A brilliant opening quarter with the breeze has sealed Nagambie a strong win against fierce rival Lancaster in Kyabram District Football League.OLIVER CAFFREY July 14, 2014 3:10am
The Kyabram District Football League minor premiership could be heading to Nagambie.
A nine-goal-to-two opening quarter blitz proved to be enough for the Lakers to account for Lancaster on Saturday, eventually winning by 48 points.
Stanhope’s loss to Avenel allowed the Lakers to jump to outright top of the ladder with six rounds to play.
Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan said his side’s ability to take advantage of a strong breeze in the first quarter proved crucial.
‘‘It’s always a big rivalry with Lancaster, they’re always good hard contests and it ended up being a game of two halves,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘I thought it was maybe a five-goal breeze, but I never thought that we would come out and kick nine.
‘‘They made us work really hard in the second half, it was just a matter of holding our margin.
‘‘We realised it was a big game for them and we knew they would come out really hard, we’re just happy to come away with the win.’’
Pat Rattray fell 14 short of matching his 17-goal haul last week, while Brett Connors also kicked three.
Sullivan continues to be impressed by his team’s defensive efforts, with the back six again standing up under heavy pressure.
Dan Haysom, Jack Hutton, Jayden Gleeson, David Price, Jack Williams and Mick Shiels were tremendous all day.
The Lakers are getting closer to a full-strength side, with Mark Nolan and Kevin Bloom a chance to return soon.
On the other hand, the loss leaves the Wombats in a race against time to secure a finals spot.
Paul Burnett’s team is now a game and considerable percentage off sixth-placed Undera, but has a favourable draw to come.
‘‘Nagambie are a good side, they played really well and are just so even across the ground, but we leaked too many goals in that first quarter,’’ Burnett said.
‘‘The reality was it was probably only the last 10 minutes in that first quarter where they got five quick goals, apart from that period, it was a fairly even contest.
‘‘We’ve got to make sure we win some games in the next few weeks and it will probably end up coming down to the last game of the season against Merrigum to see if we play finals or not.’’
Young midfielder Tom Davies was outstanding, but had good support from Chris Varsamakis, Michael Orr, David Rigney, Brad Vick and Shane Gemmill’s two goals.
Benalla police are seeking information after a blue Kia Carnival van was engulfed in flames about 9.15pm on Tuesday.
Mulwala Thirds full forward Gus McMillan kicked his 100th goal for the season on Saturday.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
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Cobram service sees crowd commemorate 48th anniversary of a key Vietnam battle.
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A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
Vale Pat Gardner, 1916 - 2014 whose last wish was for the Benalla ceramic mural to be listed by the National Trust.
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