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Newborough with their second successive win took themselves up a notch on the ladder with a percentage boost over Boolarra. After an even first quarter where Newborough kicked ahead by 10 points it was never in doubt that the Dogs would win the match. They stayed ahead all day increasing their lead to 6-7 to 3-4 in a low scoring match. Inaccuracy by both sides kept the match closer than anticipated and by three-quarter time the Dogs had set up a 25 point lead. It was end to end work from both sides as frequent turnovers saw the match getting bottled up. Newborough should have sewn up the game but a 1-5 last quarter was poor reward for good play. Boolarra added 2-2 but the game was beyond them as Newborough ran out winners 9-14 to 6-10.Laurie Williams
Both teams lined up prior to the match for a guard of honour for boundary umpire Barry Lawrence who celebrated his 800th game.
It took only one quarter of football for YYN to overcome a tenacious Morwell East, the Bombers trailed at quarter, half and three-quarters and fought back with an energy charged last quarter to overcome Morwell East by 64 points adding a match winning 8 goals to one. Over the course of the match Morwell East showed that they were not going to be intimidated by the undefeated YYN team. The Hawks matched the Bombers for speed and physical encounter in a tough no holds barred encounter. The umpires picked on Morwell East and awarded YYN 43 to 17 free kicks of which in the important last term three resulted in goals for YYN. The free kicks were possibly there, the umpires were in position to judge. Morwell East hit the game full on and Brayden Darby-Lock scoring the East’s first within two minutes. It was fever pitched action by both sides with solid tackling. East’s ruckman Andrew Brown had to get a bandaged head after a clash with his opponent. Morwell East jagged three more goals before Billy-Jack Smith posted the Bomber’s first at 19 minutes in. After the first break the Bombers goaled to Keenan Hughes after a scrimmage in the square. A couple of spot fires developed as players tackled hard and a melee in front of the invited guests livened the match. YYN were playing better and were slowly pegging back the Hawks and when Mitchell Luck goaled the Bombers were ahead for the first time albeit by four points. Morwell East recovered and Shaun Barnes put the Hawks back ahead after three costly misses. YYN were at times frustrated and made wrong decisions as the Hawks applied the pressure. Tyler Brown of YYN was flattened and another melee developed. The best ruckman on the day Andrew Brown goaled just before the half-time siren to give the Hawks a nine point break.
Morwell East added two more goals in as many minutes to create a 21 point buffer but four successive free kicks later Keenan Hughes kicked his second and the Bombers were flying, further goals to Dean McDonald and Hughes brought YYN closer and when Billy-Jack Smith scored his second the Bombers were only one point down by three quarter time. The game turned on its head in the final quarter as a different YYN team turned up, this wasn’t the team that played the first three terms as they came out with a positive attitude, moving the ball at blistering pace and with Keenan Hughes and Dean McDonald taking control the Bombers were able to run away with the match. Morwell East made some basic errors with turnovers which gave YYN the edge. Adding eight goals to one it was a better display of high marking and long kicking by the undefeated Bombers. Keenan Hughes and Dean McDonald both kicked five each while Brayden Darby-Lock bagged three for the Hawks. Elliot De Carli, Mitch Luck and James De Vergilio were named best alongside the two goal kickers as best while for the East Rob Michaelides, Frank Marks, Brandon Francis and Eric Semmler battled hard.Laurie Williams
Yinnar, as expected proved too good for Thorpdale who battled hard against a fierce opposition. Yinnar set the pace in the first term with six goals from 14 shots in a wasteful quarter. It doesn’t matter how much training a player gets they still can’t kick goals from set shots, but Brad McBride was on line early and he had some to his tally. Thorpdale kept their one goal balance until deep in the third when they doubled it but at the time Yinnar had added a further 14 goals to beat their previous highest score by one point (also over Thorpdale earlier on in the season). The Magpies ended with 22-18 to Thorpdale’s 3-5. Brad McBride finished with 6 while another nine players lined up to score winners. Michael Burge, Brayden Duve, Brad McBride and Matt Coutts were best while Thorpy had Kyle Wilson, Daniel Martin, Corey Celima and Cam Hillbrick as their best.Laurie Williams
Trafalgar with a six goal burst in the first term looked like they were going to spring a surprise over Mirboo North, two goals each to Klay Butler, Matt Swenson and Zack Brown set up the Bloods for a promising lead by the first break. Trafalgar had Mirboo North on toast for the first three terms but the Tigers slowly whittled away the lead, Brayden Wilson leading the charge, at one stage he had kicked their total score of 3-3. Trafalgar led for three-quarters and even by three-quarter time were 16 points up. Mirboo North didn’t throw in the towel and fought out the contest limiting Trafalgar to only two second half goals while adding 8-3, but it was the final term where the Tigers showed their fighting spirit coming back from 16 points down to add 6-2 to 1-0 to take the match. Brayden Wilson finished with five goals while Klay Butler ended with three for the Bloods. Mitchell Wightman celebrated his 100th game with a BOG while Riley Oddy, Brayden Wilson, Dom Pinneri and Liam Nash also did well. For the Bloods Tyson Leys stood out all day, Jace Butler, Klay Butler and Jamie Hines all figured in the Blood’s best.Laurie Williams
LADDER AFTER ROUND 16
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 16
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