Wombats dig deep

April 27, 2018

LANCASTER, Girgarre and Tallygaroopna made significant statements to all their rivals in round three of the Kyabram District Football League on Saturday.

The Wombats got up to beat Avenel with a Sam Vick goal in the last minute of the game to remain undefeated along with Tallygaroopna and Merrigum while Girgarre claimed a significant scalp in last season’s grand finalists Violet Town.

Tally was able to shrug off new side Dookie United in the last quarter but the former Picola League side showed enough to suggest it can be a serious finals contender in its debut season in the league.

Dookie trailed by only nine points at the last change after a third quarter fightback, but Tally steadied to kick four last quarter goals to one to run out winners by 29 points.

Tim Karolidis with Tyson and Mitch Sidebottom inspired Tally while Connor Hayes, Riley Hamilton, Aaryn Cormican and Andrew O’Connor led the Dookie challenge.

Lancaster made it three from three with a fighting win over Avenel.

The Wombats goaled in the dying moments of the game to secure the victory on Avenel’s home ground.

The young Wombats were celebrating club stalwart Rikki Busch’s (200 games) and Chris Eddy’s (150 games) milestones and with recruit Nathan Torney, Andrew Douglas, Luke Donnell and up-and-comer Liam Nedeljkovich showing way looked a competent unit.

The Wombats should remain on top of the ladder this Saturday when they host Longwood.

Girgarre’s win over Violet Town was also chock-full of plusses.

The Roos hit the ground hopping and were never headed. And, like Lancaster, they were able to lower the colours of their rivals away from home.

The 44-point winning margin was significant in a game where the home side was expected to win or go close to it.

It was a committed team effort by Girgarre led by Mathoura recruit Phil Hazelman, Nathan Terry and Jake Hyland, Ashley Hughes, coach Shannon Tucker and Corey Wheeler.

Girgarre is back on the road again this week with a trip to Avenel but will tackle this challenge with plenty of confidence after Saturday’s impressive win.

Stanhope won the battle of the Lions against Undera at Stanhope without any anxious moments.

Rebounding from a loss to early season flag favourites Tallygaroopna the previous week, the home side broke clear with an eight goals to nil second term to set up a thumping 116 point win.

Co-coach Rob Mongtomery led from the front and the O’Reilly boys, Nathan and Alex, were good while Ryan Emmett, Danny Brock, Coby Aynsley and Lucas White were able to punish the visitors on the scoreboard.

Undera will need to find some goalkickers in a hurry to test the better teams in the competition this season after struggling to kick three goals for the game.

Stanhope is in one of the games of the day this Saturday, hosting reigning premier Nagambie and will be hard to beat again.

Undera should open its winning account when it hosts the hot wooden spoon favourite Ardmona.

Murchison-Toolamba posted its first win for the season but not before a struggle to shake off a spirited Longwood.

The combine had its nose in front all day with Tom Kerrins, Luke Armstrong and Alexander Wells showing the way while Tony Tautala, Dustin Baker and Jack Myers spearheaded the game Longwood bid.

Murchison-Toolamba has another winnable game this Saturday, hosting Rushworth who came up well short again on Saturday in its clash with Merrigum.

The Bulldogs kicked 6.3 while holding Rushworth to 0.2 in the first quarter which set up the foundation for a 91 point win.

Todd Hicks was a standout for the Bulldogs and received plenty of support from Rohan Hearn, Danny Clarke and Mitch Younger while Dylan Closter, Jordan Hageman, Tanner Stokes and Brett Anderson gave their all for the Tigers.

Merrigum has a tough test this Saturday hosting Dookie United while Rushworth will be looking for its first win for the season against Murchison-Toolamba.

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