Magpies outclass Saints
MYRTLEFORD’S tough month of footy has come to a devastating end with a 141-point belting to an efficient Wangaratta.
The Saints who have faced the competition’s best four teams in consecutive weeks were left to rue early missed chances as the score line got ugly late.
Myrtleford failed to put any scoreboard pressure on the Magpies despite an encouraging start, kicking four behinds in the opening fifteen minutes, all from very gettable chances.
The Saints created a raft of opportunities again in the second quarter but at halftime had scored 2.7.
At the other end Magpies forward Michael Newton received the ball on a platter all day as the home side quickly opened up a 50-point halftime lead despite having less inside 50s.
Mitch Dalbosco fought hard in the midfield for the Saints while Will Quirk continued his good form with a well-rounded display in what was a disappointing second half.
Ryley Sharp in his second game back from a knee injury moved freely and presented well as a forward target while Hugh Wales was inventive across half back, turning in his best game for the year
Wales’ younger brother Elijah was a late withdrawal for the game after receiving a call-up to the Footscray VFL team for the first time this year.
The Saints were well represented at state level on the weekend with Jake Sharp kicking three goals to be one of Werribee’s best in an eight-point win over Hawthorn’s affiliate Box Hill.
Myrtleford host Wodonga this weekend in what is undoubtedly a must-win game for the club.
The Bulldogs have two victories this season including a barnstorming 30-point win over Corowa on the weekend.
Nathan Laracy is unlikely to face his former side Wodonga with the tough defender hobbling off the ground with a hamstring injury early in the final quarter.