The 150th game between Hill End and Boolarra eventually turned out a fizzer after half time with the Hillmen running away with the match by 39 points in the biggest winning margin of the round.
Hill End kicked away from Boolarra in the first term establishing a four goal lead, but Boolarra in a workmanlike effort and straight shooting scored six goals to six behinds in a torrid term to grab a six point lead at half time.
After half time it was Hill End’s turn to keep the Demons goal-less in a quarter where handballs outnumbered kicks, Mike Santo up forward was too strong for the Boolarra defender and scored twice in two minutes to grab the lead back in the Hillmen favour.
The Hillmen started to get their handpassing working which broke up Boolarra defenders, Ambu Uliando, Isaac Ketchen and Mugsy Mooka were good around the ground for Hill End while Boolarra dropped their bundle.
The last term Boolarra were completely blocked out of the match as Hill End ramped up their efforts adding 5-2 to a solitary behind to run out winners and holders of the Hambone Trophy.
Boolarra’s last half was very poor scoring only three behinds to 7-6. Mike Santo finished with five goals for Hill End in Hill End’s 90th victory over the Demons.Laurie Williams
Yinnar can only blame themselves for their loss against YYN.
The Magpies suffered the stutters in front of goal, they had plenty of the play in the first term but goals were hard to come by, they had eight effective shots at goal for a miserable return of eight behinds while YYN pinged through 3-1.
The Magpies couldn’t kick straight to save themselves and when YYN did let them forward the forwards could only manage 1-1 and their half time score of 1-10 was their lowest tally since 2001.
YYN on the other hand added a further three goals for a comfortable half time tally. The match levelled out in the third with two goal each but YYN were well on the way.
The Bombers wrapped up the match in the last restricting Yinnar two only two points for a game tally of 3-13 in a wasteful effort while YYN continued on to run out with 10-8.
Dean McDonald made the difference up forward with his accuracy with six of the ten, he leads the League table with 18 goals.Laurie Williams
Morwell East had to come from behind to beat Newborough in a tight tussle all day.
The Hawks managed to swoop over the Bulldogs to grab fourth spot on the ladder.
It’s been a difficult season so far for Newborough who led for most of the match but couldn’t stop the Hawks from exposing the brittle defence to score a match winning four last quarter goals to win by eight points.
Morwell East were well served by Fields, Evans and Barnes while the Dogs were well served by Smith, Slattery and Hicks.
Newborough’s Mick Gelagotis was the goal sneak of the day with four goals.Laurie Williams
For the third successive match Trafalgar have held the Waterloo Trophy but they had to fight hard as Yarragon were desperate to grab the trophy away from the Bloods.
Played continuously since 1896 the trophy is one of the oldest in Victoria.
After an even first term where there wasn’t much scoring the Bloods came alive in the second but almost came undone as a string of five behinds reduced their leadway, they eventually score 4-8 for the term while Yarragon scratched around for three goals.
Yarragon were very competitive after half time and showed good skills against the undefeated Bloods, outscoring them 7-2 to 6-3 which included a six goal last quarter, but Trafalgar ran out winners by 10 points.
The match will feature on Channel 31 (Channel 44 digital) at 9.00am next Saturday morning.Laurie Williams
Thorpdale grabbed the first leg of the Bright/St Ellen Cup with a hard fought win by one point over nearest rivals Mirboo North.
Weather conditions were ideal but a slight breeze may scoring goals difficult. Mirboo North led at the first break by a handful of points but in the second Thorpdale came back restricting the Tigers to only two behinds while adding 2-3.
The saving grace for Thorpdale after half time was the goal kicking prowess of Ed Greene who kept the lights burning for Thorpdale with five goals.
Thorpdale went into the last change leading by only five points and it was a tough last term where players were wary of making mistakes.
Every score was hard earned with Mirboo North trying to get back by outscoring the Blues but they couldn’t score enough and finished one point shy of Thorpdale.
Gavin Low and Kane Saliba were voted best for Thorpdale while for Mirboo North Zac Kilgower, Powell and Josh Taylor were best.Laurie Williams
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