Buchan is an almost certainty to play in Omeo District senior football finals after defeating Swan Reach by 22 points in a mouthwatering contest at Buchan on Saturday.
The Cavemen sit 14 points clear of the Swans in third place and with five rounds to go it is extremely unlikely that they will be displaced from third.
Both sides couldn’t be separated in the first half and were locked at 15 apiece at quarter time. Buchan’s inaccuracy of 3.9 allowed the Swans to head into the main break with a one-point buffer.
However, Buchan’s inaccuracy was reversed in the second half and a 6.3 to 4.1 quarter saw the Cavemen gain a 13-point lead at the final break.
In the final term Buchan continued its hot form, booting four goals to Swan Reach’s two.
For the home side, Tom Buckley-Kohne was dangerous around goals with five majors, while Matthew Whelan had plenty of touches.
Jack Wheatfill kicked five goals for the Swans in a best on ground performance.
Ladder leader Omeo-Benambra had no problems disposing of Lindenow South during the Swampies’
250th Omeo District game at Lindenow South. The premiership favourites showed how dangerous they can be and cruised to a 182-point victory.
The Swampies were on the back foot early as the Ranges piled on six goals to one in the opening term. With a lead of 35 points at the first break, the Ranges continued their intense pressure, holding Lindenow South to one point in the second quarter. By half time Omeo-Benambra led by 79 points.
The third term was the Ranges’ best as they found a gear that the Swampies simply couldn’t match, booting 11 goals to one to open up a 143-point lead at the final break.
Things didn’t get any easier for Lindenow South in the final stanza as Omeo-Benambra found the goals another eight times.
Omeo-Benambra youngster, Jai Hayward, continued his strong form with eight majors, while Malcolm Smith and Peter Craze both bagged four. Damien Pedder was also outstanding.
Russell White and Nathan Fehst were the goal scorers for Lindenow South with Thomas Nash impressing.
Reigning premier, Bruthen, smashed Swifts Creek by 136 points in the grand final rematch at Swifts Creek.
The Bulldogs came out barking in the opening term, booting 5.4 to the Demons’ 3.1 to gain a lead of 15 points at quarter time.
Bruthen put the game to rest in the second quarter as it found the goals on eight occasions while holding Swifts Creek to one point. With a 68-point lead at half time, the Bulldogs were in the box seat.
The onslaught continued in the third term with Bruthen piling on five goals to extend its lead to 89 points at the final break.
The Bulldogs added a further eight goals in the last quarter with Jamie Barton finishing with 10 for the match and Corey Hardy having plenty of the football.
Jesse Hack led from the front for the Demons, while Shannon Head finished with three goals.
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