Hawks and Pumas to clash at Moyston

Eagles coach Matt Stasse gets a kick under pressure Justin Coole and Lynden Brewis lead a freight train to the ball
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MDFL – One of the Mininera and District Football League’s most anticipated clashes will take place at Moyston tomorrow, with third-placed Moyston Willaura going head-to-head with the undefeated Tatyoon Hawks.

Tatyoon may be sitting on top of the ladder, but the team faces a challenging few weeks as it meets the remainder of the competition’s heavyweights. The Hawks were challenged by SM&W Rovers in a scrappy match last week and coach Julian Sambell knows his charges cannot afford to give the Pumas an inch.

“We had a tough game last week. We had a pretty bad second and third quarter. I don’t think it’s going to be any easier this week,” he said.

Sambell is confident the Hawks can come out on top, provided they can do what they know works for them.

He said his side would concentrate on winning the contested footy, especially if it’s wet.

“We need to make sure we’re clean with our disposals, which is no different to any other match,” he said.

Sambell will have the luxury of a full side to choose from, with the exception of midfielder Damian Cameron, who will miss a few weeks due to a shoulder injury sustained against SM&W Rovers.

The Hawks will have the services of Bradd Wilson, who was unavailable last week. Wilson will slot into the backline or midfield where needed, while Brandon Mason will be welcomed back to centre half forward.

Tatyoon has been strong all over the ground this season, particularly in goals where Aidan Bell and Ross Panther are leading the league’s goal kicking tally.

While Moyston Willaura’s defenders have been in good form, coach Daniel Guinane knows his team needs to limit supply to the dangerous forwards.

The Pumas were dealt a major blow last week, with key backman Trent Fiscalini out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury. Josh Day and ex-Hawk Rhys Cronin will both have additional responsibility over the next few weeks. Both players have been performing solidly in defence.

“Sam Seres matches up well on Aidan Bell so he could be another option for us,” Guinane said.

“I think it will be a good challenge for the young boys and a good hit out.

Guinane said the Pumas would stick to their game plan, which has served them well over the past seven weeks. He said if they took the game on, they’d hopefully come out on top.

A bumper crowd is expected, with the ‘legends’ match scheduled to take place earlier in the day.

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Wickliffe Lake Bolac will take confidence from last week’s convincing win over Great Western when it welcomes Penshurst to its home ground.

The Magpies will have their work cut out for them however, with the Bombers yet to drop a game at this stage of the competition.

Magpies coach Brad Keilar has been performing well in the ruck all season but will need his midfielders to stand up and offer support to deliver the ball quickly into the forward line.

The Magpies had plenty of contributors last week, with Josh Keys, Tim Blake and Danniel Smith all lively in goals.

Penshurst has its own forwards firing and the Magpies’ defenders will have to be on top of their game to keep the ball out of the hands of Grant Ewing, Chris Eales and Tim McGregor.

The Magpies have suffered well documented losses this season and may struggle to match it with the powerful Penshurst side, which recorded a comfortable 36-point win over Glenthompson Dunkeld last week.

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The Ararat Eagles enjoyed a glittering start to the season, but have faced some tough challenges over the past couple of weeks. Their run will not get any easier tomorrow when they go head-to-head with Glenthompson Dunkeld at Dunkeld.

The Rams are currently fourth on the ladder and will be keen to account for a loss to the Bombers.

Andrew Gould, Leigh Bubb and Liam Currer have been working hard through the midfield and up forward and will create some headaches for the Eagles.

Ararat will rely on the likes of Ash Leggett and Jamie Elder to provide plenty of run, along with junior Tom Taurau who is reaping the benefits of senior experience.

Recruit Nathan Wemyss, Nick Bulger and Aaron Jenkins continue to toil away and coach Matt Stasse is getting the most out of his charges.

While the Eagles will go in as underdogs, expect them to mount a strong challenge.

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SM&W Rovers will enter its encounter with Lismore Derrinallum as favourite after a gritty performance against Tatyoon last week.

