Reigning premier, Bruthen, needed a late surge to overcome a determined Buchan by 31 points at the Kennel during round 12 of Omeo District senior football on Saturday.
The Bulldogs only held a one-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter, but found another gear that the Cavemen simply couldn’t match.
Bruthen reeled off four unanswered goals and should have won by more, but was wasteful when in front of the big sticks. Buchan’s only score for the last term was a behind.
The match was an arm wrestle early as neither side could gain the ascendancy. Despite having two more scoring shots, Buchan trailed by three points at the end of the first quarter.
The match continued to be a tight affair in the second quarter with both sides kicking two majors. At half time the Bulldogs held a narrow five-point lead.
Neither side was able establish their dominance after the main break as Buchan drew within one kick with one quarter to go.
It was one-way traffic in the final quarter as Bruthen secured the points.
Harley Kenner was one of the Bulldogs’ best with three goals and Rhys Kennedy, Robert Maisey and Timothy Coxhill were crucial in the dying stages.
Reagan Kyle was a solid contributor for Buchan, while Nathan Pegler and Jeffrey Walker played well.
The top of the table Omeo Benambra had little trouble defeating Swan Reach by 31 points at Swan Reach.
While scores were locked on seven at the first break, the Ranges used a three-goal to one second quarter to open up a 17-point lead at half time.
The Swans lifted in the third, but some accurate set shot kicking by Omeo Benambra ensured it still led
by 16 with one term to go. Swan Reach was limited to a solitary goal in the last quarter as the Ranges kicked 3.3 to seal the deal.
Omeo Benambra’s Peter Craze and Jason Sanford both kicked two goals with Nao Fujita and Cameron Roberts impressing.
Peter Ritchie was brilliant for Swan Reach and Jordan Dadswell and Daniel Kurrle toiled away for four quarters.
Despite the loss the Swans held on to fourth place with Swifts Creek only two points behind.
Swifts Creek earned its third win of the year at home against the winless Lindenow South.
The Demons led at every change and while the Swampies drew within touching distance at the main break, they fell away and lost by 32 points.
Swifts Creek dominated the opening quarter with eight scoring shots to one, but only led by 22 points as it struggled to make the most of its opportunities.
The Demons’ goal kicking woes continued in the second stanza, booting 1.5 as Lindenow South cut the margin to seven points on the back of a 4.2 quarter.
In the third term Swifts Creek finally managed to make the most of its dominance and kicked five unanswered goals to open up a six-goal buffer at three quarter time.
The Demons struggled to be again in the fourth term with four behinds, but it did not matter with the Swampies’ 1.2 not enough to close the gap.
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