Lions roar in season opener

April 05, 2018

Sean Robinson lays a tackle.

C-Grade Tayla McNamara.

Mulwala got their season underway with a hard-fought win at Lonsdale Reserve on Good Friday in front of a bumper Easter crowd.

The senior group went into the contest a little under done having only played one full practice game and it showed early on with some playing systems not running as smoothly as the coaches may have liked. New Congupna coach David Gee had recruited well over the summer and they were a much more competitive outfit than in past seasons.
Conditions for football were excellent which enabled both teams to play fast attacking football to entertain the crowd and Congupna’s accuracy early enabled them to jump to a handy lead early in the contest.
Hamish Hosking was dominating the ruck contest but Mulwala’s midfielders were having to work hard to contain B J Squires who had returned to Congupna from the GV and is a classy addition to the MFL.
Sean Johns and Harry Crossley lifted the work rate in the middle which helped to get things flowing Mulwala’s way, but inaccuracy in front of goal was proving to be an issue for the forwards.
Ash Froud was being well held by Devlin who was wearing him like a glove. Congupna dropping a player back in front of Ash was limiting his leading space and forcing him to go wide, until Conner Sanderson pushed forward to make the Congupna player accountable.
The game was proving to be a battle for Mulwala until Brad Wilson moved forward and was able to slot a couple of goals and his efforts opened things up for Mulwala. Beau Clarke was covering the ground well and his strong marking was testing the Congupna Back men.
Led by Nathan McNair and Damien Cook Mulwala’s back six were beginning to get on top which slowed Congupna’s ability to score and their rebound work was setting up opportunities inside the Mulwala forward fifty.
Mulwala had pegged back Congupna’s advantage on the scoreboard but inaccurate kicking was keeping the game closer than it might have been. Mulwala’s systems and ball movement had improved substantially after half time and these factors combined with the young Congupna group beginning to tire meant the game opened up.
Mulwala were able to pile on nine goals to two in the last quarter to run away with a comfortable win. There was some good signs from the Mulwala playing group when they got their game plan to function effectively and the pressure coming from some of the young players pushing up in the reserves will keep the senior players on their toes in coming weeks.
Credit must be given to the approach Congupna has taken to developing their young players and the support they will get from the recruits they have signed will mean they be a competitive Murray league team this year.
Mulwala travels to Tongala this coming weekend and then welcomes Moama before the revised draw will come into place at the beginning of round four. The addition of ex Picola league clubs Tungamah, Shepparton East and Katandra will mean a new draw will be implemented and Mulwala FNC supports these addition clubs in their quest to remain affiliated with AFL Victoria.
Mulwala 16.14-110 defeated Congupna 11.9-75

The Mulwala reserves opened the season in fine style with a convincing twelve goal win over Congupna. The addition of a number of players returning to their home club and the young boys coming through from the thirds means Mulwala has a very competitive team on the park this season.
Lachie Vissenga has returned to the club this season and he showed why he was a Victorian under 16 representative with some strong marks and dominant play around the Mulwala forward line.
Veteran Craig Frauenfelder was unstoppable at full forward slotting seven goals in a dominant performance that capped off the good work of the midfielders Dylan Scott, Lachie Rouel, Jake Beams and Adam Rouel. There were players on every line that were willing to attack the contest and win the contested ball, with new recruits Andrew Maskell-Dunstan and Nathan Beasley leading the way in this area.
Mulwala will certainly worry sides with the pace they have added from the 2017 thirds group, with Cooper Chung, Ricki Walker and Robert Wilson running the opposition off their feet late in the game. The blend of experiences and youth will mean that the reserves team will be competitive against most opponents this season.
A great team effort first up by the boys with no passengers within the group, which will mean coach Michael Fletcher will consider attendance at training when he shuffles the magnets.
Mulwala 18.4-112 defeated Congupna 6.7-43

Mulwala thirds came up against a strong Congupna outfit who dominated the contest from the outset which made it difficult for Mulwala to hit the score board.
Billy Lindsay was one of the new players to the club who worked hard inside the forward 50 and was able to kick his first goal for the season. Lachie Wood was working overtime all over the ground with strong work at the contest and accurate kicking a feature of his game.
Josh Ednie worked hard throughout the four quarters and gained good support from new players Blaze Young-Mail, Daniel Hosking and John Orr. Flynn Fletcher and Sam Davis have stepped up from the under 14s and they showed they will be good players at the level during the year.
The score line was dominated by the Congupna team but the Mulwala players continued to work hard throughout the game. The playing group will be looking to develop their skills over the coming weeks under the leadership of Gary Ednie and will be looking forward to the contest next week against Tongala.
Mulwala 2.2-14 defeated by Congupna 14.11-95

The Mulwala fourths got things underway for the club with a big win over an undermanned Congupna team. The Congupna boys were short on numbers due to the Easter break and school holidays, which meant that Mulwala had to lend Congupna a number of players. It is a real credit to the Mulwala players the way they embraced helping the Congupna team out on the day and giving their best effort when in the red and white.
Mulwala were in control from the outset due to the good work of captain Conner Phibbs, Addison and Daniel Psaltiras and the hard-working Zac Oliver. The players were inclusive of all the players on their team often looking to share the ball with the younger first year players. Dillan Kirchen was in everything all day, collecting possessions and winning the contested ball to keep things flowing Mulwala’s way.
It was great to see this young group collect their first win of the season and the boys will be looking forward to the challenge against Tongala this coming weekend.
Go Lions
Mulwala 18.14-122 defeated Congupna 2.3-15


The Easter Blockbuster proved to be another hot day for netball and a successful for one for the Lions on the court, winning 5 out of 7 matches.

