MURRABIT has kept its finals hopes alive by downing Macorna in a 32-point victory at their home ground on Saturday. The Blues sit two wins behind fourth placed Hay and remain the only team with a real chance of disturbing the current top four placings.
The game started out promising with both sides locking in to a tightly contested match with promise out of both camps. It was Murrabit who found the scoreboard first but Macorna's defence held up. The Tigers' main concern was accuracy in the goal scoring department, only scoring three minors at the quarter-time break. The Blues were able to score two goals, but in windy conditions, the match was still wide open for the taking. In the second term, Macorna were able to kick two goals but Murrabit found another gear and piled on five, keeping the Tigers at bay. In the second half, the Blues continued to consolidate their lead, and eventually won the match 14.8.(92) to Macorna's 7.16.(58). Michael Rowe was the highest goal scorer for the Tigers with three and was supported by four others who kicked singles each. For the victors, it was a great day for Nathan Henry, bagging five majors followed closely behind by Justin McConnell with four. The powerful combination paid compliment to the work of the midfield who delivered well. Dylan Morison had a best on ground day for the home side while Steven Morgan put in a good effort for Macorna.
The remaining three matches of the round were whitewashes with the victors of each game annihilating their opponents. Nullawil43.16 (274) accounted for Quambatook 3.1.(19) in very efficient fashion. Andrew Oberdorfer added 10 more goals to his yearly tally and now leads the count seven ahead of the nearest contender in teammate Phillip Lobb. But it wasn't just Oberdofer who had a field day in front of goals. Not to be outdone, teammate Mitchell Farmer also stacked on 10 majors for the Maroons, while Dean Smith notched up five and Lobb secured four. The top-placed Nullawil outfit is an ominous threat to any opponent, but for Quambatook, it was a clear case of being outclassed right around the ground. The Saints sit at seventh on the season ladder (beating Macorna by percentage only) and will take some consolation in the performances of Jarred Schlitz and Jack Baker who relentlessly defended the team's honour. For the Maroons, Rylee Smith and the two goal kickers in Oberdorfer and Farmer received the best on ground votes.
Over in Moulamein, it was a disappointing day for the home side going down to Ultima by 150 points. While the Roos were the clear favourites going into the game, the epic margin is something the Swans would have been trying to avoid. The loss means they will not have a place in this year's finals series but stand out performances by Max Baldissera, Thomas Isma and Cody Storm were testament to the side's tenacity in defeat.
For the embattled Wakool side, it was another tough day at the office when they met Wandella on Saturday. The Bombers 33.21(219) were chasing a large margin win to secure percentage points on the premiership ladder and beating Wakool convincingly 2.2(14) means they sit just one win behind second placed Ultima with little percentage separating them. It also means they are one game clear of fourth placed Hay who had the bye. More than half of the Wandella side found the goals for at least a single, and Cody Schepers and Justin Robinson scored seven and six majors respectively. They will be hoping to continue their surge towards finals footy with another win against Quambatook next week.