In their 99th meeting Hill End proved the better of Morwell East in a tough match played in good conditions. The big pro Hill End crowd were in a good mood especially after their ressies had a surprise win over the East. Since their first meeting in 1973 Morwell East have had the better of the Hillmen winning 62 of the 98 games played. Morwell East have won the last nine against the Hillmen but their run was stopped by a fluid looking Hill End team. Hill End got into the action early with Chase Saunders booting the first major then Luke Mulqueen showed brilliance with two quick goals to give Hill End a good head up. Andrew Brown saved the Hawks from complete ruin with a goal on the siren at the first break. Morwell East adapted better in the second term, not giving Hill End too many chances to create a break-away lead. Frankie Marks, Sam Marks and Rob Michaelides were giving the East great drive and were handy around the goals. Jack Hudson and Ambu Uliando were amongst the play for Hill End. The East fought back with three goals to get within three points at half time. Luke Mulqueen was playing the perfect game and he found goals easy to kick and added a further two to give him an impressive five up to three quarter time. Hill End moved away from the East with slick ball work and although the three-quarter margin was 17 points Morwell East still had a chance of pulling the game back in their favour. Hill End shut the gate on the East in the final term not allowing the East to score while they comfortably added a further 5-5 to run out winners 14-11 to 6-5, only two points short of their last win over the Hawks in 2014. Luke Mulqueen finished with six. and Chase Saunders worked hard for his four while Frankie Marks scored three for the East. Luke Mulqueen was voted best for Hill End with supporting players Aaron Fawcett, Ambu Uliando and Nathan Balfour among the mix. The East had better players in Tanner Higgins, Brendan Evans and Daniel Hutchinson.Laurie Williams
Mirboo North and Newborough etched into their histories the 100th game between these two clubs, which now stands at Mirboo North 52 wins to Newborough’s 48. It was Mirboo North’s fifth successive win over the Bulldogs, retaining the Ron Skinner Memorial Trophy. Mirboo North moved the ball quickly in the first term but at times too quickly often missing the target with misguided handpassing. The umpires gave players a bit of latitude and there were minimal stoppages as players were forced to keep the ball moving. The Tigers were strong across the backline with Julian Blackford repeatedly putting the Tigers in attack from the last line. Big Justin Fulton had his hands full against Newborough tall in Dom McColl with the honours even although Fulton showed he can roost the footy with long kicks. Mirboo North added a further four goals from legend Kris Berchtold with three while Newborough struggled up forward except for Joel Mitchell who marked strongly and kicked accurately for three goals. A competitive third term saw both teams mix it with some hard physical play, the ball being a hot potato at times no one really wanting to hold it. Mirboo North added 3-1 while Newborough outscored them with 3-2 but still Mirboo North led by three-quarter by 17 points. Mirboo North controlled the last term with 5-3 to 2-0 to run out winners 14-13 to 9-5. Kris Berchtold (who has played more games than half his team combined) showed his skills with seven goals and Darryl Mayman contributed three. The two Nashes and Riley Oddy were good for the Tigers. Joel Mitchell was again best for Newborough with classy play and three goals, Daniel Risol and Adam Kennedy were also good players for Newborough.Laurie Williams
Boolarra won their second game this season over Thorpdale, their second meeting a bit closer than the first at the start of the year. Boolarra won this time round by 12 points but faced a determined Thorpdale. Only three points separated the two at half time and Boolarra were worried but a terse pep talk by Tony Giardina at the break propelled the Demons to create a buffer of 16 points going into the final term. Thorpdale had their chances in the final term but costly turnovers robbed them of breaking their run of outs. Boolarra steadied under pressure and hung onto their lead to run out winners 9-9 to 7-9. Jesse Giardina was the big difference up forward and his four goals contributed to the close win. Better players for the Dees were Tom Reiske, Ken Towt, Sam Mazou and Jesse Giardina while Thorpdale had better players in Jason Fahey, Shannon Pickering, Mick Shannon and Kyle Wilson.Laurie Williams
Yinnar’s winning margin over Trafalgar was a lot closer than the first round meeting, the two point margin was too close for comfort and the Pies had to fight every inch of the way. The first half proved to be the match winning period for Yinnar after they set up a 21 point buffer by half time. Trafalgar hit the front in the third term and it looked like an upset was on the cards and a tense last term saw players act with more caution knowing that a mistake could have been fatal. Yinnar goaled to hit the front and Trafalgar couldn’t get the necessary score to upend the Magpies with Yinnar winning 11-8 to 11-6. Matt Coutts was again on target with five goals being too powerful for his Trafalgar minder. Brayde Bosman scored four for Trafalgar. Best players for Yinnar were Brendan Chapman, Matt Dyke, Danny Campbell and Dean Linton. For Trafalgar it was Matt Van Schajik, Jace Butler, Connor Noonan and Austin Byrne voted as best.Laurie Williams
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