A Grade – Mulwala 39 defeated Congupna 38
On a hot sunny day the Lions found the going tough against a new and improved Congupna line up. The first quarter saw the visitors take control in the ring and penalise any unforced errors the Lions were dishing up. But as quick as the deficit increased the Lions were able to bring the game back to level with smart play in attack.
The second quarter the roaders stamped their authority on the match again, penalising the Lions’ errors with sharp and smart moves in attack. The defence tried hard but were being outplayed at times, but again the Lions dug deep and pegged back the margin.
In the third quarter, Lions dug deep and changed the game around with great defensive pressure, shutting the visitors attack end down. Maddie Hocking in her first game back after a knee reco dominated. Great pressure by Carz, Tace and Brodie forced turnovers. Grace stepped up while Steph and Jordy combined well and steadied in attack to level the scores leading into the last quarter.
The Lions continued to fight hard and kept the game alive but the goals weren’t dropping ‘and Congupna took a small lead. The Lions’ grit and determination was rewarded in the end with the goals finally rewarding the hard play of all 9 girls - a great last second win by the narrowest of margins. The girls should be proud of their come back and fighting spirit to win their first match for the season.
Maddie Hocking Top Lion. Steph Beams $20 voucher and Grace Thomson the mug award.
Foodworks Top Lion – Maddie Hocking. $20 voucher – Steph Beams.  Mug Award – Grace Thomson  

B Grade – Mulwala 24 defeated by Congupna 30
No report.

C Grade – Mulwala 31 defeated Congupna 30
C grade had a great start to the season with a nice win against a strong Congupna side. The defenders worked hard all day putting pressure on every ball that came towards them. The attacking end also had some great passages of play. Welcome to our new players Kathryn, Claire and Tayla. It was a great team effort in very hot conditions so well done everyone on our first win for the season. Go Lions!
Foodworks Top Lion – Sami Till. One Zach – Kat Jamieson Meal Award – Kathryn Maddox

C Res – Mulwala 43 defeated Congupna 27
Our 2018 season got off to a great start with a 16 point win over Congupna.
Our defensive pressure was great each quarter with Montanah, Maddi, Tara and Tyler turning it on, rebounding strongly and creating numerous turnovers which allowed Kim, Tanya and Tara ample opportunities to feed Delaynee and Stassy in goals. Dee and Stassy worked hard and didn’t disappoint in the ring.  A consistent team game played by all across the board and we now look forward to next week.
Foodworks Top Lion – Tanya Burgess. MFNC Club Award – Tara Green, Judds – Montanah Moon. Royal Mail Hotel – Maddi Cooksey

17 & under – Mulwala 17 defeated by Congupna 26
For their first game of the season the Lions displayed excellent defensive pressure throughout the game and across the court, with the defenders turning the ball over numerous times. The girls had some great patches of play but unforced errors resulted in them being unable to convert. The Lions trailed all game and unfortunately were not strong enough on the day.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Tess McNamara. YMGCR – Abbey Freeman. Judds Mensland – Heidi Magro

15 & under – Mulwala 22 defeated Congupna 14
The first game of 2018 left our U15’s feeling a little anxious but pumped for the season ahead. The girls came out firing with Danielle, Jazz and Jorja feeding the ball down the mid court with ease and using every opportunity to score. Abbey was a little pocket rocket who took interceptions all over the court, contributing immensely to the Lions win. Defenders, Cheyenne, Bella and Freya kept the opposing teams score to a minimum with numerous rebounds, while Lauren and Lara capitalised on these turnovers giving the girls a steady lead. After 4 exciting quarters, Mulwala came away with an 8 goal lead, securing their first win of the season.    
Foodworks Top Lion – Abbey Matthews. YMGCR – Lauren Heffer. La Porchetta – Cheyenne Nixon

13 & under – Mulwala 31 defeated Congupna 1
What a fantastic start to the season with such a good game. All 10 girls put in a super effort, remembering the line work from training. The goalies moved well and consistently shot their goals with the mid court players bringing the ball down the court with ease. The defenders were fantastic taking lots of intercepts and creating plenty of turnovers. It’s great to come home with a win in the first round. Well done girls!
Foodworks Top Lion – Emme Gittins. YMGCR – Belinna Walshe. La Porchetta – Kaleisha Pell

13B – no game    11 & under – no game

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