LOOSE BALL: Don Malsem stretches for the footy in Whorouly’s elim­i­na­tion fi­nal against Tar­rawingee on Sun­day. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier Lions re­serves win nail-biter semi-fi­nal O&K FOOT­BALL By SCOTT AN­DER­SON

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

WHOROULY’S re­serves have ad­vanced to a semi-fi­nal af­ter hang­ing on to de­feat Tar­rawingee by two points in a nail bit­ing elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Mi­lawa on Sun­day.

In a game of mo­men­tum, the Bull­dogs over­came a 28-point half­time deficit to lead by 16 points late in the third term.

Hav­ing man­aged just one goal in the first half, Tar­rawingee found its rhythm in the third, with Daniel Everitt, Jaden Allen, Richie Arnold, Nick Steb­ny­ckyj, Rei­ley Murtagh and Tom Stone-Berry fir­ing.

The Bull­dogs piled on eight goals to Whorouly’s one to bring about a 44-point turn­around be­fore David Thomp­son pegged one back late in the pe­riod to see the Lions go into three quar­ter time 10 points adrift.

From there Whorouly pushed hard, with Don Malsem, Ja­son Gil­bert, Chas Piane­gonda and Thomp­son lead­ing the charge.

When Gene Marek out­mus­cled Murtagh to take a one-handed mark in the goal square mid­way through the pe­riod and kicked his fourth goal, the Lions were back in front by three points.

Tar­rawingee ral­lied and spent the fi­nal 10 min­utes at­tack­ing, but couldn’t find the goal it needed, with Evan Laverty and Phil Hill hold­ing firm in de­fence for the Lions.

The re­serves foot­ball team is Whorouly’s only side still in the fi­nals af­ter three net­ball grades lost their elim­i­na­tion fi­nals on the week­end.

Whorouly’s B grade side put up a good fight against King Val­ley at Tar­rawingee on Satur­day but fell 37-51 while the un­der 15s lost to Greta 17-22 on the same day.

The Lions’ B Re­serve also faced Greta and lost 18-36 at Mi­lawa on Sun­day.

Whorouly plays King Val­ley in the re­serves foot­ball first semi-fi­nal at Mi­lawa on Sun­day.

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