Lions go down to second placed Barooga
Mulwala’s ball use has once again been its undoing as they succumbed to a 35-point defeat to Barooga.
With plenty of the ball during the first half Mulwala created a number of opportunities, but as has been the case all year, failure to convert on the scoreboard condemned the side to 7 goal deficit at half time.
The bulk of Cameron Cloke at full forward had proved head aches and whilst Nathan Cook had certainly given a good account of himself, the 30kg difference in weight had eventually been too much.
Around the ground, Mulwala were winning plenty of the football and showed great pressure to win the ball back. Sean Johns and Jackson Gash led the way in the middle and were everywhere.
Harry Crossley looked dynamic and created headaches at half forward whilst the move of Dylan Robinson to the forward lines also looked to be working.
The problem for Mulwala was that they turned the ball over seemingly for fun, as they either bit off too much at half back or simply lost the ability to kick the football when going forward.
When Mulwala did move the football well it resulted in goals as Ash Froud who kicked a long goal.
Bard Wilson laid a big tackle soon after and kicked truly to restore the margin to three goals.
However the momentum quickly shifted with Barooga finishing the quarter with 3 unanswered goals which basically ended the contest.
No one can question the character of the Mulwala group as once again they fought bravely in the second half and actually outscored their opponents. With the heat out of the game, Mulwala showed tremendous skill and worked the ball forward to have the forwards actually convert.
Tom Dow, Dylan McNamara and Lachie Davis all came into the game and had key touches whilst Beau Clarke and Nathan McNair were swung into defence to combat the big Barooga forwards.
McNair fought admirably against Cloke and if it had not been for a couple of questionable free kicks he would have taken the chocolates against the 3rd best Cloke Brother.
Jackson Gash continued to find the football and is the complete package whilst Sean Johns looks like a class above when he uses the ball well.
For Mulwala the second half was once again something they can reflect on and should become a standard of what they are capable of.
Mulwala now have the bye before taking on Finley at home.
Barooga 7.9 51 defeated by Mulwala 9.6 60.
Mulwala have secured their best win of the season with a hard fought ten-point victory over Barooga.
In a stirring display it was the perfect mix of old wise heads and the spirit of youth that led to Mulwala’s win. Jarrod the Wizz Wilson was incredible all day and his two opening term goals were just the start Mulwala were looking for.
His hardness is of course his trade mark but here it was skill to kick a running snap followed by a set shot from forty.
At the other end of the age range was big Beau Nixon. This emerging full forward was terrific all day and early on his ability to attract the footy stood out with Barooga forced to make a change to match up to the young Bull.
The backline were giving away height in every position with Wade Dennis giving away SENIOR SCORES Barooga 4.1 Mulwala 0.4 9.3 2.5 15.5 7.5 17.5 107 11.6 72 Goals: MULWALA: Ashley Froud 3, Nathan Cook 2, Dylan Robinson 2, Harrison Crossley 1, Bradley Wilson 1, Jackson Gash 1, Hamish Hosking 1. BAROOGA: Riley Gow 4, Cameron Cloke 4, Brock Neal 3, Matthew Demaio 2, Wade Demasi 1, Brent Downie 1, Jake Russell 1, Lachlan Wright 1.
Best: MULWALA: Jackson Gash, Nathan McNair, Beau Clarke, Joshua Hammond, Dylan Robinson, Hamish Hosking. BAROOGA: Cameron Cloke, Brodie A’Vard, Cameron Sandral, Lachlan Brown, Lucas Olson, Wade Demasi. about 60kg on his opponent as well. This didn’t stop the boys who were well led by Nathan Beasley who marked everything and the ferocious Andrew Maskell who ran straight and hard as he has done all year. Unfortunately for Mulwala, turn overs opened up Barooga’s run and soon they were back in the game.
The arm wrestle continued in the second term, with Jarrod Wilson and Beau Nixon adding a goal each but Barooga also finding some space at the other end.
