Goulburn Valley proves too strong as it belts Ballarat by 65 points during its interleague match on Saturday.GEORDIE COWAN May 26, 2014 3:22am
The Goulburn Valley Football League will fight to regain the number one ranking in the AFL Victoria Country Championships next year after a comprehensive 22.20 (152) to 13.9 (87) win against Ballarat Football League on Saturday.
Echuca’s Matt Pollock and Rochester’s Brendon Hollow were the only district representatives in the massive win by Goulburn Valley, who dominated the game after quarter-time at Shepparton.
The home team started well, but was inaccurate early and Ballarat took advantage to kick the first two goals.
Goulburn Valley replied to lead 25-22 at the first break after four lead changes.
An indication of what was to come was displayed in the first half of the second quarter as Goulburn Valley dominated early to go to a 53-23 advantage, before Ballarat replied with the last four goals of the term to trail by seven points at the long break.
Goulburn Valley blew Ballarat away in the third quarter as they kicked nine goals — five of them to Daniel Willis and Daniel Lewis — to the visitors’ three majors, before going on to boot another six goals to three in the last term.
Benalla star Will Martiniello was named the home team’s best player, with teammate Luke Morgan, Shepparton’s Willis (eight goals), Euroa’s Nathan Gilliland (three goals), Kyabram’s Tom Sheldon and Hollow also impressing.
Team captain Tim Looby finished with four goals, while Nick Warnock also kicked three.
Ballarat’s best were Paul Kodorenko, Ryan Hobbs and Chris Giampaolo (three goals), while Brad Whittaker also kicked three goals.
Echuca resident Clayton Oliver starred for Goulburn Valley to be named best on for the team, while Murray Bombers half-back flanker Clayton Holmes was also named among the best after kicking two goals.
Following a similar pattern to the senior match, it was a close affair in the first half, with Goulburn Valley edging each quarter by one point, before leading by seven points at the last break.
The home team then went on to kick six goals to one in the final term and win by 33 points.
Echuca’s Jack Monigatti also booted a major, while the team’s other better players were Rhys McKenzie, Dean Smith, Jake Allen and Liam Betson.
Wayne Bruty, Matt Coon and Sam Glover (three goals) were Ballarat’s best.
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