Dolphins kick out of mini-slump
LORNE Dolphins have avoid- ed a third straight loss in the Colac and District league with a 26-point win at home against finals aspirant Simpson Tigers.
The Dolphins locked in their 10th win of the season, 12.16 (88) to 9.8 (62), bouncing back from losses to South Colac and Birregurra.
Simpson, led by playing cocoach Daniel Razga, was the better side in the first half.
Mid-season recruit Dominic Dare, from Hampden league side Cobden, had three goals to his name at that point.
“We were a bit flat-footed and were second to the ball,” Lorne playing coach Sam Stavenuiter said of the first half.
“I was never worried. They (Simpson) came out and played well, to their credit. I knew we were a long way off our best footy so I thought if we could turn that around after halftime, we would come out a lot better.”
Lorne, which led the scoring shots but trailed by seven points at the main break, piled on seven goals to two in the third quarter to take control.
Stavenuiter praised ruckman Mark McCormack, onballers Sean Holroyd and Tom King, who kicked two goals, and defender Emilio Graziani.
With Birregurra winning its 18th consecutive game by beating South Colac by seven points, third-placed Lorne moves level with South Colac.
Simpson avoids dropping out of the top five after sixthplaced Irrewarra-Beeac suffered a one-point loss to ninthplaced Otway Districts.
Solomon bags 17
LINDENOW South’s Max Solomon kicked 17 goals yesterday to bring up his 100th goal in the Omeo and District Football League season.
Solomon started the Round 13 match against Swan Reach with 83 majors from 11 games.
It was one better than the 16 goals he kicked against Swan Reach early last month.
Yesterday’s final score was 36.31 (247) to 1.1 (7). Swan Reach was a grand finalist last year but has not won this year.
Lucknow’s six-point victory yesterday ended the 14-game winning streak of Lindenow in the East Gippsland league.
COLBINABBIN edged Huntly by five points in the Heathcote District Football League.
It means the third-placed Grasshoppers opened a twowin gap between themselves and their Round 14 opponent, making a qualifying final berth increasingly assured with just four rounds remaining.