Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Dogs progress to HDFL grand final

North Bendigo defeat Leitchville-Gunbower in tough semi-final, while flag fancies finalised in MFL

LUKE MCMANUS August 23, 2014 9:45pm

Deniliquin's Ashley Morris is wrapped up by Moama's Tanner Christie in round 18 of the Murray Football League

North Bendigo progressed to the Heathcote and District Football League grand final after trumping Leitchville-Gunbower by 22 points this afternoon.

The Bulldogs withstood a relentless opposition to record the 16.14 (110) to 12.16 (88) win at White Hills’ Scott St Oval.

Six goals to one in the third term proved the match-winning difference, while the Bombers rued missed opportunities at goal, kicking 3.6 in the final term alone.

The Bombers will play either Locking-Bamawm United or Mt Pleasant in next week’s preliminary final.

White Hills survived a final quarter scare to defeat Mt Pleasant in the reserves, 11.15 (81) to 6.14 (50), while the Mounts proved too strong for the Dees in the under 17s, 12.7 (79) to 8.8 (56).

Murray Football League

Nathalia missed out on the 2014 MFL finals series by half a game after sharing the points against Rumbalara at the Mercury Sports Complex.

The Purples slid from third to seventh on the ladder following the 11.14 (80) to 11.14 (80) result, finishing just two points shy of sixth-placed Deni Rams.

Meanwhile, Rumba claimed its first MFL minor premiership after Barooga upset Finley by five points at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

Leading by 42 points at half-time, the Hawks survived a second half fightback from the Cats, winning 10.9 (69) to 9.10 (64).

Barooga will play Mulwala in the second elimination final next week after the Lions outplayed Tongala, 18.18 (126) to 13.14 (92), at Lonsdale Reserve.

In the first elimination final, Echuca United will take on the Rams after jumping to third on the ladder courtesy of a 12.9 (81) to 6.2 (38) win against Numurkah today.

Five goals to Cameron Parker propelled the Eagles’ win at Echuca South Recreation Reserve.

Deni will face the reigning premier full of confidence after storming to a 18.13 (121) to 6.5 (41) win over Moama.

The Rams were in control from start to finish, with five goals coming from the boot of Brett Macdonald.

And in the battle of the lesser lights, Congupna finished season 2014 strongly with a 21.18 (144) to 9.7 (61) win over Cobram.

Jess Cosaitis booted eight goals.

Goulburn Valley Football League

Rochester recorded a stirring victory against Kyabram at Moon Oval, 12.12 (84) to 9.13 (67) to extend its winning streak to four matches.

In the battle of the full-forwards, Grant Weeks finished with four goals while at the other end, Kyabram’s Paul Newman finished with three.

Rochester will meet either Shepparton United or Mooroopna in the first week of finals, a scenario dependant on the Dees and Cats’ final round hitout which will determine the last finals spot.

Shepp United remain equal on the ladder with Mooroopna following its scrappy 11.18 (84) to 6.10 (46) win over Shepp Bears at Deakin Reserve.

Mooroopna play Shepparton Swans tomorrow.

In other results, Tatura thrashed Echuca by 129 points at Tatura Showgrounds, 26.20 (176) to 7.5 (47), with Bulldogs full-forward Sonny Whiting finishing with an 11-goal haul.

There was similar blood spilled at Euroa’s Memorial Park as Benalla crushed the Magpies by 131 points.

Josh Mellington (six goals) and Alistair Jacka (five goals) were dominant in the 23.18 (156) to 4.1 (25) thumping.

Rounding out the GVFL, Seymour proved too strong for Mansfield at Kings Park — 17.10 (112) to 7.11 (53). Lions forward Saad Saad booted eight goals.

Picola and District Football League N-W

Jerilderie won through to the PDFL N-W grand final after overpowering Strathmerton by 22 points.

The Demons booted 10 goals to six in the second half to secure the 18.12 (120) to 15.8 (98) win, propelling them to a fourth consecutive grand final appearance and a crack at three-straight premierships.

Strathmerton will play either Tocumwal and Berrigan in next week’s preliminary final.

In the reserves second semi-final, Mathoura was outclassed — 14.9 (93) to 6.6 (42) — by Strathmerton and will await either Jerilderie or Blighty next week.

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