Froud’s record-break­ing 19

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies -

In a huge day for the Mul­wala Foot­ball Net­ball Club, Ash Froud all but stole the lime light from Nathan Parker who played his 200th game, with 19 stun­ning goals.

The haul, the largest in his­tory for Mul­wala, broke the pre­vi­ous best of 17 held by a num­ber of for­mer greats in­clud­ing club trainer Peter Boyd.

In un­fa­mil­iar cir­cum­stances, the large crowd were kept wait­ing to watch the great Nathan Parker run through his ban­ner with Fin­ley un­able to field a re­serves team.

Once play be­gan it was clear this was go­ing to be Mul­wala’s day.

Parker, play­ing up for­ward, had a hand in the first goal, a snap from Adam Rouel, be­fore kick­ing one for him­self only min­utes later.

Mul­wala dom­i­nated play with the mid­field in com­plete con­trol.

Goals rained down with Lions kick­ing nine in the first quar­ter.

Fin­ley, who have been dec­i­mated by play­ers leav­ing the club, were still full of fight and although they lacked the pol­ish to cause any ma­jor threat, two sec­ond quar­ter goals were enough to keep their play­ers in the game.

Parker, Froud and Tom Dow all hit the score­board and Mul­wala fin­ished the first half with a burst of five goals in quick suc­ces­sion.

From half back Mul­wala launched time and again with the Cook boys rack­ing up pos­ses­sions and Dale Pow­ell en­joy­ing the free­dom to run and carry the footy.

With a 20 goal lead at half time it would have been easy for Mul­wala to cruise through the sec­ond half, con­tent with a big win.

Un­for­tu­nately for Fin­ley, Mul­wala’s hunger for the con­test only grew as they slammed on an­other eight goals.

Jack­son Gash was in com­plete con­trol in the mid­field, fin­ish­ing his work with five goals of his own.

It was the full pack­age from the young cap­tain with a bomb from out­side 50 and rip­per from near the bound­ary.

Ash Froud con­tin­ued to find the goals with 13 at the last change putting him within reach of the Mul­wala record.

In his first taste of se­nior foot­ball, Lachie Wood looked more than com­fort­able and a beau­ti­ful rov­ing, left snap kick capped a mem­o­rable day for the young­ster.

The last 10 min­utes how­ever be­longed to Froud, with the Mul­wala crowd tick­ing off ev­ery ma­jor, the gun kept ev­ery­one in­ter­ested as he kicked three goals in quick suc­ces­sion.

As he drew even with the record, the Mul­wala play­ers went up a gear and en­sured that his name would be etched into the record books.

Fin­ish­ing with 19, it is hard to imag­ine this record be­ing bro­ken any time soon.

Ul­ti­mately the day be­longed to Parker who even man­aged to find him­self in a wres­tle with only two min­utes to play.

With six goals and sev­eral goal as­sists, he had more than just con­trib­uted.

Just as he has for the bet­ter part of 12 years, he was all class leav­ing the ground on top of a big red trailer.

With a packed club rooms his words fo­cused on the fu­ture as he urged ev­ery­one to get be­hind the coach and take Mul­wala to the promised land.

Un­der 17s

Mul­wala tried valiantly, but fell at an­other hur­dle, los­ing by 73 points to Fin­ley.

Goals to Isaac Pitches and Beau Nixon pro­vided Mul­wala some small joy but ul­ti­mately, the taller, stronger Fin­ley play­ers were too good.

Tom Tout was out­stand­ing in the back­line with his field kick­ing a real high­light.

Kyle Loomes and Ricky Walker ran hard all day and were two of Mul­wala’s bet­ter play­ers.

Up for­ward, with lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties, Josh Canty once again led hard and pro­vided a fo­cal point.

With the mid­field beaten, the ball spent

large pe­ri­ods of time in Mul­wala’s back half where Lachie Wood was once again a solid con­trib­u­tor.

Un­der 14s

Mul­wala en­joyed a 16 point win with a dis­play of bril­liant team work the rea­son be­hind the victory.

A tight con­test for most of the game, it opened up in the last quar­ter with long kick­ing into the for­ward line giv­ing Jack Tout some much needed space as he fin­ished with four goals for the game.

The on ballers in J Houghton, F Fletcher, S Davis and the Psalti­ras twins pro­vided grunt work in the hard con­tests with leg speed also a key fac­tor in the re­sult.

Mul­wala’s back­men worked hard all day with the stand out, B Birks, im­pres­sive with his tack­les and at­tack on the ball.

C Phibbs played the sweeper role across half back and played a great game.

Ul­ti­mately the sealer was kicked by Flynn Fletcher with a beau­ti­ful left foot snap from the pocket.

Once again it was a great team ef­fort by all the boys in se­cur­ing a re­ward­ing win.

Best: J Houghton, B Birks, S Davis, F Fletcher, D Psalti­ras.

Goals: J Tout 4, S Davis 2, D Psalti­ras 1.

Ash Froud kicked a record-break­ing 19 goals in the Lions win over Fin­ley.

Kyle Archibald in ac­tion for the Lions.

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