NCFL Round 13 Review | Tigers too strong for Nullawil


SEA Lake Nandaly won every quarter against Nullawil in Saturday’s match of the day in the 13th round of Goldacres North Central FNL senior footy action.

The Brett Barker-coached Nullawil was aiming to end the Tigers’ unbeaten streak, but could not do so.

Sea Lake Nandaly led 25-15 at quarter-time and 34-17 by the long break.

There was a lot more scoring in the third as SLN added 5.2 and Nullawil scored four goals.

Led by the play of Matt Farrelly, captain Ryan O’Sullivan and Tyson McKenzie, Sea Lake Nandaly kicked on for an 82-55 victory.

Leading goalkickers for the Tigers were John Summerhayes, four; Trent Donnan and Tyson McKenzie.

Nullawil’s only multiple goalkicker was captain Jordan Humphreys on two.

Cooper Roberts, Jack Poulton and John Summerhayes were also among the best in a Tigers team jointly coached by Bryce Delmenico and Billy McInnes.

Best for Nullawil were Dean Putt, Jordan Humphreys, Dean Smith, Patrick Kelly, Matt Quigley and Jonathan Casey.

Seven goals by Nick Thompson were a major highlight of Charlton’s win at St Arnaud’s Lord Nelson Park.

The Navies scored five goals to a point in the first term.

The Anthony Bourke-coached Saints struck back to win the second quarter, 16-13.

Quarter three went Charlton’s way, 15-14, before the Navies scored 2.3 to 1.2 in the last.

Charlton celebrated a 73-39 victory.

Chris Gavaghan kicked two goals for the Andy Nisbet-coached Navies.

The Saints’ attack was led by Jake Hicks on two.

Charlton’s best were Jed and Nick Thompson, Cobi Fitzpatrick, Jesse Taylor, Riely Thiesz and Travis Baird.

Zac Notting, Jake Hicks, Daniel Gifford, Anthony Bourke, Bradley Organ and Kurtis Torney played well for St Arnaud.

The Birchip Watchem Bulls beat Wycheproof-Narraport by 23 points at Birchip’s George Cartwright Oval.

The Bulls led 26-nil at quarter-time and 50-20 by the long break.

Wycheproof-Narraport lifted to win the third term, 22-13, before the Bulls added 2.8 to 3.0 in the last for an 83-60 result.

Daniel Castellano kicked four goals for Birchip-Watchem as Nathan Gordon added two.

The Demons’ attack was led by Ben Fraser, Damien Horbury and Dane McLennan, two.

Best for the Trevor Ryan-coached Bulls were Darcy Reid, Dale Hinkley, Daniel Castellano, Nicholas Rippon, Lachlan Ryan and Charlie Frank.

Koby Hommelhoff, Justin Bateson, Lachlan Van Schaik, Alex Hogan, Joel Turner and Gedd Hommelhoff were best for the Boe Bish-coached Demons.

Donald fought back from a 19-point deficit at quarter-time to beat Boort by 10 goals.

It was the Dale Cameron-coached Boort which dominated the first term to score 4.3 to 1.2.

Donald hit back to win the second term, 4.3 to 0.2.

The Royal Blues then seized control in the third quarter.

Stephen Dinnell, Sam Dunstan and Noah Berry were to the fore as Donald scored 5.1 to 1.5 in the crucial third quarter.

Donald kicked on to record an 88-47 victory in which Sam Dunstan starred with eight goals.

There were no multiple goalkickers for Boort.

Best for the Rohan Brown-coached Donald included Trent Grant, Hayden Geddes and Will Burke.

Jack Smith, Ryan McGhie, Brayden Aitken, Darcy Hawker, Alex Davis and Matt Hodoras were Boort’s best.

Wedderburn had the bye.

North Central FNL senior footy ladder:

Sea Lake Nandaly 247 per cent, 48 points; Birchip-Watchem 162, 32; Donald 119, 32; Nullawil 157, 28; Wycheproof-Narraport 93, 26; Wedderburn 92, 16; Boort 87, 14; Charlton 53, 12; St Arnaud 30, 0.

In next Saturday’s action, Donald tackles Birchip-Watchem in the rematch of the ’22 grand finalists at Donald Recreation Reserve.

Wycheproof-Narraport takes on St Arnaud in the Demons’ den at Wycheproof.

Wedderburn faces Boort at Wedderburn’s Donaldson Park.

Charlton and Nullawil clash at Charlton Park.

Sea Lake Nandaly has the bye.

Leaders in the goalkicking race:

57 Sam Dunstan, Donald.

43 Ben Edwards, Birchip-Watchem.

34 Billy McInnes, Sea Lake Nandaly.

32 Sam Barnes, Wedderburn.

32 Nathan Gordon, Birchip-Watchem.

31 Adam Thomson, Nullawil.

30 Nick Thompson, Charlton.

25 Tom Campbell, Wedderburn.

25 Daniel Castellano, Birchip-Watchem.

24 Gedd Hommelhoff, Wycheproof-Narraport.

24 Josh Jenkins, Sea Lake Nandaly.

23 Will Simpson, Sea Lake Nandaly.

23 John Summerhayes, Sea Lake Nandaly.

20 Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Boort.

19 Mitch Farmer, Nullawil.

19 Nicholas Rippon, Birchip-Watchem.

17 Thomas Cox, Sea Lake Nandaly.

16 Danny Benaim, Wedderburn.

16 Jordan Humphreys, Nullawil.