Diggers Rest suffers first loss of RDFL season in final round

 

Diggers Rest and Macedon will lock horns this weekend. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Diggers Rest and Macedon will lock horns this weekend. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Diggers Rest suffers first loss of RDFL season in final round

DIGGERS  Rest suffered its first loss of the season, Wallan climbed into the top six after a massive percentage-boosting win and Riddell copped a belting in a drama-filled finish to the Riddell District Football League home-and-away season on Saturday.

Having won 15 straight matches, minor premier Diggers Rest got a wake-up call on the eve of finals as it went down to a desperate Sunbury Kangaroos side by 16 points, 10.7 (67) to 7.9 (51), at Bloomdale Oval.

Needing victory to be a chance of finishing in the top six, the Kangaroos barely gave an inch as they applied relentless pressure on a flat Burras outfit in a hard-fought, contested game.

With Lancefield — which had sat sixth on the ladder on percentage entering the weekend — suffering a 14-point loss to Romsey, Sunbury Kangaroos’ win would ordinarily have been enough to secure sixth ­position.

However, Wallan — which sat 13.75 per cent behind the Kangaroos before the round — belted bottom-side Rockbank 49.28 (322) to 4.8 (32) to add 24.93 per cent to its tally and stamp its finals ticket, the result leaving it 10.21 per cent ahead of the Kangaroos.

Riddell was set to be the sixth-placed side’s opponent in the opening week of finals, but the Bombers dropped to fourth after a shock 57-point loss to ­Rupertswood.

Broadford took third spot after downing Melton Centrals by 43 points, leaving Rupertswood in fifth.

Already locked in to finish second, Macedon defeated Woodend-Hesket by 29 points in the weekend’s other match.

After a thrilling finale to the regular season, the action only heats up this weekend as finals kick off.

Diggers Rest — which has finished runner-up the past three years — remains firm favourite for the flag despite its surprise loss at the weekend and is confident it can hit back against Macedon in Saturday’s qualifying final.

“We can pretty much wipe (Saturday’s) game and wipe the rest of the season because everything starts again now,” Burras coach Shaun Sims said.

“They (Macedon) are just a pretty even team really but they’ve got some real game-changers in their side that on their day can do some pretty special things.

“So if we’re not right on our game, we won’t come away with the win, that’s for sure.”

Also on Saturday, Riddell and Rupertswood will do battle in an elimination final while Broadford meets Wallan in the other cutthroat final on Sunday.

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Ladder - Seniors

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POS TEAM PTS
1 Rupertswood 52
2 Riddell 48
3 Wallan 48
4 Diggers Rest 44
5 Macedon 40
6 Woodend-Hesket 32
7 Romsey 32
8 Melton Centrals 24
9 Sunbury Kangaroos 20
10 Lancefield 12
11 Broadford 4
12 Rockbank 4

Ladder - Reserves

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POS TEAM PTS
1 Diggers Rest 56
2 Wallan 52
3 Riddell 52
4 Rupertswood 46
5 Woodend-Hesket 40
6 Macedon 36
7 Romsey 24
8 Melton Centrals 22
9 Sunbury Kangaroos 12
10 Lancefield 12
11 Broadford 4
12 Rockbank 4

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POS TEAM PTS
1 Wallan 58
2 Rupertswood 54
3 Riddell 48
4 Macedon 40
5 Broadford 32
6 Melton Centrals 28
7 Woodend-Hesket 24
8 Sunbury Kangaroos 10
9 Diggers Rest 6
10 Romsey 0

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