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Lions winning streak continues

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June 15, 2017

Ross Anasaldi on the run.

Ash Froud was again a goal-kicking asset for the Lions.

Beau Clarke gets a hand on the ball.

Mulwala has continued their winning way with a convincing 11 goal win over Tongala.

It was a tale of two halves as a wasteful first half meant Mulwala trailed at the long break by a goal, before a dominant second half allowed Mulwala to cruise to victory.
The spark of previous weeks seemed to be missing early as moments of dominance mixed with lapses in concentration and costly turn overs.
Ash Froud was once again Mulwala’s focal point and four first half goals were crucial at keeping Mulwala in the contest.
Tom Dow was another Mulwala player who could hold his head high at the main break as his tackling and composure with ball in hand led to several Mulwala goals.
A lack of pressure and some poor defensive efforts allowed Tongala to hit the front as their open forward line constantly had Mulwala under pressure.
Coach Michael Tout was scathing at half time with an old fashioned bake delivered in an attempt to wake the boys from their malaise.
It was a different team that emerged from the sheds after half time with Kyle Archibald leading the way in the centre.
His combative attack on the ball helped drive those around him with a clear lift in intensity from the entire team.
Damien Cook was another who took the game by the scruff of the neck. Rebounding off half back, he was superb by foot and changed the game, attacking through the corridor.
Nathan Parker, Beau Clarke and Hamish Hosking all benefited from quick ball movement as Mulwala jumped away to a five goal lead.
Adam Rouel was another who hit the scoreboard and with this third quality game in a row, he seems to have found his feet at senior level.
Right on the three quarter time siren Mulwala enjoyed its best passage of play.
The Alex Rance impersonator James Wilson started it all as he won the ball at full back, releasing Dylan Robinson.
By hand the veteran pinpointed a pass through the centre where a series of handballs sent the ball forward to the big Hamish Hosking whose deft handball was finished with a banana goal from the boundary by the young gun Harry Crossley.
It was more of the same in the last quarter as Tongala were kept to a solitary goal for the half.
All players seemed to find form with Dale Powell finishing the game with plenty of run and Ross Anasaldi continuing to rack up possessions through the middle.
Connor Sanderson, Nathan Cook and Angus Shand all enjoyed much improved second halves as their hard running out of the backline was instrumental in Mulwala’s dominance.
With eight goals for the game, spear head Ash Froud was once again Mulwala’s best player and continues to lead the league’s goal kicking.
Mulwala now face a huge test with a big clash against Nathalia at Lonsdale Reserve this Saturday.

Reserves
Mulwala’s Seconds have returned to the winners’ list with a convincing 10 goal win over Tongala.
Played in perfect conditions, Mulwala dominated the first quarter with five goals on the board in no time.
Sean Johns, back in Mulwala colours, was brilliant and stood out with his precise skills and clean hands far too good for reserves football.
Jarrod Wilson dominated on his wing with hardness at the ball matched with clean skills. His ability to stand up in the tackle and release his team mates was also crucial as Mulwala’s run was too much for Tongala to contain.
Four goals to one in the second term meant Mulwala was in complete control by half time.
Charlie Margo and Isaac Bond battled hard in the ruck and at centre half back and showcased their skills with several strong marks.
Ruban Butts was fantastic with his deft left foot and physical attack on the footy a welcome addition to the team.
Mulwala wasted the ball badly in the third quarter as several missed goals from inside 20 metres proved frustrating.
Jarrod Wood marked everything and could have finished with five goals had he had his kicking boots on.
Mitch Doughty capitalised on a Tongala turn over and kicked a terrific goal with Bailey Scott and Jack Diamond also clean and efficient up forward.
The three veterans, Craig Frauenfelder, Denis Phibbs and Jason Sanderson, continue to defy their age and were all key players in Mulwala’s win.
This victory was not the only positive with Nathan McNair and Bailey Scott getting through the game, a much needed boost in depth should see Mulwala enjoy more success in the back half of the year.

Thirds
Mulwala has won a thriller, beating Tongala by 10 points in a much needed win for the young boys.
Mulwala looked the team to beat for much of the game but a lack of scoreboard pressure meant that Tongala always had a sniff of victory.
The run of Cooper Chung, Cody Howard and Ricky Walker continually put Mulwala in scoring positions with Dylan Leadingham doing the damage at the clearances.
Beau Nixon kicked one of the goals of the year when he trapped the bouncing ball and swung the ball over his shoulder from 40 metres out.
The defining moment of the game came deep into the last quarter when Josh Canty helped spill the ball free into the waiting arms of Tom Tout.
The talented youngster had read it like a book and kicked the match winner from point blank range.

Fourths
Mulwala Fourths have gone down fighting to the very end, beaten by 10 goals on Saturday.
In promising signs for Mulwala, some of the boys played their best game with Damien Walker, Daniel Roberts and Jaxon Wheeler all playing extremely well.
A contest throughout, Mulwala enjoyed plenty of promising passages of play but were ultimately too small to complete with some of Tongala’s bigger players.
Flynn Fletcher, Daniel Psaltiras and Connor Phibbs each kicked goals to give Mulwala something to hang their hat on.
Josh Eder and Zac Oliver were also included in Mulwala’s best players with their determination and tackling pressure crucial throughout the game.  

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