The Bulldogs almost carried off a major upset against the Hawks and should set the pace against the Demons.

Dean McPhan, Wayne Loader and Andrew Stewart are in form for Lismore Derrinallum and performed well during last round’s loss to Caramut, but the boys will have their work cut out for them against a higher-ranked opponent.

With Lee Marshall and Billie Leskosek leading the way up forward and a host of other players in good touch, including Daniel Currie, Jonathan Box and John Forbes, the Bulldogs should pick up the four points at Mininera.

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Despite a tough welcome to the competition, Great Western remains optimistic about tomorrow’s match against Hawkesdale Macarthur.

The Lions have shown vast improvement over the past three weeks, with youngsters Tom McCord and Nick McCartney beginning to gel well together. Lachie Green has been on fire of late and the Lions may also welcome back Cody Virgona this round.

The Eagles were unconvincing in their defeat of Woorndoo Mortlake in round seven and cannot afford to relax around the Lions at Hawkesdale tomorrow.

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In the final match of round eight, Caramut will play host to Woorndoo Mortlake.

Umpire appointments

SMW Rovers v Lismore/Derrinallum: Tommy Cooper and Leo Mooney (at Mininera).

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac v Penshurst: Adrian Pieters and David Reynolds (at Lake Bolac).

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Region’s junior footballers impress at Interleague level

Ararat footballers James Laidlaw and Jack Robertson leap to take a mark over a Mallee opponent. L-R: James Laidlaw, Luke Todd, Jack Robertson and Zach Louder.
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WFL – The region’s junior Interleague football representatives have been praised for their professionalism along with their skills after winning both clashes against the Mallee at Hopetoun on Saturday.

Wimmera Football League under 17 coach, Trevor Albrecht applauded the efforts of Ararat Rats’ footballers Zach Louder, Luke Todd, James Laidlaw and Jack Robertson, who were instrumental in the Big W’s massive 142-point win.

“I’ve coached at this level for four years and this was the best side I’ve seen. It was such a professional outfit,” he said.

Albrecht said there were no passengers along the way, with members from all clubs playing their roles throughout the four quarters.

The Big W led at each change to claim victory 26.16 (172) to 5.0 (30).

Forward Jack Wilson kicked 10 goals to be named best on ground ahead of Todd, who along with Louder contributed a major to the impressive 26-goal total.

Albrecht said it was a big advantage to have four players from Ararat in the team, as they had played together before.

“We started Toddy, James and Jack on the ball and they got it straight down to Zach in the forward line and he kicked our first goal,” he said.

Albrecht said the Mallee had a reputation for being bigger bodied and hard at the ball, but that did not deter the Wimmera boys.

“I told them it’s not about how many times they get knocked over, but how quickly they get back up. It’s how many times you keep getting up that proves how tough you are and they kept getting back up,” he said.

Albrecht thanked the Ararat Football Club players, committee and club people for their support.

“Ararat has always been prominent in allowing their players to represent the league and it’s one of the best clubs at promoting Interleague football,” he said.

“The club can be very proud of how the boys conducted themselves. They will go back and be better footballers at their club for the experience.”

Under 14 coach, Darren Patterson was also pleased by the performances of his Ararat charges during the side’s 34-point win over Mallee, 7.14 (56) to 3.4 (22).

Patterson praised the efforts of Ararat Rats’ player Tom Williamson, whom he labelled ‘outstanding’.

Williamson booted three goals for the match and made his presence felt through both the centre and up forward.

Patterson said Tom Louder also impressed on the wing, while Riley Taylor was excellent around the ground.

He labelled Pat Bell a ‘fix it’ player, who was consistently rotated where needed. Bell contributed a goal and didn’t disappoint.

Team mates Declan Roberts and Tom Mills also had an impact and Patterson said the Rats’ players were among the top 10 under 14 players in the league.

