Mag­pies took the ad­van­tage

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Dy­lan Cook op­po­si­tion for St Mary’s. Sam Durham Wan­dong player. Ol­lie Lubeck spots an open player on the wing for St Mary’s. The Tabilk un­der-10s had a good match against Yea.

Willem Ea­ger stepped up to the plate slot­ting two from out­side 35.

Corey Jones con­tin­ued his form from the pre­vi­ous week with an in­spi­ra­tional per­for­mance in the back line.

Corey cleared the ball well to the wing, pro­vided plenty of run out of de­fence and gave the on-ballers lots of key pos­ses­sions.

Kee­gan Grant was get­ting plenty of the ball early.

He took some strong marks and pro­vided a good run­ning for­ward op­tion.

Up by 13 points at the end of the first quar­ter, the se­cond be­gan in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to the first.

A strong lead and sub­se­quent goal from Will O’Sul­li­van got the Saints off to a good start.

Wan­dong an­swered al­most im­me­di­ately with a quick snap.

An­other good lead­ing op­tion in Tyler Best pro­vided more scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Two quick goals from Dy­lan Cook saw the Saints take con­trol of the quar­ter.

Ea­ger slot­ted his third goal late in the quar­ter to set up a 40-point lead at half-time.

Grant con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate around the ground pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to clear and set up shots.

In the third quar­ter we wit­nessed a more con­trolled Saints run­ning the ball to var­i­ous op­tions.

A strong tackle up for­ward from Will O’Sul­li­van re­sulted in a goal but the big man wasn’t done there.

He snapped an­other quick ma­jor on the goal line through some un­selfish play from the Saints.

Wan­dong lifted the bar by run­ning the ball to space and shoot­ing a few from acute an­gles.

The Saints re­grouped mid­way through third and again, Will Ea­ger dom­i­nated the for­ward line.

The Saints pushed out to a com­mand­ing 56-point lead at three­quar­ter time.

With enough fuel left in the tank the Saints could run out the game in a dom­i­nant fash­ion in the fi­nal quar­ter.

The Saints stuck to their game plan and ex­e­cuted it with flair.

A few changes saw Cory Jones have a run in the for­ward line.

Score: St Mary’s 16.11 (107) d Wan­dong 4.8 (32).

TABILK Un­der-10

Kick­ing the ice off the ground to get the day started was taken in its stride by the un­der-10s and there were some great ef­forts and de­ter­mi­na­tion shown all around.

The team was run­ning into open spa­ces, tak­ing marks and scout­ing the packs to keep the ball mov­ing.

The team have a well de­served bye next week.

A spe­cial thanks to spon­sors Hume Elec­tri­cal and Bec Baker Phar­macy, Nagam­bie.

In a great team ef­fort Tabilk de­feated third placed Yea at Nagam­bie.

After a great night of train­ing on Fri­day the signs were there that the team was in for a good game.

The first half was solid and we went into half-time with a two-goal lead.

An­gus Mur­ray played an­other great game and led his team by ex­am­ple.

‘‘The En­gine Room’’ helped out the back­line on many oc­ca­sions and was in­spi­ra­tional in lead­ing his side to vic­tory.

Well done An­gus on tough­ing it out.

Un­der-12

Kane Chap­man was an­other who played well and it was great to see him stick true to the prom­ise he made to the team mates be­fore the game.

Kane squared up a lovely pass to his cap­tain who kicked truly, re­ward­ing Kane for his un­selfish play.

Nathan ‘‘Nails’’ Whitling was good all game.

He laid plenty of tack­les and his strong play around the ground led to op­por­tu­ni­ties for the run­ning play­ers.

Go­ing into the three-quar­ter hud­dle Yea had bounced back and the score was close to even.

The team com­mit­ted to make sure all their hard work was not go­ing to go to waste.

The last quar­ter was as tough as they come and it was great to see the team play as hard as they could to get the well de­served win.

Conor Peter­son played a solid game but his last quar­ter was ex­tra spe­cial.

He at­tacked the foot­ball with gusto and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to get the footy at all costs was great to watch.

In the end it was James Wall who had the fi­nal say.

He won the ball deep in the for­ward line and snapped truly to give the team the lead.

Great de­ter­mi­na­tion and grit from all of the team meant we were able to win the game.

I am sure beat­ing a top qual­ity team like Yea will help boost the un­der-12 group’s con­fi­dence as we get closer to fi­nals.

