Many big scores were recorded and teams sorted themselves out for finals throughout the district today.By Geordie Cowan
Tongala finished its Murray Football League season on a high with a solid 17.11 (113) to 15.9 (99) win against Blues rivals Numurkah.
Reserves coach Andrew Reid booted 10 goals for the match and Adam Lovison and Luke McGill also impressed as the home team kicked six goals to two in the final term to win by 14 points.
Jordan O’Dwyer (three goals), Jake Wilkinson and Beau McKeown were the best for the visitors, while Brent Chapman also kicked three goals.
■ Moama ended its season on a disappointing note after being outplayed by Cobram, 15.11 (101) to 6.10 (46).
The Magpies were kept goalless in the first half as the Tigers secured the 55-point win.
Mathew Hyde, John Lucas and Ben Ryan (six goals) led the way for the home side, while David Ismail, Ben Welch and Daniel Thorp tried hard for Moama.
Jake Kilmartin kicked four of the visitors’ six majors.
■ The match between Finley and Barooga was abandoned at half-time due to a serious neck injury to a Barooga player.
Finley was leading 8.9 (57) to 3.5 (23)at the time.
Mitch Richmann, Riley Brooks and Harison Foster were the best for the Cats, while Levi Middleton, Nick Robertson and Steve Irons tried hard for the Hawks.
■ Deniliquin Rams finished a couple of goals short of snatching fifth place on the ladder after it defeated Tocumwal 15.14 (104) to 8.6 (54).
The Rams only led by two points at half-time but kicked 10 goals to three in the second half to ease to the win.
Brenton Loudon, Ricky Gittens and Matt O’Connor were the team’s best players, while Troy Bartlett kicked four goals.
Daniel Carey, Aaron Findlay (four goals) and David Farrell were the Bloods’ best.
■ Mulwala finished its regular season with a comfortable 16.15 (111) to 5.11 (41) win against Nathalia.
The Lions won every quarter and were led by Sean Robinson, Josh Slattery and Daniel Clarke, while Nathan Parker and Kyle Archibald each kicked three goals.
Troy Snelson, Brodie Ross and Brad Pell were the Purples’ best.
■ The final game saw Congupna thump Rumbalara 28.21 (189) to 6.6 (42) with Mitch Sidebottom booting eight goals and Matt Hodgetts four.
Daniel Bowles, Sidebottom and Tate Mifka were the team’s best, with Kaine Greening and Braden Lambert each adding three majors.
Eric Edwards kicked three goals for Rumba, with Justin Terlich, Desmond Morgan and Bevan Doolan trying hard.
Echuca had a tough day against Tatura, with the Bulldogs winning 27.12 (174) to 4.4 (28).
Bill Hicks starred for the home side to finish with five goals, while Alec Young, James Sullivan, Nick Grigg and Billy Lovel all kicked three goals, with Brendon Hollow also impressing.
Matt Pollock, Sam Devlin and Ben Mason were the Murray Bombers’ best.
■ Mansfield won a thrilling match against Euroa to determine ninth spot on the ladder, finishing 9.12 (66) to 8.16 (64).
Inaccuracy was rife for both sides, but Josh Fraser finished with four goals for the winners.
Nick Mason, Gareth Fricker and Jake McNamara almost got the Magpies over the line, while no bests were available for the Eagles.
■ Jason Eagle was rampant against a hapless Shepparton Bears side as Shepparton United won 29.26 (200) to 5.7 (37).
Eagle booted 14 goals in the rout, with Brad Henderson and David Gillespie also starring, while Tim Looby and Sam Dawes added three majors each.
Tim Comer, Sam Scott and Braden Pullen tried hard for the visitors.
■ Benalla enjoyed a comfortable 14.11 (95) to 8.14 (62) win against Seymour.
Jordan Wolff and Jake and Zach Pallpratt led the way for the Saints, with Sam Kunkel adding three goals, while Matt O’Keefe, Rob Douglas and Brendan Liddell were the best for the Lions.
Saad Saad finished with three goals.
■ Kyabram and Rochester play tonight, while Shepparton Swans host Mooroopna tomorrow.
Huntly disposed of North Bendigo to ensured it progressed to the second semi-final against Lockington-Bamawm United with a comfortable 17.10 (112) to 8.12 (60) win.
After the Hawks only led by six points at the first break, the team went on to kick nine goals to two in the next two quarters to establish the match-winning lead.
Josh Harris, Angus McKinley and Adam Wicks led the way for the side, with Stacy Fiske (five goals) and Luke Ross (four goals) vital up forward.
Josh Gitsham, James Green and Elliott Massina tried hard for the Bulldogs.
■ Heathcote plays Leitchville-Gunbower in the elimination final tomorrow.
Strathmerton re-established itself as Jerilderie’s only real threat toe the Picola and District Football League north-west title with a commanding 29.15 (189) to 15.8 (98) win against Deniliquin Rovers in the qualifying final.
The Bulldogs established a 64-point half-time lead en route to the big win, with Josh Evans snaring seven goals and Adam Laidlaw five.
Jose Tejones, Shaun Downie and Michael Laidlaw led the way for the winners, while Marc Braybon (six goals), Todd Gallagher and Louis Clarke tried to lift the Rovers.
■ Berrigan plays Blighty in the elimination final tomorrow.
■ Full match reports for Echuca, Moama, Tongala and Leitchville-Gunbower will be in Monday’s Riverine Herald as well as scoreboards for all four leagues.
A male allegedly armed with a hunting knifed stole cash from a Euroa McDonald's last night.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Drivers crossing the Echuca-Moama bridge faced delays this morning at 11.30am when a tractor lost its wheel.
Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Australian sporting legends are at Heathcote Golf Club this morning for the MS Ashes Trek golf day to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Cobram Barooga Apex Club have raised more than $3600 for Irvin House at Cobram District Health.
Deniliquin RSL Club's A grade bowling championships came to a head on Sunday, with preliminary matches in B and C grade also taking place.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has thrown his support behind the government’s proposed new domestic animal ownership laws.
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