Round 11 Summary Mid Gippsland Football League
Newborough v Thorpdale
The mighty Bulldogs were the firm favourites going into their Round 11 clash against Thorpdale but the Blues had other ideas. Both teams played some really closely contested football. Newborough failed to convert many of their opportunities with some poor kicking up front, whilst Thorpdale moved the ball around quickly, kept up the forward pressure and dominated during the third term. The Bulldogs struggled to get into their stride, lacking coordination and poor decision-making at times. Thorpdale produced the goods on the day to come out with the victory. Scores at the blow of the final whistle Newborough 9.10.64 to Thorpdale 12.5.77.
Thorpdale Player/Coach, Nick Brown, was delighted with his team’s performance. He said: “We’ve had a couple of tough losses over the past few weeks so it feels really good to bounce back by playing good footy.
“Newborough are a really good side and when you come up against them you know you’re going to get a great game of footy. It doesn’t matter how many goals ahead you are they are always going to fight back to make it a good contest. You’ve got to play a good four full quarters to beat them and we managed to do that today.”
Thorpdale came out meaning business in the first quarter with Tim Loft scoring the first goal, this could have quickly been followed up with goal number two but Shannon Pickering missed for a point. Newborough started getting forward but failed to convert and then Michael Gelagotis kicked their first goal to put them in front by a point. Hugh Greene took a great mark for Thorpdale out in front of the goal to take goal number two. Gelagotis missed a goal for Newborough out on the full but Anthony Battista made full use of his opportunity from about 45 metres out to put Newborough out in front. The points gap could have been wider if the Newborough boys managed to kick straight. Scores at the end of the quarter Newborough 2.4.16 to Thorpdale 2.1.13.
Thorpdale had a great start in the second quarter scoring three goals in the first ten minutes to put them out in front. The Bulldogs started applying the pressure on the Thorpdale defence but Joshua Hecker missed a goal to catch up. Newborough then put a good bit of play together to get Gelagotis in front of the goal, but it was another terrible kick for a point. Josh Whittaker managed to convert a 50-metre penalty to get Newborough’s first for the quarter. Hugh Greene kicks another for the Blues. Thorpdale showed they really meant business in this quarter to come out with a well-deserved lead. Scores at the end of the second quarter Newborough 3.6.24 Thorpdale 6.3.39.
The Thorpdale boys were up and about quickly in the third quarter with Matthew Powell scoring his first goal for the Blues today. Josh Collie took a mark at 50 metres to get Thorpdale’s second and extend their lead over the Bulldogs by 27 points. Pickering took a lovely diving mark 45 metres out on a 45 degree angle, just touched on the line and didn’t quite carry for Thorpdale. Another 50 metre penalty the Blues taken by Jake Atkinson to get his first for the day and extend Thorpdale’s lead by 33 points. The Blues owning the footy during this quarter. Newborough were playing like a side that had run out of ideas and they really need to start producing something before this game gets out of their reach. Gelagotis missed another opportunity for Newborough from 50 metres out but Battista kicked two much needed goals for Newborough shortly after. Newborough were starting to get themselves back in the contest and moving the ball quicker. A Thorpdale player was put on report but confusion ensued as another player came on the ground and a head count was required at the end of the third term. A terrible mistake by the Umpire. Scores at the final whistle Newborough 6.8.44 to Thorpdale 9.3.57.
Newborough missed a great opportunity to score the first goal in fourth quarter but Thorpdale converted their first opportunity to push out their lead. Both teams getting good possession in this quarter and Gelagotis for Newborough finally found the middle of the posts to score a much needed goal for the Bulldogs. Adam Kennedy followed up to close the gap for Newborough, goal back to within two goals. Thorpdale were not letting go of their lead that easy with two more goals to extend their lead. Andrew Phillip scored a goal for Newborough in the closing minutes it was all too late. Thorpdale looked the better side for most of the game but Newborough showed that they would not be defeated lightly and made Thorpdale work for their win. Final scores Newborough 9.10 64 to Thorpdale 12.5.77.
