Lions win renewed rivalry
Mulwala’s 30-year-old rivalry with Tungamah was reborn on Saturday, with Mulwala coming out on top to the tune of 42 points.
In front of a massive crowd, Mulwala were pushed the whole way by a determined Tungamah but were ultimately too fit, running away with game after half time.
In their first outing against a Murray League team, the Bears were full of run and spirit early which showed during an opening quarter onslaught that led them to an 18-point lead.
Whilst Tungamah made the most of their opportunities, Mulwala were wasteful in front of goal.
Ash Froud kicked the first goal of the game but then struggled to convert.
His leading and forward craft were a level above and former Mulwala player Dale Powell had his hands full trying to stop the superstar.
However, as Froud and others sprayed the ball in front of goal, Tungamah were able to kick their way through Mulwala’s zone and found a couple of easy majors at the other end.
Mulwala’s midfield had taken control as the evergreen or red Sean Robinson won the ball on the inside and fed it out to the likes of Lachie Davis whose pace was causing headaches for the opposition.
Cam Carling fresh off an engagement announcement and playing in his 50th senior game was a catalyst for the change in momentum as he threw himself in and tackled with vigor.
Hamish Hosking who had been beaten in the ruck early, became a dominant force during the second term as his ruck work was over shadowed by Hamish the midfielder whose ability to fend off had the crowd in awe.
Tungamah refused to lie down and went to half time clinging to a 3-point lead.
The half time siren also led to a melee which had supporters from each team fired up as the players walked into their rooms exchanging verbals.
Mulwala were too classy and had too much run in their legs after half time.
The avalanche of possession eventually led to some easy goals with Ash Froud kicking 4 for the term and Sean Johns and Jackson Gash off the leash through the middle.
Dylan Robinson continued his fine form with a dominant performance at half back.
Ever reliable, his decision making and sure hands are exactly what Mulwala needs.
Glenn Dominick, a Tungamah premiership player made an impact in his return and was crucial in the back line during the second half.
A 6 goal to 1 third quarter all but snuffed out the contest but with pride and town bragging rights on the line there was still plenty to play for.
The unheralded Dylan McNamara played a superb game on the wing and his diving superman spoil typified Mulwala’s hunger.
Tungamah certainly didn’t give up and managed four last quarter goals.
Mulwala playing with their tales up kicked six of their own with Ash Froud ultimately finishing with 8 goals which could have easily been in the mid-teens had he had his kicking boots on.
With three wins from four games Mulwala will take on last year’s grand finalists Numurkah at home on Saturday in what is a season shaping game.
Mulwala may be without gun backman Tim Doyle, who limped from the field with what looked like a nasty ankle injury.
Mulwala have ground out another win, beating Tungamah by 38 points in the brilliant sunshine on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the 40 odd unfit reserves players the oppressive heat had everyone out on their feet by the end of the game.
The game was hot early as Chris O’Neill squandered the first opportunity for goal by committing the cardinal sin of kicking into the man on the mark.
Luckily for him it wasn’t long before Mulwala had a couple of majors on the board and some resemblance of control over the game.
It was the youngsters in Robert Wilson and Ricky Walker whose performance stood out.
Ricky’s ability to run and carry the football was combined with clean hands and work ethic that had him putting his hand up for best player on the ground.
Mulwala’s second quarter was easily its best as they piled on 4 goals to nothing with Angus McMillan hitting the scoreboard and Jackson Weir giving mark of the year his best shot.
Corey Lindsey and Dylan Leadingham continued the charge of the younger boys with plenty of the football and a number of courageous defensive acts.
Nathan Beasley, Andrew Maskell and Josh Bozzola had the backline under control and kept Tungamah goalless for the entire first half.
It was a different game in the third quarter with Tungamah dominating periods of play and slamming on five goals.
Mulwala’s backline suddenly had holes everywhere and the midfield had trouble keeping pace as they lost the clearances and the ability to run and spread.
With coach Mick Fletcher putting the acid on at three quarter time, the chance of an upset had everyone on edge.
