Boolarra said goodbye to their poor season after going down to Hill End in miserable conditions up at the “Fridge”. Hill End on a high after having a good season to finish third after a 12/4 season. Hill End set the pattern in the first quarter with 3-2 to Boolarra’s zero and it got worse for Boolarra as the Hillmen added a further four second quarter goals to their tally by half time. Jack Hudson playing a blinder with a couple of good goals. Ambu Uliando was again in the thick of things and earned his best player tag and he should on his year’s form go well in the Elder-Berwick medal count. The last half was a struggle for both teams as a heavy ball and greasy conditions brought the game down to street level as Hill End got the better of Boolarra although the Demons had the last hurrah outscoring Hill End by 7 points in the last quarter but it was Hill End with 9-7 to 2-4 the final winners. Jack Hudson finished with three goals to be the best on the day while their good players were Umbu, Dane Fawcett, Jack Skinner and Mugzy Mooka. For the tired Demons, James Holmes, Marcus Twomey, Daniel Wilson and Gerard Farrell could all be proud of their performances on such a terrible day for football.Laurie Williams
Morwell East snatched an unlikely win over Yinnar by two points in what was a practice for next week’s Elimination Final, the two again battling it out at Hill End next Sunday. Using the very cold wind to their advantage in the first term the Hawks drifted out to a 21 point margin. Yinnar promptly got into action in the second term gaining goal kicking practice but sadly they were off line kicking themselves in the butt with a miserable 3-12, little reward for effort which kept Morwell East in the game. Morwell East didn’t get into their forward zone too often and only raised one flag for the quarter. By half time Yinnar led by eight points. The third quarter was a mix of football, A-League and ARL as players slipped, miskicked, dropped marks as the wind and slippery conditions took their toll. Yinnar kept their meagre advantage going into the final term. Morwell East against the wind threw everything at Yinnar in an effort to retard the Magpies. Two vital free kicks close to goals gave Morwell East the edge and with the clock running down the East drew level but clawed the ball forward to register two minors which saw them run out winners by two points 7-11 to 6-15. For Morwell East the whole squad deserved mention but Jarrod Lont, Eric Semmler, Rob Michaelides and Brandon Francis all stood out in a high pressure match. Captain Shaun Barnes also put in a good one for his 100th game for the East. Yinnar had good players in the Coach Kane Grinstead-Jones, Nathan Rowley, Brendan Chapman and Brad McBride.
On a side note, Yinnar forward Matt Coutts was reported for striking off the ball. The tribunal found him guilty and Coutts was given a 2 week suspended sentence, meaning he is free to play in the upcoming Elimination Final.Laurie Williams & Gippsland Footy
Trafalgar said goodbye to their premiership coach Clint Einsiedel in the best possible manner by winning their last match of the season, keeping Newborough to their lowest ever score against the Bloods of 1-2, beating their previous 2-7 set in 2001. It was all one way traffic as Trafalgar showed better class than Newborough under the conditions. Although not a high scoring game Trafalgar were able to control the game to run out winners 9-6 to 1-2. Seven players lined up for Trafalgar’s goals with their best players being Jace Butler, Jamie Hines, Conner Noonan, and Klay Butler while for the Dogs Wade Smith, Michael Rosato, Liam Flahvin and Ryan Louch were voted as best in the final game by both teams this season.Laurie Williams
Mirboo North in the heart of the Arctic circle almost pulled off the surprise of the round by keeping league leaders YYN to their lowest score for the season in a 25 points all drawn game. It was only the second time that these two have drawn in their 95 matches, the first was in 2011. Also the 50 point aggregate was the lowest ever between the two teams. YYN had completed 17 wins on the run only to be half halted by a determined Mirboo North side. Conditions didn’t favour either team as it was slip, slip all the way, players had trouble with the greasy ball and kicks more than twenty-five metres were a bonus. Mirboo North got out of the blocks early and had 2-3 on the board before YYN could manage a score, then the Bombers fired up and put on a two goal spurt to be down two points at the first break. Gusty winds had an impact on the game with ball control hard to manage. At half time it was still anybody’s ball game as the Tigers were four points up. The difficult cross wind made it near impossible to score with the Bombers squeezing in a goal to take the lead at three-quarters after Mirboo North failed to score. The final quarter was a slogfest as both strived to gain the breaks, Mirboo North inch by inch got the ball forward only to score minors and with three minutes to play scores were level at 25 points each. Neither team could get the decisive break and it ended in a stalemate with 36 very exhausted players glad to hear the final siren. For Mirboo North, Liam Nash, Justin Fulton, Mitch Wightman and Darryl Mayman were voted as best while the Bombers listed Lachlan Little, Campbell MacInnes, James De Virgilio and Barrie Burnett as their best.Laurie Williams
LADDER AFTER ROUND 18
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 18
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