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ROUND 3 REVIEW – by Laurie Williams

In the closest match of the round Mirboo North just pipped Yinnar by two points with a goal by Liam
Nash after the siren. After being 18 points down at the last change Mirboo North clawed their way
back in the last to get within four points at one stage, then Yinnar goaled, then Mirboo North goaled
to bring the game to a four point margin again. With the clock ticking down it was a mark (his fifth
for the quarter) to Liam Nash. The siren went and the final result rested on the shoulders of this
talented young footballer. He held his nerve and kicked accurately to give Mirboo North a two point
victory over Yinnar. In a close encounter all day Yinnar matched it with the more highly fancied and
unbeaten opponents. At the first break Mirboo lead by two points, then by only one at half time.
Yinnar snapped into action in the third with a power quarter of 5-3 to 2-3 Jarrod Henderson, Danny
Campbell and Brendan Chapman leading the Magpies to a three quarter advantage of 17 points. The
final term Mirboo North fought back with goals to Rhys Kratzat and Tom Campbell which saw them
get closer. It was pressure by both sides. Liam Nash gathered over 16 possessions in the last term to
dominate. Other Tigers to roar were Joel Lambourn and Hudson Kerr. Yinnar with time running out
still led but Liam Nash’s final mark and kick of the day snuffed out Yinnar’s brilliant effort to tame the

Hill End retained the Byrne-Fanning Cup with a big win over Newborough, the Hillmen restricting
Newborough to their lowest ever score (2-6) beating their previous 2-12 set in 1963. The scoreline
was within two points of Hill End’s biggest ever win over Newborough of 76 points in 1957. Hill End
jumped away from Newborough in the second term after an even first term, the Hillmen missing set
shots in the second quarter to go to the half with only 4-9 for their efforts. Ambu Uliando was again
a dominant player for Hill End with his solid play, for the third match in a row he has been in the top
two. Aaron Fawcett and big Cal Rees were also in the mix with strong play. A third quarter fade saw
many shots go wild as Hill End managed only 2-6 as against Newborough who failed to score which is
a rare event by Newborough. Chase Saunders fresh after his bag the previous week was on radar
patrol and controlled the forward line to finish with a creditable seven but could have got into
double figures with a bit more accuracy. Newborough put up a token effort with Matt Rowlings,
Sean Burns, DJ Wilson and Joel Mitchell all trying hard to keep the Doggies in the match. For Hill end
Hayden Calway, Liam Fitzpatrick and Nathan Balfour were regular contributors.

Toora caused the biggest surprise of the round with a victory over 2019 runner’s up Stony Creek. The
Magpies in their new colours matched it with Stony Creek and provided a few hints in the first
quarter they were out to beat the more fancied Stony Creek. A 4-1 to 2-1 quarter created an early
lead and by half time the Pies were 19 points up. The two Lachlans-Dobson and Ireland were getting
plenty of possessions for Toora and Matt Ponton was at his best. Stony Creek were facing their
second successive defeat but they could do little to stop Toora from grabbing an 11 point win. For
Stony Creek Sam Marriott, Alex Devonshire and Joel Norton were voted as best.

Morwell East met some strong opposition from Thorpdale in a game where Morwell East were
expected to run riot on a team yet to win a game. Thorpdale who have shown that they a team of
fighters over their previous two games showed Morwell East early in the day that they had come to
win. Morwell East were a bit shell shocked to go into both early breaks down 8 points at the first and
then 15 at half time. Morwell East coach Devon Soutar had a few stern words to his charges at the
half time break and his message got through as the Hawks added five goals to one to hit the front by
three points just before three quarters. It was game on in the last as Morwell East were more
energetic and Thorpdale had slowed down, the Hawks hit the front with a goal from Zach Mangion
and then it was party time for the Hawks with another 5-4 to finish the term with a healthier 16-11
to Thorpdale’s competitive 11-11. For the East Rob Michaelides booted five and tall forward Nick
Grainger kicked four. Matt Powell had a day out for Thorpdale with five goals and Rob Turnbull
scored four. Nick Grainger, Rob Michaelides and Tanner Higgins were best for the East while for
Thorpdale Joel Monger, Rob Turnbull and Matt Powell were voted as best in a good display.

A good start by Fish Creek enabled them to have a 36 point win over traditional rivals MDU. The
flying Kangaroos jumped early to establish an 18 lead at the first break. MDU fought back briefly in
the second term but could only reduce the deficit to 16 points. Fish Creek with Bailey Harfield-Park
in good form and assisted by Justin Smith and Tom Cameron the Roos were able to just stretch their
lead to the third break to 25 points. Fish Creek were in the box seat in the final term when the bad
weather broke, it was a tug of war between two determined teams with Fish Creek adding just 2-1
while MDU could only scratch in two behinds. Brady Mitchell was top forward for the Creek with
four goals. For Fish Creek, Brady Mitchell, Jack Hayes and Kairon Dorling also got amongst the best
and MDU had Stephen Hawkins, Toby Goss and Mitch Hoober as their best.

Foster continued on their winning way with an extreme win over Tarwin, the Tigers running out
winners by the biggest margin of the day of 88 points. Foster were too strong and too tall for the
Sharks who battled hard but were overpowered by the highly talented Tigers. A 6-3 to 2-0 first
quarter set up the Tigers and from there they set the pattern for the rest of the match. They had
plenty of players sharing goal kicking duties with seven being cited for goals, the best being Will
Flavelle who topped with four. Tarwin were no match and after the first quarter onslaught were
passive as Foster let loose with some powerful football. Tarwin were disappointed in their game
especially after their previous week’s win. Best for the Sharks were Nick McRae, Fergus Warren and
Nick Browne while for the winners Brendan Neville, Tim Wigney and Todd Bastion were given as

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