Lions roar again

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

Mul­wala has re­turned to the win­ners list af­ter a hard fought 24 point vic­tory over Rum­balara.

Mul­wala took con­trol of the match early with a dom­i­nant first quar­ter.

Two goals to Ash Froud and mid­field dom­i­nance saw Mul­wala jump to a five goal lead.

Sean Robin­son starred dur­ing the open­ing term and show­cased his class with a 60 me­tre pin point pass to find Hamish Hosk­ing to ex­tend Mul­wala’s ad­van­tage.

Damien Cook was once again play­ing the quar­ter­back role and con­tin­ued his ter­rific form as he con­tin­u­ally set up the play.

Adam Rouel was another who was in sparkling touch, his de­fen­sive acts com­bined with some raz­zle and daz­zle through the con­test was sin­gled out at quar­ter time by Coach Michael Tout.

Mul­wala lost its way through the sec­ond quar­ter as poor de­ci­sion mak­ing and some loose check­ing let Rum­balara back in the game.

Mul­wala were sud­denly chas­ing tale as Rum­balara’s run­ning brigade cap­i­talised on ev­ery er­ror lack of con­cen­tra­tion.

Dale Pow­ell played an im­por­tant role as he kept pace and ap­plied enor­mous pres­sure which al­lowed Nath Cook to take sev­eral in­ter­cept marks.

With only one goal for the quar­ter Mul­wala’s lead had been cut to 9 points at the half time break.

Af­ter a tense open­ing to the third quar­ter, a mis­guided kick from the Rum­balara mid­field saw the ball kicked the wrong way.

Tom Dow found him­self on the end of it and nailed the goal.

Dy­lan McNa­mara fill­ing in for Beau Clark at cen­tre half for­ward was su­perb and a huge pack mark led to another Mul­wala goal and opened up a handy four goal lead.

Costly turn overs put the back­line un­der pres­sure as Mul­wala once again kept Rum­balara in the game.

A clas­sic run­ning goal from Ross An­saldi was just re­ward for his hard work as the classy mid­fielder en­joyed his best game for the club.

In Kyle Archibald’s first game back in Mul­wala colours, the foot­ball jour­ney­man led the way with his voice im­pact­ing the whole team.

Still with a cou­ple of late goals Mul­wala held onto a 13 point lead at the last change.

In a game Mul­wala just had to win, it was telling that in the last term that Mul­wala’s lead­ers stood up.

Ash Froud kicked the open­ing goal and Jack­son Gash, Sean Robin­son and Josh Hammond all had a huge say in pro­ceed­ings.

Harry Cross­ley was su­perb also in the fi­nal quar­ter as his left foot was com­posed and ac­cu­rate.

A huge hit on Cam Car­ling stopped the game as the of­fend­ing Rum­balara player was sent from the field with young Cam un­for­tu­nately taken to hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion af­ter a nasty con­cus­sion.

Mul­wala did what they needed af­ter that as Rum­balara flooded back into their de­fen­sive 50 to bot­tle the game up.

As Mul­wala strug­gled to score they stayed to the struc­tures and set up be­hind the ball as the game fiz­zled out for a four goal win.

Re­serves

Mul­wala Re­serves lost an epic bat­tle, fall­ing be­hind in the dy­ing min­utes to lose by less than a kick.

Dec­i­mated by in­jury and un­avail­abil­ity, Mul­wala headed to Rum­balara with only a hand­ful of play­ers.

With five thirds kids fill­ing in and a cou­ple of old stages in Mick Flec­ther and Ian Glass, Mul­wala scraped to­gether a team.

In a roller­coaster of a game, three times Mul­wala kicked clear only to be hauled back in.

With the run of Bai­ley Scott and Jack­son Weir Mul­wala looked too classy and skil­ful for the op­po­si­tion and went clear by four goals mid way through the sec­ond quar­ter un­til a nasty shoul­der in­jury to Bai­ley forced him from the field and left Mul­wala with 17 for the re­main­ing of the match.

Even though a man down, Mul­wala kept find­ing a way for­ward as Ja­son San­der­son racked up 50 odd pos­ses­sions, the young boys play­ing their sec­ond game for the day were in­cred­i­ble.

Corey Lind­sey was ev­ery­where and tack­led with spirit, while Lachie Wood was in­stru­men­tal down back, Kane Fisher and Tom Tout cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties up for­ward.

The pow­er­ful Josh Canty was another young­ster who played per­haps his best game of foot­ball ever. His in­ter­cept marks and one handed pick up were a huge pos­i­tive and some­thing to build on for the fu­ture.

Char­lie Ma­gro played with usual courage and strength, brother Joe worked tire­lessly in the ruck against a cou­ple of man moun­tains.

Lachy Orr was full of run off half back and his lead­er­ship once again telling.

The vet­er­ans in the full for­ward line held firm all day as Craig Frauen­felder kicked two goals and pro­vided a tar­get and Mick Fletcher dusted off the cob webs to kick one for him­self.

Ar­guably Mul­wala’s best player was Zach Moore who moved his way up the ground yet still man­aged to kick four ter­rific goals.

Mul­wala had no an­swer for Rum­balara’s full for­ward Bo Jack­son who fin­ished with eight goals in­clud­ing the sealer which he marked over three Mul­wala de­fend­ers.

He was ul­ti­mately the dif­fer­ence as Mul­wala lost by a hand­ful of points.

Thirds

Mul­wala posted a com­mand­ing win over Rum­balara on Satur­day.

Still with sev­eral key per­sonal out in­jured, the young boys started full of run­ning and were never headed in a spir­ited and de­ter­mined dis­play.

Ricky Walker was a stand out with his run and carry a fea­ture through­out the game.

Cody Howard was once again in­cred­i­ble with two bril­liant goals while Zach Scott, Kyle Loomes and Robert Wil­son led a clinic on how to tackle.

Cooper Chung was another prom­i­nent player with two goals and com­bined with time spent in the mid­field.

Ul­ti­mately the ef­fort from the en­tire 22 was enough to run away with an eight goal vic­tory. Fourths Mul­wala’s fine young men have tri­umphed with a re­sound­ing 39 point vic­tory over Rum­balara.

In a phys­i­cal con­test it was Mul­wala’s class and skill that proved too much for the op­po­si­tion.

Mul­wala’s lead­ers stood up with J Houghton’s strength a key fac­tor at keep­ing Rum­balara at bay with S Davis and F Fletcher giv­ing that much needed leg work to set up the lit­tle cubs.

C Phibbs was the usual ma­chine in the back­line and never stopped all day.

A Psalti­ras and D Kirchin were in great form dur­ing the fi­nal term with two quick goals each to set up the vic­tory.

Best: J Houghton, S Davis, A Psalti­ras, C Phibbs, D Kerchin.

Goals: A Psalti­ras 2, J Tout 2, D Kerchin 2, F Fletcher 2.

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