Ash Leggett intercepts the ball from Tom Taurau in the Ararat Eagles’ loss to Caramut on Saturday. Both were named in the top six for the Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERINGMDFL – Wickliffe-Lake Bolac has claimed its first premiership points of the Mininera and District Football League season with a strong performance against Woorndoo-Mortlake.
The Magpies fielded one of its strongest sides for the year and led for the entire match to defeat the Tigers, 18.16 (124) to 6.4 (40).
Wickliffe-Lake Bolac captain Tom Gibson said the win is a good confidence booster for the 2011 runners-up.
“It sets us up for next week’s game against Glenthompson and then Great Western after that, so it was an important win,” he said.
The Magpies had plenty of fire power up forward, with Nic Willox leading the charge with six goals.
Ben Johnson was an important player in the midfield for the Magpies, as was coach and ruckman Brad Keilar, who also went forward and kicked two handy goals.
Gibson said the team didn’t underestimate its opposition heading into the match.
“We thought it was a fairly even contest going in, we just ended up being too strong in the midfield,” he said.
“Having a full team in gave us a bit more depth, but what we really need is to start playing four quarters of football. Most weeks we’ve been playing at least one good quarter and then not going on with it.”
The Magpies outscored the Tigers in every quarter on Saturday, with Josh Keys (five goals) and Richard Blackburn (three) also contributing down forward.
The win was soured by the injury to centre half back Simon Rogers, who appears likely to miss the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.
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Moyston-Willaura kept its unbeaten run alive with a hard fought 23-point win over Glenthompson-Dunkeld.
Only five points separated the two teams at halftime, however the premiership quarter was where the Pumas pounced.
The visitors kicked five goals, while the Rams only managed to score one major for the quarter.
Trent Fiscalini made it back-to-back best on ground performances, while full-forward Jeremy Cronin booted four goals to lead the scoring.
Glenthompson-Dunkeld came roaring home in the last quarter, easily out scoring the Pumas, but the side had given away too big a lead and was unable to overcome the deficit.
In form ruckman Josh Bywater also had a big impact on the game, as did in and under player Leo Bell, who racked up numerous possessions in the 11.16 (82) to 9.5 (59) victory.
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Also making it five from five was Tatyoon, which sits on top of the MDFL ladder with a healthy percentage.
The Hawks led all day against Hawkesdale-Macarthur, although errant kicking in the first quarter left the door slightly ajar for the Eagles.
Aiden Bell and Ross Panther were their usual damaging selves, slotting nine goals between them to set up the 66-point win.
Tim and Sean McDougall starred through the midfield, while Steven Nicholson chipped in with three goals to be named among the team’s best.
Captain Damien Cameron showed his versatility across the ground and was well supported by young-gun Tyler Cronin (two goals) who has established himself as a genuine senior player.
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Penshurst is the third team to remain undefeated after five rounds of Mininera and District football action.
The Bombers broke away from a gallant SM&W Rovers in the final quarter to record victory, 15.10 (100) to 8.15 (63).
The lead chopped and changed for much of the first half, with the Bulldogs in front at both quarter and halftime.
John Forbes and Nick Byrne continued their stellar starts to the year and were named SM&W Rovers’ top two players.
Penshurst edged its nose in front at three quarter time, however the Bulldogs were still in touch, with the deficit only 15 points.
The Bombers put their foot down to kick away in the final term, with Grant Ewing proving the difference, booting seven goals in a best afield performance.
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Ararat was no match for Caramut, going down to the Swans 15 points.
Laurie Moyle was the Eagles’ only multiple goal scorer with two, while Tom Taurau showed plenty of talent through the forward line and midfield.
Ararat kept in touch for most of the match, but was unable to hit the lead during a wet and windy day at Alexandra Oval.
Aaron Jenkins, Ash Leggett and Daniel O’Connell were also named in the Eagles’ top six players.
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Great Western is slowly but surely improving despite losing to Lismore Derrinallum on Saturday by 98 points.
Coming off the back of a tough week that followed a crushing 300 point loss at the hands of Tatyoon, the Lions showed a vast improvement against the home side.
Damien Scott made his debut for the Lions, providing a focal point at full forward and kicked a goal, while onballer Lachie Green was Great Western’s best player, with his hardness at the contest and willingness to put his body on the line impressing coach Darren Weavell.
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