occasions with three majors, sharing his sides’ goal kicking honours with Wade Haysom. Dale Johnson, Jackson Caddy, Nick Visser, Nathaniel Rodda, Dylan Williams and Thomas Van Diemen also helped the Blues charge home.
Mitchell Dance booted four goals for Nilma-Damum, while Nathan Campbell, Ben Campbell, Jeremy Jarred, Chris Larosa and Josh Deschepper also helped the Bombers threaten to take the match.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Warragul lndustrials were in control from start to finish as they brushed aside cellar dwellars Neerim-Neerim South, 19-14 (128) to 3-9 (27).
The Industrials booted six goals to nil in the first term and were never headed, increasing their lead at every change. The Cats were competitive in a third term that saw both sides register two goals, but couldn’t sustain the effort as their fancied opponents pushed the margin into triple figures with a seven goal final quarter.
Shane Brewster destroyed the Cats, picking up possessions at will and helping himself to seven goals. Joel Crowther chipped in with four majors in his return to the senior side.
Cooper Minichiello, Tye Holland, Joel Morgan, Tyson Bale and Shane Ingram also led the dominance.
Aaron Fawcett, Ashley Lockett. Dean Stringer, Nathan Bayne, Nicholas Castle and Aiden Dibsdale were the better players for the Cats.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
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