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2019 - MGFL YEAR IN REVIEW
ROUND 1 – Yinnar started the season with a win over the side that defeated them in the 2017 premiership, the Tigers no match for the Magpies, Thorpdale defeated Yallourn-Yallourn North, comfortably, and Morwell East indicated it was going to be another long year for Boolarra, the Hawks beating the Demons by over 20 goals.
Trafalgar accounted for Hill End and Newborough had a good away win over Yarragon.
ROUND 2 – Yinnar, Trafalgar and Thorpdale made it two wins in a row with wins over Morwell East, Mirboo North and Boolarra respectively.
Yallourn-Yallourn North claimed victory over Yarragon, and Hill End grabbed a gritty win in wet and windy conditions over Newborough.
ROUND 3 – Trafalgar indicated they were on track for a good year with a strong Anzac Day win over rivals Thorpdale, Yinnar likewise impressive in their better than ten goal win over Newborough.
Morwell East inflicted Mirboo Norths third loss in a row, while the Bombers beat Hill End by twenty goals and Yarragon managed to keep the Demons at arms length, winning by just six goals.
ROUND 4 – Morwell East managed to get over Newborough in a close one at the Bulldog’s home ground, the Tigers suffered their fourth loss in the first four rounds, losing to Thorpdale by a solitary point.
Hill End had their second win early in the year, the Bombers did it easy over Yinnar, Trafalgar remained undefeated hanging on to beat a fast finishing Yarragon.
ROUND 5 – Morwell East picked the pocket of Newborough to win a close one, Trafalgar continued their winning streak over Boolarra, Mirboo North got their first win of the year beating Yarragon, Morwell East came from five goals down in the last quarter to win by 8 points over Hill end, Yinnar defeated Thorpdale and Dean MacDonald kicked 6 goals in the Bombers win over Newborough.
ROUND 6 – Dean Macdonald kicked another bag of goals, this time 7, in Yallourns win over Morwell East, the Bloods won by better than 10 goals over Newborough, Thorpdale defeated Yarragon, Mirboo North had a confidence boosting win over Boolarra, and Hill End shifted gears when they run rampant over Hill End to claim victory by 14 goals.
ROUND 7 – Trafalgar suffered their first loss of the season when Yallourn-Yallourn North indicated they would be a contender, winning by more than 5 goals. Thorpdale won by 4 goals over Morwell East, Newborough claimed a much needed win over Boolarra, Mirboo North did the same against Hill End, while Yinnar had to fight hard for an eleven point win over Yarragon.
ROUND 8 – Trafalgar beat Yinnar in a thriller by 2 points, with the Magpies missing a handful of players due to the wedding of Jim Dowling, the reigning premiers Mirboo North, made it 4 in a row with a 4 point win over Newborough, the Bombers Dean MacDonald kicked 15 goals in his sides massive 30 goal victory over Boolarra, Yarragon grabbed a much deserved win defeating Morwell East and Thorpdale locked themselves firmly in the top four claiming the points over Hill End.
ROUND 9 – The Tigers were on a roll of 5 wins in a row when they won a thriller over the Bombers by less than a kick, Yarragon made it 2 in a row defeating Hill End, Boolarra remained winless beaten by Yinnar, the Blues beat the Bulldogs and at the half way mark of the season Trafalgar claimed their 8th victory beating Morwell East.
ROUND 10 – It was a round to remember with not one, but two draws.
Yinnar and Mirboo North were both locked on 54 points apiece, while nothing separated Newborough and Yarragon who scored 6-5-41 each. There was no close call in the Bombers and Blues game, Yallourn winning by 46, Morwell East took all day to shake off Boolarra, and in the very wet conditions Trafalgar continued their winning way over Hill End.
ROUND 11 – Trafalgar played ugly in testing conditions, but made light work of Mirboo North winning by nine goals, Yinnar did the job on Morwell East by 28 points, Newborough beat Hill End, The Bombers won by over five goal when they met Yarragon and Thorpdale won by 75 points over Boolarra.