Newborough Coach Dean Caldow was bitterly disappointed with this team’s performance. He said: “Today was a similar situation to last week’s game against Yallourn/Yallourn North. We had the majority of the play, more scoring shots, more inside 50’s and more centre clearances and we just can’t win the game. It’s highlighted the areas where we are falling down. We had lots of shots at goal that we should have got and we need to keep that scoring pressure on the opposition which we failed to do today.”
Mirboo North v Trafalgar
Mirboo North dominated at their home ground match up with Trafalgar this week. This game was a battle for positions in the middle of the table and Trafalgar failed to show the good form they were producing earlier in the season. The Tigers kept up the pressure during the first quarter to produce a healthy lead against the Bloods who only managed one point. Mirboo North leading at the end of the first term 5.3.33 to Trafalgar 0.1.1. Although Trafalgar played some better football during the second quarter, Mirboo North converted the majority of their opportunities to extend their lead. This forward pressure was maintained by Mirboo North during the second half of the game and Trafalgar failed to score in the final quarter. A great game by the Tigers who had plenty of opportunities at goal and the gap could have been much worse. Final scores Mirboo North 13.15.93 to Trafalgar 7.5.47.
Gunn was top goal scorer for Mirboo North with four and Doran for Trafalgar with three. Nash received best on ground for Mirboo North and Puglia received best on for Trafalgar.
Yarragon v Boolarra
In a fairly low scoring game, Boolarra still struggled to put any points on the ladder with a loss away to Yarragon. Both teams struggled during the first half of the game but Yarragon had more opportunities at goal and lead at the end of both quarters. Scores at the end of half time Yarragon 2.7.19 to Boolarra 1.2.8. The Panthers picked up the pace in the second half and the Demons failed to hold off the pressure from the Yarragon forward line. The scores could have been worse with Yarragon missing 15 chances at goal. Scores at final whistle Yarragon 7.15.57 to Boolarra 4.7.31.
Best on ground for Yarragon was Harvey with Patrick Smith picking up this honour for Boolarra. Mann kicked three goals to be the top scorer for Yarragon and Saunders converted three for Boolarra to add to his tally on boost him to the number one position on the top scorer leader board.
Yinnar v Hill End
Hill End were producing the goods to lead at the end of the first and second quarters in their game away to Yinnar this week. The scores at half time Yinnar 3.8.26 to Hill End 5.4.34. The Magpies would have been in shock at the scoreboard and Player/Coach Jamie Aitken must have spoken some stern words to the boys during half time as Yinnar came out to dominate during the second half of the game. Yinnar came back with many missed opportunities to gain the lead by 7 points at the end of the third term with the Hills men only getting two chances at goal. The Magpies scored five goals to Hill End’s one in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and keep their spot at the top of the ladder.
Campbell was best on ground for Yinnar with Fiddelaers taking the honours for Hill End. Renwick scored four for Yinnar to be their top goal scorer and Rotheram and Santo scored two a piece for Hill End.
Morwell East v YYN
It was an exciting performance by both Morwell East and Yallourn/Yallourn North this week, with both teams putting on the pressure and the lead changing hands throughout the game. The Bombers held the lead at the end of the first quarter 25 points to Morwell East 12. The Hawks then took advantage of all their opportunities at goal to get back in front and lead the at the end of the second term Morwell East 7.0.42 to YYN 5.4.34. The third quarter was evenly matched up by both teams with four goals a piece but the Hawks maintained their lead by six points. The Bombers then showed their dominance in the fourth quarter to keep the Hawks goalless whilst kicking four goals to get back on top and take out the victory. Scores at the end of the final whistle Morwell East 11.2.68 to YYN 13.11.89.
Frank Marks was given best on for Morwell East and Adam Bailey took best on for YYN. Towns, White and Jnr Tobin all kicked two a piece for Morwell East and Phillips and MacDonald kicked three goals each for YYN. MacDonald dropping into second place this week on the goal scoring leader board overall.
The next Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 in the Morwell RSL Boardroom, commencing at 7.30pm.
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