SEA Lake Nandaly Tigers climbed to the top rung on the Goldacres North Central Football League’s senior ladder after Saturday’s impressive seven-goal win against Donald.
The Tigers were determined to end Donald’s unbeaten run and made a great start to the round seven showdown at Sea Lake to lead 21-10 at quarter-time.
It was in the second the Joel Donnan-coached Tigers upped the pressure and run as they scored 5.3 to 3.1.
Donald struck back to win the third term by a point, but it was Sea Lake Nandaly which finished strongly to score 4.5 to 1.5 in the final term.
The play of Trent Donnan, ruckman Ryan O’Sullivan, Luke Martin and Bryce Delmenico was a highlight in a 104 to 62 victory for the Tigers.
Trent Donnan and key forward Billy McInnes kicked three goals apiece for the winners.
Donald’s attack was led by Ryley Barrack, Blake Grant and Sam Griffiths, two goals each.
The Tigers’ best included Wade and Kane Donnan.
Best for Donald were Ryan Hards, Brody Haddow, Sam Griffiths, Ross Young, Scott Wood and James Wall.
Boort turned a 17-point deficit at half-time into a four-point victory on St Arnaud’s ground at Lord Nelson Park.
The Saints led 29-2 at quarter-time and added 2.3 to 3.7 in the second term.
The Andy Hawker-coached Boort had plenty of the play in a crucial third quarter but was let down by inaccuracy as it added 2.6 to 1.1.
St Arnaud led by a goal going into the final quarter, but it was the Magpies who added 4.6 to 3.2 to complete a 75-71 victory.
Jesse Muscatello kicked three goals for the Magpies as Cody Gunn added two.
Best for Boort were Cam Barr, Keiren Wilson, Cody Gunn, Alex Davis, Matthew Chisari and Jesse Muscatello.
Kurtis Torney, Daniel Gifford, Jacob Tillig, Tom Douglas and Ben Batters played well for the Torin Petrie-coached Saints.
Birchip-Watchem charged to a 52-point victory on Wedderburn’s ground at Donaldson Park.
The Bulls led 30-13 at quarter-time and then wasted plenty of opportunities as they added 1.9 to a goal in the second term.
Led by the play of Clayton and Dale Hinkley and ruckman Lochy Sirett, Birchip-Watchem won the second half, 44-18, and the contest, 89-37.
Daniel Castellano kicked a match-high four goals for the Bulls and Sirett added three.
The Redbacks’ attack was led by Tom Campbell on three.
Birchip-Watchem’s best included Sam Simmons, Ben Hogan and Elliot Jaeschke.
Best for Wedderburn were Hamish Winter-Irving, Sam Lockhart, Luke Holt, Corey Lowry, Tim Leahy and Matthew Lockhart.
Wycheproof-Narraport dominated after quarter-time of its clash with Charlton at Wycheproof.
The Demons led 10-6 at the first break and then slammed on 4.5 to nil in the second.
The Boe Bish-coached Demons kept the heat on to win the third term, 20-8, and the last 27-nil to complete an 86-14 victory.
The classy Gedd Hommelhoff led the Demons attack on three goals as Bish added two.
Charlton’s goals were kicked by Riely Thiesz and Rhys Thompson.
Best for the Demons were Joe Kenny, Damien Horbury, Gedd Hommelhoff, Trevor Rumbold, James Coatsworth and Matthew Beckmans.
The Navies’ best were Patrick Soulsby, Tim Hill, Rhys Thompson, Kade Blow, Aaron Walklate and Jed Thompson.
North Central FL senior footy ladder:
Sea Lake Nandaly 389 per cent, 24 points; Donald 234, 24; Birchip-Watchem 204, 24; Wedderburn 116, 16; Wycheproof-Narraport 75, 12; Boort 46, 8; St Arnaud 41, 4; Charlton 32, 0.
In this Saturday’s eighth round, Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers are back on home turf at Sea Lake to take on Birchip-Watchem.
Wedderburn hosts Charlton at Donaldson Park.
St Arnaud faces Wycheproof-Narraport at Lord Nelson Park in St Arnaud.
Boort tackles Donald at Boort Park.
Written by Nathan Dole.