In a low scoring match between two old rivals Mirboo North came home with the honours but they had some anxious moments against a determined Boolarra team. The Demons kicked three goals but two in the first quarter to actually lead the Tigers at the first break. 2-3 to 1-4. The effort was so hard that Boolarra couldn’t cross the line for the next two quarters while Mirboo North struggled but did get important goals on the board. It was a picket fence for both teams as neither team could get any multiple goal scorer and the combined score saw ten individual players score goals. To Boolarra’s credit they held Mirboo North to a solitary point in the last quarter but could only add 1-1 for a disappointing 3-4 tally to Mirboo North’s 7-9. Mirboo North talls in Clancy Bennett and Justin Fulton were the pick of the Tigers with Harrison Mahoney and Damien Turner in good support. For Boolarra Ken Towt, Christian Trikolas, James Holmes and Gerard Farrell were voted as best.Laurie Williams
Hill End retained the Byrne/Fanning Cup after beating Newborough for the second time, using the conditions better the Hillmen were able to establish a 35 point lead at the first break keeping the Bulldogs without a score. It was the rise of Hill End and the demise of Newborough. Led by forward Chase Saunders the Hillmen were faster to the ball and used it with more purpose. Hill End continued their advances in the second term but Newborough managed to put a brake on, Daniel Risol was best to his best weaving in and out in the terrible conditions. The dogs scored three goals but somehow leaked four to Hill End and by half time Hill End were comfortable. After the break it was snooze time as the game developed into a rugby situation with packs forming and continual stoppages. Hill End managed only 1-2 for the third while Newborough didn’t score, hardly getting it anywhere near the goals. A goal each in the final term saw the match finish with Hill End 11-10 to Newborough’s 4-2. Chase Saunders finished with five goals to be top forward but didn’t get in the top six as best as Calvin Rees. Ambu Uliando, and the Fawcett boys all were voted as best. For Newborough Daniel Risol showed his class, Sean Burns, William Troy and Rob Wilson all put in a hard but frustrating day for Newborough.Laurie Williams
Morwell East inflicted their second defeat of Trafalgar this season in a game where it was slip, slip, slip. Conditions after heavy rains were slippery with surface water making it difficult to control the passage of the ball when it hit the turf. Trafalgar were first on the scoreboard, bright in the dull afternoon light with a goal to Daniel Hayes. The East with the wind equalised then the rains came and it deluged for 10 minutes making conditions even worse. Morwell East through Frankie Marks were able to add further goals before the first break. Trafalgar wasted their opportunities in a dramatic second term where skills were thrown over the fence. It was survival time with the East just keeping ahead adding only a minor score while Trafalgar could only manage 1-5 and players were relieved to hear the half time siren which saw Morwell East 3-4 to 2-6. Each goal by Morwell East in the third term was like gold and just as hard to get. Andrew Brown used his height well but he still doesn’t like to kick the ball using the “Polly Farmer” handball to his active rovers. Trafalgar struggled and could only manage a solitary point for the third as the East slowly pulled away to establish a 19 point buffer by three-quarter time. The Hawks slipped into gear in the final term with Frank Marks in top form adding more goals to his tally to total four for the match. Trafalgar sloshed around and managed to score a goal in the final term but their 3-8 final score was below what they anticipated as Morwell East carried the match 8-6 to 3-8. The East had good players in Frank Marks, Andrew Brown, Jarrod Lont and Daniel Hutchinson while Trafalgar had Tyson Leys, Matt Van Schajik, Jamie Hines and Brady Heywood to thank for getting so close to Morwell East.Laurie Williams
It’s almost time to mail the flag to the Bombers after their wet weather display against Thorpdale. Sitting on top of the ladder at 14/0 the Bombers have blasted their opposition in all games so far. On Saturday against Thorpdale their first half was sluggish due to the constant wind and rain but when the weather changed the Bombers were a different team. After scraping together seven goals from 22 shots in the first half the Bombers get their act together in a dramatic second half with 11-5 to Thorpdale’s solitary point. The brilliance of Keenan Hughes and Dean McDonald up forward was the tonic that YYN needed and they kicked five each in a dominant display to run out easy winners 18-20 to 2-1. The best for the Bombers were Kyle Jennings, Jai Massese, Tyler Brown and James De Virgilio while for Thorpdale Cooper Pinkerton, Corey Celima, Kyle Wilson and Shannon Pickering all battled bravely under the conditions.Laurie Williams
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