Through the midfield Dylan Leadingham was having a big influence with Dave Nero playing a sweeping role on the wing.
The brilliance in the young players was everywhere to see with Ricky Walker a superstar at half back with his run and carry, whilst Corey Lindsay tackled with the strength of ten men. His high marking also stood out as this youngster has transformed himself into a gun.
Mulwala’s third quarter onslaught was not only the reason they won but should also become a standard for how they perform moving forward.
If Ricky Walker was superb in the first half, his third quarter was something else as he dominated the game. Not even 18, his ability to keep his feet in the contest and use his damaging left foot meant that time and again he rebounded the ball and set up the play.
His hit up of Robert Wilson early in the quarter led to a brilliant goal as Wilson turned his opponent inside out, sprinted along the boundary and drilled a left foot banana goal.
Pickles Phibbs celebrating reaching retirement age kicking another and suddenly Mulwala had a three goal lead.
With Barooga kicking with aid of a handy breeze Mulwala would endure a tense final quarter as Barooga reduced the margin back to 4 points.
Adam Rouel showed his skill and vision as he several times, found a way through traffic and hit up a leading forward.
His craft and agility was perhaps the difference in the final term as he led his team to the win.
Craig Fraunfelder had been huge all day but went to another level in the last. His ability to protect the drop of the ball in a marking contest was crucial as he helped control the speed of the game.
Charlie Magro, Jordan Cook and James VanderVliet all had their moments as well but it was the evergreen Ash Gove who kicked the sealer as Mulwala celebrated its best win of the season.
Goals: Mulwala: Jarrad Wilson 3, Dennis Phibbs 1, Isaac Bond 1, Ashley Gove 1, Robert Wilson 1, Craig Frauenfelder 1, Beau Nixon 1.
Barooga: William Foster 2, Zane Goodwin 2, Richard Gatcum 1, Marcus Fry 1, Cal Brooks 1.
Best: Mulwala: Jarrad Wilson, Rick Walker, Robert Wilson, Corey Lindsay, Jordan Cook, Dylan Leadingham.
Barooga: Benjamin McNeill, Richard Gatcum, Harison Foster, Tomas Santoro, David Trenerry, Cal Brooks.
Barooga 13.8 86 defeated Mulwala 5.1 31.
The thirds boys went down in a spirited display and simply lacked the height to compete in the air. The scoreboard did not do justice to the competitiveness of the game with Zack Scott and Blayze Young-Mail stand outs.
Goals: Mulwala: Zach Scott 2, Aaron Magher 1, Sam Davis 1, Reece Norman 1.
Barooga: Kristopher Bextream 4, Corey Percy 2, Peter Francis 1, Coleby Hellyer-Maud 1, Jack Andrew 1, Drew Humphries 1, Will Lavery 1, Alistair Wright 1, Hayden Brown 1.
Best: Mulwala: Reece Norman, Lachlan Wood, Kyle Loomes, Aaron Magher, Zach Scott, Flynn Fletcher.
Barooga: Peter Francis, Kristopher Bextream, Coleby Hellyer-Maud, Joel Brown, Alistair Wright, Hayden Brown.
Barooga 11.2 68 defeated Mulwala 1.4 10.
With Connor Phibbs still away the job was left to too few as Barooga took the chocolates. Credit to the Pslatiras boys who ran hard all day.
Goals: Mulwala: D. Kirchen. Barooga: Jae Bowden 3, Samuel Trembath 2, Jai Nolan 1, Lachlan Nolan 1, Cooper Adkins 1, Sam Poole 1, Caleb Jezewski 1, Jake Poole 1.
Best: Mulwala: Addison Psaltiras, Daniel Psaltiras, Dillon Kirchen, Dylan Martin, Cameron Lefevre, Tyler Jones.
Barooga: Jake Poole, Brody Tenney, Sam Poole, Nicholas Nolan, Caleb Jezewski, William Brooks.