Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.GEORDIE COWAN April 19, 2014 6:04pm
Tatura was simply too good for Echuca at Victoria Park today, winning 12.10 (82) to 7.4 (46).
The Bulldogs led by just 13 points at half-time, but a five-goal to one third term gave the team a match-winning lead.
The team’s best were Rian McGough, Tim Lanyon and Brad Ryan, while Clayton Holmes, Matt Pollock and Ben Reid tried hard for Echuca.
No player kicked more than two goals for the game.
■ Mansfield held off Seymour in a thrilling match at home against Seymour, winning 14.10 (94) to 13.10 (88).
Saad Saad kicked eight for the Lions, but Adam Boshevski and best-on-ground Nick Gray kicked seven and three respectively at the other end as the Eagles won by six points in what was a closely contested match all day.
Chris Hensby also impressed for Mansfield, while Brett Meredith and Matt O’Keefe almost got Seymour over the line.
■ Rochester will want to write off last night’s match against Kyabram after it lost by 60 points, 13.17 (95) to 5.5 (35).
The Tigers kicked just one goal in the opening half to the Bombers’ 10 and the final margin could have been a lot worse if the home team had kicked accurately.
Nick Coulstock, Xavier Hilton and Axel Childs led the way for Kyabram, with James Gledhill, Ash Watson and Mitch Bright trying hard for Rochester.
No player kicked more than two goals for the game.
■ Shepparton Bears showed some signs of improvement as they lost to Shepparton United, 12.14 (86) to 9.6 (60).
The Bears led at the first change but a six-goal to one second term swung the advantage the Demons way and they held it for the rest of the match.
Paul Currie starred with five goals for the winners, with Beau Muston and Ben Bingham also impressing.
Ash Holland, Sam Bowmaker and Pat O’Sullivan were the best for the Bears.
■ Benalla continued its strong start to the season with a 15.8 (98) to 8.7 (55) win against Euroa, which was set up by a six-goals to one opening term.
Nick Warnock was the leading goal-kicker on the park with three majors — one of 10 separate Saints’ players to goal — with Will Martiniello, Zach Pallpratt and Josh Marchbank the team’s best.
James Hayes, Adam Tarrant and Nate Trotter impressed for the Magpies.
Finley scraped to a 10-point win in its first game at substitute home ground Blighty, defeating Deniliquin Rams 12.11 (83) to 10.13 (73).
The Cats trailed by 10, one and three points at each of the first three breaks, before kicking four goals to two in the final term to snatch the win.
Cameron and Nick Robertson and Tom Seccull, combined with three goals to Jess Koopman, saw the team to victory.
Daniel Jordan, Darcy Bell and Todd Gallagher were the best for the Rams, with Troy Bartlett and Brett Macdonald each finishing with three majors.
■ Mulwala claimed its first win of the season with a 14.17 (101) to 10.7 (67) result against Congupna.
The Lions booted seven goals to one in the second term to set up the win, with Pat Fittock, Will Farrer (three goals) and Cameron Carling impressing. Troy Taylor also kicked three goals.
Sam Ferguson, Daniel Collyer and Daniel Bowles were the best for the Road, with Mitch Sidebottom kicking three majors.
■ Moama claimed a big upset win against Echuca United in the derby on Good Friday, winning 12.7 (79) to 8.11 (59).
The Magpies were the better team throughout the day and kicked away with a four-goal to one final quarter.
Tyler Jones kicked five goals and Ryan Hudson three as Rhys Archard, Kyle Phipps and Daniel Thorp led the way for the visitors, while Clayton Zanella, Scott Beattie and Bryn Barnes-Webb were the best for the Eagles.
■ Tongala stumbled to a disappointing 41-point defeat away to Nathalia yesterday, 14.13 (97) to 8.8 (56).
The Blues kicked just one goal in each of the first three quarters before winning the final term.
Alistair Corry, coach Jason Limbrick (five goals) and Phillip Carroll were the best for the Purples, with Sean Tenace also booting three goals.
Andrew Reid and Elijah Edwards kicked seven goals between them for the visitors, with coach David Newman, Liam Brennan and Matt Ohlsen the team’s best.