“The Ararat players all contributed greatly to the win. They worked extremely hard and they showed plenty of leadership and maturity,” he said.

Patterson also highlighted the efforts of Stawell Warriors’ footballer, Jarrod Illig, who was named in the best alongside Williamson.

“He was excellent across the half back line. He completely dominated there, so much so that we moved him onto the ball. He dominated there as well,” he said.

Patterson said he was pleased with his entire team’s ability to maintain concentration and intensity for all four quarters.

“I was rapt in the way we used our hand speed and the way we were front and centre at the drop of the ball,” he said.

Patterson thanked all his players for their efforts both in the lead up to the Interleague clash and on the day.

He also paid tribute to Ararat under 14 coach, Ali Williamson for his efforts as assistant coach.

He said Williamson worked on specific skills and plays with groups of players during the team’s three training sessions, which paid dividends on Saturday.

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Excitement surrounds ‘legends’ match

MDFL – Greetings dear readers for another Friday. Round eight of the Mininera and District Football League happens tomorrow and much excitement surrounds the ‘Legends Match’ between Tatyoon and Moyston Willaura.
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‘Roving Eyes’ sought out a spokesperson from each of the teams competing in tomorrow’s game at Moyston.

Mick Davis from Moyston Willaura said last year Moyston Willaura won the legends match, but with nil training the Pumas’ unblemished record will be difficult to defend.

Interestingly, several players included in tomorrow’s match have played for both Tatyoon and Moyston-Willaura.

Peter Wigg, Shane Jenkins, Pat Millear, Gary Pianta, Skinner Harris, Graeme McCarthy and Shane Todd have all played for the Hawks, Tigers, Saints or Teal, White and Black.

Word has it that Shane ‘Cloth’ Todd is still negotiating his match payment and has asked the Tatyoon side for his old payment of $10 a possession, reminding them he used to average 37 possessions a game, but the Hawks are pretty confident they can pass the hat around and collect the $20 required. The forecast for tomorrow is rain.

The ‘legends’ are slow enough without a heavy track, but it should still be a great match and a lot of fun.

Col Thompson is the Puma coach. He spoke to ‘Roving Eyes’ earlier this week and said he believed that Craig ‘Trigger’ Ashbury is flying back from Adelaide.

Astbury is a top defender who will be seeking revenge for last year’s defeat and hopes brothers Michael, Hamish and Andrew will be back in town and are approaching the game with anticipation and will match the Puma mid-field.

Skinner’s hammie should be right by now and with ‘legends’ such as Richo, Pig Campigli and Scott Ashbury up forward, Tatyoon should have a very competitive and eager team.

The Hawks have had three training runs and will be out to even the score.

Paul Canty tells me he will make sure the interchange steward keeps track of numbers on the ground and will be watching closely. He also said a host of e-stars are available so it should be a top game. The match starts at 11am.

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Tatyoon has another big challenge on their hands against the in-form Pumas at Moyston this week.

The Hawks are undefeated while the Pumas have only lost one game, so a real close game would be expected.

The winner will be the team that plays four quarters of football and we will see that tomorrow.

Good luck to both clubs.

Don’t forget the earlier start for the Moyston/Willaura v Tatyoon under 16s tomorrow.

Starting time is 9.45am, 11am- Legends Game, 11.30- Reserves and Seniors normal times.

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Leading goal kickers

David Wade, MDFL results secretary, has amended the tally owing to a mistake on one of the goalkeepers cards for the Tatyoon v Great Western match.

Aiden Bell Tatyoon 42, Ross Panther Tatyoon 36, Grant Ewing, Penshurst 34, Jeremy Cronin, Moy/Willaura 23, Lee Marshall SMW Rovers 22, Chris Eales Penshurst 21, Steven Nicholson Tatyoon 20, Justin Coole Ararat 18, Billie Leskosek SMW Rovers 18, Robert Brewster Penshurst 17.

