Lions roar again
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.
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.
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.