BY NATHAN DOLE
MOULAMEIN had to launch a final quarter fightback to beat Murrabit in Saturday’s seventh round in the Golden Rivers FNL senior footy action.
Although winless, Murrabit put in its best performance of the year to lead by four points going into the final term of the clash on its turf.
The Blues led 19-14 at quarter-time before Moulamein hit back to scored 6.2 to 3.1 in the second for a 14-point buffer at half-time.
Murrabit hit back strongly to win the third, 25-7.
In the last it was the Swans who scored 2.2 and held the Blues to just three behinds.
At the final siren, Moulamein led 73-66.
Daniel Aarsman was superb in the Swans’ attack and finished with a match-high six goals as Amos Farrell kicked three.
Murrabit’s attack was again led by Damian Cupido on four as Jono Aujard added two.
Best for Moulamein were Rodney Reeves, Daniel Aarsman, Amos Farrell, Cody Storm, Heath Moloney and Zach Prentice.
Tobie Cameron, Dustin Blake, Jono and Ed Aujard, Michael Grant and James Russo were Murrabit’s best.
Murrabit will add former Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy to its team for next Saturday’s home match against Wandella.
An AFL premiership player in 2012 and three-time Bob Skilton medallist at the Swans, Kennedy played 277 matches for Sydney after his AFL career began with Hawthorn in 2007.
Murrabit picked up Kennedy at pick four in this year’s Carlton Draft.
Ultima’s unbeaten run has hit seven after a 34-point win at home against Hay.
The Kangaroos led 27-11 at quarter-time before Hay cut the deficit by a goal in the second.
Quarter three was when Ultima lifted its play to score 4.2 to a point.
Hay won the last, 21-20, but it was Ultima which took the premiership points in an 86-52 result.
Thomas Bull kicked three goals in a best afield performance for the Kangaroos as Kade Benfield and Will Nelson added two.
Liam Whitbourne was Hay’s only multiple goalkicker on two.
Best for Ultima included Bailey Codling, Caillum Brady, Kyle Symons, Jamie Nicholas and Sam Coffey.
Fergus Cattanach, Daniel Stewart, Hugh Crighton, James Eddy, Kynan Headon and Dean Aylett were best for the Hay Lions.
The Macorna Tigers roared to an 81-point win at home against Wandella.
Macorna scored 6.3 to 2.4 in the opening term and won the second, 25-12, for a 64-28 lead by half-time.
The Tigers added 10.5 to 3.2 in the second to mark a 129-48 victory.
Troy Parker and Lachlan Ritchie dominated Macorna’s attack by kicking six and five goals.
A key inclusion for Macorna was former Maiden Gully YCW coach Wayne Mitrovic who kicked five goals in a return to where his footy career began.
Mitrovic first played for Macorna in 2008 and later played for Sandhurst and Wycheproof-Narraport.
The only multiple goalkicker for Wandella at Macorna was Jack Danckert on two.
Best for Macorna were Lachlan Ritchie, Nick Ingleton, Shaun Haffenden, Harley Somerville, Josh Walters and Malcolm Neiwand.
Adam Ward, Jonty Taylor, Archer Lancaster, Tim Robinson, Jack Radcliffe and Jarred Schlitz were best for the Bombers.
Golden Rivers FNL senior footy ladder:
Ultima 190 per cent, 28 points; Moulamein 129, 24; Hay 109, 16; Macorna 104, 12; Wandella 68, 4; Murrabit 49, 0.
24 Damian Cupido, Murrabit.
22 Andy Silva, Moulamein.
21 Lachlan Ritchie, Macorna.
18 Daniel Aarsman, Moulamein.
17 Simon Bunyan, Hay.
14 Ryan Devereux, Ultima.
14 Troy Parker, Macorna.
13 Amos Farrell, Moulamein.
12 Khy Stovell, Moulamein.
11 Fergus Cattanach, Hay.
10 Jack Delmenico, Ultima.
10 Josh Walters, Macorna.
In next Saturday’s play, Murrabit is at home to face Wandella.
It’s the clash of the Tigers and Kangaroos as Macorna hosts Ultima.
Hay is on home turf to take on Moulamein.