Round 7 Summary Mid Gippsland Football League
NEWBOROUGH v TRAFALGAR
Newborough outplayed Trafalgar for four quarters in a game expected to be a lot closer, the first eight goals in the match came from eight individual players and at half time there was very little between the two teams. Two defensive errors and two free kicks gave Newborough their first four goals, but it took seven minutes before the first major was posted. Play was a scramble and it resembled “reserves on steroids” as the play was fast but ineffective with mass turnovers after continual stoppages. Chris Hancock was playing a big part in the early dominance by Newborough and Josh Hecker was also good in parts although at one stage ran 60 metres, had three bounces and with an open goal in front shanked the ball to out on the full, he made up for that error with a goal a few moments later. Tackling was fierce from both teams but Newborough appeared the stronger. Newborough were ahead with inside fifties but couldn’t convert the more opportunities and at half time it was a 13 point ball game with Newborough in the lead. After half time Newborough got into the swing of things and started to play positive football, handballs were hitting the target and players such as Josh Hecker and Tony Battista were kicking multiple goals and by three quarter Newborough had doubled Trafalgar’s score. Anthony Phillip in defence was a tower and very little passed him, the Dogs weren’t afraid to pass across opposition goals to clear the ball. Newborough mopped up after three quarter with a further five goals to run out 36 point winners, 13-7 to 7-7. Tony Battista finished with four goals for Newborough while for Trafalgar it was a picket fence with seven goal kickers. Newborough and Trafalgar now stand at 51 wins apiece. Trafalgar with the loss has dropped from third to fifth on the table.
THORPDALE v HILL END
Thorpdale continued their ride at the top of the ladder with a crushing win over Hill End, the Dales, led by second gamer from MDU in Tom McDermott who bagged 10 goals, only 2 shy of Ian Jennings’s 12 against Hill End in 1976. He scored Thorpdale’s 24th and his tenth twenty minutes into the final term. After an even first half where it was a competitive game which Thorpdale led by 17 points, the flood gates opened in the third where Thorpdale kicked a record high nine third quarter goals (against Hill End) to their clubroom end. Hill End, led by new coach Mark Bradley had no answer for the running Blues after half time. The spirit had gone from Hill End as Thorpdale ran them in ragged circles. The lead at three quarter had ballooned out to 67 points at which point Hill End hardly had the ball within scoring range being repelled by the strong defence of Thorpdale. The last term saw an even mix of goals for both sides but the damage had been done as Thorpdale picked up 11.9 percentage to maintain top position after winning 24-9 to 13-3. Michael Santo was no slouch as he picked up another five goals for Hill End. Best for Blues were Tom McDermott, Luke Collie and Shannon Pickering while for Hill End Isaac Ketchen, Scott Collins and Ben Rotheram were voted best.
MIRBOO NORTH v MORWELL EAST
In the closest result of the day Mirboo North scraped in by two points after Morwell East’s fightback nearly saw them upset the Tigers. Mirboo North kicked away in the first quarter with a two goal advantage but the East fought back with a brilliant second term of six goals to four to trail by one point at half time. Mirboo North just kept that competitive edge to keep ahead of Morwell East and with only 14 points the difference at three-quarter Morwell East threw everything into a solid last quarter, to the extent that Mirboo North had to shore up the defence bringing players up from half forward, Morwell East go a run on to add 4-1 to 2-1 but failed by two points to overcome the Tigers for only their third win for the season. Zack Kilgower and Josh Taylor both kicked three each for Mirboo North in their 14-6 to 14-2 win while Morwell East pair of Paul Henry and Lucas Towns also kicked three each. There were 17 goalkickers in the 28 goal tally.
BOOLARRA v YYN
YYN kicked more goals in the first quarter than Boolarra all match in a one-sided game that was won by the Bombers by 150 points with two players kicking over half of the Bomber’s score, Tim Phillips bagging eight and Dean MacDonald collecting seven to close up on the goal kicking stakes. YYN after a quiet start quickly got into gear in the second term scoring eight goals to two with Phillips and MacDonald running rampant to build the Bombers up to a 59 point half time lead. After half time the YYN defence had little to do as the Bomber forwards took over, adding 14-9 to Boolarra’s two solitary behinds to finish 26-15 to 3-3, their highest score over Boolarra since 2010. Tom Hutton, Lachlan Little and Brandan Paulett figured highly in the best player awards while for Boolarra it was a hard day at the office with Daniel Wilson, Tom Reiske and Matt Windsor being picked as best.
YARRAGON v YINNAR
It was another day to forget for Yarragon as the Yinnar Magpies had a big win over the struggling Yarragon. Yinnar shifted into gear early to set up a four goal advantage by the first break and with Tyler Chisholm doing his bit up forward the Magpies set about building up a big winning score. By half time they had nearly a ten goal lead. Danny Campbell and Matt Dyke were consistent players for Yinnar. The Magpies continued the onslaught after half time adding a further 9-5 to 4-4 to finish with 18-11 to Yarragon’s 5-5. Tyler Chisholm finished with five goals for Yinnar with Danny Campbell, Tyler Chisholm and Michael Geary as best, while for Yarragon, their best were James Harvey, Michael Price and Brock Neve who also kicked three goals.
The next Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 in the Morwell RSL Boardroom, commencing at 7.30pm.
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