Finals kick off at Tigerland in Woorinen
WOORINEN hosts Saturday’s start to the Central Murray Football Netball League’s footy finals when qualifying finals will be played.
In the 3SH-backed senior footy, Cohuna Kangas take on Woorinen.
The Kangas will start favourite to chalk up win number three against the Tigers and hop into a second semi-final showdown with Kerang.
Cohuna and Woorinen met on Good Friday in the seventh round.
The Tigers led 62-28 at half-time of the clash at home, but the Kangas scored 50-15 in the third and 40-28 in the last to win 113-105.
The Cohuna attack was led by Rhys Free and Riley Hird, four; Jack Donat, three; and Patrick Doyle, two.
Goalkickers for Woorinen were Thomas Eltringham, four; Josh Jenkins and Robbie Miller, three; and Daniel Mase, two.
The Kangas’ charge to victory was led by Oscar Cooke, Thomas Toma, Ben Archard and Daniel Paterson.
Woorinen’s best were Jye Barry, Arnold Kirby, Robbie Miller and Angus Butterfield.
Pride Round was played in the 17th round where Cohuna beat the Tigers, 87-39.
The Kangas led 48-25 at half-time and worked hard to keep Woorinen to a goal in quarters two, three and four.
Rhys Free and Dylan Johnstone kicked three goals as Jack Donat added two majors for Cohuna.
Only multiple goalkicker for the Tigers was Robbie Miller on two.
Best for Cohuna were Jake Hammond, Daniel Paterson, captain Thomas Toma and Ben Archard.
The Tigers’ best were Matthew Garnder, Ben Booth, Jye Barry, Josh Domaille.
A talented Cohuna line-up includes Jarrod and Tyson Findlay, Joel Helman and Tom Metherell who were premiership winning team-mates at North Bendigo in 2019.
Others to watch in the Kangas’ line-up are Joshua Bird on a wing, vice-captain Sam McGlone, Brenton Conforti and Jake Hammond in defence.
Leading goalkickers for the Kangas are Rhys Free, 73; Dylan Johnstone, 47; Joel Helman, 22; Daniel Coates, 20; and Jack Donat, 17.
Players to watch for the Tigers include centreman Josh Domaille, Matthew Gardner, ruck-rover Jye Barry, and Nyawi Moore.
Main targets in Woorinen’s forward line have been Lachlan Gardner, 33 goals; Arnold Kirby, 19; Robbie Miller, 15; and Jye Barry, 10.
On Sunday, Tyntynder and Lake Boga will fight to stay in the premiership race when they contest the seniors elimination final at Nyah.
The sole meeting between the Magpies and Bulldogs in the home and away series was in round nine where Tyntynder won 57-52 at Lake Boga.
Scores were locked on 23-all at half-time before the Dogs won the third term, 20-7.
Lake Boga hit back to win the final quarter, 22-14, but it was Tyntynder which took the premiership points.
Jason Eagle kicked four goals for Tyntynder.
The Magpies’ attack was led by former Essendon and Port Adelaide forward/midfielder Angus Monfries on three goals.
Tyntynder’s best were Elia Ware, Marcus Wattie, Brock Storer and Harry Simpson.
Best for Lake Boga were Daniel Dzufer, Matt Taverna, Jacob Simpson and Josh Cruse-Filo.
A major challenge for the Magpies will be curbing the impact that Jason Eagle, 68 goals, has on this match.
In 12 appearances for Lake Boga, Monfries has racked up 40 goals.
The Lake Boga line-up includes Jayden Lonergan at full-forward, Matt Filo on a forward flank, Tyle Williams in the centre, and Lincoln Frost at full-back.
Players to watch in the red, white and blue include Andrew Bennett, Patrick Blake and Thomas Sala across half-forward, rover Brodie Bennett, and Kyle Brasser in the centre.
Schedule for Saturday’s qualifying finals at Woorinen:
Under-14 ½ at 9am: Lake Boga v Kerang.
Colts at 10.20am: Koondrook Barham v Kerang.
Reserves at 12.25pm: Woorinen v Lake Boga.
Seniors at 2.30pm: Cohuna Kangas v Woorinen.
Schedule for Sunday’s elimination finals at Nyah:
Under-14 ½ at 9am: Tyntynder v Koondrook Barham.
Colts at 10.20am: Swan Hill v Mallee Eagles.
Reserves at 12.25pm: Tyntynder v Koondrook Barham.
Seniors at 2.30pm: Tyntynder v Lake Boga.
Written by Nathan Dole.