SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST
CARDROSS V EUSTON
WERRIMULL V GOL GOL
BAMBILL V MERINGUR
Euston hosted Bambill in a top of the table clash with more than pride on the line with the winner all but guaranteeing the double chance come finals time. The competition leading saints led at every change to be eventual winners by two points.
The Bombers started without number one ruckman Phil Connell and full back Anthony McMahon in there selected side while the saints lined up as named.
Euston drew first blood through full forward Matthew Kitt when he kicked truly after getting on the end of a clever pass from Arthur Smith.
Bambill ruckman Adam Luitjes took full advantage of the opposition’s under strength ruck division to give his on ballers first use of the football. Sam Doering and Ben Casey made the most of the opportunity winning multiple clearances and delivering inside forward 50.
The second term saw the intensity and physicality of the match rise that suggested this match to be a possible grand final prevue.
The top of the table saints worked tirelessly into the breeze and were rewarded with an 18 point lead at half time.
Bambill took control of the match in the third term with David Hall and Luke Stranbrook dominating inside the saints forward 50 with the latter making an impact on the scoreboard.
With a 31 point lead to Bambill at three quarter time the match looked over but Euston had other ideas.
The final quarter saw the bombers produced the kind of football that has seen them enforce themselves on the competition and as genuine premiership contender.
Daniel Curran became the focal point for the bombers and repaid the faith kicking four goals for the quarter and almost single handily getting his team over the line. Stephan Denaro again dominated around the ground for Euston and appears to be the early favourite for the McDonald Medal.
The two point win now gives Bambill breathing space at the top of the ladder. The saints sit 8 points clear of their nearest rivals while the bombers fall back into the race with Werrimull for second spot.
Cardross kept their finals hopes alive with a nail bitting win over the luckless Gol Gol. In a must win game for both clubs the Lions rose to the occasion to win by 8 points.
The hawks started the game strongly kicking four goals in the opening quarter and taking an 11 point lead into the first break.
The match heated up after the first change as Michael Rolfe inspired his Cardross troops in lift with their season on the line.
Jake Zoch dominated the ruck contests and his rovers Michael Laird and Luke Matchoss started to work into the game for the Lions.
The Gol Gol twin towers of John Thompson and veteran Richard Garlick were cursing plenty headaches for the Lions defence. With Garlick helping himself to six goals for the afternoon.
Gol Gol extended their slim lead to nine points at three quarter time as the two teams went goal for goal in the quarter. The game become a real scrap and either side struggled to get an advantage in the match.
After several heartbreaking losses already this season Cardross lifted their intensity. Led by Evan Pitt who’s attack on the football was second to none.
The Lions kicked four goals while Gol Gol could only manage the single major as the hawks again watched their season unravel right in front of their eyes.
The result leaves the finals door ajar for Cardross if they continue to win at all cost and other results fall their way.
Gol Gol now has their season in their own hands in a must win clash with last year’s premiers Werrimull in a bid to keep their finals dreams alive for 2013. The hawks are now only four points clear of Cardross in fifth spot.
Werrimull monstered an undermanned Nangiloc side by the tune of 112 points at Lake Cullulleraine.
The writing was on the wall early for the demons when they were kept scoreless in the first quarter and the magpies kicked seven goals thanks largely to star forward Isaiah Johnson and Simon Guthrie.
Nangiloc lifted in the second term to kick the first four goals of the quarter via Kaleb Sherwell, Lachlan Rohde, Ned Duthie and Cam Peters.
A Jamie Keenan goal steadied the ship for the magpies and spiked them back into action with McLeod, Johnson, Guthrie and Thomas all hitting the scoreboard in the quarter.
The 58 point half time lead to Werrimull grew in the third term, while Dylan Kelly and Shannon Anthony gathered countless possessions through the midfield.
The demons looked flat and lacking run from the defensive half as the lead grew out to 90 points at the final change.
Nangiloc showed more desperation and fight in the final quarter as they put some respectability on the scoreboard but couldn’t stop Isaiah Johnson kicking his seventh goal and the lead blowing out to 112 points at the final siren.
Werrimull’s seventh consecutive win strengthens their finals chances with a big game for the club next week against Gol Gol at their new home at the aerodrome sporting complex.
The demons will enjoy the bye next weekend as the look for a strong finish to what has been another tough season at demon land.
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