MDFL – Great Western made a triumphant return to the winner’s list following a one point victory over Woorndoo Mortlake in the Mininera District Football League.
The nailbiting victory was the club’s first in the MDFL and its first in senior football since August 2010.
Great Western Football and Netball Club secretary Danny Hoare was thrilled with his club’s maiden win in its new league.
“It was probably the best game for the year by both teams,” he said.
The Lions trailed the Tigers at every change.
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Great Western dug deep however in the last term and managed to hit the front. Woorndoo Mortlake regained the lead with three minutes to go, but a last-gasp goal was enough for the Lions to snare a one-point win, 12.10 (82) to 11.15 (81).
Lachie Green was again a stand out, providing a hard body at the contest and was named best on field.
Shannon Notting booted four goals and Tim Shalders contributed three with Rayne Salmon and Sam Cocks also looking impressive in the Lions’ win.
Hoare praised the effort of Great Western youngster Nic McCartney.
“He just played good footy onball and got the hard ball gets,” Mr Hoare said.
A great crowd stayed following the match and Hoare said it was great to sing the Lions club song for the first time this season.
It was Tim Shalders’ 150th game, which made the win even more special and Hoare thanked Woorndoo Mortlake for its participation in forming a guard of honour for Shalders prior to the game.
Hoare said the atmosphere at the Great Western Recreation Reserve was friendly, although the Tigers’ supporters would have been bitterly disappointed with the narrow loss.
Woorndoo Mortlake has been struggling at the bottom of the MDFL ladder for the past few years and are yet to win a match in 2012.
Gate attendance was on par with previous weeks and although it has been a tough season so far, Hoare said the Great Western Football Netball Club is sticking by their players.
“The players are really valued at the club and we’re really proud of the way they’ve stuck by us,” he said.
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Moyston Willaura suffered its first loss for the season against Penshurst in a hard-fought clash at Moyston.
Penshurst got off to the better start, kicking 6.3 in the opening term to the Pumas’ 2.2.
Moyston Willaura fought back in the second quarter to take a two-point buffer into the long break, but the lead see-sawed again the third term and ended up 19 points in the Bombers’ favour.
The Pumas refused to give up, outscoring their opponents in the last quarter, however they were unable to account for the deficit, falling short by 16 points, 14.9 (93) to 16.13 (109).
New recruit Brian Thomas was a clear standout for the Pumas, named in the best alongside the consistent John Vanderwaal (two) and key defender Nathan Stapleton.
Coach Daniel Guniane top scored with five goals, while Leo Bell, William Bell and Jeremy Cronin also had an impact.
The Bombers were best served by Luke Ferguson, Brandon Ross (one) and Tom Simson.
Despite the loss the Pumas retain third spot on the ladder, with the undefeated Bombers in second place, equal with ladder leader Tatyoon on points.
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Tatyoon key forward Ross Panther continued his red-hot form on Saturday, booting seven majors in the Hawks’ 89-point victory over Caramut, 19.16 (130) to 6.5 (41).
Tatyoon dominated the match from the outset, kicking 6.6 in the opening quarter while restricting the Swans to a lone behind.
Caramut managed to get a major on the board in the second term, but was never in with a chance as the Hawks showcased their class and ability across the ground.
Swans Benjamin Grinter, Adam Lehmann and Hans Gubbins continued to work hard throughout the encounter, but it was not enough to nullify the likes of Panther, Tim Barr and Cameron Gellie, who were among the Hawks’ best.
Sean McDougall (two), Tim McDougall and Tyler Cronin (one) made up Tatyoon’s top six players.
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The Ararat Eagles were no match for a rampaging SM&W Rovers at Mininera on the weekend.
The Eagles have hit a rough patch after a stellar start to the season and struggled to match it with the Bulldogs.
As predicted, Rovers’ key forward Lee Marshall (eight) and handy recruit Billie Leskosek (five) created a number of headaches for the Eagles, slotting 13 goals between them.
The side made light work of Ararat, which was restricted to six majors for the match.
Defenders Haydn McCrow and John Forbes continued their good form to be named best on ground for the Bulldogs alongside Tyler Mason (one), Steven Lodge (two), Tom Brady and Jaye Cahir (three).
It was not all doom and gloom for the Eagles, with youngster Tom Taurau judged best afield and captain Richard O’Connell and recruits James Dalkin and Nathan Wemyss providing solid contributions. Jamie Elder and Ash Leggett also stood tall.
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Wickliffe Lake Bolac continues to languish down the bottom of the ladder following a loss to fourth placed Glenthompson Dunkeld.
The Magpies were competitive early, holding their own against the swift Rams for the first half of the match.
Glenthompson Dunkend’s depth began to show through in the third quarter, however and it pulled away to claim a 33-point lead by the final change.
The Magpies continued to battle on in the last term but it was too little too late as the Rams ran out 64-point victors, 18.17 (125) to 9.7 (61).
Tristan Ritchie, Benjiman Johnson and Brad Keilar made the biggest impression for the losing side, with Aaron Stewart, Timothy Blake and Andrew Day also named among the Magpies’ top players.
Sam Brewer finished with six majors for the Rams, while Tyson Hogan (three) was judged the team’s best.
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In the final match of the round, Hawkesdale Macarthur proved too strong for Lismore Derrinallum, winning 16.11 (107) to 8.9 (57).
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