Dol­phins kick out of mini-slump

Sunday Herald Sun - - Football - HAN­NAH DRISCOLL

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.

Grasshop­pers win

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.

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