Li­ons win re­newed ri­valry

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

Re­serves

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.

Thirds

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.

Fourths

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.

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