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LBU to meet Bulldogs in HDFL decider

LBU win through to fifth consecutive grand final, Eagles fly into MFL semi while Weeks bags 14 in GVFL

LUKE MCMANUS August 30, 2014 7:23pm

Leitchville-Gunbower's Jye Keath leads LBU's Simon Keleher to the ball during HDFL preliminary final on Saturday

Lockington-Bamawm United will face North Bendigo in the Heathcote and District Football League grand final after defeating Leitchville-Gunbower by 31 points this afternoon.

In warm conditions at Elmore Recreation Reserve, the Cats took control with nine-goal-to-two opening half before running out 14.12 (96) to 10.5 (65) winners.

Jonathan Hay was influential after popping up as a surprise inclusion, booting three goals to top a nine-strong Cats scoresheet.

On-ballers Marcus Angove (two goals) and Matt Bongiovanni dictated terms through the middle of the ground for the reigning premier.

Jake Truefeldt finished with three goals while Hoby Bussey, Russell Lee and skipper Jye Keath were judged among the Bombers’ better players.

Leitchville-Gunbower will take on White Hills in next weekend’s reserves grand final after cruising to a 12.14 (86) to 7.7 (49) win against Mt Pleasant.

Rowan Pollock booted five goals while Jarrad Nuttall, James Brereton and Randy Munzel were superb.

And in the under 17s preliminary final, White Hills proved too strong for Leitchville-Gunbower, 13.8 (86) to 4.5 (29).

Dan Keogh finished with four goals for the victors and Jack Dye (two goals) was the Bombers’ best.

Murray Football League (elimination finals)

Echuca United lives to fight another day after downing Deniliquin by 35 points in the first elimination final at Tongala Recreation Reserve.

The Eagles were level-headed when tensions flared to consolidate a match-winning 23-point buffer (five goals to one) after the second quarters before running away with the 13.11(89) to 7.11(53) in the second half.

The Rams’ run stopped in the final stanza, kept scoreless in response to the victors’ three majors.

Nathan Bottomley marked a solid return to the senior side with two goals a best-on-ground nomination while Luke Sanderson and Zayden Malluso were also good.

For Deni, Brett MacDonald (three goals) led from the front all afternoon.

In injury news, Mitch Giddings’ finals series looks over after reportedly breaking his collar bone late in the final term.

The Eagles will await either Mulwala or Barooga, who do battle tomorrow, in next weekend’s first semi-final at Mulwala.

Numurkah’s reserves ended Tongala’s finals campaign with a 12.14 (86) to 8.6 (54) win.

Tom Kelly was the match-winner with seven goals.

Cobram cruised to a 73-point win against Congupna in the under 17s elimination final.

The Tigers’ Eddie King (three goals) was best-on-ground in the 11.16 (82) to 1.3 (9) triumph.

Echuca United’s under 14s set the tone for their senior counterparts with a 6.14 (50) to 4.7 (31) triumph over Finley.

Brodie Dixon and Jake Martin (three goals each) combined to dominate for the Eagles.

Picola and District Football League N-W (preliminary finals)

For the second consecutive season, Jerilderie will meet Strathmerton in the PDFL n-w grand final after the Bulldogs smashed Berrigan by 166 points.

The Saints had little answer for last year’s runners-up, conceding 16 goals both sides of half-time to go down 32.17 (209) to 6.7 (43).

Adrian Crestani booted seven goals while Zach Fletcher capped off a best-on-ground performance with three majors.

Mathoura suffered a heartbreaking 10-point loss against Jerilderie in the reserves preliminary final.

Despite a great effort in the final quarter, the Cutters were beaten at the punch 12.10 (82) to 10.12 (72).

Darren Kirby booted three goals while Christian Fieg battled hard all afternoon.

The Demons meet Strathmerton in next week’s grand final.

No match results were available for under 17s.

Jerilderie has clinched a thrilling eight-point win against Picola United in the under 14’s preliminary final.

After a scoreless first term the Dees consolidated to run over the top in the next three quarters, winning 6.2 (38) to 5.0 (30).

Goulburn Valley Football League (round 18)

Echuca’s season ended with a 90-point loss to finals-bound Rochester at Victoria Park.

The Murray Bombers were jumped from the start and never gave a yelp, downed 23.13 (151) to 9.7 (61).

Tigers forward Grant Weeks surpassed 100 goals for the season with a 14-goal haul and the best-on-ground nod, while teammates Brayden Dorrington and Brady Green were also solid contributors.

Simon Buckley and Tom Stevens were Echuca’s best while coach Andrew Briggs finished with three goals.

In other results,

Mooroopna won through to the GVFL finals against fellow hopeful Shepparton United, winning 20.14 (134) to 15.9 (99).

After a sluggish start — eight goals to one in first quarter — the Cats regrouped and banged on 19 goals to seven in three quarters of football.

Daniel Lewis booted seven goals for the victors while opposition coach Tim Looby finished with four.

Benalla finished the home and away season undefeated with a 21.16 (142) to 8.5 (53) win against Seymour at Benalla Showgrounds.

Nick Warnock (seven goals) and Josh Mellington (six goals) were again dominant at the Saints’ scoring end.

Shepparton Swans and Shepparton Bears played out a draw, 13.10 (88) to 14.4 (88), at Princess Park.

Swan Justin Maddern was the leading forward on the ground with a five-goal-haul.

Mansfield capped off its season with a 39-point win against Euroa at Mansfield Recreation Reserve.

Eagles forwards Adam Boshevski (six) and David Cark (five) combined for 11 goals in the 19.7 (121) to 12.10 (82) win.

Kyabram take on Tatura under lights at Kyabram Recreation Reserve tonight.

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