Enter Lachie Vissenga.
This young gun could not have been more influential in last quarter as he went into the ruck and began to dominate.
The ball was back going Mulwala’s way and soon they capitalized as Jake Savy’s move to centre half forward paid off.
Gus McMillan and Jackson Weir both kicked accurately and Mulwala cruised to a 6-goal win.
Mulwala thirds put in a brave performance clawing their way back into the game during the third quarter and leading with ten minutes to play.
Daniel Hosking was once again a force through the midfield and was well supported by Sam Davis who kicked a couple of goals and the craft Zach Scott who racked up the touches.
Unfortunately for Mulwala, they fell short
17 & under
Mulwala 31 defeated Tungamah 22. In unseasonably hot conditions today the Lions were looking to improve upon last week’s performance and they jumped out of the blocks, stamping their authority on the match and racing to an early lead. Heidi was phenomenal in defence, matching up against her tall GS with determination and ensuring that her 2nd and 3rd effort resulted in a turnover and possession.
Alongside Heidi, Abbey and Jess were relentless in defence, all working together to create tough conditions for the opposition.
Tess was tireless in the centre court, driving hard and creating space, whilst Hollie and Liv hit the ring to perfection.
Chels and Lilly worked well in goals, setting screens and driving well all day.
The third quarter saw the Bears close the gap as the Lions flagged in the heat, however a strong last quarter brought home a well-earned win for the girls.
Awards; YMGCR – Heidi Magro, Mulwala Pharmacy – Lilly Gallagher, MFNC Meal deal – Tess McNamara.
15 & under
Mulwala 37 defeated Tungamah 17. After coming off a loss last week, our U15’s were hungry to add another win to their tally.
Every single one of the girls played amazingly well this weekend, beating Tungamah by 20 goals.
After a strong training session, the girls put everything they had learnt into practice and proved that they were a team to watch out for.
The teamwork and support during the game showed that the girls are finally starting to work together as a team. Although there are a few things to work on, these girls should be proud of all their efforts this week. once again and face an uphill climb to make the finals.
Special mention to Connor Phibbs and the Psaltiras boys who stepped up and filled in.
The Fourths enjoyed a great victory with the game still close at three quarter time, the young Lions rose to the occasion and cruised to a 4-goal win.
Daniel and Addison Psaltiras were once again awesome to watch as they ran hard and scored goals for themselves.
Daniel Roberts continues to improve and Dylan Martin was crucial in the ruck.
Connor Phibbs was awarded best on ground and his four goals was ultimately the difference in the game.
Awards; YMGCR – Cheyenne Nixon, Judds Yarrawonga – Jorja Chung, MFNC Meal deal - Bella Seamer.
13 & under
Mulwala 34 defeated Tungamah 4.
What a great game the girls played. With the weather so hot they all kept going all game.
With 10 kids on the side the Lions swapped the team around each quarter and everyone adapted to each combination well.
The defenders put great pressure on all game with the centre court players running into space really well.
Then the goalies all positioned and shot fantastic. Well done girls on a fantastic game today.
Awards; YMGCR – Emmy Gittins, La Porchetta – Tilly McDonald.
11 & under
Mulwala 17 defeated Tungamah 0.
A slow start in the first half didn’t stop the girls from putting on a show.
Tight on their players, both Grace and Milla didn’t give the opposition an inch.
Nailing her three feet and arms over, Milla consistently put pressure on the ball and didn’t allow her player any room to move.
The little pocket rocket Emily managed to play a full game in WA and using her voice she managed to direct the play well and use the court space to her advantage.
The girls came away with a strong win, leaving the opposition without scoring.
With positive attitudes and good sportsmanship the little Lions are showing everyone just how easy it is to excel in all areas of a sport. Awesome effort girls.
Awards; YMGCR – Milla Fletcher, Travel & Cruise Yarrawonga – Emily Linehan.
Mulwala’s Nathan McNair gets a handball away during the Lions 42-point win over old rivals Tungamah.