Mininera footy back
After a long summer, round one of Mininera and District Football League kicked off on the first windy and wintery day of the year.
A grand-final replay was contested in fantastic fashion, with two of the league’s top teams going at it again.
Hype surrounding Wickliffe-lake Bolac’s recruits did not disappoint, with the Magpies using the wind in the first quarter to be up by four goals at quarter time.
Although Lismore-derrinallum had a slight fightback in the second quarter, it was no match for the Magpies who finished out the game 44-point victors.
New recruit James Quayle impressed by kicking four goals for the Magpies, Addison Milner and Tas Clingan kicked two goals each and with Chris Thornton performing well, the team will be on song to take on Glenthompson-dunkeld in round two.
Glenthompson-dunkeld is coming off a seven-point win over Woorndoo-mortlake.
The Rams came flying out of the blocks to be 42 points up at quarter time, however Woorndoo-mortlake put on a strong show for the following three quarters, winning each.
But it proved not enough and Glenthompson-dunkeld came away with the four points.
Adam Cameron was the best in front of goal, booting three, while Michael Uebergang and William Collins did their fair share of work around the ground.
Ararat Eagles will come off a mere 10-point loss to Tatyoon, where they had five more scoring shots than their opponents, when they try to keep this momentum going into this week’s game against SMW Rovers.
The Eagles had a cracking start and were two goals up at quarter time. However, inaccuracy in front of goals in difficult weather conditions saw the scoreline 4.12 to 7.4 the Hawks’ way.
Jackson Taurau and Lara Nambiragan were best players for the Eagles and they will be geared up to take on the Bulldogs, also coming off a win, over Hawkesdale-macarthur to the tune of six goals.
John Forbes and Kallen Young led the way for the Bulldogs, booting three goals each, while Tom Thewlis and Tom Mcwilliam were the best players for the day.
Both teams will be taking this opportunity early in the season to get four points on their record.
In other matches Hawkesdale-macarthur travels to Great Western, Penshurst hosts Caramut, Tatyoon takes on Lismore-derrinallum and Woorndoo-mortlake plays Moyston-willaura at Woorndoo.