Round 12 - In a major upset Newborough beat Yinnar 3 goals and six behinds to 1 goal six in the wettest wintery conditions you could imagine.
The Tigers accounted for the Hawks by fifty one points, Trafalgar won by just nine points, finding a way to win over Thorpdale, Yarragon beat Boolarra comfortably, and Yallourn-Yallourn North did the same over Hill End.
Round 13 – In the match of the round Yinnar bounced back after their toughness was questioned the week prior to beat another premiership contender, Yallourn-Yallourn North by 18 points. Newborough continued their winning streak beating Morwell East by just one point, Thorpdale were beaten by Mirboo North as the Tigers were on the hunt for a top three spot, Hill End beat Boolarra to keep the Demons winless for the season, and Trafalgar kept Yarragon at arms length when they won by just two goals.
ROUND 14 – Yinnar started fast and finished well to defeat Thorpdale, Mirboo North kicked seven goals in the final term to beat Yarragon by 30 points, the Bombers crushed the Bulldogs by 10 goals, Trafalgar likewise over Boolarra, and Morwell East made their march towards a final five push by beating Hill End.
ROUND 15 - Yarragon secured one of their better wins of the year when they defeated Thorpdale by two goals, Yallourn-Yallourn North composed themselves after being threatened up until half time to beat Morwell East, the Bloods beat the Bulldogs by better than ten goals in another impressive team performance, Yinnar accounted for Hill End easily, as did Mirboo North over Boolarra,
ROUND 16 – Trafalgar got the points against the only side who had beaten them in a prior meeting defeating Yallourn Yallourn north, Yinnar produced an impressive performance in winning against Yarragon, Morwell East continued Thorpdale’s woes when the Hawks won by better then four goals, Mirboo North smashed Hill End in a one sided affair and Newborough did likewise to Boolarra.
ROUND 17 - It was yet another terrific weekend for Trafalgar, this time finding a way to win over Yinnar who were surging late, Morwell East defeated Yarragon but couldn’t break into the top five, The Tigers did it easy by ten goals over the Bulldogs, Thorpdale defeated Hill End by nearly 100 points and Dean MacDonald needed 20 goals to reach a the century when the Bombers met the Demons, he kicked 10 goals 8 behinds and 3 out on the full, Yallourn winning 155 to just 2.
ROUND 18 – in the final round of the home and away season the Bombers won comfortably over the Tigers, Dean MacDonald added 3 to make it 93 for the year, Yinnar made it a winless season for Boolarra, the Bloods beat the Hawks by better than 7 goals, Thorpdale dug deep to beat Newborough by just 1 point and the Panthers finished the year on a high winning by 77 points over Hill End.
Yinnar won an epic match, worrying the younger Bombers out of the contest , late in the day to secure an 11 point victory and a chance for a short cut through to the MGFL grand final, as the Magpies immediately turned their attention to Trafalgar and the second semi final in a weeks time.
It was almost a case of déjà vu for Mirboo North, preparing another finals push coming from the elimination final, the Tigers once again proved too strong in muddy and windy conditions to account for Thorpdale by 43 points.
Second Semi Final
It appeared that Yinnar might upset Trafalgar for most of the first three quarters of the second semi, before injuries stopped the Magpies momentum and Trafalgar showed great composure under pressure to find the finish line and a direct route to the MGFL Grand Final winning by 17 points.
First Semi Final – After being bundled out in straight sets 2017, Yallourn-Yallourn North finally won a final, in windy conditions against a desperate Mirboo North side.
Dean MacDonald finally kicked his 100th and his side won by just four goals despite having 14 more scoring shots
Preliminary Final – In slippery, windy conditions, Yinnar kept the Bombers to just the single goal despite them kicking with a strong breeze in the first quarter.
The Magpies then added six goals in the second term to set up what appeared a match winning lead.
To its credit, Yallourn-Yallourn North were relentless in their attack on the ball and goals and clawed there way back to within three points of snatching an unlikely Grand Final berth before the final siren sounded giving Yinnar a chance to atone for last years loss to Mirboo North.