Last year’s premiers Mirboo North broke through for their first win taking down Yarragon by 32 points. It was Mirboo North’s 13 successive victory over the Panthers.  Led by Coach Josh Taylor in a match winning display the Tigers started to build up momentum in the second term to gradually pull away from Yarragon.  Joe Brooks, Brayden Wilson and Damien Turner were chief play makers for the Tigers while up front Kris Berchtold chipped in for three goals. Mitch Jolly bagged three for the Panthers with Brad Wolfe, Shane Smith and Rhys Gleisner amongst the best.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

It was Energy Australia day at YYN where the co-sponsored YYN battled it out with Newborough for the EA trophy in both football and netball. YYN made it two in a row over Newborough to win by over 51 points. Setting up with a match winning first half the Bombers led Newborough by over seven goals at the big break, Dean McDonald was a big worry for the Newborough defenders finishing with another six majors to bring his total to 24. The win putting YYN in second position on percentage with Yinnar and Morwell East serious contenders on the same number of points. The Bombers were well served by Luke Webber, Dylan Bentley and Steve Pearson while for Newborough, Jesse White, Sean Byrnes and Manny Faustin all played well. Mick Gelagotis bagged three for the Dogs who find themselves down in eight position with only one win so far.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

The East produced another heart thumper with a hard fought eight point win over Hill End. It was the East’s seventh successive win over Hill End but the closest result since 2011, but the East had to pull out all stops in the last quarter with the King of Coaches spraying a bit of fire at three-quarter time which sunk in and the Hawks produced their best term for the season with an 8-1 barrage to run over the top of Hill End. Lucas Towns was at his best whether in attack or defence, Matt Cunningham, Eric Semmler and Paul Henry received the accolades. The shining light for the Hillmen was Coach Mick Santo bagging another six goals, Luke Mulqueen, Josh Hecker and Simon Fairbairn all getting amongst the best.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Boolarra faced the full brunt of Trafalgar’s rampaging form to go down by almost 20 goals in a one sided feature. Boolarra’s 1-2 was their lowest against Trafalgar for 27 years but nearly got to last year’s low of 1-4. The Bloods won in every department not allowing Boolarra to get any game plan going, it was a full red and white massacre as the Demon fire went out. The Bloods were fired up by Rhys Holdsworth who held some big marks and kicked straight for 6-1, Ben Doran also scored three in the huge win. For Boolarra Sam Mazou kicked 100% of Boolarra’s goal score. Tyson Leys played a big game for Trafalgar, receiving good support from Klay Butler and Matt Swenson. Boolarra got lost in the traffic but still a few players such as Hayden Kimpton, Matt Buglisi and James Conway were all solid contributors.

Laurie Williams

(Independant observer)

Solid game by both teams with Yinnar getting over the line by 22 points. After trailing at quarter time Yinnar picked up the pace in the second term and gradually forged ahead of a persistent Thorpdale. A three goal to two last term finished it off nicely for Yinnar to be good winners. Yinnar had seven goal kickers and were not afraid to spread the work load while for Thorpdale Corey Nickels scored a hat-trick. It is strongly rumoured that Yinnar could pick up a top Traralgon player before clearances close next month. For Yinnar Matt Dyke, Danny Campbell and Brendan Chapman were best and for Thorpdale Josh Collie, Phillip Bennett, Kayne O’Connell and Tim Potter were given the nod as best players.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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