Lions fire up for Chas
WHOROULY made club stalwart Chas Pianegonda’s 250th match one to remember, with the Lions booking their spot in the Ovens and King reserves preliminary final.
The Lions had a tough battle against King Valley at Milawa on Sunday, but won their way through after producing a supreme second half.
It was neck-and-neck throughout the first half, with Rob Lang, Steve Beavis, Matt Emery, Mitch Gamble and Stuart Cooper helping to put the Roos up by four points at quarter time.
The Lions began to get on top in the second term, with David Thompson, Don Malsem and Josh Kelly having an influence, but King Valley’s efficiency in attack and conversion rate kept it in the contest, six points adrift at halftime.
With Pianegonda, Jesse-Lee Cooper and Jarrod Kneebone firing, Whorouly continued to push ahead in the third, but the Roos were still hanging on at three quarter time, down by just 14 points despite having had half as many scoring shots.
The Lions were not to be denied, however, and had all the run in the final term, going on to win 11.13 (79) to 8.4 (52) to earn a shot at Glenrowan in the preliminary final.
In the thirds competition, Benalla United’s late season woes were on full display as the Swans were thumped by Londrigan Bulls to the tune of 74 points.
Despite the best efforts of Vaughan Kirk, James Webster and Jack Connor, the minor premiers were never in the hunt against the Bulls, who took control early and refused to let up with their attack on the ball and ferocity at the stoppages.
Daniel Maples, Mats Muir, Matt McIntyre, Ben Nolan, Liam Carter and James Gourley all starred for Londrigan, while Charlie West ( five goals) and Declan Espejo (three goals) did the bulk of the scoring.
Benalla United will attempt to bounce back in this weekend’s preliminary final when it takes on the Southern Suns.
The Suns earned their berth with a gritty six-point win over Snow Road Saints on Sunday.
It was a mighty first half from the Suns, led by Josh Brereton, Liam Joyce-Lawford, Liam Cook, Jeffery Holmes, Adam Looker and Harry Skewes, that set up the victory as they dominated the Saints and established a 31-point lead.
Neither side was able to do too much in the third term, but come the last quarter the Saints suddenly switched on.
Michael Banister, Jayden Frazer, Pat Milner and Will Maclean were all up and running as the Snow Road boys fought their way back.
But ultimately they left their run too late, with the Suns holding on to win 7.6 (48) to 6.6 (42).
MILESTONE: Chas Pianegonda gets chaired off the field after the Lions defeated King Valley in the club stalwart’s 250th match.