GRFNL Round One Football Review | Ultima caps great fightback on Hay’s turf


FOUR goals to just two points in the final term helped Ultima to a dramatic victory on Hay’s turf in Saturday’s start to the Golden Rivers Football League’s senior football action.

Hay had turned an eight-point deficit at half-time into a 16-point lead going into the last quarter.

Ultima bounced back brilliantly score four unanswered goals and claim a 52-46 victory.

Jye Purtill was Ultima’s only multiple goalkicker on two.

Hay’s attack was led by Liam Whitbourne on two majors.

Best for the Kangaroos were Jake Foster, Mitch and Tyler Makepeace, Martyn Cooper, Mitchell Seton-Stewart and Jack Fletcher.

Hay’s best were Tom Spence, Dom Booth, Fergus Cattanach, Jack Headon, Brad Pocock and Hugh Crighton.

Last season’s runner-up, Moulamein made a strong start at home against Murrabit.

The Swans flew to a 41-nil lead by quarter-time and added 4.3 to 1.2 in the second.

Murrabit hit back as both teams scored 48 points in the second half.

At the final siren, Moulamein led 122 to 56.

Daniel Aarsman and Andy Silva kicked three goals apiece as Blake Azzopardi, Amos Farrell, Rodney Reeves and Khy Stovell chipped in with two each.

The Blues’ attack was led by former Brisbane Lions and Essendon forward Damian Cupido on six goals.

Best for the Swans were Khy Stovell, Daniel Aarsman, Andy Silva, Ely Miller, Corey Farrell and Zac Cockayne.

Murrabit’s best were Ben Gillingham, Damian Cupido, Michael Grant, Zak Hard, Luke Murphy and Dustin Blake.

A low-scoring contest at Wandella ended in a 15-point win for Macorna.

The visitors led 28-6 at quarter-time and 34-14 by the main break.

Macorna’s lead was 29 points at a quarter to go.

The Bombers lifted to win the final term, 15-1, but it was the Tigers who took the points in a 51-36 result.

Best for Macorna were Lachlan Ritchie, Shaun Haffenden, Malcolm Neiwand, Grady Smith, Michael Roberts and Josh Cameron.

Wandella’s best were Tim Robinson, Russell Rich, Mitch Collins and Kane Timmins.

Standings in the Golden Rivers FL senior footy competition:

Moulamein 217 per cent, 4 points; Macorna 141, 4; Ultima 113, 4; Hay 88, 0; Wandella 70, 0; Murrabit 45, 0.

The top of the table clash between Moulamein and Macorna at Macorna highlights next Saturday’s second round.

Murrabit is at home to take on Hay.

Ultima and Wandella clash on the Kangaroos’ ground at Ultima.