Fi­nals firmly on Cats agenda

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By FRASER WALKER-PEARCE

AF­TER just seven rounds in the Heath­cote and Dis­trict league, Lock­ing­ton-Ba­mawm United has al­ready had as many wins as it did in 2017.

The Cats se­cured their fourth win of the cam­paign on Satur­day, an em­phatic 66-point vic­tory over a strug­gling Heath­cote side.

Not for the first time this sea­son Jarod Ba­con left the op­po­si­tion scram­bling for an an­swer as he bagged seven goals — bring­ing his tally for the cam­paign to 30 in six games.

Af­ter 2017 the only way was up and Cats coach Kahl Oliver said it was a good sign for his team to be post­ing wins at this time of the com­pe­ti­tion, so they won’t have to win tough games in crunch time.

‘‘It was a good win for us,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘We’ve got off to a rea­son­able start. We’d rather be win­ning now than play­ing catch up later in the year, so we’re happy with the way things are go­ing.

‘‘I’m re­ally happy with how Jarod is play­ing his footy — he’s su­per con­sis­tent and although he wasn’t our best yes­ter­day, he was still con­sis­tent up for­ward when the ball came near him.

‘‘He’s a tal­ented foot­baller and he was al­ways go­ing to be play­ing well for the rep­re­sen­ta­tive side ( HDFL in­ter­league), and he’s got some good form go­ing at the mo­ment and we hope he can keep it go­ing,’’ Oliver said.

The Cats will be with­out Tom Wilds (shoul­der) and Ricky Welsh (head) un­til fur­ther as­sess­ments are com­pleted dur­ing the week. But Oliver is not fazed.

‘‘We’ve got a few blokes who have been play­ing re­ally well in the ressies and are look­ing to step up af­ter an­other good game on Satur­day,’’ he said.

SE­NIORS North Bendigo ...................... 8.8, 15.16, 21.22, 34.25 (229) El­more ................................... 4.0, 4.0 , 6.0 , 6.1 ( 37)

GOALS, North Bendigo: T. Find­lay 8, S. Christo­pher 6, R. Threlfall 6, J. Mills 3, R. Al­ford 2, A. Craig 2, D. Richards 2, T. Metherell, B. Robert­son, L. Ford, B. Knight, J. Find­lay. El­more: J. Har­ney 4, N. Kel­low 2.

BEST, North Bendigo: T. Find­lay, R. Threlfall, J. Find­lay, B. Knight, J. Mills, S. Morris. El­more: B. Make­peace, M. Gil­mour, J. Har­ney, N. Kel­low, N. Page, J. Har­ney. LBU.......................................... 2.7, 7.13, 10.17, 14.21 (105) Heath­cote................................ 2.2, 3.2 , 4.3 , 6.3 ( 39)

GOALS, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: J. Ba­con 7, L. Collins 2, C. Hinks, Z. Johnston, J. Brown, T. Wild, R. Walsh. Heath­cote: L. Pic­colo 2, A. McIvor, D. McLean, V. Ro­mag­nano, B. Mor­gan.

BEST, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: J. Mundie, J. Ba­con, T. Phillips, L. Main, G. Broad, B. Phillips. Heath­cote: D. Hardy, D. McLean, T. Bourke, T. Pain, N. Bake, D. Rus­sell. L-Gun­bower .............................. 5.2, 9.7, 13.11, 19.12 (126) Huntly ........................................ 5.1, 8.1, 11.2 , 15.4 ( 94)

GOALS, Leitchville Gun­bower: D. Coates 5, J. Van­don­gen 2, L. Sieben 2, T. Lin­coln 2, B. Walsh 2, M. Perri 2, B. Hore, B. Lad­son, S. Tur­vey, D. Couwen­berg. Huntly: C. Glee­son 7, J. Cowl­ing 2, M. Whit­tle, S. Col­lis, H. Whit­tle, R. Sut­ton, J. Green­wood, R. Sem­mel.

BEST, Leitchville Gun­bower: J. Glee­son, D. Coates, R. De Groot, T. Lin­coln, S. Tur­vey, R. Pren­der­gas. Huntly: C. Glee­son, J. Dick­er­son, D. Thomas, M. Jef­fries, P. Ryan, L. Sem­mel. Col­binab­bin................................... 1.6, 5.8, 8.12, 11.15 (81) White Hills..................................... 0.3, 3.4, 4.4 , 7.4 (46)

GOALS, Col­binab­bin: E. Bowen 3, D. Car­mody, N. Nixon, W. Lowe, R. Hon, C. Ford, N. Knight, L. Ezard, M. Bat­tista. White Hills: K. Bed­ford 2, D. Brennan 2, J. Wal­dron 2, J. All­port.