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For a club that hasn’t enjoyed a lot of success for a while, it was good to see the Woorndoo/Mortlake magoos chalk up their second win last Saturday against Hawkesdale/Macarthur.

Neil ‘Ned’ Kelly, WJ Medal winner in 2005 and 2006, is back on the field with the Tigers and from all reports playing good footy.

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The latest clearances: A = ApprovedP = Pending, D = Declined.

Ararat Eagles: Luke Toomey from Ararat Rats A.

Caramut: Robert Palmer from LorneA, Dominic Kelly from Torquay A, Tyler Donaldson-Aitken from Nth Old Boys A.

Great Western: Rory Jones from SwiftsP, Bradd Jones from Casterton D, Nathan Gannon from Ararat Rats A, Aiden Lee from Ararat Rats D, Charlie Begelhole from Ararat Rats P, Nathan Gannon to Ararat Rats P.

Hawkesdale/Macarthur: Darren Keane from Kolora-Noorat A.

Lismore/Derrinallum: Jamie Angove from Leitchville-Gunbower A, Martin Walsh from Western Eagles A, Mathew Schurmann to Cavendish A.

Moyston/Willaura: Steven Richards to Yarraville Seddon A, Pollyanna Guthrie to Lake Wendouree A, Gerald Lucas from Beaufort A, Lachlan Conlan from BallanA, James Conlan from Ballan A, Liam Hanrahan from Dunnstown A, William Fay from Skipton A, Alistair Francis from Carngham/Linton, Damian Wynd to Ryco Bombers A.

Tatyoon: James Porter to Moyston/Willaura A.

Wickliffe/Lake Bolac: Dale Munro from Girgarre A, Cameron Day from SpringbankA, Kyle Kemp from Warrack Eagles A, Ben Robertson to Ararat Rats P.

Woorndoo-Mortlake: Brody Mifsud from Deakin Uni A, Ben Egan from Gnowangerup A, Hugh Landale from Blighty A, Cameron Robertson from Finley A, Bennett Forrester from Scarborough P, Neville Bischard to Walpeup-Underbool, George Gateway to South Yarra P.

The gate shuts of July 1, so I’ll bring you all the latest player movements up to date.

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Well Cyber Girl’s up in Queensland this week so it’s over to her stand-in so thank you.

And finally…

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with but whether it is the same problem you had last year.

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Bulldogs defeat rivals

Pumas Jess Williams tries to knock the ball from Toni Chegwins hands Natalie Bennett gets the ball first from Amy Peel
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Still airborne Georgie Eastick looks for options

MDNA – Spectators were treated to a top contest between traditional Mininera and District Netball Association rivals Tatyoon and SM&W Rovers on Saturday.

Scores were even for the majority of the match, with many intercepts and turnovers taking place down the court.

Plenty of action was seen in the mid-court with Hawks’ Simone King and Rovers’ Rosie Weatherly engaging in a battle to drive the ball down the court to their respective scoring ends.

Strong rebounds from the Bulldogs’ defenders and excellent shooting from Merren Petrass in the last quarter saw Rovers hold onto their narrow lead take the game by nine goals, 30-21.

Great competitive netball was displayed between Ararat and Moyston/Willaura in their round seven clash.

Ararat held the lead in the first quarter, but during the following two quarters the visitors matched their opponents’ score line with good drive and feeds into the goal ring.

Ararat showed some great pressure through the mid-court in the final quarter, which resulted in turnovers enabling Ararat to get over the line and win the game by six goals, 55-49.

Great Western tried hard against a talented Wickliffe/Lake Bolac side, but even with a home-game advantage were unable to come away with a win.

Amy Kindred and Kim Leeke worked overtime in defence for the Lions, however the Magpies were too strong in goals with Simone McDonald working well inside the goal ring and shooting accurately.

Wickliffe Lake Bolac claimed a 53-goal victory, 69-16.

Lismore/Derrinallum continued its winning streak over Caramut, triumphing 48-24, while Woorndoo Mortlake claimed the win over Hawkesdale Macarthur 48-28.

