After a steady start with Yinnar grabbing a first quarter lead by only a few points the Magpies then moved up a cog and kicked a seven second term to provide a good safety net for the second half. The third was a kick to kick session with very little scoring as both teams got into the AFL act of over-handball reducing the game to grab and tackle. Yinnar got their act together in the final term and pumped on eight goals with James Dowling sharking good goals to finish with six for the Magpies in their 18-16 to 6-4 win.  Ben Rotheram booted three but where was their coach Mike Santo? James Dowling naturally got best for Yinnar with Matt Dyke, Jarrod Henderson and Mark Stolk in good support. For the Hillmen Simon Fairbairn, Noah Ketchen and Bayley Paul gave it everything.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Trafalgar still remain undefeated in four grades after demolishing Newborough by 59 points in their highest score over the Bulldogs for five years. The Bloods were untroubled to set up the win in the first term kicking 4-8 in a poor return of possession to Newborough’s nil, which is a first new for the Dogs, going through a term without scoring. It was poor shooting for goal that let Trafalgar down with only nine goals to show from 30 shots by three-quarter time, Newborough didn’t show much on the board to trail by over 12 goals at the final break. Coming into the final term it was a Texan shootout with Trafalgar posting six goals straight to finish with 15-21 while Newborough also showed some spirit with 5-1 to realize 8-4. Daniel Hayes led the pack with five goals and Klay Butler with four for Trafalgar while the consistent Mick Gelagotis again contributed four goals for the Dogs. Best for Trafalgar were the Butler boys, Daniel Hayes and Ash James while for a disappointed Newborough side none tried harder than Jared Risol, Wade Smith and Billy Webster. The win breaking the deadlock between the two teams which stood at 52 wins apiece in their 106 games.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

There was no fairy story comeback by Morwell East in their match against YYN although the Hawks were up at the first break by three points. After the break it became the Dean McDonald show as he thwarted the Morwell East defence and kicked some pearlers in his seven goal haul. It was YYN who produced the last quarter magic, they were up by 30 points at three quarter but turned the screws on the East in the last term to add 8-5 in a blaze of goal scoring activity.  Nine players shared the goal kicking spoils with the best players being Dean McDonald, Keenan Hughes and Tyler Brown from a good all round performance. For the East Nick Campbell and Rob Michaelades scored three each while Paul Henry, Andrew Brown and Brandon Francis received the accolades as YYN won 21-12 to 10-12

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Early accuracy enabled Thorpdale to post another winner this time over Yarragon. The Blues were on target early and posted seven goals before their first minor score and by halfway were 10-1 to Yarragon’s 3-5. After half time Yarragon came back with an aggressive approach and made a game of it. Although well behind they contested and limited Thorpdale’s up front fire power with Andrew Budge and Jake Cropley featuring in the Yarragon fightback. After a good first half Thorpdale were under the pump in the final term and frittered away multiple chances with a poor 2-8 but overall were able to win by 43 points. 13-11 to 6-10 . Chris Redl and Ed Greene both notched four goals for Thorpdale with Brett Gatehouse, Gavin Low and Phil Bennett all amongst the best. For the Panthers Tom Follett, Brad Wolfe and Rob Wallace got the votes.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

The George Lewis trophy was up for grabs and Mirboo North grabbed it with open arms demolishing the Demons further into the pits, it was Mirboo North’s ninth successive win over Boolarra who recorded their second lowest score against Mirboo North since 2013. It was a Pink day for the Tigers winning by 100 points after setting up a good first half. Driven by Daniel Taylor and Luke Palmer around the goals the demons had no answer to Mirboo North power from the mid field. Lloyd Powell put in his best game for the Tigers with Joe Brooks and Zac Kilgower also giving consistent service. Daniel Taylor finished with four but missed a couple which would have made his figures more notable. Mirboo North ended with 17-13 to Boolarra’s 2-3

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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