Cats crush Grasshoppers at Lockington

THE Lockington Bamawm United Cats thrashed Colbinabbin in Saturday’s second round of the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Football Netball League’s senior footy season.

It was a highly-anticipated match between the Cats and the 2019 runner-up on the Cats’ turf at Nichol Trading Oval in Lockington.

LBU led 34-1 at quarter-time and did not let up.

Thomas Leech, Ben McPhee and James McPhee all kicked three goals in the 19.9 (123) to 4.4 (28) victory.

Colbo’s goalkickers were Jed Brain and Stephen Tuohey on two apiece.

Best for LBU were Bart Phillips, Jeremy Mundie, Leech, Joss Howlett and Ben McPhee.

Brain, Geordie McMurtrie, Tuohey and Nick Knight worked hard on a tough afternoon for the Grasshoppers.

Huntly won a hard-fought clash with Heathcote at Specialist Breeders Australia Oval in Huntly’s Strauch Reserve.

The Hawks led 47-29 at half-time and then surged to a 32-point buffer at a quarter to go.

Heathcote won the final term, 4.2 to 2.2, but it was Huntly which took the points in an 85-65 result.

Jacob Greenwood, aka Cyril, booted three goals for the Hawks as Flynn Campbell and Jaydon Cowling added two each.

Heathcote’s attack was led by Jackson Jones, three, and Kai Cavallaro, two.

Huntly’s best were Blayne Ryan-Storey, Jordan Formosa, Tyler Miles, Jay McDonald and Greenwood.

Billy Price, Jake Condon, Ryan Bailey, Darcy McLean and Jack Paisley played well for the Saints.

Mount Pleasant had to work hard for the points at Elmore.

In their first hit-out of the season, the Blues led 52-39 at half-time and then surged clear to score an 18.15 (123) to 12.9 (81) victory.

Rhys Deacon kicked six goals as the classy Ben Weightman added four majors for the Blues.

Elmore’s attack was led by Mitch Cricelli, three; Aloysio Ferreira and James Harney on two.

Best for Mounts were Jack Hamilton, Deacon, Weightman and Joseph Whiting.

Dylan Gordon, Ferreira, James Harney and James Atkinson played well for Elmore.

The battle between Leitchville Gunbower and North Bendigo at Degroot Roof Painting Oval in Leitchville was a lot closer than many fans expected.

The Bulldogs had plenty of the ball and inside forward 50m entries in the first quarter and led 3.7 (25) to 1.1 (7) at the break.

Leitchville Gunbower’s pressure and teamwork lifted markedly in the second as it scored 3.2 to 1.2 to be within a goal at half-time.

First-gamer James Bennett kicked back-to-back goals as North Bendigo gained a crucial break in the third term.

The Bulldogs led 59-36 at a quarter to go.

Gun midfielder Harry O’Meara played a brilliant last term as North Bendigo went on to win 92-67.

James Bennett, Storm Giri and Shane Harris all kicked three goals for the Bulldogs as Billy Hawken and Ayden Walton booted four apiece for the Bombers.

North Bendigo’s best were captain Aarryn Craig, ruckman Ryan Gow, midfielder Bailey Wingrave, Jordan Ford, O’Meara and James Bennett.

Best for the Bombers were Hawken, Nathan McLellan, Will Brereton, Walton, Austin Windridge and Lee Pollock.

White Hills had the bye.

Highlight of this Saturday’s third round will be North Bendigo against White Hills at Hibo Hotel Oval in North Bendigo.

The Demons will be desperate to break the Bulldogs’ long-running winning streak on the Atkins Street turf.

Colbinabbin takes on Huntly at M.J. Morgan Reserve.

It’s the Saints against the Bombers as Heathcote hosts Leitchville Gunbower at Pigeon Park in Barrack Reserve.

Mount Pleasant tackles Lockington Bamawm United at Toolleen.

Elmore has the bye.


Written by Nathan Dole