Charlton wins thriller on St Arnaud’s turf

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CHARLTON broke its season duck as it fought to score a one-point victory on St Arnaud’s turf in Saturday’s fourth round of the Goldacres North Central Football League’s senior footy action.

The Navies led 34-22 at half-time of a hard-fought contest at Lord Nelson Park.

The Saints dominated most of the third term to score 4.3 to 1.2 and gain a seven-point buffer at a quarter to go.

Led by the play of Thomas Finlay, Ben Walklate and Darcy McCallum, it was Charlton which lifted in the last to add 2.6 to 1.4.

At the final siren, Charlton led 7.18 (60) to 8.11 (59).

Rhys Thompson led the Navies attack on three goals as Joe McGrath added two.

Multiple goalkickers for the Saints were Angus Grant, three, and Jason Rogers, two.

Best for Charlton included Angus McKenzie, Joseph Tormey and Riely Thiesz.

Daniel Gifford, Lachlan McQuilken, Conlan Gunn, Nic Birthisel, Jack Male and Harley Durward worked hard for the Saints.

Boort celebrated back-to-back victories after the Magpies flew to Wycheproof and won 87-82.

The Magpies led 59-23 at half-time, but the Demons fired up in the third quarter.

Wycheproof added 6.4 to a goal and was within two points going into the final term.

Led by the skill of long-time player Keirin Wilson, Boort prevailed in an evenly-fought final term, 22-19, and won a great contest, 13.9 (87) to 12.10 (82).

Cody Gunn was superb in the Magpies attack as he kicked six goals and Braeden Deary added three.

Wycheproof Narraport’s attack was led by Corey Jones as he used all his experience from his AFL days with North Melbourne to kick five goals.

George Turner added two major for the Demons.

Boort’s best were Keirin Wilson, Angus Trethowan, Matt Chisari, Jarrod Starr, Darcy Hawker and Gunn.

Best for Wycheproof Narraport were James Coatsworth, Corey Jones, Dane McLennan, Rhylie Botheras, Boe Bish and Kieran Murphy.

The Boort Magpies have soared to the fourth rung on the ladder.

Wedderburn scored a four-point victory against Birchip Watchem in the Redbacks’ web at Donaldson Park.

After an inaccurate 2.8 in the opening term, Wedderburn led 20-13 at the first break and then kicked away to lead 33-23 by half-time.

The Bulls charged back to gain a one-point lead at a quarter to play.

A Daniel Castellano goal put the Bulls up 51-45 approaching the seven minute mark in the final term.

Luke Edwards was on target as the Rebacks drew within two points in the 19th minute.

A Will Holt goal in the 21st minute put Wedderburn in front, 57-53.

The Redbacks held on to beat the 2019 runner-up, 7.15 (57) to 7.11 (53).

Will Holt led Wedderburn’s attack on two goals as Castellano booted two majors for Birchip Watchem.

Best for Wedderburn were Jackson Guan, Jordan Hargreaves, Jordan Rosengren, Joe Lockhart, Hamish Winter-Irving and Mitch McEwen.

Birchip Watchem’s best were Riley Hogan, Lachlan Ryan, Daniel Ratcliffe and Sam Simmons.

The unbeaten run for Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers rolled on.

A ruthless Tigers line-up beat Donald by 114 points at Sea Lake.

The reigning premier led 58-15 at half-time and then slammed on 12 goals to one to complete a 137-23 victory.

Billy McInnes led the Sea Lake Nandaly attack on five goals as Will Simpson added three.

Seamus Young kicked two majors for the Royal Blues

Best for the Tigers were Austin Mertz, Kyle Brasser, Jack Poulton, Ryan O’Sullivan and Charlie Cox.

Josh Potter, Ross Young, James Wall and Venditti worked hard for Donald.

Standings in the Goldacres North Central Football League’s senior footy competition:

Sea Lake Nandaly 341 per cent, 16 points; Wedderburn 143, 14; Birchip Watchem 164, 8; Boort 61, 8; Donald 69, 6; Wycheproof Narraport 86, 4; St Arnaud 60, 4; Charlton 51, 4.

In next Saturday’s play, the Andy Hawker-coached Boort will be eyeing a hat-trick of wins when it treks to Charlton Park to face the Navies.

Birchip Watchem tackles Donald at George Cartwright Oval in Birchip.

St Arnaud takes on Sea Lake Nandaly at Lord Nelson Park.

Wedderburn and Wycheproof Narraport clash at Donaldson Park.

 

Written by Nathan Dole

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