Moama secures an important win while other district teams also impress.GEORDIE COWAN April 26, 2014 6:24pm
Tyler Jones booted nine goals for Moama as they produced another solid performance to defeat Rumbalara 17.12 (114) to 10.14 (74).
The Magpies won the game in the first half, opening up a 29-point lead by the long break and extending it to 40 by the end.
Brett Nankervis and youngster Lachie Schultz also impressed for the home side, while Brad Dick, Josh Atkinson and Damian Cupido (five goals) were the best for Rumba.
■ Echuca United came from behind to defeat Deniliquin Rams by 37 points, 12.10 (82) to 6.9 (45).
The Eagles trailed by 12 points at the opening break but proceeded to kick 10 goals to two in the remaining three quarters.
The team was led by Farran Priest (four goals), Liam Guinan and Dean Moon, while Scott Beattie also kicked three goals.
James Henderson, Tyler Amor-Beale and Chris O’Connor were the best for the Rams.
■ Tongala came achingly close to claiming its first win of the season, with Finley triumphing 16.10 (106) to 15.10 (100).
The Blues trailed by 25 points going into the last quarter but kicked five goals to two to come within six points.
Levi Middleton, Doug McLean and Matt Jackson were the best for the visitors, while Nick Mellington, Shannon Tucker and Donald Mungatopi led the way for the Blues.
Elijah Edwards, Luke McGill and Andrew Reid kicked 10 goals between them.
■ Nathalia maintained its blistering start to the season with a massive 18.21 (129) to 7.5 (47) win away against Numurkah.
The Purples won every quarter of the contest, with Rhys Shannon, Malcolm Barnes and Matt Brown (five goals) leading the way.
Jason Limbrick and Matt Davies kicked three goals each.
Beau McKeown, Tyler Larkin and Nick Fothergill were the best for the Blues, with Tom Kelly kicking three goals.
■ A six-goal third term helped Congupna stun Barooga to triumph 14.8 (92) to 10.12 (72).
The Road enjoyed a 25-point turnaround in that term, with Jack Ellis, Joe Dwyer (three goals) and Tate Mifka leading the way.
Dion Gleeson and Mitch Sidebottom each kicked three goals.
Matt Demaio, Ben Ryan and Marcus Smith were the best for the Hawks, with Tim Hargreaves kicking three goals.
■ Cobram’s dismal start to the season continued as it was held scoreless against Mulwala, who finished on 25.16 (166).
Chase Strawhorn (11 goals) and Will Farrer (6) were the main destroyers for the Lions, while Dean Staunton had a terrific game and Jackson Gash kicked three goals.
Michael Gillard, Nick Hoban and John Lucas tried hard for the Tigers.
Numurkah d Nathalia 49-28, Mulwala d Cobram 44-12, Tongala d Finley 51-33, Deniliquin drew with Echuca United 31-all, Congupna d Barooga 57-31 and Moama d Rumbalara 40-34.
Rochester produced an impressive come from behind win against Tatura today, prevailing 12.7 (79) to 10.8 (68).
The Tigers only kicked one goal in the opening term and trailed by 20 points at half-time, but kicked eight goals to two in the second half to win at home, with Grant Weeks and Luke Wilson kicking seven goals between them.
Ash Watson and James Gledhill again had impressive games, while Paul Kirby, Chris Ryan and Tim Lanyon were the best for the Bulldogs.
Sonny Whiting also kicked three majors.
■ Strong first and fourth terms led Shepparton Swans to a 12.19 (91) to 12.7 (79) win against Shepparton United.
The Swans kicked eight goals to two in those terms, with Justin Maddern and Brodie A’Vard finishing with seven goals between them, while Daniel Lovick, Andrew Riordan and Nathan Barolli led the way for the team.
Justin Davies, Tim Looby and Matt Rendina were the best for United.
■ Benalla continued its good start to the season with a 19.19 (133) to 7.1 (43) win against Mansfield.
Brook Martyn and Will Martiniello were the best players for the team, while Josh Marchbank, Shayne McKean, Will Sullivan and Tom Havers all kicked three goals.
Nick Gray, Ben Fagan (three goals) and Matt Hine were the best for the Eagles.
■ Echuca matched Kyabram for a half on Friday night, but ultimately the home team won 13.11 (89) to 6.6 (42).
A six-goal to one third term was the difference in the battle of the Bombers, with Sam Sheldon and Brieghton Shea kicking three goals for Kyabram and Echuca respectively.
No best players were named.
■ Shepparton enjoyed its first win since 2012 after upsetting Mooroopna 15.16 (106) to 12.10 (82) on Friday.
The Bears only led by one point at the final change but went on to kick four goals to one to seal the result, with Tom Thorsen (three goals), Nick Allan and Sean Harrap leading the way.
Will Patone also kicked three goals.
Daniel Lewis (five goals) was a shining light for the Cats, with Sean Reidy and Martin Curtis also trying hard.
■ Euroa kicked five goals to three in the final term to deliver another close loss to Seymour, 11.14 (80) to 10.6 (66).
Andrew Bell, Adam Tarrant and Will Hayes starred for the Magpies, with Luke Hyatt booting five goals, while Brett Meredith, Rory Scopel and Saad Saad (five goals) were the best for the Lions.
Leitchville-Gunbower powered to its second consecutive win of more than 100 points to top the ladder after thumping Elmore 24.22 (166) to 8.10 (58).
