LBU wins top-of-the-table clash while Mathoura claimed its first victory of the season.GEORDIE COWAN May 3, 2014 6:16pm
The top-of-the-table clash in the Heathcote and District Football League did not disappoint, with Lockington-Bamawm United coming away with a hard-fought 12.4 (76) to 8.9 (57) win against Leitchville-Gunbower.
Playing at Leitchville, both teams played a high-pressure and contested game of football, with the Cats just showing a bit more composure in front of goal and greater efficiency with the ball to edge the match.
Chris Hudson, Simon Keleher and Matt Bongiovanni impressed the most for LBU, with Matt Deledio and Kahl Oliver kicking seven goals between them.
Jake Truefeldt, Will Brereton and Hoby Bussey were the best players for the Bombers on a day they celebrated the Leitchville premierships of 1969, ’74 and ’75.
LBU’s John Halloran was reported in the second quarter.
■ Huntly finally recorded its first win for the season with a strong win against Colbinabbin, 15.8 (98) to 7.4 (46).
The Hawks kicked away in the opening term with five goals to one and did not look back, with Lachie O’Toole finishing with five goals.
Matt Jeffries, Stacy Fiske and Harry Whittle were the home team’s best players, while Lochie Sirett, Matt Riordan and Pat O’Brien tried hard for the Grasshoppers.
Leroy Miller also finished with three goals.
■ North Bendigo recorded a massive 108-point win against Heathcote, 22.16 (148) to 5.10 (40).
Most of the damage was done in the second and third terms, with 13 goals to three.
Cameron Moore, Damien Webb and Aaryn Craig all kicked three goals, while the team’s best were Anthony Plim, Matt Sawyer and Brendan Jennings.
Daniel Carroll, Kylie Siedel and James Carroll tried hard for the Saints.
■ A blistering eight-goal first quarter set Mt Pleasant up for a big win against Elmore, 22.17 (149) to 13.7 (85).
The Mounts kicked 13 goals to three in the first and last quarters to bookend the 64-point win.
Kain Robins was the shining light for the home side, booting six goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Luke Milroy (three goals) and Tim Hill also starred.
Matt Gretgrix (five goals) and Nathan Whipp (three goals) also had an impact.
No details were available for Elmore.
Echuca United recorded a massive 181-point win against an undermanned Cobram, triumphing 29.16 (190) to 1.3 (9).
The match was over as a contest by the first break, as the Eagles led 55-2.
Luke Sanderson, Ashley Kirchhofer (five goals) and Bryn Barnes-Webb (four) were the Eagles’ best players, while Cameron Parker (five), Farran Priest (four) and Ryan Prendergast (three) also got on the scoresheet.
John Lucas, Dion Metzner and Ryan McIntyre tried hard for the Tigers.
■ After trailing by nine points at quarter-time, Barooga blitzed Tongala to win 19.17 (131) to 9.12 (66).
Marcus Smith, James Philpot and Will Gorman were the stars for the Hawks, while Jake Russell booted five goals and three each to Ben Ryan and James Hazleman ensured the big margin.
Nick Mellington was named the Blues’ best for the second week in a row, with Jordan Souter (three goals) and Sam Tyler also impressing.
Andrew Reid also kicked three goals.
■ Moama was unable to halt the Nathalia juggernaught, with the Purples winning their fourth consecutive match 15.10 (100) to 7.6 (48).
The home team won every quarter as only three players kicked all the team’s goals.
Rhys Shannon was the team’s best players, while coach Jason Limbrick finished with seven goals and was ably supported by Sean Tenace and Matt Brown, who each slotted four.
Daniel Thorp, Lachie Schultz and Paul Nevill were the best for the Magpies.
■ Mulwala recorded another strong win, defeating Numurkah by six goals after a good first quarter.
The Lions ran out 18.9 (117) to 12.9 (81) winners, with Jarrod O’Shea, Will Farrer (six goals) and Jackson Weir the team’s best.
Chase Strawhorn also finished with four majors, while former Leitchville-Gunbower player Matt Cannard booted three.
Mark Brown was the stand out player for the Blues, booting eight goals for his team, while Beau McKeown and Lucas White also impressed.
■ The closest game of the round was played between Finley and Congupna, with the Cats kicking three goals to one in the last quarter to record an amazing 10.9 (69) to 10.7 (67) result.
James Lennedy (four goals), Reid Crowe and Doug McLean starred for the winners, while Regan Sheehan, Jack Ellis and Tate Mifka almost got the Road home, while Mitch Sidebottom also kicked three goals.
