Saints down Rovers
MYRTLEFORD is confident of challenging the Ovens and Murray’s top two sides in its final two matches of 2017. The Saints are away to Wangaratta Magpies this weekend before hosting Albury in the final round of the season. After a solid 52-point win over Wangaratta Rovers in round 16, coach Leigh Corcoran said the Saints had regained some belief. “It was a good solid win for us on the weekend in a game that ebbed and flowed for the first two and a half quarters,” Corcoran said. “We had a really good battle against their midfield with (Sam) Carpenter, (Dylan) Stone and (Ben) Clarke pretty hard to contain at times. “But were just kept working at it and eventually wore them down, a six goal to two last quarter was a strong finish for us. “We had 10 different goal kickers and it was just a really solid performance by all the players. “Our team tackle count was right up, we had 81 tackles for a game which is a figure we haven’t seen this season. “Mitch Dalbosco Christian Burgess, Liam Harrington and Ryan Crisp all set the bar there with their tackle pressure.” All four were among Myrtleford’s best players along with Frazer Dale, Fraser Lucas, Elijah Wales, Riley O’Shea and Matt Dussin. In an end to end first half, Rovers were unfortunate not to lead at both quarter time and half time. They trailed by three goals at the first change after kicking 1.6 to Myrtleford’s 5.0 in the opening term. Rovers kicked the first three goals of the second quarter to gain a two point lead but it was short lived as Myrtleford hit back with three quick goals to lead by 17 points at the 22 minute mark. The margin was 13 points at the main break and after Rovers added the first major of the second half the Saints took control booting the next four. Up by 27 points at the last change Tom McDonagh and Christian Burgess helped extend Myrtleford’s lead kicking four of the six final quarter goals. Corcoran said adding to the team’s past two wins with a scalp in the final two weeks would be a nice way to end the year. “Other than a good win against Lavington we haven’t beaten one of the top sides so we’re looking forward to having a good crack at Wangaratta on Saturday and then Albury in the last round,” he said. “We certainly owe ourselves a better effort against Wang because they beat us on our ground pretty convincingly early in the year. “I think the players have starting to get a bit of confidence back in the last three weeks, we’ve got two good challenges left and we go into both with nothing to lose.” Myrtleford’s reserves equalled their win tally from 2012 notch- ing their fifth victory with a win 20-oint win over Rovers. The Saints came out after halftime and piled on seven goals to two in the third quarter to turn a nine point deficit into a 21-point ahead of the last. Jarrod Hayse finished with three goals while Nick Howell, James Kelly and Tom Kerlin were consistent performers over four quarters.
ON TARGET: Tom Kerlin kicks truly during Myrtleford’s reserves win over Wangaratta Rovers on Saturday.