With so many players out for both sides the game turned it was going to be difficult to play attractive football. Boolarra led early in the match with the first goal but then Yinnar took over and it was another 58 minutes before the Demons could raise the two flags. Yinnar suffered from inaccuracy with gettable goals being missed, caused by pressure from Boolarra and bad kicking. By half time Yinnar had 8-13 on the board to Boolarra’s lonely goal. The carnage continue in the third with Yinnar piling up points but the final term must have had the coach trying to find hair on his head to pull out. The Magpies were in their 50 zone 22 times for a very poor return of 1-11 while Boolarra who were still competitive managed to goal from six entries. Yinnar finished with 11-28 to 2-0. Lincoln Albanese finish with a respectable four goals and Matt Dyke three for Yinnar which also earned him a best player award along with Emerson Hicks and Brendan Chapman. For Boolarra it was their second lowest score against Yinnar since 1938. Sam Mazou, Daniel Wilson, Matt Buglisi and Tom Reiske never stopped trying for Boolarra.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Yarragon led all the way against Hill End in a match that was thought to be a lot closer, the win by Yarragon broke a three match losing streak to the Hillmen. Trailing by over five goals going into the last term Hill End decided to play football, Luke Mulqueen started to get kicks and the forward line looked less crowded as Hill End pushed forward and started to score. Amburupa Uliando was noticeable with his man-bun was playing another top role for Hill End taking out the best man trophy for the third successive week. Yarragon steadied under the Hillmen onslaught and two goals gave them a buffer zone which they held to win 11-10 to 9-6. Goals were a raffle with seventeen players scoring goals, ten for Yarragon and seven for the Hillmen. For the winners, Tom Follett, Devin Pollock, Jake Cropley and Dean O’Connell were best. For Hill End other good time players were Luke Mulqueen, Isaac Ketchen and Ben Rotheram.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Thorpdale continued on their winning ways over Newborough with their third successive time. Both teams lacked real goal scoring power in a game that resulted in 11-24 being scored. Newborough were held goal-less by Thorpdale in the first quarter, a rare event for the Dogs, even by half time Newborough had posted only one goal. Thorpdale adapted better to the cool conditions and had four goals up at half time. Thorpdale wasted an opportunity to bury Newborough in the third term but were off target with 2-6 to Newborough’s 1-2. Thorpdale steadied in the final term to finish with 8-13 while Newborough with their third lowest score against Thorpdale of 3-11. Chris Redl finish with three for Thorpdale, the rest being shared around. Best for the Blues were Corey Nickels, Brett Gatehouse, Luke Collie and Brad Atkinson while the Dogs were best served by Pat Charles, Sean Burns, Manny Faustin and Jared Risol.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

Trafalgar went to the top of the table after they celebrated their 100th match against Morwell East with a huge 69 point win but at the start it looked completely different as Morwell East set the pace and had the first goal on the board within two minutes, it took Trafalgar ten minutes to register their first goal, then another and they quickly built up a small lead. Morwell East through Norm Harrison and Lucas Towns were able to add a further three goals to take a lead at the first break. Lucas Towns was a star in the first term with seven kicks, five marks and three goals. The first quarter effort by the East must have drained their energy supply as they played flat in the second as Trafalgar through Daniel Hayes, Darcy Brock and Klay Butler started to tear the East to pieces. Both teams were reduced to 17 players as a player from each were sin-binned for the remainder of the second quarter. Morwell East were starting to fall apart and two undisciplined acts copped 50 metre penalties which Trafalgar were able to add a further two goals. Morwell East ruckman Andrew Brown was unstoppable in the ruck but was let down by his team mates who failed to feed off the big man. By half time Trafalgar had recovered from six points down to be up by 24. Trafalgar continued their onslaught in the second half with a nine goal tally to the East’s two to run out winners by 69 points. Trafalgar’s Daniel Hayes top scored with three and the rest were shared by nine other players, better players were Matthew Van Schajik, Darcy Brock and Lochlan Farrell. Morwell East’s Andrew Brown (who hates kicking the ball), Brandon Francis, Lucas Towns and Frankie Marks all played well. It was Trafalgar’s 15th successive win over the East.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

After four successive losses to YYN, Mirboo North broke through for a hard earned win over the Bombers in a game that was played in two halves, YYN winning the first two quarters then Mirboo North clawed back for the next two. The Bombers jumped out early and established a 12 point lead by the first break with coach Barrie Burnett the driving force for YYN. Mirboo North worked hard in the second to get within four points at half time. The defences of both teams were dominant making it hard for the forwards to get easy shots. Experienced forward Tim Traill was back amongst the goals for the Tigers as he scored twice in the third as part of a four goal quarter. At the other end the State’s leading goal kicker Dean McDonald was hard pressed by tight defenders. By three-quarter Mirboo North led by eight points but still it was anyone’s game. The Tigers were able to hold back YYN who started to lose their way, holding the ball too long and missing targets, but the game was going down to the wire with Mirboo North holding out for a five point win. Eight players scored goals for Mirboo North while YYN had five players score two each. Mirboo North were best served by Damien Turner, Mitch Wightman, Josh Taylor and Jacob Nash while the Bombers had their best as Barrie Burnett, Steve Pearson, Mitch Luck and Dale Walshe.

Laurie Williams

(Independent observer)

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