Justin Coole and Lynden Brewis lead a freight train to the ball Josh Bywater takes a screamer for the Pumas
MDFL – Round seven of the Mininera and District Football League saw Moyston/Willaura get the job done against the Ararat Eagles at Alexandra Oval, in a match that Pumas coach Daniel Guinane described as scrappy and at times not pretty.
“At times we used the space well, but basic skill errors hurt us and the Eagles as well and in the end it just came down to a battle of ugly football,” he said.
The Pumas’ 39-point victory was soured by serious knee injury to gun recruit Trent Fiscalini.
Fiscalini, who left the field midway through the match, had scans in Melbourne yesterday to find out the severity of the injury.
In a low scoring opening quarter the Pumas managed to take an early advantage to lead 2.2 (14) to 1.2 (8) at the first change.
Guinane said he wasn’t impressed with how his side performed during the first quarter.
“I got into the boys a bit after quarter time, because I don’t think many of them were taking the game too seriously,” he said.
“After that more of them started having a real crack and that is when it opened up a bit more.”
The Eagles remained in touch at halftime, however a goalless third term cost the side any hope of a win, as Moyston/Willaura piled on 2.6 in wet and windy conditions.
Small forward Cal Stevens with three goals was the Pumas most prolific scorer, while Troy Jenkins was the home team’s only multiple goal scorer.
Guinane said the Pumas’ back six players were the difference in the end.
“If they weren’t performing we probably would have lost the match,” he said.
“Josh Day at full back was sensational and Rhys Cronin’s run off the half-back line was important.”
Moyston/Willaura captain Matt Peel made his first appearance for the season and was also among the side’s top performers.
For Ararat Nathan Wemyss, Nicholas Bulger and Aaron Jenkins tried hard all day and were named the Eagles’ best players.
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In wintery conditions Tatyoon came back from a four goal deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat SM&W Rovers by 12 points. in round seven of the Mininera and District Football League.
The Hawks showed great fight to claw their way back into the match, as the Bulldogs dominated play and looked to have all the momentum heading into the final term.
The second half saw Tatyoon play with a man down, after ruckman Damian Cameron was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder.
Heavy rain made scoring hard to come by, as both sides turned the ball over frequently as they looked to go forward.
Matthew Irving’s body work at full forward was critical for the Bulldogs and saw him slot three important goals, while Bradley Scott ran hard all match and gathered plenty of possessions.
As always for the Hawks, Sean McDougall and Aaron Bird won plenty of clearances in the centre and Andrew McDougall, Jarrod Blandford and Tim Barr used their big bodies to crash the contest and bring the ball to ground.
Tatyoon hit the front late in the final term and despite the ball entering SM&R Rovers’ forward line on several occasions, the Bulldogs were unable to grab back the lead with the Hawks going on to record their seventh straight victory.
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Wickliffe/Lake Bolac produced the highest score of the round to defeat Great Western 15.22 (112) to 7.6 (48).
The Magpies had plenty of contributors across the field, with Josh Keys (four goals), Tim Blake (three) and Danniel Smith (three) particularly lively up forward.
Joe Higgins kicked two handy goals from the midfield, while coach Brad Keilar and backman Ben Johnson also performed well in the big win.
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Great Western continued to show signs of improvement, with Shannon Notting (two) providing plenty of options in the forward line, along with Thomas McCord who also bagged a double.
Lions coach Darren Weavell said he was happy with the determination shown by his players.
“They had a best and fairest ruckman in Brad Keilar who managed to give them first use of the ball and we didn’t have anybody to stop him, but to the guys credit they stuck to the task and attacked the ball well,” he said.
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In the other matches Penshurst remains unbeaten easily disposing of Glenthompson/Dunkeld by 36 points, with Grant Ewing booting five goals, in a tight tussle between Caramut and Lismore/Derrinallum the Swans hung on to win by five points, while Hawkesdale/Macarthur enjoyed a nine goal win over Woorndoo/Mortlake.
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