In the final match of the round, crowds braved wet conditions to see the replay of last year’s grand final between Penshurst and Glenthompson/Dunkeld. Penshurst adjusted its game to suit the wintery conditions to walk away with a 38-goal victory, 61-23.


A Grade

Tatyoon 21 (S King, B Kelly) lost to SM&W Rovers 30 (R Weatherly, L Williams); Ararat 55 (T Chegwin) def Moyston Willaura 49 (C Kingi); Penshurst 61 (SJ McDonald, S Robertson) def Glenthompson Dunkeld 23 (S Balkin Mitchell, L Pyke); Lismore Derrinallum 48 (K Poole) def Caramut 24 (L Anders); Woorndoo Mortlake 48 (J Cameron, Melissa Burt) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 28 (R Kavanagh, K Habel); Great Western 16 (A Kindred) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 69 (S McDonald).

Ladder: Penshurst 405.26%, 28pts; Lismore Derrinallum 194.51, 28; Wickliffe Lake Bolac 158.85, 24; Glen Dunkeld 116.91, 20; Ararat 115.07, 20; Woorndoo Mortlake 117.23, 16; SM&W Rovers 78.95, 12; Caramut 84.23, 8; Hawkesdale Mac 71.43, 8; Tatyoon 56.82, 4; Moyston Willaura 65.99, 0; Great Western 22.02, 0.

B Grade

Tatyoon def SM&W Rovers on forfeit; Ararat 36 (R Nicht) def Moyston Willaura 22 (J Jackson); Penshurst 16 (L Tuckey) lost to Glenthompson Dunkeld 31 (J Frost); Lismore Derrinallum 41 (S Everett) def Caramut 16 (D Tickner); Woorndoo Mortlake 44 (A McCormick) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 19 (N White); Great Western 29 (C Virgona) lost to Wickliffe Lake Bolac 62 (A Clark).

Ladder: Penshurst 237.27, 24; Woorndoo Mortlake 211.63, 24; Glen Dunkeld 167.12, 24; Lismore Derrinallum 163.09, 24; Ararat 139.86, 20; Tatyoon 109.64, 16; Wickliffe Lake Bolac 91.39, 12; Moyston Willaura 72.40, 8; Hawkesdale Mac 68.63, 8; Caramut 54.94, 8; Great Western 35.82, 0; SM&W Rovers 0.00, 0.

C Grade

Tatyoon 13 (T Reynolds) lost to SM&W Rovers 38 (K Kerr); Ararat 20 (K Holtham Felini) def Moyston Willaura 17 (I Bird); Penshurst 22 (E Huf, S Casey) def Glenthompson Dunkeld 16 (J Maroney, L Starkie); Lismore Derrinallum 21 (K Jensen) lost to Caramut 28 (K Hannabury); Woorndoo Mortlake 31 (M Haberfield) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 12 (L Nield); Great Western 38 (T Greene) def Wickliffe Lake Bolac 17 (G Thompson).

Ladder: Ararat 164.81, 24; Penshurst 137.59, 24; Lismore Derrinallum 189.19, 20; Woorndoo Mortlake 187.25,

20; Glen Dunkeld 161.34, 20; SM&W Rovers 132.41, 20; Caramut 106.29, 16; Tatyoon 93.75, 12; Moyston Willaura 104.83, 8; Great Western 44.75, 4; Hawkesdale Mac 54.27, 0; Wickliffe Lake Bolac 24.39, 0.

17 and under

Tatyoon 18 (S Dunn) lost to SM&W Rovers 24 (A McLeod); Ararat 57 (B Wilson) def Moyston Willaura 9 (M Slocombe); Penshurst 54 (M Pertzel, H Bensch) def Glenthompson Dunkeld 14; Lismore Derrinallum 24 (G Anderson) lost to Caramut 27 (R Bloomfield); Woorndoo Mortlake 19 (E Connor) lost to Hawkesdale Macarthur 48 (K Noonan); Wickliffe Lake Bolac – bye.

