Round 7 Review
A stunning final quarter comeback from Myrtleford and an amazing individual bag of goals from Pigeon Leigh Williams highlighted round seven of the SSA OMFNL.
The Saints with just five goals to three quarter time were facing a twenty-five-point deficit and likely defeat against Wodonga, before unleashing its best football of the season. Led by Simon Curtis, Sam Martyn, and Brodie Ricardi they piled on nine goals to two to finish twenty-point winners to put the Doggies finals hopes in doubt. Wodonga who had led in the third quarter at one stage by thirty-three points had been so impressive until the final term barrage sunk them.
Albury proved too strong for an undermanned Lavington winning a highly entertaining game at the Lavington Sportsground by 59 points. Best on ground was Mat Walker in just his third game at the club. Walker who has been playing VFL with North Melbourne capped off a great game with six goals. Fletcher Carroll, Shaun Daly, and Lucas Conlan were other Tigers to shine in front of an excellent crowd in perfect Autumn conditions. Lavington who went into the game with just four players from its 2019 premiership were best served by Tim Hanna, Jack Harland, and Sam Hopper.
Wangaratta Rovers moved back into the top five with a 38-point win over Corowa Rutherglen with enigmatic forward Alex Marklew booting four goals.
The Roos led narrowly at half time with midfielders Cameron Wilson and Jy Lane starring, before the Hawks unleashed a superb thirteen goal second half.
Shane Gaston in game 200, Sam Murray and Cody Schutt got the job done with the Rovers kicking 8-0 in the final term to the Roos 3-5.
Yarrawonga Leigh Williams turned on a mercurial goalkicking performance in the Pigeons huge 124-point win over North Albury booting fifteen goals. Williams has now chalked up twenty-six goals in his three games after a finger injury delayed his debut. Young gun Ned Pendergast impressed with four goals on debut. After not scoring in the first quarter the Hoppers bounced back with seven for the game with three going to former St Kilda and former Hopper junior Doulton Langlands.
Wangaratta made it seven in a row with another dominant display as they beat Wodonga Raiders by 161 points at Birallee Park. Ben Reid kicked nine goals, Cal Moore (5), Mick Newton (4) and Jackson Clarke (4) while Abe Ankers had thirty-seven possessions and Daine Porter thirty-three. Max Beattie was gain superb for Raiders with thirty-four possessions, while Gus Sinclair did a great job curtailing Pies Mick Newton.
So after seven rounds the top five is taking shape with Wangaratta a game clear of second placed Yarrawonga who have a game break clear of Albury in third. Myrtleford and Rovers are both level in fourth and fifth with four wins. Corowa Rutherglen and Lavington are one game outside the top five.
The Netball match of the round between Lavington and Albury did not disappoint with the Panthers getting home in a thriller by one goal after scores were level at the last change. Albury started with a flurry to lead 8-1, before Lavington shot the next nine goals in a game that was highlighted by stout defence from both sides. Maggie Thompson from Lavington was best on court.
Wodonga Raiders caused a huge upset beating defending premiers Wangaratta by eight goals after taking a one goal lead into the final quarter. It what many at the club to believe its first ever A grade win over the Magpies the Raiders win has placed them back inside the top five. The Magpies looked on track for a regulation win leading by five at quarter time but with Kytlee Willis and Blaynee House dominating the mid court they surged back for a momentous victory.
Another Grace Senior masterclass helped Corowa Rutherglen to a commanding 58-32 win over Wangaratta Rovers at Wangaratta. Senior shot an amazing forty-nine goals as the Roos maintained top spot on the ladder in Rovers star Sami Kreltszheim’s 150 th game.
Yarrawonga dispelled any chance of a North Albury upset when the powerful Pigeons won comfortably 61-38 at the JC Lowe Oval. The versatile Maddi Allen stepped up with thirty-eight goals, alongside Bridget Cassar who played a perfect foil with twenty-three. The Hoppers were simply outgunned by a more experienced opposition despite terrific games from Maddi Pearson and twenty-nine goals from Nat Heagney.
Club football and netball takes a week off as the Ovens and Murray and Goulburn Valley clash at Moroopna in both sports this Saturday.