■ Rumbalara v Dneiliquin Rams was played Saturday night.
Benalla proved too strong for Echuca from the outset in their clast at Victoria Park, winning 16.16 (112) to 8.5 (53).
The Murray Bombers again won the last quarter, but the Saints were on top for the previous three terms, with Will Martiniello, Lachie Smith and Nick Warnock (three goals) starring for the team.
Simon Buckley, in his first game for the season, Jordan Florance and Joel Magnabosco were the best for the home team.
■ Seymour fought off a persistent Shepparton outfit to triumph 16.14 (110) to 14.7 (91).
Led by an eight-goal haul to Tim O’Keefe, the Lions earned a vital 22-point lead with a good third quarter.
Hugh Robertson and Brett Meredith led the way for the home team, while Saad Saad finished with four majors.
Daniel Willis matched Saad for the Bears, while Nick Allan, Ash Holland Rhys O’Sullivan were constant sources for inspiration for the visitors.
■ Shepparton United and Kyabram were playing tonight in the final game of the first week of the split round.
Mathoura recorded its first win under coach Mick McInnes with a thumping 19.17 (131) to 4.1 (25) win away against Deniliquin Rovers.
The Timbercutters kept the opposition scoreless to half-time while adding 13 goals of their own to celebrate the win.
Andrew Mortimer, Matt Nunan and Chris Allingham were the team’s best in its first win for the season, while Nathan Kavanagh (five goals), Brett Weldon (five) and David Reardon (three) were the leading goal-kickers.
Damien Hope, Joseph Hay and Marc Braybon were the best for the Rovers.
■ Tocumwal came out on top after an enthralling encounter against Picola United, winning 14.10 (94) to 13.12 (90).
No more than seven points separated the teams at any end of term, with the Bloods just holding on.
Michael O’Riordan (three goals), Russell Sheriff (three) and Jacob Hore led the way for the home side, while Dylan Flanagan also kicked three majors.
Clinton Barnes, Dylan Cunningham (five goals) and Scott Miles almost saw their team to victory, while Greg Boxall booted three goals.
■ A dominant Shaun Bryce performance up forward saw Jerilderie prove far too strong for Yarroweyah, winning 21.17 (143) to 11.5 (71).
Bryce booted 12 goals for the Demons, with Andrew May and Nick Keating the others to impress.
Chase Saunders, Jonathan Slatterie (three goals) and Toby Parish were the best for the Grasshoppers, while Lucas Olson finished with six goals.
■ An 11-goal final term saw Strathmerton smash Berrigan, 26.13 (169) to 8.4 (52).
Brayden Coburn, Zeke Bunge (seven goals) and Michael Skolyarev led the team to victory, while Ian Oliver, Adam Graham, Chris Schirmer and Josh Evans booted 14 goals between them.
Jack and Cameron Mynard and Brock Gray impressed for the Saints.
A goalless first quarter cost Cohuna in its first game back for three weeks, falling to NNW United 14.7 (91) to 12.11 (83).
Justin Caccaviello, Dean Harrop and Brodie Pitts led the way for the winners, while Darryl White, Matt Duffy and Ash Thompson kicked 10 goals between them.
Matt Rice (five goals) was gallant for the Kangas, with Tom Holdstock and Levi Moss also impressing. Damien Boyer finished with three goals.
■ A merciless Kerang thumped Tyntynder by 216 points, winning 38.11 (239) 3.5 (23).
The Blues were led by Troy Coates (eight goals), Luke Cotchett (four) and Troy Thamm (six), while Andrew McDonald (eight), Ryan Gillingham (four) and Travis Matheson (three) were also heavily involved.
Brock Storer, David Andrivon and Cas Mitchell tried hard for the Bulldogs, while Brad Carroll kicked all three goals.
■ Koondrook-Barham was too strong throughout for Balranald, winning 11.13 (79) to 6.5 (41).
Marc O’Neill, Lucas Matthews and Chris Howgate led the team to victory, with Dean McGowan and Ryan Evans kicking three goals each.
Raven Joliffe, Jarryd Stead and Tom Matarazzo tried hard for the home side.
■ The final game saw Swan Hill kick four goals to none in the final term to defeat Mallee Eagles 11.16 (82) to 9.6 (60).
Xavier Moloney and Hugh (six goals) and Declan Foott led the way for the winners, with Martin Kelly, Jacob Wade and Michael Croxford were the best for the Eagles.
Simon Andrews also kicked four goals.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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