DONALD fought from a 25-point deficit at three quarter-time to draw with Wedderburn in Saturday’s start to the Goldacres North Central Football League senior footy season.
The Redbacks made a brilliant start to lead 37-6 at quarter-time and held margins of 13 and 25 at the next two breaks.
Spurred on by home fans, Donald finished the match with plenty of run.
The Royal Blues added 4.1 and kept the Redbacks scoreless in the last term.
At the final siren the scoreboard read Donald 9.2 (56), Wedderburn 8.8 (56).
Donald’s attack was led by Brendan Goss, four goals; as Isaac Holt and Jordan Rosengren booted two each for Wedderburn.
Best for Donald were Goss, Ross Young, Michael Foster and Rian McGough.
The Redbacks’ best were Rosengren, Hamish Winter-Irving, Jordan Hargreaves and Corey Lowry.
Wycheproof-Narraport won a hard-fought contest at Charlton by nine points.
The Demons led 21-0 at quarter-time, but the Navies lifted to score 2.4 to a point in the second.
Inaccuracy did not help Wyche in the third as it added 1.6 to 1.1.
Two goals to one in the last were enough for the Demons to win 5.10 (40) to 4.7 (31).
Lachlan Allison kicked two goals for Wyche as former Essendon player Aaron Henneman was also among the goalkickers.
Best for the Demons were Boe Bish, Joel Turner, Mitchell Curtis and Lachlan Allison.
Charlton’s best were Jordan Collins, Tim Hill, Thomas Finlay and Rhys Thompson.
The Birchip-Watchem Bulls charged to a 76-point win at Lord Nelson Park in St Arnaud.
A tally of 10 goalkickers for the Bulls was led by Daniel Castellano, Nathan Gordon, Lachlan Ryan, Will Sheahan and Ruben Vesikuru on two each.
Angus Grant was the only multiple goalkicker for St Arnaud on two.
Best for the Bulls in the 101-25 victory were Lachlan Ryan, Nathan Gordon, Jack Christie and Daniel Castellano.
Mitchell Egan, Thomas Dyke, Conlan Gunn and Jamie Craker worked hard for St Arnaud.
The round was completed under lights when Boort hosted Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers.
The Magpies played well in the first quarter to keep the reigning premiers under pressure.
Sea Lake Nandaly led 24-10 at quarter-time, but then surged away to lead 50-10 by half-time.
A strong Tigers attack was led by Bryce Delmenico and Billy McInnes on three goals apiece in the 13.21 (99) to 2.9 (21) result.
Best for the Tigers were Wade Donnan, Delmenico, Matt Elliott, Trent and Kane Donnan.
Boort’s best were Jarrod Starr, Jesse Muscatello, Nathan Maw and James Wilson.
In next Saturday’s round two action, Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers takes on Charlton at Sea Lake, and Wycheproof Narraport hosts Donald.
Boort tackles Birchip Watchem at Boort Park, and Wedderburn faces St Arnaud at Donaldson Park.
Written by Nathan Dole