Hoppers winning ways continueThe Rennie Seniors have taken out three in a row to get the season off to great start, defeating Katandra by 93 points at Katandra.
It was a tight contest early as Rennie struggled to make its way through the Kats’ press and both teams only scored 1 goal for the term.
Unfortunately for the home team that was to be their only major for the day as a miserly Hopper defence led by Matt McCabe, Robinson and Brooks was superb in shutting down the Kat forays forward.
On the ball Rennie had winners in Sudholz in the ruck who kept feeding Coach Ednie, and they provided the service to Strawhorn who ended with 7 and Jardine 3.
Four, 5 and 6 goals for the last three terms was a solid reward in what was a very even team performance.
Awards: Cam Sudholz, Luke Ednie and Matt McCabe.
The Reserves started like a house on fire on Saturday, with the midfield of Sam Ferguson, Wilson, Fitzpatrick and Dykes smashing it down the forwards’ throats so quickly they could choke.
The second stanza was a bit more of the same however the young brigade of Cordon, Pearn and Jack Mac took precedence and were running the show.
Katandra was flooding back to start the next episode to try to stop the Rennie power forwards in Sugden and Smith, however every time they kicked out of their defensive fifty it landed in Hopper hands with Joe Ferg and Brenno Nunn, playing the game of his life, pumping the ball back in.
The last quarter saw AJ take over where Sam took off, Ollie hopefully got an award to compensate for the cash he spent last week and Benny Welsh continued electric form for the day. Sugden, Smith and Welsh all kicked 3 goals.
An extremely well rounded performance by the 2s.
Awards: Bi Rite Electrical - Ben Welsh, Yarrawonga Hotel - Brendan Nunn, McNaughts Transport - Cory Pearn, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort - Mark Wilson, Cellarbrations Yarrawonga - Tim Fry.
Under 17sThe thirds had a reality check going down by 57 points on Saturday.
Katandra opened the game up early racing to a 25 point lead. The Hoppers tackling pressure was at its season best but to give up a late goal in each term show concentration needs to stay high at all times.
Rennie’s best term was the second as goals to Hall and Forge kept them in the game, but the pressure of the Kats was intense after the long break.
Although Beavis and Kennedy kept presenting and McMahon was persistent, the Hoppers were no match for a talented opponent.
Rennie Under 17s sit second after 4 rounds but have a big 3 weeks in front of them.
Awards: Murray Valley Rural Supplies - Owen Conway, Intersport Wingates - Jack Kennedy, AXT Plumbing - Hugh Fisher, Redback Waste - Charlie Campbell, Arnold Hall Family - Zane Chilcott, Judds Yarrawonga - James Hall.
Under 14sOn a beautifully presented Katandra playing surface the junior Hoppers faced a very determined Katandra side.
At times it looked like 36 players were playing on the ball with congested football looking likely the order of the day.
Tom Kennedy managed to find some space to get Rennie on the board.
The second term was played in much the same manner until Ben Kennedy won the loose ball and snapped on his left to break the game open .
Coach Stephens instructions were move the ball on quickly and look for options which allowed Daniel Hoskings to find the big sticks.
Oscar Elliott, Joe Lee- Conway, Jessie Brogan, Dom McInness and Ben Kennedy led the way for the mosquito fleet Hoppers. Four out of four to the Hoppers.
Awards: I & P Ferguson - Oscar Elliott, Kennedy Builders - Jesse Brogan, STF Engineering - Ben Coghill, Murray Valley Electrical - Ben Kennedy, Belmores Accounting - Dom McInness, Lake Mulwala Bakery - Xavier Watson.
Rennie are at home against Katamatite for the Andrew Goldman Excavations much sought after trophy. Please see Lisa Starr for ball tickets for Saturday May 27 at ClubMulwala.
Hope to see all mothers out at Rennie this Thursday for a big Mother’s Day dinner from 6.30pm. $10 per head for dinner.
Mulwala upsets MoamaSometimes a game of footy is worth more than just four points.
For Mulwala, Saturday’s upset win over Moama had all the makings of a classic, a defining win which gives legs to the journey the team has started under new coach Michael Tout.
Mulwala’s win was set up by a six goal to none first term.
Led by superstar Ash Froud, Mulwala were dangerous, quick and tenacious. Rebounding through the centre Mulwala found the run that had been missing in recent weeks.
Matt Tregenza, Dylan McNamara and Damien Cook all had their moments of class as they found targets inside forward 50.
The tackling pressure was up led by Tommy Dow and skipper Jackson Gash.
