Lakers KDFL race is over after losing to Stanhope.By Chalpat Sonti
It might seem strange to say that a season ended at the semi-final stage was more successful than a preliminary final year, but that’s probably the way it was with Nagambie’s senior football side.
The Lakers were bundled out of the finals after suffering a 50-point loss to home side Stanhope on Sunday.
It was a disappointing way to go out, especially the latter part of the game where Stanhope took the control that it always threatened to, but Nagambie was up against simply a better side.
And the Lions could only finish third, despite losing just two games, making this perhaps one of the closest and toughest KDFL seasons in memory. The Lakers did well to finish fourth without the extra recruitment of some of the other sides.
By half-time in Sunday’s game, it looked like a carbon copy of the previous week against Violet Town. Nagambie was lucky not to suffer more with its inaccuracy early, both in general play and on goal, with the Lions looking the cleaner, sharper side. Stanhope’s VFL pair Thomas Hams and Steve Stroobants were all class in the midfield and forward line respectively.
But Nagambie then turned it into a contested game and regained the momentum. Young Phil Cubbin did a great job on Stroobants and Sam Collins likewise on Mat Johnson, onballers Tyrone Muir and Mick Shiels started to dominate and the likes of Matt Waterson and Brian Morris made the most of the opportunities up forward. Yet ominously it was one of the best pieces of play in the game that proved to be the start of a final shift.
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Nagambie's Mark Nolan gets the decisive hand on the Sherrin, with help from Josh Comi.
Tyrone Muir has had a great year, and it continued on Sunday despite the Lakers loss.
Phil Cubbin was given the job on star Stanhope recruit Steve Stroobants, and did well.
Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan urges his side on at the first quarter break.
Jesse Tranter was solid at the back before a hamstring injury forced him from the field.
Matt Waterson in full flight.
Mitch Sanderson in the middle of his kicking action.
Kyle Winter-Irving wins the tapout as Nagambie teammates Rory Oliver (29) Max Jones, Jayden Gleeson and Jack Tattersall wait for the spoils.
Jayden Gleeson goes for a specatcular mark.
Nagambie under-18 coach Brett Fothergill urges his players on at the final break against Lancaster.
A car was stolen from the Chemist Warehouse carpark in Shepparton on Saturday while the owner was shopping for Christmas presents.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
'Suttonsville', a minitature version of Echuca-Moama made out of gingerbread at Moama's Sutton Bakery, has a growing number of admirers.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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