BEST, Col­binab­bin: M. McEvoy, D. Price, C. Hors­ley, D. Hill, L. Ezard, N. Nixon. White Hills: J. All­port, B. Ho­gan, M. Cur­tis, R. Bowles, J. Ma­her, R. Ir­win.

RE­SERVES North Bendigo ...................... 5.5, 14.14, 18.23, 27.29 (191) El­more ................................... 0.0, 0.0 , 0.0 , 0.0 ( 0)

GOALS, North Bendigo: A. Knight 5, B. Oates 5, J. Francis 4, M. Rorke 3, D. Smith 2, J. Cooper 2, J. Evans 2, D. Reid, M. Thomas, C. Lo­mas, B. Le­ferve.

BEST, North Bendigo: J. Lamb­den, B. Oates, D. Reid, J. Francis, J. Evans, A. Knight. El­more: R. Causer, J. Ban­non, J. Bal­dock, A. McKay, J. Nield, L. Ea­ton. LBU.................................................... 3.2, 8.3, 9.3, 14.7 (91) Heath­cote.......................................... 2.3, 2.4, 7.6, 8.6 (54)

GOALS, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: J. Mon­aghan 8, S. Ste­wart 2, J. Howlett, M. Dun­ham, D. Nolan, D. Keath. Heath­cote: J. Brooks 2, B. Pianta 2, M. Brayshaw 2, J. For­mosa, W. Pointer.

BEST, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: J. Mon­aghan, S. Ste­wart, X. Kel­low, W. Hobbs, M. Hinks. Heath­cote: J. For­mosa, W. Pointer, M. Brayshaw, J. Baker, A. Buck­land. Huntly ...................................... 3.8, 7.13, 10.17, 14.21 (105) L-Gun­bower ............................ 1.0, 4.2 , 4.5 , 5.6 ( 36)

GOALS, Huntly: L. Brook 4, B. Stepien 3, J. Mar­ciano 2, A. Tan­ner 2, M. Rule, J. Cole­man, J. Burns. Lei­thcville Gun­bower: K. Aitken 4, H. Harmer.

BEST, Huntly: B. Chalmers, L. Brook, M. Rule, J. Cole­man, J. Burns, A. Tan­ner. Leitchville Gun­bower: J. Kervin, M. McKen­ner, R. Pol­lock, A. Dye, B. Gundry. White Hills v Col­binab­bin: No re­sults sup­plied

UN­DER-17 El­more ........................................... 0.1, 2.10, 3.11, 6.13 (49) North Bendigo .............................. 4.2, 6.2 , 6.3 , 6.7 (43)

GOALS, El­more: M. Cri­celli 4, Z. Oaff, B. Bon­de­son. North Bendigo: A. Ben­nett 2, T. Kuno 2, B. Hart, T. Bar­nett.

Oliver puts his side’s great start down to a strong re­cruit­ment drive dur­ing the pre-sea­son, and team co­he­sive­ness.

‘‘At the start we were able to get some lo­cals back to club, and train­ing con­sis­tently on Tues­day and Thurs­days helps get a side play good footy ear­lier in the sea­son.

‘‘The play­ers have got a lot of be­lief in them­selves and the oth­ers around them, so it’s just a com­bi­na­tion of things. We’ve got our sights on play­ing fi­nals, at the mo­ment we are 4-2 and we’re in a good spot for them,’’ he said.

Col­binab­bin stand in the way of the Cats breaking into the top four spots on the lad­der.

With one more win than LBU at this stage in the com­pe­ti­tion, the Hop­pers present a stern chal­lenge for Oliver, Ba­con and the rest of the side.

That game starts at 2.15pm on Satur­day in Col­binab­bin.

BEST, El­more: R. Holm­berg, Z. Oaff, K. Horne, M. Cri­celli, A. Apthorpe, C. Beck­mans. North Bendigo: T. Bar­nett, D. Lee, M. Clark, M. Win­grave, T. Brealey, J. Ben­nett. LBU.................................................. 1.2, 3.4, 7.8, 11.13 (79) Heath­cote........................................ 0.2, 1.2, 1.2, 2.2 (14)

GOALS, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: J. Thompson 2, S. Eade 2, N. Jones 2, W. Press­nell 2, J. Pan­nam, S. Brent­nall, M. Jones. Heath­cote: V. But­ler, J. For­mosa.