Quarters 2 and 3 were an arm wrestle as Mulwala’s lead was under constant threat.
Beau Clarke was enormous at centre half forward and was equally effective on the lead or taking a high mark.
His clean hands gave Mulwala a target all game and was rightly judged best afield.
James Wilson had his hands full at full back but was brilliant once again.
His brute strength constantly shut down the opposition as he fed the run of Nathan Cook and Harry Crossley off half back.
Harry was often the link man on the wing which highlighted his work ethic, with his ball use once again sublime.
Moama threw everything at the last quarter with Mulwala standing tall under severe pressure.
Tom Dow was everywhere, tackling with aggression and using the ball with precision.
Josh Hammond played a true captain’s game and his last quarter was magnificent with influence in the ruck and around the ground.
One of Mulwala’s ‘youngest’ players, Nathan Parker turned back the clock and sold candy all day long.
Mulwala’s big three in Ash Froud, Ross Ansaldi and Hamish Hosking all played great games.
Ross’s run through the midfield was critical and his left foot classy under pressure.
Hamish’s size ensures his influence is always huge yet what shouldn’t be overlooked is his skill by foot which is elite.
Ash did what superstars do and stood up when it was needed.
His six goals was ultimately the difference yet just as important was a mark he took deep in the last quarter.
With Moama on the march he fought against two opponents to take a big grab across half forward.
The ball spent the next two minutes inside Mulwala’s 50 and the game was done.
Mulwala has set themselves a standard for which must now be reached every week and showed that they if they follow the game plan and play hard tough footy that they can beat anyone.
ReservesMulwala battled their hearts out but ultimately fell 28 points short of the more fancied Moama on Saturday.
Mulwala Reserves have often found the trip to Moama hard to field a full team and so it proved again with only 14 regulars making the trip.
With a number of thirds kids and a couple of fill-ins Mulwala took the field still hopeful of causing an upset.
The first half was all Mulwala as they made the running with control in the midfield and a forward line that was dangerous even though it lacked height.
Jason Sanderson was ageless as his clearance work and ability to win the ball through the middle helped create scoring opportunities for others.
Dale Powell backing up for his second game was once again prominent and hit the score board twice during the second quarter with his running goal that started off half back, the highlight of the game.
Jackson Weir was elusive as his explosive run created havoc for Moama defenders as he combined with Lachie Rouel to hit the scoreboard with a crucial goal.
Mulwala will rue a lacklustre third quarter where Moama piled on six goals to none to open up a match winning lead.
Mulwala suddenly couldn’t find the ball and was made to look lazy as Moama kicked a couple of easy goals.
It was Mulwala’s younger brigade that kept Lions alive, Lachie Wood, Nathan Tabain and Corey Lindsey kept running and demanded a lift from their more senior team mates.
Adam Rouel certainly responded as his last quarter was a continuous highlight reel of him taking the game on through the centre.
With four centre clearances for the quarter and a goal, his ability was on display for everyone to see.
Around him the whole team lifted, Jayke Nicholson who had been swung into the ruck, was magnificent as he won the ball and fought hard in the air.
Lachie Wood put his body on the line going back with the flight to create a goal for Zach Moore who kicked a couple of majors in the last term to finish with four goals for the game.
Unfortunately for Mulwala the comeback was not enough as they succumb to Moama by 28 points.
Bears grind out a winIn a hotly contested game at Waaia, Tungamah were able to come away with a 21 point win on Saturday.
In the first term Nick Megarrity was getting first hand to the ball and the Bears were winning the clearances but Waaia was getting numbers back to make scoring difficult and hurting Tungamah with their rebound.
In contrast the Bears were a bit impatient and bombing the ball in.
A goal to Matt Clark and two to Ash Saunders saw the Bears behind by seven points at the first break.
In the second quarter Waaia didn’t let up on the pressure but thanks to the tireless work of the back six their scoring was slowed up and Tungamah was able to score four goals to two. Jarrod O’Shea, Leigh Howroyd, Justin Saunders and Ada Connell were outstanding in defence while Adam Dodd, Nick Irvine, Gus McMillan and Saunders were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over for a seven point lead at half time.
In the third term the defence was again magnificent keeping Waaia goalless. Young Liam Connell came on as sub and looked right at home.
The on-ballers in Doyle, Rowe, Powell, Haebich and company were working hard and Matt Clark kept presenting along with Damian Payne who enjoyed a stint down forward.
