Magpies fly high in victory at Lake Boga
LAKE Boga warmed up for an elimination final showdown by scoring a big victory in Saturday’s 18th and and final round in the home and away of the 3SH-backed senior footy in the Central Murray Football Netball League.
The Magpies took on Tooleybuc Manangatang at Lake Boga Sports Club.
A closely-fought first quarter ended with Lake Boga in front, 23-21.
The Magpies scored 5.4 to 2.0 in the second and won the third quarter, 17-6.
Led by the play of Dustin Burns, Jacob Simpson and Josh Cruse-Filo, Lake Boga slammed on 8.8 to nil in the last to complete a 130-39 victory.
Dustin Burns was in hot form as he kicked six goals and Nathaniel Holmes-Brown and Jayden Lonergan added three each.
A bonus for the Pies on the eve of the finals was the return of former Essendon and Port Adelaide forward Angus Monfries.
Although limited to 12 matches, Monfries has kicked 40 goals for Lake Boga in the ’22 campaign.
The Tooleybuc Manangatang attack was led by Johnathan Marsden, Brayden Pitcher and Shylo Smith on two each.
Best for the Magpies included Daniel Dzufer, Nathaniel Holmes-Brown and Jayden Lonergan.
Tooleybuc Manangatang’s best were Gareth Grant, Shane Foley, Richard Wardle, Harper McNicol, Sam Morton and Lachlan Gleeson.
It was an upset result at Alan Garden Reserve in Swan Hill as Tyntynder was beaten by Balranald.
Tyntynder went into the match on the fourth rung and assured of an elimination final berth.
The Balranald line-up could not make finals, but played inspired football to win 108-74.
The Roos led 38-32 at half-time, but Tyntynder struck back to win the third term, 28-19.
In the last it was the Kangaroos who kept pumping the ball inside the forward 50m arc.
Balranald played one of its best quarters of the season as it scored 8.3 to 2.2 to win by 34 points.
Ben Fuller kicked eight goals for the Kangaroos as Drew Lloyd and Jydon Neagle were the other multiple goalkickers on three.
Tyntynder’s attack was led by Josh Dwyer, three; Jason Eagle and Ben Hallam, two.
Best for Balranald were Drew Lloyd, Jydon Neagle, Ben Fuller, Harrison Soraggi, Jack Salau and Ryan Middlebrook.
Harry Simpson, Josh Dwyer, Brock Storer, Elia Ware and Josh Stone were Tyntynder’s best.
Mallee Eagles scored an 11-goal win against Koondrook Barham at Lalbert.
The Eagles led 22-18 at quarter-time and 56-24 by the main break.
After the Mallee line-up won the third term, 18-12, it scored 8.1 to 3.3 in the last to mark a 123-57 victory.
Leading goalkickers for the Eagles were Andrew McDonald, five; Darcy McGregor, three; Ethan Pinchen and Jack Shannahan, two.
The Koondrook Barham attack was led by Jordan Bassett and Colin McVeigh on two each.
Best for Mallee Eagles were Toby Sheahan, Ayden Tessari, Hamish McGregor, Ethan Pinchen, Bailey Talbot and Beau Bennett.
Max Baldissera, Jordan Iudica, Owen Uaongo, Colin McVeigh, Lachlan Laursen and Jordan Maney worked hard for Koondrook Barham.
Woorinen marked a 63-point win against Nyah Nyah West United in Tigers’ territory at Woorinen.
The NNW line-up led 19-5 at quarter-time, but the Tigers added 5.6 to 0.3 in the second term.
The Tigers did plenty of attacking in the second half and also defended well.
Woorinen scored 7.15 to 2.1 in the final hour to win 98-35.
Jye Barry and Lachlan Gardner kicked four goals each for the Tigers as Arnold Kirby added two.
Charli Boulton kicked four goals for Nyah Nyah West United.
