MDFL – They may have knocked SM&W Rovers out of the Mininera and District Football Association finals race last year, but the Wickliffe Lake Bolac Magpies were clearly outclassed when the sides met again on Saturday.
SM&W Rovers got their revenge on a disappointing semi final loss with a 98-point victory at Lake Bolac, 26.8 (164) to 9.12 (66).
Bulldogs coach Rhys Cahir was pleased with the win, although he feels his team will continue improve.
“We’re still doing plenty of things wrong. We took a while to get going, but there are positive signs that we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.
Cahir was unsure how the match would unfold, although he knew key losses to the Wickliffe Lake Bolac line up would have an impact.
“They’ve had a lot of changes. They’ve lost a lot of their tall blokes and it was like playing a completely different side,” he said.
The encounter was close early, which Cahir put down to the dominance of Magpies playing coach, Brad Keilar, who was able to give his midfielders first use of the ball.
The Magpies held a two-point lead at the first change, but the Bulldogs went about the match with a renewed sense of vigour after quarter time, piling on eight goals to one.
“Once we settled down and changed around a few match ups we hit our straps,” Cahir said.
The Bulldogs kicked an additional 15 majors in the second half to Wickliffe Lake Bolac’s five to enjoy a comfortable win.
Cahir praised the efforts of recruit Darren Fletcher, who finished the match with seven goals and also managed to bring a number of players into the game.
“David Box was terrific in the middle, his work rate was outstanding and he ended up with five goals,” Cahir said.
Cahir was also pleased with Brady Curran (one goal), who is going from strength to strength playing a stoppage role.
He said defender John Forbes was starting to find form, while Andrew Toan and Hayden McCrow were also named in the best for the victors.
Charles Archer, Shane Clark and Tom Gibson had the biggest impact for the Magpies.
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Caramut gave Moyston Willaura a run for its money early, but the Pumas proved too strong in the second half, claiming a 55-point win, 16.20 (116) to 9.7 (61).
The Swans held a narrow one-point lead at quarter time, before the Pumas fought back to claim an 11-point buffer by half time.
Moyston Willaura’s class shone through in the latter half of the match, with Lynden Brewis and John Vanderwaal (one) leading by example as the Pumas piled on 11 goals to Caramut’s four.
Josh Bywater was again impressive in the ruck, while Leo Bell, Ararat Rats’ recruit Nathan Stapleton and Blake Dunstan also stood out.
Calum Stevens was the best of Moyston Willaura’s seven goal kickers, contributing four majors for the match, while Lachlan Barr (two) was the only multiple goal scorer for the Swans.
James Tarbolton, Todd O’Sullivan (one) and Nicholas Walker were judged best afield for Caramut.
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Tatyoon’s key forwards were in fine form as the Hawks claimed an 89-point win over Lismore Derrinallum at Derrinallum on Saturday.
Aidan Bell and Ross Panther finished with eight and seven goals respectively in the victory, with seven other players contributing to the team’s 26-goal haul.
Tatyoon lead at each change and although the Demons continued to put up a fight, they were clearly outgunned.
Elliot Pyke booted three goals for the Demons, with Dean McPhan, Jahn Knight and Darcy O’Sullivan named among Lismore Derrniallum’s best players.
Bell was named best afield for the Hawks.
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Tireless midfielder Damian Cameron (three) and defender Tim Barr were also lauded for their efforts.
Pat Tucker (one), Andy Maconachie (one) and Panther completed Tatyoon’s top six players.
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The new-look Ararat Eagles have chalked up two wins on the trot after disposing of Woorndoo Mortlake at Woorndoo.
The Eagles are now holding third spot on the MDFL ladder thanks to the convincing 140-point win, 26.19 (175) to 4.11 (35).
It’s been a long time since the Eagles have kicked nine goals in an opening quarter and the victory should give the team a confidence boost ahead of this weekend’s clash with Great Western.
Justin Coole kicked six majors to be named best on ground for the Eagles, while James Dalkin and Scott Jackson successfully halted a number of the Tigers attempts towards goal.
Key recruit Nathan Wemyss continued to impress, while regular contributors BJ Burton and Richard O’Connell also made their presence felt.
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Great Western endured another tough day at the office as it attempts to settle in to the MDFL, suffering a painful 175-point loss at the hands of Penshurst, 5.4 (34) to 31.23 (209).
A punishing nine goal to one opening quarter set the scene for the rest of the afternoon, with the Lions being outplayed around the ground.
Key signing Ben O’Neill was once again a stand out in the midfield, while young ruckman Kyle Salmon also continued his good form.
Nick McCartney showed promise, kicking one of Great Western’s four goals, while defenders Tim Shalders and Ben Newson also worked hard, with Newson restricting Penshurst power forward Robert Brewster to just five majors.
Taylor McKenry, Brandon Ross and Andrew Behncke, were named the top three players for the Bombers.
Penshurst’s Kane Ubergang was reported during the match.
In the final match of the round, Glenthompson Dunkeld overcame Hawkesdale Macarthur by 39 points at Hawkesdale, 13.10 (88) to 6.13 (49).
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