BEST, Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United: R. Hooper, C. Lind, M. Jones, T. Sin­clair, W. Ross. Heath­cote: D. Maw­son, Z. Sch­midt, L. Pointer, V. But­ler, J. For­mosa, J. Mar­croft. Huntly .................................................. 2.0, 4.1, 5.1, 7.4 (46) L-Gun­bower ........................................ 2.2, 3.3, 7.4, 8.7 (55)

GOALS, Huntly: B. Laird 4, N. VIn­cent, H. Har­rick, B. Jones. L-Gun­bower: B. Hawken 3, J. Br­ere­ton, B. Gel­letly, L. Pol­lock, D. El­liott.

BEST, Huntly: N. VIn­cent, J. Caulfield, B. Laird , J. Wood, M. Kelly, J. Camp­bell Leitchville. Gun­bower: L. Pol­lock, A. Clavin, J. Hawken, J. Gor­don, T. Dun­can, J. Br­ere­ton. White Hills v Col­binab­bin: no re­sults sup­plied. GOAL KICK­ING

Se­niors

This week Tot Matthew Perri (L-Gun­bower)............................... 2 32 Jarod Ba­con (LBU).............................................. 7 30 Tyson Find­lay (Nth Bendigo) .............................. 8 21 Jor­dan Wal­dron (White Hills) .............................. 2 18 Ben Weight­man (Mt Pleas­ant) ............................ 0 17 Chris Glee­son (Huntly) ........................................ 7 16 El­liot Bowen (Col­binab­bin) .................................. 3 16 Jeremy Mills (Nth Bendigo)................................. 3 16

Re­serves Ricky Welch (Col­binab­bin) .................................. 0 Aaron Knight (Nth Bendigo) ................................ 5 Jacob Pic­coli (Huntly).......................................... 0 Michael Rorke (Nth Bendigo).............................. 3 Anthony Tan­ner (Huntly) ..................................... 2 Jack Burns (Huntly) ............................................. 1 Jessie O’Con­nell (Mt Pleas­ant)........................... 0 Kial Aitken (L-Gun­bower) .................................... 4

Un­der-17 Hugh Hamil­ton (Col­binab­bin) .............................. 0 Mitchell Cri­celli (El­more)...................................... 4 Darcy McKin­ley (White Hills)............................... 0 Billy Hawken (L-Gun­bower)................................. 3 Jye For­mosa (Heath­cote).................................... 1 LAD­DERS Re­serves LDB For 100 514 000 413 200 509 100 466 300 431 300 371 400 362 600 211 700 47 Un­der-17 LDB For 000 461 100 387 100 312 300 350 300 297 500 324 500 267 400 183 500 238 Next Round June 2, round eight: Leitchville Gun­bower v White Hills, Col­binab­bin v Lock­ing­ton Ba­mawm United, Heath­cote v North Bendigo, Mount Pleas­ant v Huntly, El­more bye.

WHUNTLY ................... 6 COL­BINAB­BIN.......... 5 MT PLEAS­ANT......... 4 WHITE HILLS ........... 4 Nth Bendigo.............. 3 L-Gun­bower .............. 3 LBU........................... 2 Heath­cote ................. 0 El­more ...................... 0

WLBU........................... 6 L-GUN­BOWER......... 5 COL­BINAB­BIN.......... 4 MT PLEAS­ANT......... 3 White Hills................. 2 Huntly........................ 2 El­more ...................... 2 Heath­cote ................. 2 Nth Bendigo.............. 1 Agst 314 156 193 227 256 350 287 513 1028 Agst 121 209 211 316 303 362 458 317 522 14 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 26 18 15 13 13

% Pts 163.69 24 264.74 20 263.73 16 205.29 16 168.36 12 106.00 12 126.13 8 41.13 0

4.57 0

% Pts 380.99 24 185.17 20 147.87 16 110.76 12 98.02 8 89.55 8 58.30 8 57.73 8 45.59 4

LBU’s Nathan Dyson and Heath­cote’s Jonty Kelly com­pete for the ball while (right) Cats goal­kick­ing ma­chine Jarod Ba­con leaps at the chance to put Saint Bray­den Klemke off his game on Satur­day.

Photos:Luke He­mer

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