Lions fire up for Chas

Alpine Observer - - Sport - By SCOTT AN­DER­SON

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).

PHOTO: Mered­ith Tol­l­i­day

MILE­STONE: Chas Piane­gonda gets chaired off the field after the Lions de­feated King Val­ley in the club stal­wart’s 250th match.

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