What a sad day for football when the senior team and reserves could only score 0-4 between them, such was the case for Boolarra when they were annihilated by YYN in both seniors and reserves. The seniors scored 0-4 while the ressies couldn’t get anywhere with a nil scoreline.

The YYN machine ploughed through Boolarra in no uncertain terms with a 9-2 to 0-1 first quarter and the slaughter continued unabated for the next three terms. YYN had a score on the board every 90 seconds to eventually amass their 30-11. It was YYN’s highest score over the Dees since 1986 (37-17) and Boolarra’s lowest since 1952 (0-1). Dean McDonald had nine goals up to half time and slowed down after the break to finish with a game high of 15 which brought up his 51st for the season and he also beat Wayne McInness’s record 13 against Boolarra in 1991. It was YYN’s seventh successive victory over Boolarra and in the last six meetings the Bombers have scored 139 goals to 26.

While McDonald was having a field day in front it was not left to him to score the bulk, Keenan Hughes scored his best with seven and Tim Phillips dobbed three. As expected the two forwards got the accolades with Anthony Young, Coach Barrie Burnett and Dylan Bath also amongst the best. For Boolarra it was a very trying day with Gene Iorangi, Sam Mazou and James Conway all battling hard for their devoted Demons.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Ed Greene with five goals led Thorpdale to a 73 point win over Hill End. The Blues having a solid workout against a determined but undermanned Hill End team. The injury to Coach Mike Santo being a big blow to the Hillenders. With a four goal start Thorpdale were never in trouble and with Greene to aim for up forward the Blues were too slick for Hill End. Thorpdale’s 16-17 to Hill End’s 6-4 was Thorpdale seventh successive win over Hill End. Corey Nickels, Chris Redl, Phil Bennett and Kayne O’Connell were best for the Dales while Amburupa Uliando was again best for Hill End with good support from Noah Ketchen, Calvin Rees and Josh Hecker.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Mirboo North retained the Ron Skinner Memorial Trophy when they defeated Newborough by four points in a hard struggle. The trophy was presented to Mirboo North after the match by Ron’s two sons Craig and Glen Skinner. Keeping Newborough down to a no goal first quarter helped Mirboo North to gain a small advantage by the first break but while there is fight in the Dogs they bounced back with a five goal second term to trail at the half by only eight points. Goals were hard to get but Mick Gelagotis, Newborough’s spearhead got three on the day but had to work hard as Mirboo North defenders were right on his tail. Bad news for Newborough is the loss of Daniel Risol who may miss the rest of the season due to injury. Mirboo North had to share their goalkicking duties around with eight players scoring their nine goals but it was enough to squeeze in a four point win. Mitchell Wightman, Damien Turner and Darryl Mayman provided the drive for the Tigers while Liam Charles, Adam Kennedy and Matt Slattery were selected as best for Newborough.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Morwell East can rue the day when they couldn’t kick straight, six goals from 24 shots was a poor return for the East while Yarragon with controlled effort were able to score 10-7. The 1-6 to 2-2 third term was the telling factor where Morwell East had the chances to take the game but indifferent attitude to scoring goals was their downfall. With an unlikely 3-13 at three quarter time Morwell East were looking down the barrel as Yarragon were pumped for an unexpected victory. The East lost a player with a red card but came back in the last term but again their forwards were off the mark as they managed to fritter away chances to add a further 3-5 but were still not good enough to stop Yarragon to win their first match over the East since 2014. Mitch Jolly scored two for Yarragon while another eight players added to the score-line. Normy Harrison bagged three for Morwell East to be their better forward. Jake Cropley, Rhys Gleisner, Devin Pollock and Bad Wolfe were Yarragon’s best and for the East it was Frankie Marks, Brandon Francis, Lucas Towns and Paul Henry who all did well.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Yinnar suffered the wedding day blues as five of their best were away at a team-mates’s wedding which left a big gap against Trafalgar. Even the Coach Jamie Aitken was missing due to a training injury. Although going down to a more persistent Trafalgar side the Magpies put up a brave face and led all day until the last two minutes when Trafalgar’s Daniel Hayes posted a goal to give Trafalgar a grafting victory by two points. Yinnar jumped out of the blocks in the first term early with two goals from Tyler Chisolm to set Yinnar up for a small lead for most of the match. Tireless work from Brendan Chapman and Liam Maynard kept Yinnar in the lead but Trafalgar, ever slowly started to peg back the lead. Even at half time Yinnar led 5-5 to 2-3 in almost perfect conditions. Both backlines were superb not giving much away. Trafalgar edged ever closer by three quarter, Daniel Hayes scoring twice and Matt Swenson also posted a major. The final term swung Trafalgar’s way, they only scored two goals but kept Yinnar scoreless which in the final wash-up saw Trafalgar scrape in by two points 7-7 to 7-6. Daniel Puglia, Tyson Leys and Harry Malady were best for the Bloods while Brendan Chapman, Matt Dyke and Mark Stolk were given as best for Yinnar.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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