BOOLARRA GET THE MONKEY OFF THEIR BACK
Boolarra celebrated long and hard after breaking through for their first win in two seasons, the Demons with a better accuracy rate were able to win over Thorpdale by 16 points, their first win over the Blues since 2015 after six successive defeats. Thorpdale could consider themselves somewhat unlucky with 22 scoring shots to 13 but brain fades and miskicks saw then convert only six goals from that total. Only one point separated the two at half time but Boolarra were the more steady added three match winning goals to Thorpies 1-6 in the third. Thorpdale had chances in the final term but could only manage four points while Boolarra steadied with two goals to run out winners 11-2 to Thorpdale’s 6-16. Jesse Giardina scoed four, and Sam Mazou three for the winners.Laurie Williams
MORWELL EAST BARNSTORM HOME TO BEAT HILL END
Morwell East recovered from a disastrous start to upend Hill End to eventually run out capable winners. At half time the East had 1-7 on the board to Hill End’s 3-3, but it was bad accuracy by both sides due to poor kicking skills, it was not a score that would have given new Morwell East coach Devon Soutar any joy, but the Hawks recovered in the third quarter and in an five minute blitz piled on four goals to overtake Hill End to lead at the three-quarter break by only one point. The Hillmen gave too many free kicks away according to the official count with the stats man saw 27-8 in favour of Morwell East. A shining light perhaps for the Hillmen was new recruit but not an unknown in Chase Saunders who kicked four goals. A further five goals by Morwell East in the final term saw them run out comfortable winners by 30 points at the finish, 10-14 to Hill End 6-8. It was the East’s ninth successive win over Hill End. Morwell East didn’t lack forwards in the end as eight of their players scored the ten goals.Laurie Williams
MAGPIES REVENGE GRAND FINAL DEFEAT
Yinnar under a new coach but former player in Kane Grinstead-Jones revenged their Grand Final loss by giving Trafalgar a touch up to take the game by four points in a gruelling match. Yinnar were always just that couple of goals ahead for most of the game but in the latter stages Trafalgar threw everything at Yinnar and in a comeback last quarter almost stole the game from Yinnar who led all day to run out winners by four points in what turned out to be an exciting finish. Both teams missed players from last season with Trafalgar blooding some exciting juniors to bolster the ranks. Daniel Hayes up front bagged five goals for Trafalgar while Seb Famularo put in a blinder with five for Yinnar, Brad McBride also bagged five for the Magpies. Yinnar expected a lot from recruit Michael Burge and he delivered the goods giving the Magpies the benefit of his experience. Yinnar won 14-6 to Trafalgar’s 13-8.Laurie Williams
TIGERS RETAIN SKINNER TROPHY OVER NEWBOROUGH
Mirboo North showed that they’ll again be a force with a huge win over Newborough to retain the Ron Skinner Trophy, it was the 99th match between the two teams and both teams will now look forward to their 100th game in June. The Tigers missed early chances as the swirling wind made conditions hard to adapt. Newborough didn’t manage to goal until midway through the second quarter after being held goalless for nearly 40 minutes. Brayden Wilson topped the honours with four goals for the Tigers while Newborough had three player getting on the board. The Tigers got into their stride in the second term with 8-4 to control the game. Mirboo North’s 19-19 to 3-7 was the Tiger’s biggest win over Newborough since 2009.Laurie Williams
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