Saints sink Hawks

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page -

FIVE goals to re­turn­ing for­ward Lachie Dale has helped lift Myrtle­ford to its first win of the sea­son in what was the first ever game played un­der lights in the Ovens Val­ley.

A solid crowd turned out to see the Saints take on Wan­garatta Rovers in just the third Ovens and Mur­ray night fix­ture for premier­ship points.

And home fans didn’t leave dis­ap­pointed with the Saints se­cur­ing a 15.11 (101) to 10.10 (70) win over the Hawks.

The Saints jumped out of the blocks with Dale, back af­ter serv­ing a week sus­pen­sion for rough con­duct against Corowa Ruther­glen, boot­ing two goals in as many min­utes to break open a 10-point quar­ter time lead.

The home side was chal­lenged early in the sec­ond term and Rovers could have hit the front if not for some poor goal kick­ing and for­ward-half skill er­rors be­fore Myrtle­ford co-coach Tim Looby took con­trol of the game.

Looby had 21 dis­pos­als and kicked four goals in what was ar­guably his best per­for­mance for the Saints since cross­ing from Goul­burn Val­ley league out­fit Shep­par­ton United.

The bul­lock­ing left footer has played ev­ery­where this sea­son in­clud­ing large mid­field min­utes against Lav­ing­ton last week but looked at home up for­ward with his strong lead-up pres­ence and deep for­ward en­tries a high­light.

The Saints’ best two play­ers across the first month of footy, Matt Dussin and Darcy Chellew were again named the team’s strong­est per­form­ers.

Dussin had a team-high 24 dis­pos­als, 25 hit-outs and kicked a goal in an im­pos­ing per­for­mance while 17-year-old Chellew picked up 21 classy dis­pos­als on the wing.

Nathan Laracy was also su­perb in his Myrtle­ford de­but pick­ing up 20 touches across half back in a work­man­like dis­play.

The Wer­ribee-listed Laracy got through the match un­scathed in his re­turn from a long-term knee in­jury and could re­main with the Saints un­til se­lected by the Tigers.

Broth­ers Will and Luke Quirk were also good for the Saints with Will playing a blan­ket­ing role on the mid­field dy­namo and Rovers co­coach Sam Car­pen­ter.

The Saints will take con­fi­dence into this week­end’s gen­eral bye, ahead of the daunt­ing task of fac­ing a re­ju­ve­nated Al­bury when Ovens and Mur­ray ac­tion re­turns the fol­low­ing Satur­day.

HUGE: Myrtle­ford cap­tain Matt Dussin was su­perb for the Saints, again stamp­ing his author­ity as one of the best talls in the com­pe­ti­tion.

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