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Wedderburn outguns Demons in match of the day
WEDDERBURN’S powerful attack and skilful midfield proved too much for Wycheproof Narraport to stop in Saturday’s second round of the Goldacres North Central Football League’s senior footy season.
The Redbacks slammed on six straight goals to the Demons tally of 1.3 in the opening term at Wedderburn’s Donaldson Park.
By half-time the Redbacks led 67-25.
A seven-goal margin became almost 13 by the last change after Wedderburn added 5.5 and kept the Demons scoreless in the third quarter.
The Boe Bish-coached Demons fought back to win the last, 38-32, but it was the Sam Barnes-coached Wedderburn which led 20.14 (134) to 9.9 (63) at the final siren.
Danny Benaim marked a great start to the season by kicking a match-high five goals as Jordan Rosengren, four; Tom Campbell and Ben DeAraugo, three, capitalised on the onball and midfield dominance.
The Demons’ leading goalkickers were Daniel Allen, Justin Bateson and Damien Horbury on two each.
Wedderburn’s best were Luke Holt, Danny Benaim, Ben DeAraugo, Corey Lowry, Hamish Winter-Irving and Jayden Jones.
The Demons’ best were Joel Turner, Thomas Trewin, Gedd Hommelhoff, Justin Bateson, Alexander Hogan and Joe Kenny.
Eight goals by Billy McInnes was a highlight of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers win at home against Charlton.
The Tigers bounced back from defeat in emphatic fashion as they scored 31.17 (203) to 1.1 (7).
Sea Lake Nandaly led 52-6 at quarter-time in a term where Riely Thiesz kicked what would be the Navies’ only goal of the match.
The Tigers won the next term 58-1, and scored 93 points to nil in the final hour.
Other leading goalkickers for the SLN line-up were Justin Ellis, six; Trent Donnan, four; Justin Ellis and Will Simpson, three.
Best for the Tigers were Austin Mertz, Billy McInnes, Trent Donnan, Brodie Adcock, Ryan O’Sullivan and Justin Ellis.
On a tough afternoon for Charlton it was Bailey Kemp, Patrick Sait, Thomas Finlay, Kris Clifford, Rhys Thompson and Tim Hill who were best.
The Birchip Watchem Bulls charged to a 76-point win at Boort Park.
The classy Daniel Castellano kicked four goals and Elliot Jaeschke added three as Birchip Watchem won 16.19 (115) to 6.3 (39).
Leading goalkicker for the Magpies was Cody Gunn on two.
Sam Simmons marked a brilliant start to the season by being best afield as Elliot Jaeschke, Stefan Pye, Dylan Adkins, Kyle Stevens and Daniel Ratcliffe all played well.
Best for Boort were ruckman Nathan Twigg, Alex Davis, Sam Green, Jarrod Starr, Ben Knight and Keiren Wilson.
The Royals from Donald were too strong for the Saints at Lord Nelson Park in St Arnaud.
Donald led 17-6 at quarter-time and scored 3.1 to 0.2 in the second to lead 35-8 at the long break.
An eight goal to one blitz in the third term put the result beyond doubt as Donald kicked on to win 16.11 (107) to 2.7 (19).
Leading goalkickers for Donald were Blake Grant and Ross Young, three; Cooper Anderson, Cody Brooks and Rian McGough on two.
Mitch Egan and Jake Hicks were on target for the Saints.
North Central FL senior footy ladder:
Donald 485 per cent, 8 points; Wedderburn 201, 8; Birchip Watchem 200, 8; Sea Lake Nandaly 380, 4; Wycheproof Narraport 71, 4; St Arnaud 40, 0; Boort 28, 0; Charlton 20, 0.
11 Billy McInnes, Sea Lake Nandaly; 9 Danny Benaim, Wedderburn; 8 Tom Campbell, Wedderburn; 7 Justin Ellis, Sea Lake Nandaly; 6 Daniel Castellano, Birchip-Watchem; 5 Ben DeAraugo, Wedderburn; 5 Blake Grant, Donald; 4 Justin Bateson, Wycheproof Narraport; 4 Trent Donnan, Sea Lake Nandaly; 4 Rian McGough, Donald; 4 Jordan Rosengren, Wedderburn.
There will be no play on the Easter holiday weekend.
A highlight of round three on April 23 will be Birchip Watchem against Donald at George Cartwright Oval in Donald.
Charlton takes on Boort at Charlton Park.
Wycheproof Narraport faces Sea Lake Nandaly at Wycheproof Recreation Reserve.
Wedderburn clashes with St Arnaud at Wedderburn’s Donaldson Park.
Written by Nathan Dole.