GRFNL Round 9 Football Preview | League’s top two meet at Moulamein


TOP teams Ultima and Moulamein meet as the second half of the home-and-away series in the Golden Rivers FNL senior footy season kicks off this Saturday.

Moulamein has home-ground advantage as second takes on first.

Clubs took a rest for a league general bye on the King’s Birthday holiday weekend.

The Swans will be determined to end Ultima’s unbeaten streak of eight matches.

When these clubs met in round five it was the Kangaroos who dominated to score a 112-50 victory at Ultima.

Before the break, Moulamein scored a 72-58 win at Hay.

Best for the Swans that day were Will Gibson, Cody Storm, Eddy Schifferle and Luke Shannon.

A Moulamein attack that includes Andy Silva, Daniel Aarsman, Khy Stovell and Blake Azzopardi will test the Roos all match.

Ultima was given a score in the round eight match at Macorna but found a way to record an 85-70 victory.

In-form players for the Kangaroos include Caillum Brady, Luke Doolan, Darcy Farrell and Kyle Symons.

Others to watch for Ultima include Mitch and Tyler Makepeace, Jayden Kiel, Thomas Bull and Luke Doolan.

Hay takes on Wandella.

In round five the Hay Lions clawed their way to a 56-48 win on Wandella’s ground.

Key players for Hay include ruckman James Moran, rover Fergus Cattanach, Brad Pocock and Joel Crocker in defence, Dom Booth in the centre, Ken Jubb and Declan Watson in attack.

The Bombers from Wandella will be fired up after a 67-71 loss to Murrabit in round eight.

Wandella will look for big games from the likes of Russell Rich in the centre, Adam Ward, Jayden Crellin, Shannon Burton, Ryan Lancaster and Jarred Schiltz.

After breaking its winless run, Murrabit is back home to take on Macorna.

The previous meeting between these clubs ended in an 85-point win for Macorna at home.

The inclusion of Sydney Swans great Josh Kennedy through the Carlton Draft played a big part in Murrabit beating Wandella.

Best in a long-awaited for the Blues included Dustin Blake, Michael Crossett, Sean Gillen and Nathan O’Toole.

Murrabit still has former Brisbane Lions and Essendon forward Damian Cupido leading the attack.

Best for Macorna in their clash with Ultima were Nick Ingleton, Grady Smith, Toby and Sam Whinfield.

The Tigers’ line-up to face the Blues includes Alex Ingleton, Lachlan Ritchie, Alex Kirby, Jack Featherby and Wayne Mitrovic.

Golden Rivers FNL senior footy ladder:

Ultima 179 per cent, 32 points; Moulamein 128, 28; Hay 105, 16; Macorna 101, 12; Wandella 71, 4; Murrabit 54, 4.

Leading goalkickers:

28 Damian Cupido, Murrabit.

23 Andy Silva, Moulamein.

22 Lachlan Ritchie, Macorna.

20 Daniel Aarsman, Moulamein.

17 Simon Bunyan, Hay.

15 Khy Stovell, Moulamein.

14 Ryan Devereux, Ultima.

14 Amos Farrell, Moulamein.

14 Troy Parker, Macorna.

11 Fergus Cattanach, Hay.

11 Josh Walters, Macorna.

10 Blake Azzopardi.

10 Jack Delmenico, Ultima.