■ Rumbalara continued its impressive start to the year with a seven-goal final term to secure a 16.16 (112) 10.6 (66) win against Numurkah.
Damien Cupido starred with eight goals for the winners and was well helped by Leon Johnson and Desmond Morgan.
Austin Jones, Beau McKeown and Tyler Larkin were the best for the Blues, with Brent Chapman kicking three goals.
■ Cobram fell to its second consecutive 100-point drubbing for the season, losing 22.13 (145) to 4.4 (28) against Barooga.
Jake Russell led the way for the Hawks with a seven-goal haul, with Matt Demaio and Marcus Smith also among the best. Tim Hargreaves helped out with five goals.
Sam Gemmill, John Lucas and Paul Diretto tried hard for the Tigers.
Cobram d Barooga 26-24, Echuca United d Moama 56-33, Numurkah d Rumbalara 47-28, Tongala d Nathalia 59-26, Deniliquin d Finley 53-37 and Mulwala d Congupna 60-24.
Lockington-Bamawm United ran riot in a dominant performance against Elmore, winning 24.19 (163) to 4.15 (39).
Paul Hudson was named best on for the Cats, but Jeremy Mundie (six goals) and Kahl Oliver also had impressive games, while Chris Hudson, Matt Deledio and Lachie Collins kicked 11 goals between them.
In a dismal day in front of the sticks, Jeff McMurtrie, Amir Dianati and James Harney tried hard for the Bloods.
■ White Hills recorded its first win for the season with a 13.13 (91) to 8.14 (62) triumph away against North Bendigo.
The Demons trailed by 12 points at the first break, but a six-goal to one second term gave the team an advantage it was not to relinquish.
Jacob Heavyside (four goals), Mitch Curtis and Matt Lehane led the way for the victors, while Ash Craig, Jordan Ford and Darcy Richards the best for the Bulldogs, with Damien Webb also kicking three goals.
■ Leitchville-Gunbower continued its strong start to the season with a 122-point thumping of Heathcote yesterday, 23.11 (149) to 3.9 (27).
Fifteen goals to one in the second and third terms produced the emphatic result, as Kade Merlo, Steve Pretty and Jye Keath led the way for the Bombers. Troy Parker (six goals), Lee Pollock (four), Joel Helman (four) and coach Marty Shadbolt (three) enjoyed the spoils.
Darcy McLean, Daniel Russell and Dallas Middleton tried hard for the Saints.
■ The other Good Friday game saw Mt Pleasant slump to its first defeat of the season, with Colbinabbin triumphing 15.9 (99) to 5.11 (41).
The Grasshoppers led from the outset and won every quarter, with Pat O’Brien, Linton Jacobs and Matt McEvoy leading the way. Leroy Miller kicked four goals.
Kain Robins, James Walsh and Chris Black were Mounts’ best, with Luke Milroy kicking three goals.
Colbinabbin d Mt Pleasant 42-34, North Bendigo d White Hills 48-31, Leitchville-Gunbower d Heathcote 55-18 and LBU d Elmore 48-23.
Tocumwal slumped to its first defeat in the Picola league, with Berrigan winning 11.11 (77) to 7.13 (55).
Only seven points separated the teams at the final change, but four goals to one in the last quarter sealed the result for the Saints.
Braidy Lewis, Jack Mynard and Matt Heazlewood led the way for the winners, with Justin Crawford kicking four goals, while Michael O’Riordan, Jeremy Cardillo and Marcus Oussa were the best for the Bloods. Dyaln Flanagan finished with three majors.
■ A wasteful Strathmerton prevailed against Picola United, 9.24 (78) to 7.10 (52).
Only two points separated the teams at the final break, but the Bulldogs went on to win by 26 points.
Scott Iddles, Shaun Downie and Zach Fletcher led the way, while Scott Miles, Dylan Cunningham (three goals) and Angus Armstrong tried hard for the Blues.
■ Blighty romped to a 15.14 (104) to 6.5 (41) win against Deniliquin Rovers after a dominant first three quarters.
Brad Robson and Drew and Jake Plattfuss led the way for the team, with Kyel Bain kicking three goals.
Rhys McCulloch, Marc Braybon and John Glowrey tried hard for the home team.
■ No results were available for the game between Mathoura and Yarroweyah.
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