Boolarra took up Morwell East’s challenge for a competitive first half, the Demons came from behind at the first break to lead by half time only by a couple of points but they did show that they had something to give. Morwell East however had different plans and in a whirlwind third term booted five goals to one to sew up the match by three quarter time. Lucas Towns was strong up forward and his four goals kept the East well ahead. Boolarra were kept to a single goal after half time as they suffered their 26th successive defeat going down to the East by 39 points. Matt Powers scored a game high four goals for Boolarra while Lucas Towns finished with four for the East. Frank Marks, Zack Mangion, Nick Campbell and Towns were best for the East while for Boolarra Matt Buglisi continued his good form with another award as best, Gene Iorangi, Matt Powers and Matt Windsor also collected votes.

**Good news however was that Boolarra Ressies broke through for their first win in 28 matches beating Morwell East 8-3 to 6-7.**

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

After a goal each in the first five minutes it looked like it was going to be a contest between these two final five aspirants but the Bombers were able to move away from Thorpdale to create some space. The Blues wasted opportunities in the second term with wayward shots which enabled the Bombers a nine point lead by the big break. Thorpdale lost their coach Josh Collie just before half time with a knee injury and he was a big loss in the second half. The third term proved fruitful for the Bombers and aided by the wind were able to put on four goals to a lone behind. Dean McDonald leading the charge with two goals, Anthony Young also got in the action to score three for the afternoon. It was nearly lights-on in the final term as the gloom descended with YYN eventually running away with the match beating Thorpdale 13-6 to 5-8. Anthony Young, Lachlan Little, Steve Pearson and Tyler Brown all gathered votes for the Bombers while Kayne O’Connell, Corey Nickels and Brad Atkinson were all good for Thorpdale.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Newborough and Yarragon fought out the second of the two drawn games finishing at 35 points each in one of the lowest scores of the round. Conditions were bad for both teams but Newborough made the most of opportunities in the first quarter with 4-3 to a sole goal to Yarragon. Both teams scored two goals in the second term and by half time Newborough were 15 points up. After half time as conditions got worse Newborough got lost in the gloom and could only add a solitary behind to their half time score while Yarragon slowly but surely pegged back the lead with a 3-4 last half to draw level with Newborough for only the second time in their 74 matches. Mick Gelagotis scored two of his three goals in the first term to be the best on the day, Mitch Jolly scored a brace of Yarragon. Ruckman Matt Slattery was a tower for Newborough as was Matt Sawyer, Josh Bland and Damon Hansen. For the Panthers Michael Whyte, Brad Wolfe, Tom Follett and Jake Cropley were among the best.

Laurie Williams

(Indpendent observer)

In a low scoring game under adverse weather conditions Trafalgar got over Hill End by 29 points in a game where only eight goals were scored. Trafalgar lifted the Balfour Trophy after winning 6-9 to 2-4. After both teams had only one goal on the board at half time it looked like it was going to be an all-time low scoring match. Trafalgar lifted after the half time break to add five goals to one to run out winners. Austin Byrne, Jarrayd Croxford, Darcy Brock and Ash James were all voted best for Trafalgar while for the Hillmen Liam Fitzpatrick, Amburupa Uliando, Justin Rea and Clay Ketchen were the pick.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

For only the second time Yinnar and Mirboo North couldn’t be separated as they fought out a thrilling draw, a last kick gasp by Yinnar scored a behind to level off at 54 each. Mirboo North should have won the match but inaccuracy robbed them of a vital victory, they had 19 shots to 14 but when it came down to the wire scores were level. The match was close all day with scores level at the first break (2-2) and by half time Mirboo North held sway by three points. Yinnar reversed the three quarter time score to lead by a few points. It was touch and go for the final quarter as the lead changed hands but a last kick of the day saw a tied match. Goals were hard to come by with no one scoring any more than two goals. Yinnar had good players in Seb Famalaro, Brendan Chapman, Jaime Aitken and Daniel Webster. The Tigers had goers in Tim Traill, Coach Josh Taylor, Jacob Blair and Lloyd Powell.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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