Nathalia paint Echuca United purple, Moama bow out of finals race and Leitchville-Gunbower fall to Huntly.LUKE MCMANUS August 9, 2014 6:40pm
Nathalia recorded a strong win on the road against Echuca United, keeping its Murray Football League finals hopes well and truly alive.
The Purples claimed a hard-fought opening half to take a 10-point advantage into the main break.
Nathalia then blew the game wide open with five consecutive goals in the third term to extend the margin beyond 40 points.
Echuca United fought back well with the last four goals of the game, three of those coming just before three-quarter-time siren.
A dangerous Rowan Priest kicked his third early in the final quarter, but Nathalia’s defensive half held firm despite many scoring attempts from the Eagles.
Echuca United’s Liam Guinan was judged best for the home side, while young gun Tom Nihill was outstanding for Nathalia.
Mulwala produced a match-winning final quarter to down Moama by 16-points at Lonsdale Reserve.
The day belonged to duo Will Farrer (seven goals) and Chase Strawhorn (five goals), almost single-handedly kicking Mulwala to the 18.10
The game was ever-so tight for three quarters, with a one-point ball game in favour of Mulwala the story at the final change.
The Lions then came out and booted four goals to one to put the game to bed.
Moama’s Tyler Jones finished with six goals to jump out to a 13-goal lead on the MFL’s goal-kicking leaderboard with two rounds remaining.
Eight goals to coach Damien Cupido spearheaded Rumbalara’s 40-point win over Tongala at Rumbalara Reserve.
Rumba doubled the Blues’ output in the second quarter (eight goals to four) before running out 18.23
Tongala coach David Newman (three goals) and full-forward Andrew Reid (three goals) battled hard for the visitors, while teammate Jordan Souter was among the best this afternoon.
Cupido aside, Paul Hood and Dylan Kerr led Rumba’s charge.
In other MFL results,
Goulburn Valley Football League
Shepparton United ended a string of three consecutive losses with a commanding win against Echuca at Deakin Reserve — 18.17
Rochester cemented its place in the Goulburn Valley Football League finals with a 31-point win against Mooroopna at Moon Oval — 15.11
Kyabram ran out strong 52-point winners against a spirited Mansfield — 18.18
In other GVFL results,
Shepparton Swans 24.16
Heathcote and District Football League
Leitchville-Gunbower suffered an upset loss against Huntly in the final round of the HDFL season — 16.14 (110) to 14.10
Lockington-Bamawm United capped off another strong season with a 38-point win against fellow finals contender White Hills — 15.20
In other HDFL results,
Mt Pleasant 15.14
Picola and District Football League (north-west)
Mathoura’s promising 2014 PDFL north-west season ended in disappointing fashion, downed by Blighty to the tune of 48 points.
After trailing the home side by on 13 points at half-time, Mathoura was outscored 10 goals to five in the second half to eventually fall 20.14
Blighty’s Kyel Bain booted four goals, topping a scoresheet which boasted 10 names, including best-on-ground Brody Lumber (three goals).
Mathoura’s David Reardon finished with five goals while teammates Nathan Rowbottom, Chris Allingham and Damien Dalziel (one goal) battled hard.
In other PDFL results,
Central Murray Football League
Mallee Eagles 22.22
Cohuna Kangas 11.9
N.N.W United 9.9
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