YYN scored their eighth successive victory over Yarragon in terrible conditions, after a even first term where both scored a goal YYN then took control in the second term kicking away to a four goal lead by half time which was enough of a buffer for the remaining two terms. Yarragon were competitive in the second half but the damage had been done earlier as YYN just kept ahead in a low scoring romp to win 9-7 to 4-5. Dean McDonald remained on track for the ton with another four goals for YYN but it was coach and veteran Barrie Burnett who showed the way with a great game who was assisted by Tyler Brown, Lachlan Little and Josh Keyhoe. Yarragon’s best were Michael Whyte, Devin Pollock, Brad Wolfe and Tim Farthing.

Laurie Williams

(Independent Observer)

Newborough wrestled back the Byrne-Fanning Cup after a good win over Hill End in trying conditions, Newborough failed in the first match-up against Hill End and took revenge this time round. The two former Doggies that went to Hill End were given the big raspberry by the Newborough fans. The big difference between the two sides was Michael Gelagotis who dominated the forward zone for Newborough, his five goals a telling feature in the 31 point win. Without his input the match would have been a lot closer as Hill End were competitive throughout the match. Adam Kennedy, James Grant, Gelagotis and Mat Slattery were best for the Dogs while Liam Fitzpatrick, Clay Ketchen, Amburupa Uliando and Luke Mulqueen (against his former club) were best for the Hillmen.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

In the 99th match between Morwell East and Yinnar it was Yinnar who asserted their authority over Morwell East early in the game with a three goal head start which Morwell East couldn’t make up as Yinnar, in the gloom belted six goals to four in the second term. It was wet and slippery at the East and the East fan base which was swelled by sponsors and life-members couldn’t push the Hawks to victory. The final quarter Morwell East however decided to play football and they showed what they could really play like, Rob Michaelides (not selected on Thursday night) was starring for the East as they continually pushed forward but could only add 3-3 but they did hold Yinnar scoreless for the final term. Yinnar had enough in the bank to run out winners 14-9 to 9-11 with Lincoln Albanese scoring four goals and James Dowling three. For the Magpies James Dowling, Lincoln Albanese, and Mark Stolk were all impressive while for the East Michaelides, Jarrod Lont, Frankie Marks and big Brownie who never lost a ruck tap out.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Thorpdale and Boolarra have played 161 times and Boolarra were going for their 50th win over Thorpdale to break their 27 match losing streak but this was not to be Boolarra’s day as Thorpdale from the onset set out to destroy the Demons in a workmanlike fashion. Four first quarter goals put Thorpdale in the vanguard and by half time were 54 points up. Boolarra happened to score a goal in the first quarter but this was the only goal for the match for the depleted Demons and their second lowest against Thorpdale in seven years. With Ed Greene up forward and Corey Nickels in assists they put on four goals each to run riot around the goal area. The last quarter was more like a kick-to-kick session as the ball went end to end without worrying the scoreboard too much Thorpdale adding 1-2 to Boolarra’s one point to run out winners 12-12 to 1-3. Nick Brown, Mitch Gorman, Cam O’Connell and Phil Bennett were best for the Blues while Tom Reiske, Luke Conway, Matt Powers and James Holmes all battled bravely in the conditions.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Trafalgar scored their second successive win over Mirboo North in trying conditions at the House of Pain in Mirboo North. Lights were on early as the darkness descended but it was Trafalgar who gained the upper hand. Two early goals by Trafalgar within seven minutes predicted what would happen over the rest of the match. Mirboo North however fought back and scored two goals before the close of the quarter to be down by only three points at quarter time. This was the closest Thorpdale would get as over the course of the game Trafalgar went further ahead, adapting better to the conditions. A five goal third term by Trafalgar never put the result in doubt. Mirboo North were restricted to only five points after quarter time while Trafalgar added 8-9 to run out winners 10-15 to 2-8. The quarters seemed to go on forever with the numerous stoppages and two of the quarters extended over 30 minutes. For Trafalgar Ben Doran was excellent with three first half goals and b.o.g while Tyson Leys, Jesse Stone and Lachlan Farrell lent good support.. For the disappointed Tigers Kris Berchtold continues to belie his age and produced another top game with Tristan Salerno, Zac Bartlett and Damien Turner also in the mix.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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