Third quarter blitz sets up Moulamein’s big win
A THIRD QUARTER blitz of 8.6 ensured Moulamein of a big win against Wandella in Saturday’s first semi-final in the Golden Rivers Football League’s senior footy competition.
The first semi-finalists achieved a win-loss record of 10-6 in the run to the finals, but Wandella was 10 per cent clear of Moulamein.
In the Anzac Round, Moulamein had beaten Wandella by 31 points at home.
The round nine match between them ended in a 27-point victory for the Bombers at Wandella.
In Saturday’s first semi, the Swans led 26-13 at quarter-time before the Bombers fought back to win the second term, 14-9, at Hay Recreation Reserve.
In what’s dubbed by many footy fans as the premiership quarter it was Moulamein which dominated in a run of 8.6 to a goal to lead 89-33 at a quarter to go.
Wandella never stopped working and won the final term, 27-15, but it was Moulamein which advanced to the preliminary final after a 104-60 victory.
Josh Flight led the Swans attack on five goals as Beau Duggan-Hulands booted four and Daniel Aarsman added two.
Wandella’s leading goalkicker was Corey Walters on two.
Best for Moulamein were Daniel Aarsman, Josh Flight, James Moroney, Beau Duggan-Hulands, Zach Prentice and Mason Bailey.
Kane Timmins, Mitch Collins, Jack Radcliffe, Tim Robinson, Darren Rushton and Russell Rich played well for the Bombers.
It was a dramatic finish to the reserves first semi-final between Macorna and Wandella.
The Tigers led 51-43 at half-time, but the Bombers were within two points at a quarter to go after they won the third term, 31-25.
Goalkicking accuracy played a key part as Wandella scored 4.0 to 3.2 in the final quarter to clinch a 98-96 victory.
Michael Rowe led the Bombers’ attack on six goals as Ryan Jardine added three and Troy Banfield and Jack Danckert kicked two each.
Macorna’s leading goalkickers were Peter Wishart, four; Shaun Haffenden and Dylon Haimes, three.
Best for Wandella were Tanner Treacy, Jordan Robertson, Andrew Charles, Ian Charles, Matthew Brown and Mitchell Southern.
Hayden Tyler, Shaun Haffenden, Harley Somerville, Peter Wishart, Dylan Goulding and Clinton Edge played well for the Tigers.
In the under-17 ½ match, Ultima’s tally of 4.2 to nil in the second set up a 27-point win against Nullawil.
The Nullawil line-up led 19-14 at quarter-time before the Roos slammed on four unanswered goals in the second.
An evenly-fought third term was won by Nullawil, 19-18, but Ultima went on to win 71-44.
Wesly Grey kicked two goals for Ultima as Rory Bell, Parker Condely, Darcy Farrell, Quinn Grey, Kodyn Melbourne, Sam Miller, Billy and Archie O’Toole all kicked a goal.
Nullawil’s goalkickers were Charlie Fawcett, three; George Forrester, two; Tynan Perry and Tiger Vearing.
Finals action kicked off with the under-14 ½ match between Murrabit and Ultima.
The Blues raced to a 20-1 lead by quarter-time and then scored 13-0 in the second.
Led by the play of Darcy Strange, Lachlan Maher and Riley Carse, Murrabit went on to win 64-7.
Charlie Toohey and Ryleigh Wilkinson kicked two goals as Riley Carse, Kye McKerrow and Hunter Toohey were also on target.
Sam Miller goaled for Ultima.
Best for Murrabit included Ryleigh Wilkinson, Charlie Toohey and Kye McKerrow.
Riley Hender, Jaz Davison, Sam Miller, Rory Bell, Archie O’Toole and Tyler Polkinghorne played well for Ultima.
Second semi-finals will be played this Saturday at Quambatook.
Nullawil takes on the Quambatook Saints in the seniors clash at 2.40pm.
Nullawil meets Murrabit in the reserves at 12.35pm.
Hay tackles Macorna in the under-17 ½ match at 10.40am.
First up at 9.35am will be Wandella and Macorna in the under-14 ½ clash between the Bombers and Tigers.
Written by Nathan Dole.
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