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.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
As part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, the Riverine Herald will shed light on the debilitating, yet controversial, illness through the eyes of those fighting it.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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