ROUND 12 AUGUST 8th
All Games 2:30pm Start
WERRIMULL v CARDROSS
@ LAKE CULLULLERAINE (Oval 2)
GOL GOL v CARDROSS
@ GOL GOL FOOTBALL GROUND
CARRAMAR DRIVE, GOL GOL
BAMBILL v MERINGUR
@ MILDURA SENIOR COLLEGE
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Round 12 Review
Lions Roar Back Into Contention
Cardross produced a complete four quarter performance to run out dominant winners over Gol Gol and get themselves back into contention for a finals spot in Round 12 of Millewa football.
Needing to continue to win games to make up ground on the top four, the Lions were on the back foot early with Gareth Collinson goaling early for the Hawks. From then on the Cardross controlled the quarter with Tom Wallace getting two goals for the quarter and leading the Lions up forward. Robert Provan and Darren McCarthy were also contributing up forward, as Cardross failed to capitalise on their dominance but still with a 23 point lead at quarter time.
Gol Gol got the start they needed in the second term with Brock Chapman goaling soon after the resumption of play. Clay Kerr and Zac Westhead began to win more of the ball for the Hawks, but it was their turn to be inaccurate booting 7 behinds from 9 scoring shorts for the term. At the other end, Michael Laird and Connor Lynch began to lead the Lions charge, giving Provan and McCarthy opportunity to steady the ship and give the home side a 17 point lead at half time.
Cardross seized the opportunity during the third term with Leeland Gribble kicking truly early to extend the lead. Peter Marciano and Riley Williams were trying hard for the Hawks, with Willams rewarded with Gol Gol’s only goal for the term. The Lions booted a couple more and skipped away to lead by 36 points at three quarter time.
Mark East urged his men to keep running and not let the Hawks back into the game, and they followed the coach’s instructions to the letter. Although not scoring, the Lions controlled the ball and through Andrew Ferguson repelled any attacking advances from the Hawks who had difficulties converting their forward advances to scores, kicking only one goal for the term. Provan and McCarthy both finished with 4 goals a piece as Cardross ran out 49 point winners and kept their finals hopes alive.
In wet, windy and slippery conditions at Lake Cullulleraine, Bambill bounced back from last week’s defeat to humble a Werrimull side by 72 points.
Bambill started well in a contest that was close and contested with both sides attacking the football hard. After Luke Hubble kicked the opening goal of the game for Bambill, Werrimull hit the front through goals to Mark Thomson and Damien Sitters. Both sides suffered casualties, with Andy Davis from Bambill having his day ended after a courageous attempt to smother and Werrimull’s Xavier Smith dislocating a shoulder and heading to hospital. Though it all the Magpies came out on top at quarter time to lead by 9 points.
The second quarter belonged to the Saints as their key midfielders began to gain the upper hand. Luke McClelland and Brad Thomas were getting the better of their opponents while Luke Stanbrook was presenting as a formidable target across half forward. His two goals for the term helped the Saints gain the upper hand. Their ability to convert was in contrast to the Magpie’s fortunes. Despite the efforts of Jamie Roberts, Colby Loxton and Thomas Kelly, Werrimull were unable to convert, went goalless for the term and went into the half time break trailing by 17 points.
Brad Thomas went into the centre for the start of the third quarter for Bambill and the move paid immediate dividends with his centre clearance giving Stanbrook his third goal 30 seconds after the resumption. Brant Reid followed up with a goal shortly after and suddenly the margin was out to 29 points and the game looked to be slipping from the Magpies. Thomson continued his efforts through the midfield for Werrimull, but apart from Francis Rolfe and Thomas Kelly the Magpies had few other winners for the term. Bambill booted 6 for the term to clear out to a 51 point lead at the last change and appearing to have the game wrapped up.
The last quarter was all about pride for the Magpies, and while they managed goals from Mark Johnson and Lachlan Inglis, the toll of the contest began to affect the home side. With no bench remaining Bambill capitalised with another 5 goal term. Stanbrook finished with 7 for the day and Luke Hubble four as the Saints ran out 72 point winners to sit comfortably inside the top two. Werrimull must regroup as they face a crucial math to their finals hopes against Cardross next week.
Nangiloc proved that they don’t need their big names to play good football as they dispatched and undermanned Meringur side to the tune of 178 points.
Without the likes of Keens, Lindsay, Brindsmead, Ryan Dowdy, Lachlan Dowdy and Braydon Ottrey, it was up to the lesser likes of the Demons list to stand up and show that they are worthy of a place in the side come finals time. Lachlan Rhode took his opportunity early booting three for the term as the Demons began to take control of the match. Scott Golding and Cam Peters marshalled the ball movement through the middle often running free and delivering the ball to the forwards. The Roos struggled to move the ball forward, with Rustin Davitt, Toby Quirk-Meeks and Matt McGinty the few to make an impack as the Dees opened up a 39 point quarter time lead.
Although Nangiloc were dominating the scoreboard it all wasn’t one way traffic. Often tightly contested, it was the run of the home side which split the game open. Dale Breeding causing issues for the Roos with his pace and Jared Turvey’s work around the ground were just adding to the problems faced by Meringur. Nathan Black scored Meringur’s first for the day after hard fought ball movement forward. Nangiloc though kicked another six for the term and went in at half time comfortable 78 point leaders.
With both sides having depleted benches, it was the talent possessed by Nangiloc that began to give them dominance in the second half. Nathan Gralyling’s men running harder to contests, and their superior fitness giving them opportunities. Meringur tried hard, with Mitch McGlashan and Nick Hards standing strong in defence. But those two alone could not combat wave after wave of Nangiloc attack. Scott Golding was damaging though the midfield, with Luke Stone across half back setting up many of the attacking opportunities.
Nangiloc dominated the second half. A 5 goal third term was followed by an 8 goal last term as the depleted Meringur side started to tire. Jack Rentsch tried hard in the ruck all day for the Roos, but apart from McGinty, Hards, McGlashan and Quirk-Meeks the side on the bottom of the ladder battled to make an impact. It was the even spread of 12 individual goalkickers that gave Nangiloc their large winning margin and sat them comfortable atop the ladder after round 12.
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