The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Woorndoo-mortlake, Tatyoon battle for top spot

- – Jonathan Box

Wow! What an exciting round 13 in Mininera and District Football League this weekend.

Whoever comes away with the win this week between Tatyoon and Woorndoo-mortlake will have topsport bragging rights and give themselves a four-point advantage.

Woorndoo-mortlake should be heading into this week’s challenge in good form after its win last round at home against Moyston-willaura by 116 points.

The Tigers kept the Pumas goal-less up to half time and only conceded two goals for the remainder of the game.

With the absence of Grant Cameron, Jesse Horan was strong in front of goals kicking eight majors, while a dominant game by Keilan WebsterBam­ford led to him being best on ground.

Tatyoon on the other hand travelled to Lismore and came away with a 60-point victory over Lismore-derrinallu­m.

The Hawks led all day in a good team performanc­e with several players sharing the load.

Adrian Pilgrim led goal-scorers with five and was well supported by Steven Nicholson and Joshua Brown, who both contribute­d four each.

Accuracy in front of goals will be important for this week’s challenge and the Hawks will hope players such as William Henderson, Tyler Cronin and Steven Butler can back up the crucial roles and performanc­e from last week.

Lismore-derrinallu­m will be hoping to turn around its loss last week and get a win when it travels to Great Western.

The Demons, who are sitting in sixth position on equal points with fifth-placed Ararat Eagles, need these points to give them the best chance to break into the top five.

James Boag with four goals last round did his best to help his team, along with Brandon Greenwood, Daniel Westblade and Jack Atkins who all had strong performanc­es.

Great Western showed its strength against Glenthomps­on-dunkeld last week with a 37-point victory and secured a four-point advantage which, if it can hold that position, will give the Lions a second chance come finals.

Damon Folkes with six goals gave his team a strong target in front of the sticks and was joined in the best players by Lachlan Malloy and Thomas Cairns.

After a strong performanc­e last week, SMW Rovers will host Ararat Eagles.

The Bulldogs, who have lacked consistenc­y throughout the season, were dominant winners by 158 points over Caramut. Their 12 goal-scorers reflected a great team effort.

Ararat Eagles, who had a similar victory over Wickliffe-lake Bolac, need to get this win over the Bulldogs to keep their position in the top five. The Eagles also had a strong team performanc­e with 10 players contributi­ng to the scoreboard.

In other games with only four points separating them, Penshurst hosts Moyston-willaura, Wickliffe-lake Bolac plays Glenthomps­on-dunkeld at home and Caramut and Hawkesdale-macarthur battle. Ladder: Woorndoo-mortlake 40 points, 360.93 percent; Tatyoon 40, 294.01; Great Western 32, 217.18; Glenthomps­on-dunkeld 28, 135.02; Ararat Eagles 24, 215.05; Lismore-derrinallu­m 24, 138.58; Hawkesdale-macarthur 16, 51.59; Moyston-willaura 12, 85.60; SMW Rovers 12, 81.07; Penshurst 8, 74.32; Wickliffe-lake Bolac 4, 38.70, Caramut 0, 11.01.

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