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Bulls too strong for Charlton at Birchip

by Nathan Dole

BIRCHIP Watchem Bulls broke Charlton’s winning run in Saturday’s eighth round of the Goldacres North Central Football League’s footy action.

The Bulls had home-ground advantage for the clash between second and third at George Cartwright Oval in Birchip.

It was 23 points in favour of the Bulls at a quarter to go.

Birchip Watchem charged clear in the last as it scored 5.2 to a point.

Stephen Paulke kicked a match-high five goals in a 14.10 (94) to 6.4 (40) win for the Bulls.

Best for Birchip Watchem were Nathan Gordon, Paulke, James Lindeback, Bodie Colbert and Fraser House.

Charlton’s best were Thomas Finlay, Aaron Walklate, coach Kain Robins, Sam O’Connor and Mitchell Gleeson.

An eight-goal blitz in the opening quarter put Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers on the way to a big win at Wedderburn’s Donaldson Park.

The Tigers led 55-8 at quarter-time and then scored six and seven goals in the next two quarters as they built a 116-point lead by three quarter-time.

Wedderburn’s best term was the last.

The Redbacks won the fourth, 26-14, but Sea Lake Nandaly won the match, 23.20 (158) to 8.6 (54).

Tigers’ star Billy McInnes kicked a match-high seven goals and Bryce Delmenico added three.

Wedderburn’s only multiple goalkickers were Ben DeAraugo and Declan Quin on two.

Wade Donnan, Delmenico, McInnes, Luke Martin and Brody Weir starred for the Tigers.

Best for Weddeburn were Jake Hayes, Jackson Guan, Jaran McKay, Jordan Hargreaves and Tom Campbell.

St Arnaud’s Thomas Eltringham kicked seven goals in a 15.15 (105) to 4.7 (31) win against Boort on the Saints’ turf at Lord Nelson Park.

The Saints led 64-28 at three quarter-time and then slammed on 6.5 to a point in the last term.

Eltringham and Brady Tillig, three goals, led St Arnaud’s attack.

There were no multiple goalkickers for Boort.

Best for St Arnaud were James Coloe, Jack Tillig, Conlan Gunn, Jacob Tillig and Lewis Makepeace.

Boort’s best were Keiren Wilson, James Wilson, Jack Smith, Mitchell Buchanan and Keanu Padula.

Donald dominated the last three quarters of its clash with Wycheproof Narraport at Wycheproof.

The Royals led 32-26 at quarter-time and teamed brilliantly to score 16.14 to 1.2 in the last three term.

Seamus Young marked a superb return to form by kicking 10 goals in a 21.16 (142) to 5.4 (34) victory by Donald.

Josh Potter added three goals in a clash where Young, ruckman Matt Coleman, Daniel Pearce, Jacob Werts and Paul De Koeyer were best.

After such a promising start, the Demons went cold.

George Turner, Rolly White, Ricky Allan, Zac Cruse and Joel Turner were Wycheproof Narraport’s best.

North Central FL senior footy ladder:

Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers 321 per cent, 32 points; Birchip Watchem 262, 28; Charlton 129, 20; Wedderburn 119, 16; Donald 95, 12; St Arnaud 88, 12; Wycheproof Narraport 60, 4; Boort 12, 0.

In next Saturday’s ninth round, Boort takes on Wedderburn at Boort.

Donald tackles St Arnaud in a match crucial to the top-four aspirations of both clubs.

Birchip Watchem and Wycheproof Narraport clash on the Bulls turf at George Cartwright Oval.

Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers face Charlton at Sea Lake.


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