The pressure never really let up in the final term as there wasn’t an easy kick to be had and a few of Tungamah’s key players were kept quiet.
A 21 point win summed up a tight game with plenty of tackling and hard clearance work being done.
Thanks were given to the great efforts of the backline by the coaches post-match.
Plenty of work to be done before taking on Katunga next week as the season starts to get into full swing.
ReservesThis was a battle between two even sides on paper with only percentage separating the two teams.
Tungamah looked like it had more scoring options but they were up against a strong defensive unit and a well-drilled team.
The game started as expected with high pressure from both sides. The tackle count in the first was quarter was high.
Halfway through the first Dylan Chung scored then shortly after Corey Bourke hit the board; Nick Gamble stood up in defence and Dan Clarke was good.
Sam Lidgerwood stuck like glue to his man and played an important role. Joel McAllen found space and scored.
It was pleasing to see how hard Tungamah was at the ball and they kept their discipline.
Ciacca’s forward pressure resulted in a goal and the Bears were setting a high standard in the first half.
In the third Dan Clarke scored early after a move forward.
Hayden Kennedy and Lidgerwood continued to play important roles on players in the backline. Sampson throughout the game showed his skill and disposal accuracy.
The game started to change along with Tungamah’s work rate and run in the third and they let Waaia back in.
The last quarter was a scrappy affair and this was highlighted post game.
Tungamah 6.10 def Waaia 5.4.
Awards – Terminus Hotel Lidgerwood, Crusty Loaf Kennedy, Cellarbrations Sampson.
Goals – Chung, Bourke, Clarke, Ciacca, Whykes, McAllen.
The Under 17s travelled to Waaia determined to keep their winning form going.
They started very well, with many forward entries, but the disposal to forwards and lack of pressure by forwards meant the opposition rebounded easily.
Waaia had two forward 50 entries for the quarter and scored two goals; at quarter time Tungamah led 2.5 to 2.1.
The Bears backmen led all day by Tre Johnson, Randall Perkinson, and Brandon Einsporn, played very well.
Liam Connell was tireless in the ruck, playing a great game getting first use of the footy to the onball brigade led by Will Sharp, supported well by Blayze Young-Mail and Blake Adkins.
With the exception of Tom Elliott, who kicked two first half goals, the forwards were struggling to get into the game, but some changes at half time kicked the boys into gear.
The third quarter was Tungamah’s best for the day.
They lost the lead early in the quarter, but then slammed on five goals to nil for the remainder of the quarter, including goals to Jack Clarke, Connell, birthday boy Tom Lidgerwood, Sharp and Young-Mail.
The last quarter Waaia pushed hard, but the backs of Angus Heslin, Lachie Elliott, Liam Einsporn, Seth Haebich and Jack Ardle stood tall and did well to withstand plenty of pressure.
Wally Thomson started racking up possessions and Harley Sampson assisted with two last quarter goals.
Jacob Vella tried hard all day and in the end the Bears ran out winners.
Tungamah 10.10.70 def Waaia 7.7.49.
Awards: Crusty Loaf Bakery Will Sharp, Yarrwonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Randall Perkinson, Tungamah Shop Tre Johnson, Tungamah Canteen Encouragement Award Harley Sampson.
FourthsThe young Bears went into the game with a few boys out through injury.
Despite this they ran out on to the field confidently and as a team produced two goals to Waaia’s none in the first quarter.
Unfortunately in the second quarter Waaia took charge of the game, kicking five goals, unanswered by Tungamah.
Liam Williams played a top game and was in and under the ball, assisted by his team mates Harvey Thomson, Mitch Hooper, Pacey Haebich and Tom Costigan just to name a few.
As a team they tried their very best to get the ball down into their forward line.
Cam Ford was another little fella whose efforts stood out, Tanner Irvine was on fire laying some great tackles and along with Rory Kruse and the rest of the backline applied as much pressure as they could.
Tungamah went on to score one more goal for the game, going down by seven goals and nine points in their first loss since 2015.
The boys all put in a great effort and now know what they need to work hard on at training, taking it with them in to next week’s game against Katunga.
Tungamah 3.1.19 def by Waaia 10.10.70.
Goals – Brock Bate, Desi O’Kane, Jack Costigan.
Best – Aaron Mills, Liam Williams, Rory Kruse, Tanner Irvine, Cameron Ford, Desi O’Kane.
Awards – Wingates Aaron Mills, Golf Club Liam Williams, Crusty Loaf Rory Kruse, Tunga Shop Tanner Irvine, Canteen Cam Ford.