Mulwala’s season came to a disappointing end on Sunday, losing to Rumbalara by five goals.
Rumbalara 3.2 5.6 11.11 17.14 116
Mulwala 4.4 8.5 8.7 12.13 85
Goals: Mulwala: Sean Johns 3, Ashley Froud 2, Lachlan Davis 2, Adam Rouel 1, Bradley Wilson 1, Jackson Gash 1, Nathan Cook 1, Harrison Crossley 1.
Rumbalara: Jamie Atkinson 4, Vaasili Tuifao 3, Ashleigh Miller 2, Marlon Johnstone 2, Djaran Whyman 1, Keadin Ronnan 1, Rex Taylor 1, Cameron Mahoney 1, Tim Lloyd 1, Kian Wise 1.
Best: Mulwala: Bradley Wilson, Beau Clarke, Nathan McNair, Joshua Hammond, Jackson Weir, Ross Ansaldi.
Rumbalara: Brodie Cook, Dion Patten, Marlon Johnstone, Clayton McCartney, Ashleigh Miller, Nathan Terlich.
Consistency has been the issue all year and during a poor third quarter it was the story once again.
Mulwala were on fire at different stages in the first half with flurries of goals allowing them to head into the change rooms 17 points up.
The three-pronged forward line of Ash Froud, Dylan Robinson and Beau Clarke was causing massive head aches as the likes of Harry Crossley and Adam Rouel came charging in to kick crumbing goals.
Ross Anasaldi seemed to thrive on finals football and used his superb kicking game to set Mulwala up. Down back Tim Doyle was fantastic as he rebounded the ball with authority.
The pace of Rumbalara caused issues for Mulwala’s defence at different stages as they leaked easy goals helping keep Rumba in the game.
The dynamic Sean Johns was the major ball winner through the middle with his partnership with Hamish Hosking a delight to watch.
Johns also kicked a miracle goal which had Mulwala’s supporters on their feet.
The joy of the exciting first half disappeared during a season ending third quarter.
Rumbalara did as they pleased and slammed on 6 straight goals.
Nathan McNair stood out for Mulwala as his desire and pressure remained fierce as others dropped away.
Mulwala tried to mount a challenge in the last quarter but could not stem the goals at the other end. Moments of class and desperation were still on display with Lach Davis’s chase down tackle a highlight.
Mulwala’s Coach Jason Sanderson who had been reappointed for next season spoke glowingly after the game about the three traveling boys from Melbourne and thanked them for their commitment.
He also spoke with passion about his desire to lead Mulwala to glory next year and about building culture of substance and integrity.
Mulwala’s season will come to a close at the annual Presentation Night on September 28.
Moama 3.3, 4.3, 6.7, 8.8.56.
Mulwala 2.0, 5.2, 6.4, 8.4.52.
GOALS: Mulwala: David Nero 2, Cameron Magher 1, Joshua Bozzola 1, Dylan Scott 1, Jarrad Wilson 1, Beau Nixon 1, Lewis Taylor 1.
Moama: Tanner Christie 3, Jacob Galpin 2, Benjamin Walker 1, Justin Smith 1, Darcy Elliott 1.
BEST: Mulwala: Tom Dow, Robert Wilson, Jarrad Wilson, Christopher O’Neill, Lachlan Rouel, David Nero.
Moama: Jack Russell, Lachlan Thorp, William Jasiewicz, Zac Stovell, Lucas Wilson, Tanner Christie.
Mulwala will be forced to get to the Grand Final the hard way after suffering an agonising 3 point loss to Moama on Sunday.
After a slow start Mulwala looked the goods throughout thanks to the combination of Tom Dow and Lachie Rouel who looked a class above.
Their ball use was first rate and their creativity and willingness to run stood out.
Lewis Taylor was another who could hold his head high after the game.
Playing on the wing his run and carry was crucial as well his ability to compete for the ball in the air.
Ricky Walker was also instrumental and his is a true one on one player who rarely loses a contest.
Cam Magher was the main target going forward and his snap goal in the third quarter showcased his brilliance.
Early in the last quarter Josh Bozzola went back and slotted one from fifty out on the boundary to put Mulwala in front.
Moama then came hard and were able to snatch back the lead before Dave Nero stepped up and put through his second-long bomb of the game.
Mulwala tried desperately to hang on but a controversial free kick in the last-minute saw Moama steal the game with a set shot on goal.
Although disappointed Mulwala will regroup as they head to Congupna on Saturday to take on Rumbalara.
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B Grade – Elimination Final
Mulwala 52 defeated Shepparton East 48.
C Grade - Elimination Final
Mulwala 28 defeated by Deniliquin 35.
C Reserve – Qualifying Final
Mulwala 28 defeated by Echuca United 48.
17 and Under – Elimination Final.
Mulwala 26 defeated by Katandra 44.