Boolarra with only one point scored their lowest ever against Mirboo North surpassing their previous low of one goal set in 2004 against the Tigers. It equals the sole behind kicked against Yallourn North (1952) and Thorpdale also in 1952. Mirboo North were ruthless in their big win to take the Greg Lewis Trophy, they set up their big win in the first quarter with 6-6 but steadier kicking could have seen a greater margin. Boolarra had no answers to the pace of Mirboo North led by Coach Josh Taylor who prowled around the ground picking up possessions. Brayden Wilson, up front didn’t disappoint for the Tigers with a bagful of goals. Former coach Clancy Bennett was also at his best and former forward Tim Traill enjoyed his run on the ball. Mirboo North increased their lead to over 68 points by half time. Boolarra never gave up trying but the strong Tiger backline was unbeatable not letting Boolarra getting any score. The carnage continued in the third term as the Tigers added a further misery to Boolarra to add 5-3 to go to a huge lead by three-quarter time. There were not shortage of goal scorers in the final term but again a bit of cockiness saw many chances wasted in their endeavour to score as they added a further 3-7. Boolarra at least got a score on the board albeit a behind. Mirboo North ran out 18-17 to 0-1, Brayden Wilson finished with five goals and Zack Kilgower and Matt Holland finished with three each to complete the rout. Boolarra competed but their inability to score was their downfall. Best amongst the triers were Daniel Wilson, James Holmes and Sam Mazou.Laurie Williams
Trafalgar made it three in a row over Newborough with a decisive victory over the Bulldogs, With a 5-4 first term the Bloods set the pattern for the rest of the match. It was Trafalgar’s highest score over Newborough since 2011but inaccuracy robbed Trafalgar of a much bigger score. By half time the Bloods had 18 effective shots at goal for only seven goals but were in control. Jace Butler and Damien Mann were effective players for Trafalgar as was Tyson Leys. Up forward Darcy Brock was a target and with four goals to his credit he did his part in Traf’s victory. Newborough lost across half back where Trafalgar were in control and Newborough’s 5-1 was one of their lowest against the Bloods since 2015. Matt Swenson and Daniel Hayes both scored three for Trafalgar with the best going to Darcy Brock, Daniel Hayes and Klay Butler. For Newborough it’s a tough road ahead but with players such as Jarred Risol, Mat Slattery and Matt Stringer all playing well then they still have some hope.Laurie WIlliams
Yarragon provided a spark of hope with a rare victory over Thorpdale for their first win over the Blues since 2016, the Panthers of late have been pushing teams above them and finally they pushed hard enough for 13 point victory but they had to come from behind to beat Thorpdale. The Blues led at half and three-quarter time but there was little difference between the two teams. A six goal to three last quarter by Yarragon was the big difference to give them a good victory. Three players scored two’s (Paul Harvey, Mark Quigley and Michael Whyte) as the Panthers shared the goals around. Thorpdale’s shining light was Corey Nickels with five goals to keep Thorpdale within reach. Yarragon were best served by Nick Pratt, Rob Wallace, Tom Follett and Brad Wolfe. Besides Corey Nickels Thorpdale had good players in Jacob Vuillermin, Luke Collie and Kayne O’ConnellLaurie Williams
Yinnar continued their hoodoo over Hill End winning their 12th successive match over the illHi Hillmen. The Magpies kicked off the first term with 5-2 and never looked back, Hill End could only manage to kick goals at one end of the ground, booting one in the first and four in the third, the other two were goalless effort by Hill End. Yinnar suited better to the conditions which allowed Brad McBride to score his best for Yinnar with six goals in a BOG performance. Yinnar finished with 19-15 to 5-6. A total of eight players scored for Yinnar. Hill End’s Dylan Brooks continues to impress each week but it was rugged defender Matt Moseley who received the accolades as best player along with Kris Johnson, Isaac Ketchen and Gerhard Egerer. For Yinnar Nathan Rowley, Tyler Chisolm, Brendan Chapman and Matt Williams were impressive.Laurie Williams
In a moving ceremony prior to the match a “Welcome to the Country” and “Smoking Ceremony” was performed as part of the indigenous round. In a close and rugged first half Morwell East gave a good account of themselves against YYN and only trailed by three points at the long interval. YYN missed some sitters in the second term allowing Morwell East to be so close at half time. YYN broke away in the third term with Josh Keyhoe posting a goal within 30 seconds followed up with Dean McDonald scoring a brace. YYN were playing tight with effective handball out of trouble. YYN were not letting the East into their attacking zone, the East only managed three inside fifties for a paltry goal kicked by Nick Campbell. YYN held sway across the half back line with Stephen Pearson, Jack Casson and Dale Walshe all playing tight football. Players found it hard in the heavy conditions. The East were competitive in a last quarter shoot-out with both teams scoring three goals but YYN could have scored more but for pressure from the East. Dean McDonald increased his tally by another three goals and Campbell MacInnes also bagged three in the Bombers 12-16 to 9-7 win. Nick Campbell booted four for the East and also got amongst the best along with Jarrod Lont, Matt Cunningham and Lucas Towns. YYN had good stars in Josh Keyhoe, Tony Young, Dylan Bath and Rohan Reid. Morwell East are hanging in the six by the skin of their teeth with pressure coming from Yarragon and Newborough only two points shy of the East.Laurie Williams
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