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Who to barrack for…..Demons v Demons. Confusion reigned at Meeniyan when Boolarra Demons travelled to play the ex-Alberton Demons. Although MDU were wearing their new strip there was still confusion among the players so used to their blue and red strip. MDU jumped away from Boolarra to control the early part of the match with 3-2 on the board to Boolarra’s 1-2. It was a high scoring first half with MDU getting more breaks, windy conditions not helping either team. Although MDU held a 13 point lead by half time the match was a lot closer than the scores suggested. Players struggled under the conditions but MDU had enough players firing at goals with five players collecting two goals each as MDU ran out winners by 30 points. MDU were well served by Jake Proctor, Jordan Brown, Tom Corry and Sam Wilson while Boolarra Brendan Mason battled hard, Chris Riseley Jnr, Daniel Wilson in his 200th game figured amongst the best and Sam Mazou with two goals were voted at best.

Traditional rivals Foster and Fish Creek battled for the upper hand with Foster gaining a tiny advantage at the first break. The 2019 premiers trailed at the long break but there was very little between these two who have battled against each other for near over many years. Fish Creek holding onto an 11 point lead but Foster reversed their first half to over-run the Kangaroos in a last quarter blast going from 18 points down to win by 14 points, keeping the Roos scoreless in the last term. Four players finished with two goals each in a day not suited to full-forwards. Brendan Neville, Jon Segat, Brock Cripps and Tom Littore all grabbing trophies for the Tigers while the Kangaroos were well served by Ethan Park, Kairon Dorling, Jack Hayes and Travis Manne.

After Gary Ablett jnr had tossed the coin for the start of the match of the heavyweights It was a goalless start between the two at Willow Grove. Hill End just held the edge at the first break as both teams strived to put majors on the board but it was sad reading from the two best teams of 0-4 to 0-1. Accuracy didn’t improve in the second with Hill End missing most times to finish the half of football with 1-7, Mirboo North just edging out the Hillmen by two points in a crazy first half.  Hill End kept Mirboo North in the loop with inaccuracy but managed to overtake Mirboo North in the third to have a five point lead going into the last quarter. Ambu Uliando was again the best for the Hillmen, he brought other team mates into the game players such as Jack Hudson and Aaron Fawcett as he led the Hillmen to a last quarter charge with a six goal barrage. Mirboo North were down and offered little resistance as the Hillmen forged ahead. Chase Saunders well held, was able to score goals to take his tally to 23. HillEnd eventually racing away for a 37 point win to become the only unbeaten team in the competition.

Tarwin and Yinnar were prepared for a close one with Yinnar again figuring in a close finish to beat the Sharks by four points. Yinnar overtook the Sharks to establish a handy lead by the halfway mark doubling Tarwin’s score  Tarwin, however hit their straps in a third quarter blast, led by Matt Williams and Tom Van der Kolk the Sharks belted out a 6-1 quarter to give them a four point buffer by three quarter. Kane Grinstead-Jones was a powerhouse for Yinnar with strong play and his last two goals helped Yinnar to overpower the gallant Tarwin to wrest the match by four points. Michael Burge and Harrison McColl all playing their part in the Magpies revival. For the Sharks Tom Van der Kolk, Kaj and Julian Patterson (4 goals) and Tom Sheedy all battled hard.

Stony Creek looked for their first victory in a tight match up with Thorpdale, leading by 8 points at the first break, restricting Thorpdale to a nil scoreline. It was tough going with goals hard to score under the conditions, with only a three goal total at the half time break. Stony Creek crept away from Thorpdale with three hard earned goals in the third but last week’s win by Thorpdale must have rubbed off and with the better accuracy in the last were able to add 4-1 to nil to gain another win, but it was anybody’s game with the final margin only five points. By a strange quirk of the “bye” Stony Creek actually went up one place on the ladder even though they haven’t won a game as yet. Thorpdale were well served by Joel Monger, Kayne O’Connell, Shannon Pickering and Richard Mathers. For the Creek Anthony Dyke, Ossy Brennan, Sam Marriot and Jai Bright all got voted as best.

Toora condemned Newborough to the bottom of the ladder with a 11 point win with Toora the more accurate were able to set up a good buffer by half time against Newborough. Newborough were wasteful with their goal shooting with only three goals from 11 attempts, the Magpies were steady under pressure making their shots at goal really count and with five less shots than Newborough were still able to run out winners by 11 points. Matt Baxter scored three for Toora while Newborough had a picket fence with five players scoring singles. Daniel Mock, Matt Baxter and Ben Willder were best while for the Dogs it was Coach Peter Ainsworth leading by example with good support from Rob Wilson, Alex Skinner and Liam Flahvin.

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