YYN continued on their undefeated run with a good win over Trafalgar, the Bombers running out victors by 67 points but had a real battle on the ground against a determined Trafalgar side. The scores indicated a virtual one way traffic for the Bombers with a modest lead at the first break but a six goal to one second quarter tied up the match in their favour. Conditions were greasy and players had trouble directing passes and turnovers were frequent. Dean McDonald, for once outscored his team-mate Keenan Hughes six goals to three but the twin spearheads have kicked 145 goals between them this season. YYN relaxed in the second half as Trafalgar applied the pressure and the football got ugly, but the Bombers were never going to lose the game they were never troubled by last year’s premiers and in the end ran out comfortable winners 13-6 to 2-7, which was Trafalgar’s lowest score against YYN since 2016. Mitchell Luck also scored three for YYN with the best for the Bombers being Lachlan Little, Jai Massese, Dean McDonald and James De Vergilio. For Trafalgar the Butler boys battled hard with Jace as the best, Grady McMahon, and Jamie Hines also putting in well. The Bloods are now out of contention for finals football which is a big disappointment for them after their excellent season last year in winning the flag.Laurie Williams
Hill End produced a couple of records in their big win over Thorpdale, the Hillmen kicking their highest ever score over Thorpdale, their 28-15 beating the 1973 score of 24-20, it was also their biggest ever win over the Blues eclipsing their 113 point win in 1981 their previous best. Chase Saunders with eight goals was within two of the record 10 goals held by Ian Gray (1981) and Les Cuneen (1982). Hill End opened up with a 9-3 first quarter hardly giving Thorpdale a look at the ball and by half time the match was done and dusted as Hill End led by nearly 18 goals. Saunders and Luke Mulqueen (5) getting amongst the goals. As the score mounted no one was aware of a new record being established and when the 26th goal was kicked the old record had been broken. For Hill End Dane Fawcett, Ambu Uliando, Jack Hudson and Jacob Cassar were voted as best. For Thorpdale it was a struggle but they still managed to double their score in the last quarter as Hill End ran out winners 28-15 to 2-7. Andrew Irving, Daniel Martin and Tom McKenzie all trying hard for the Blues in what was their final match for the season as they have the bye next week.Laurie Williams
In tough conditions Morwell East were able to beat Newborough in a real tough encounter. It was the first time the East had beaten Newborough twice in a season since 2009. Both captains wore “zero” on their jumpers as part of the “Towards Zero” campaign. Morwell East opened with an early goal to Daniel Hutchinson but Newborough replied through Joel Mitchell. Newborough missed chances to the scoreboard end with wild shooting for goal while Morwell East converted with limited chances. The second term was an arm wrestle as consistent drizzle made conditions extremely slippery Joel Mitchell was starring for the Dogs but poor disposal at times let him down. Shaun Barnes was giving good service to the East as was Eric (the Eel) Semmler who was hard to catch as he picked up possession. Rob Wilson was good in defence for Newborough while Brendan Evans and Patrick Carte picked up plenty of the play. The East led at half time by only five points in a low scoring half where only five goals were kicked. Morwell East moved better after the break with Zack Mangion scoring two quick goals to give the East a good buffer but the energetic Joel Mitchell produced some magic by scoring two goals to peg back the East. A couple of little spotfires flared to keep the players warmed up but it was Morwell East who fired and goals to Brendan Evans, Jay Francis and Daniel Hutchinson put the East in the box seat by three-quarter. Unfortunately Newborough ran out of steam in the final term as the East applied the screws, the East having shooting practice for a 5-6 return while the Doggies could even manage any score as the East ran out winners 13-13 to 4-9. Eric Semmler, Jarrod Lont, Brendan Evans and Patrick Carte were voted as best but you could have thrown in Andrew Brown for his ruckwork. For Newborough Joel Mitchell was in and out with three goals and second best while Michael Rosato was their best in a tough battle, Sean Burns and Liam Flahvin also did well for the Bulldogs.Laurie Williams
Traditional rivals Yinnar and Boolarra battled it out in a not very traditional finish with the Magpies running all over Boolarra to win by 115 points, the first time since 2009 that Yinnar had kicked 20 goals over Boolarra. The win consolidating fifth position. It was the 10th successive win by Yinnar over Boolarra, but the final result is deceptive as Yinnar could have finished with a near record score against the Dees. With most of the play the Magpies wasted opportunities although the weather had a big influence on the final result. Thirteen scoring shots in the opening quarter saw only four goals registered but they turned it around by half time to have a more balanced 13-11 to 2-3 on the board. Four-nine and three-nine over the next two terms brought groans of despair from their loyal supporters and the Magpies know the importance of accuracy especially with the finals coming up. The Pies finished with 20-29 to 6-4 but were out goaled in the last quarter by Boolarra 4 to 3. There were plenty of goalkickers for Yinnar with eleven players on the score sheet with Michael Burge and Jedd Felmingham topping with three each. Nathan Rowley, Daniel Yates, Matt Dyke and Michael Burge all best for Yinnar while for Boolarra Sam Mazou and Zac Smith both kicked two each with the best players being James Holmes, Daniel Brick, Nick O’Conner and Daniel Metcalfe.Laurie Williams
LADDER AFTER ROUND 17
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 17
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