Score: Tabilk 4.5 (29) d Yea 4.2 (20).

Goals: T. Ma­son 2; A. Mur­ray, J. Wall, O. Loweke.

Best: A. Mur­ray, K. Chap­man, N. Whitling, C. Peter­son, B. Ezard, B. Shel­ton, D. O’Brien.

On a cold Sun­day morn­ing play­ing Yea at home was go­ing to be our last game be­fore a break.

Not know­ing that Yea was short of play­ers un­til pre-game, the play­ers were quick to put up their hands and get both teams out on the field.

We know what it is like to strug­gle for play­ers be­cause we were lucky that a week prior to the start of the sea­son, after a lot of phone calls and talk be­tween friends, we man­aged to put to­gether a full side to play each week.

It was great to see in each quar­ter our play­ers were happy to go across and give Yea a hand.

It was an even a prouder mo­ment to re­alise that even when our team put on Yea’s jumpers, they still put in their best ef­forts to help Yea push for­ward and score.

It goes to show that to be a qual­ity side takes heart and the abil­ity to go

Un­der-14

for­ward and help others.

Look­ing at Yea, who were a fi­nals team last year, and see­ing that they’re now strug­gling for play­ers in cer­tain age groups is up­set­ting to say the least.

It would be nice to see young coun­try foot­ball get­ting some help.

Teams all over Vic­to­ria are strug­gling for num­bers and even clos­ing their doors.

It puts the ques­tion for­ward of, how is the AFL go­ing to help coun­try foot­ball?

And, what hap­pened to their state­ment of ‘‘go­ing back to grass roots’’?

On a pos­i­tive note, S. McMaster, J. Wallden, B. Bath, T. Barnes and H. May all worked hard for Tabilk and Yea.

Har­ri­son is fi­nally on the board with his first goal for the sea­son.

Next week we have a bye. It’s time to have a much needed break for play­ers and for fam­i­lies.

We look for­ward to com­ing back to slightly warmer weather and re­set­ting our goals for the games left to come.

Rest, re­lax and stay as warm as pos­si­ble.

It was great to have our ma­jor spon­sor Paul down and among the fam­i­lies hand­ing out the awards for best on ground.

Thanks to our spon­sors, The Royal Mail, The Coach Shop and Billy Burg­ers.

As they say in the clas­sics, ‘‘noone takes a pic­ture on the first lap of the Mel­bourne Cup’’.

Best: S. McMaster, H. An­der­son, B. Bath.

Un­der-16

It was cold at 10 am when the un­der-10s kicked the dew off the oval, but by 1.15 pm it was a beau­ti­ful day for foot­ball.

With a few boys away on school trips it meant we were a bit short.

Thanks to Gus, Josh and Nick for stepping up from the un­der-14s to help out. These boys all ac­quit­ted them­selves well.

Nick, a solid de­fender, got the chance to play for­ward and showed he can be quite ver­sa­tile.

Josh and Gus were lively on the for­ward line as well.

Josh hit the score board while Gus set up Nick Smidt per­fectly for his goal.

Harry Daw­son had his best game for the year while shoul­der­ing the ruck re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

He was ev­ery­where against a much taller op­po­nent and his abil­ity to run out the game in the last quar­ter will hope­fully have him start be­liev­ing he is more than just a for­ward.

Tom Gar­ner had an ex­cel­lent game as cap­tain.

He con­tin­u­ally drove the team for­ward and worked hard to shut down Yea’s run­ning play­ers.

Trent Glad­win started in de­fence and worked con­sis­tently dur­ing the day.

He was able to sneak for­ward for two goals as well.

Mitchell Berens chan­nelled his in­ner Dustin Martin to hit the score board.

Lachy Robin­son, Josh Boyer, Cubbo, Bardy, Lachy Rus­sell, Dan Maw­son, Moose and Corey Chap­man were also solid con­trib­u­tors.

The North East An­tenna award went to Harry and the Neil Beer award went to Tom.

Top game:

Ad­van­tage:

Zig zag: makes his way around the

Free­dom: es­capes the clutches of a

Well done: Tabilk’s un­der-14 side put in an­other good per­for­mance. Pic­tures: Wayne Al­dous and Tabilk JFNC

On tar­get: Will O’Sul­li­van lines up for a shot on goal.

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