The Bombers won every quarter in the 108-point win as it looks ahead to a mighty clash against Lockington-Bamawm United next week, with Abe Williams (four goals), Joel Helman (five goals) and Jye Keath starring.
Jake Williams and Troy Parker also kicked four goals.
Jeffrey McMurtrie, James Harney (three goals) and Dean Holyman were the best for the Bloods.
■ North Bendigo finished on top of a thrilling encounter at Colbinabbin, prevailing 11.14 (80) to 12.6 (78).
Although the Bulldogs led at every change, the Grasshoppers were never far away.
Cameron Lomas, Ash Craig and Tyson Findlay impressed for the winners, while Darcy Richards and Damien Webb kicked three goals each.
Lochie Sirrett, David Price and Ricky Welch were the best for Colbinabbin.
■ Huntly remains winless for 2014 after falling to a narrow 14.9 (93) to 12.11 (83) loss to White Hills.
The Hawks kicked six goals to two in the third term to hit the front at the final break, but could not sustain their effort.
Ricky Symes kicked six goals for the winners, with Gavin Bowles, Brad Wright and Matt Lehane the team’s best.
Braidy Dickens (four goals), Lachie O’Toole (three goals) and Ryley Dickens tried hard for Huntly.
■ Mt Pleasant kicked 14 goals to three after half-time to dismantle Heathcote, 24.12 (156) to 12.8 (80).
Carl Thiesz (four goals), Shaun Burchell (four goals) and James Walsh were the best players for the team, while Matt Gretgrix snagged another seven goals.
Luke Milroy and Nathan Whipp also kicked three majors.
Kyle Siedel, Darcy McLean and Luke Carroll impressed for the Saints, with Joel Condon and Brad Morgan kicking three goals each.
Mathoura’s Beau Duggan-Hulands was the leading goalkicker on the field with six majors, but it was Strathmerton who won, 25.19 (169) to 10.8 (68).
The Bulldogs extended their lead every quarter, before kicking seven goals to five in the final term.
Luke Carter, Zach Fletcher and Jose Tejones were the team’s best, while Josh Evans (five goals), Zeke Bunge (four), Adrian Crestani (three) and Shaun Downie (three) led the way in the forward line.
Tim Sparey, Nick Tucker and Dan Tayles were the best for the Timbercutters.
■ Blighty held on in a thriller against Yarroweyah, winning 12.11 (83) to 12.10 (82).
The Redeyes led by 13 points going into the last break, but the Grasshoppers made a charge, only to fall just short.
Judd Barnes, Jack Eastman, Phil Williams (three goals) and Brody Lumber (four) were vital for the winners, while Chase Saunders (six goals), Daniel Clarke and Tom Van De Merwe gave their team hope.
Lucas Olson also kicked four majors.
■ Tocumwal succumbed to its second consecutive defeat, with reigning premier Jerilderie proving too strong, 15.19 (109) to 12.8 (80).
A six-goal to three third term set up the win for the Demons, with James Gregory, Andrew May and Casey Hillary leading the way.
Jak Payne and Tom Bryce kicked seven goals between them for the Demons.
Michael O’Riordan (three goals), Dylan Flanagan (six goals) and Sam Hatty stood tall for the Bloods.
■ John Walker kicked eight goals and Dylan Cunningham five as Picola United smashed Deniliquin Rams 20.18 (138) to 1.2 (8).
Scott Miles, David Low and Hayden Solar were the most impressive for the Blues, while Marc Braybon, Joe Hay and Brendan Hope tried hard for the Rams.
Tyntynder won a high-scoring thriller against Balranald, 15.12 (102) to 14.12 (96).
David Andrivon, Brad Carroll (seven goals) and Mark Corrie were the best for the winners, with Marcus Wattie also kicking three goals.
Raven Joliffe (three goals), Ben Fuller and Dane Fitzgerald almost got the visitors home, while Damian Russo and Luke Giansiricusa kicked three goals apiece.
■ Woorinen kicked five goals to two in the final quarter to defeat Koondrook-Barham, 12.7 (79) to 9.14 (68).
Jamie Nicholas booted five goals for the winners, with Doug Beames, Blake Ward and Dwayne Hamlyn the best for the Tigers.
Tom Lamb, Jake Hare and Shane Guerra tried hard for the home side.
■ Mallee Eagles also triumphed in a close affair, defeating NNW United 11.10 (76) to 9.12 (66).
Tyson Mihocek, Martin Kelly and Jake Mills led the way for the Eagles, while Simon Andrews booted four goals.
Ash Thompson, Jarrod Skinner and Darryl White (four goals) were the best for the Demons.
■ Swan Hill booted five goals in each of the first three quarters as it triumphed against Tooleybuc Manangatang, 16.7 (103) to 9.11 (65).
Hugh Foott (five goals), Jared Halligan (four) and Jonathon Hirst (three) led the way on the scoreboard, while Leighton Dullard, Callan Beasy and Xavier Moloney were the winner’s best.
Zach Nichols, Stephen Lyons and Joel Cullen were the best for the Saints, while Lee Cox booted four goals.
■ Finally, Kerang smashed Lake Boga 23.22 (160) to 2.6 (18), with Marc Reiffel, Troy Thamm and Andrew McDonald kicking 10 goals between them.
Ryan Gillingham and Bradlee Pay also impressed, while Nathan Cunning, Kyle Brawn and Joel Dwyer tried hard for the Magpies.
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