Froud’s record-breaking 19
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.
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.
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.