Ladder: Penshurst 276.24, 28; Wickliffe Lake Bolac 255.24, 28; Ararat 263.27, 24; Hawkesdale Mac 183.15, 24; Tatyoon 85.00, 14; Caramut 78.43, 12; SM&W Rovers 67.14, 12; Woorndoo Mortlake 58.53, 10; Glen Dunkeld

51.58, 10; Lismore Derrinallum 45.05, 4; Moyston Willaura 38.31, 2.

15 and under

Tatyoon 32 (M Astbury) def SM&W Rovers 16 (T Chiltern); Ararat 41 (C Pitts) def Moyston Willaura 14 (K Pearce); Penshurst 37 (L Rentsch, L Huf) def Glenthompson Dunkeld 5 (E Bullock); Woorndoo Mortlake 6 (L Grant) lost to Hawkesdale Macarthur 28 (C Watson); Lismore Derrinallum, Great Western – bye.

Ladder: Ararat 296.10, 24; Hawkesdale Mac 237.80, 24; Tatyoon 191.03, 24; Penshurst 198.33, 20; Moyston Willaura 99.07, 20; Great Western 74.29, 16; Woorndoo Mortlake 73.91, 12; SM&W Rovers 62.59, 12; Glenthompson Dunkeld 37.36, 8; Lismore Derrinallum 13.09, 8.

13 and under

Tatyoon 22 (A Astbury) def SM&W Rovers 1 (L Currie); Ararat 14 (J Lofts) lost to Moyston Willaura 24 (A Stoneman); Penshurst 25 (G Brown, A Boland) def Glenthompson Dunkeld 6 (K Myers); Lismore Derrinallum 17 (C Coutts) def Caramut 2 (R Mann); Woorndoo Mortlake 15 (C Quinn) def Hawkesdale Macarthur 3 (C Adams); Great Western 23 (M Nicholls) def Wickliffe Lake Bolac 11 (L Millear).

Ladder: Moyston Willaura 567.65, 28; Penshurst 443.75, 24; Ararat 240.35, 24; Lismore Derrinallum 133.93, 20; Glen Dunkeld 133.33, 20; Woorndoo Mortlake 137.18, 16; Great Western 50.35, 12; Tatyoon 107.58, 8; SM&W Rovers 22.54, 6; Wickliffe Lake Bolac 48.53, 4; Hawkesdale Macarthur 33.33, 4; Caramut 16.25, 2.

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Building Commission responds to shed fiasco

ARARAT – The Building Commission has responded to last Tuesday’s story in The Ararat Advertiser where Ararat Rural City Council slammed the possible introduction of regulations that would require the inclusion of toilets and disabled access in farm sheds.
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A spokesperson from the Building Commission said it is not proposing the reclassification of farm buildings.

She said the Commission has prepared and is currently circulating a draft Practice Note to industry for comment, which explains the principles of the classification that already exist under the national Building Code of Australia (BCA).

“Practice Notes are issued by the Building Commission as an educative and explanatory tool to provide clarity around aspects of the Building Regulations 2006, including the BCA,” the spokesperson said.

“It must be made clear that the BCA classifications in respect to farm buildings have existed since 1990 when the BCA was first published. In order to provide clarity, the Building Commission is simply advising practitioners on how to interpret the Regulations, particularly as they relate to the health, life and safety of people who may be working in a building.

“The responsibility for the classification of a building falls to the building surveyor issuing the permit, either municipal or private. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the surveyor to decide what facilities are required in the building according to the classification they have determined.

“Typically, a small hay shed would be classified as a Class 10a building and would not require toilet facilities, exit signs or other fire safety features. However, some farm buildings are extremely large structures and are also workplaces, and therefore required to comply with the classification requirements for that type of building.

“Where an applicant feels that particular regulations should not apply to a building design, they can make an application to the Building Appeals Board for a modification of that regulation.”

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