Woorinen’s best were Michael Uhlhorn, Josh Domaille, Regan Vesty, Jye Barry, Matthew Gardner and Lachlan Wright.
Blake Larkings, Zack Threadgold, Ben Shadbolt, Charli Boulton, Adrian Knee and Zach Caccaviello played well for Nyah Nyah West United.
Kerang completed the home and away series with a 15-1 record and earned a rest in week one of the finals by finishing a win clear of Cohuna Kangas at top of the ladder.
The Blues raced to a 47-13 lead by quarter-time of Saturday’s clash with Swan Hill at Kerang’s Riverside Park.
It was another tally of 7.5 to 2.1 for Kerang in the second.
The Blues won the next two terms, 31-8 and 15-9 to mark a 140-43 victory.
Michael Runciman led Kerang’s attack on four goals as Troy Coates, Bryce Curnow, Hayden Hall, Caleb and Josh Nitschke, and Harrison Saunders added two each.
Leading goalkickers for the Swans were Xavier Moloney, three, and Tom Pontell, two.
Kerang’s best were Martin Kelly, Sean Hunter, Josh and Caleb Nitschke, Nick Stagg and Troy Davis.
Xavier Moloney, Jared Halligan, Thomas Corridan, Matthew Pearse, Matthew Wade and Matthew Battenally were Swan Hill’s best.
Cohuna Kangas had the bye.
Final standings in the 3SH-backed senior footy competition in the Central Murray FNL:
Kerang 317 per cent, 60 points; Cohuna Kangas 212, 56; Woorinen 161, 52; Tyntynder 108, 36; Lake Boga 92, 34; Balranald 86, 32; Mallee Eagles 100, 30; Swan Hill 67, 20; Nyah Nyah West United 61, 14; Koondrook Barham 45, 10; Tooleybuc Manangatang 53, 8.
Leading goalkickers in the senior footy:
73 Rhys Free, Cohuna Kangas.
69 Ben Fuller, Balranald.
68 Jason Eagle, Tyntynder.
56 Brent Arho, Nyah Nyah West United.
47 Dylan Johnstone, Cohuna Kangas.
45 Sam Dunstan, Mallee Eagles; Troy Coates, Kerang.
40 Angus Monfries, Lake Boga.
39 Brayden Pitcher, Tooleybuc Manangatang.
38 Bryce Curnow, Kerang.
33 Lachlan Gardner, Woorinen.
30 Kallen Heslop, Swan Hill.
29 Andrew McDonald, Mallee Eagles; Bradlee Pay, Kerang; Michael Runciman, Kerang.
24 Drew Lloyd, Balranald; Jydon Neagle, Balranald; Alex Powell, Tooleybuc Manangatang; Nick Stagg, Kerang.
23 Ethan Pinchen, Mallee Eagles.
22 Joel Helman, Cohuna Kangas.
21 Colin Andrews, Balranald; Sean Hunter, Kerang; Matthew Wade, Swan Hill.
20 Daniel Coates, Cohuna Kangas.
Finals action kicks off next weekend.
Qualifying finals will be on Saturday at Woorinen Recreation Reserve.
Elimination finals on Sunday will be played at Nyah Recreation Reserve.
Draw for Saturday’s qualifying finals at Woorinen.
Seniors at 2.30pm: Cohuna Kangas v Woorinen.
Reserves at 12.25pm: Woorinen v Lake Boga.
Under-17 ½ at 10.20am: Koondrook Barham v Kerang.
Under-14 ½ at 9am: Lake Boga v Kerang.
Draw for Sunday’s elimination finals at Nyah.
Seniors at 2.30pm: Tyntynder v Lake Boga.
Reserves at 12.25pm: Tyntynder v Koondrook Barham.
Under-17 ½ at 10.20am: Swan Hill v Mallee Eagles.
Under-14 ½ at 9am: Tyntynder v Koondrook Barham.
Written by Nathan Dole.
Photo Credit – Kerang FNC Facebook Page