LBU win through to fifth consecutive grand final, Eagles fly into MFL semi while Weeks bags 14 in GVFLLUKE 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.
Rowan Pollock booted five goals while Jarrad Nuttall, James Brereton and Randy Munzel were superb.
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
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.
Tom Kelly was the match-winner with seven goals.
The Tigers’ Eddie King (three goals) was best-on-ground in the 11.16 (82) to 1.3 (9) triumph.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Nick Warnock (seven goals) and Josh Mellington (six goals) were again dominant at the Saints’ scoring end.
Swan Justin Maddern was the leading forward on the ground with a five-goal-haul.
Eagles forwards Adam Boshevski (six) and David Cark (five) combined for 11 goals in the 19.7 (121) to 12.10 (82) win.
Police abandoned a pursuit near Shepparton East for safety concerns after the pursued car reached speeds of 140km/h.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Budding basketballer Krystelle Lloyd will represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this year.
Corop’s Clem Furphy received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to health care and the Goulburn Valley community in this year’s Australia Day honours list.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Deniliquin region deemed ideal for paragliding by world's best.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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