Lions claw their way back

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Mul­wala have de­liv­ered the per­fect re­sponse to last week’s poor show­ing, with a gutsy 35-point win over Moama.

In a fran­tic open­ing term, Mul­wala’s pres­sure was through the roof as Con­nor San­der­son led the way with a cou­ple of bone crunch­ing hits.

Beau Clarke got Mul­wala on the board with a long bomb but it was Tom Dow in the for­ward line who was prov­ing the per­fect foil for Ash Froud.

Dow’s skill and nous around goals is at times spec­tac­u­lar and it was his vi­sion and cre­ativ­ity that helped Mul­wala open a handy 3 goal lead at first change.

The sec­ond term was an arm wres­tle as Mul­wala fought hard in the wet con­di­tions.

Dy­lan Robin­son led the way in de­fence, as he beat his op­po­nent and helped re­bound the ball through a num­ber of clas­sic tor­pe­does.

In a day for hard tough foot­ball, Cam Car­ling per­son­i­fied the ap­proach with a cou­ple of run down tack­les, he wasn’t alone how­ever as the mid­field group rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to get stuck into the mud.

Ev­ery Moama pos­ses­sion was met with fierce pres­sure and soon the goals fol­lowed.

In a con­tender of goal of the year Sean Johns broke clear of con­ges­tion and kicked a freak­ish ba­nana goal from 40 me­ters, to set the crowd alight.

Soon af­ter an­other bruis­ing tackle in the for­ward fifty saw Sean Robin­son swoop on the ball and kick on of his four goals for the day.

Mul­wala had their tails up and jogged to the rooms at half time with a four goal lead.

Coach Ja­son San­der­son was full of praise for his young troops and im­plored them to main­tain the in­ten­sity, keep tack­ling and to win the hard ball.

Mul­wala started the third term in ex­actly that fash­ion and kicked the first of the term, once again through Sean Robin­son. SE­NIOR SCORES

From there, Moama showed enor­mous brav­ery and fought their way back.

As they lifted and matched Mul­wala on the in­side they clawed a cou­ple of goals back and found them­selves only nine points down at three quar­ter time.

The open­ing stanza of the last quar­ter was bat­tle of courage and will, as the ball spent the first ten min­utes on the outer wing.

Mul­wala’s de­fence held firm with the ram­pag­ing Nathan Mc­Nair res­o­lute in the back­line and cap­tain Jack­son Gash ev­ery­where through the mid­dle.

Sean Johns sec­ond goal of the game helped give Mul­wala some breath­ing space but with the game still in the bal­ance and both teams out on their feet it was Mul­wala’s best player of the last decade, Sean Robin­son, who sealed the game with a crumb­ing goal over his left shoul­der.

Sub Lachie Wood then made an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion with two div­ing tack­les as he spilled the ball free to an open Ross An­saldi who goaled from straight in front.

An­saldi made a wel­come re­turn to form and was su­perb at the feet of Hamish Hosk­ing who was the dom­i­nant big man on the ground and would have had more clear­ances than any­one.

Mul­wala’s last quar­ter capped a four-quar­ter per­for­mance and will hope­fully set a stan­dard for the rest of the year.

It is in­cred­i­ble what a team can achieve when all play­ers play with pres­sure and in­ten­sity. Re­serves

Mul­wala have faded badly in the Re­serves to lose by fif­teen points.

Tom Beams put on a clinic early and kicked the first three goals of the game to open up a handy lead.

His skill and ath­leti­cism was breath tak­ing as he carved his way through the Moama de­fense.

Down back, the com­bi­na­tion of Jake Savey, An­drew Maskell and Nathan Beasley was im­pen­e­tra­ble un­til a cou­ple of mis­takes let Moama back into the game.

Mul­wala held sway for most of the first half and looked in con­trol of the game.

Dy­lan Scott’s hard­ness was on full show as he won the ball on the in­side, whilst Cooper Chung bat­tled hard at half for­ward.

Moama flooded back and made scor­ing dif­fi­cult but with Mul­wala on top to the tune of 14 points at the main break, there was plenty of con­fi­dence in the group.

That con­fi­dence dis­ap­peared in a mat­ter of min­utes as Moama kicked two goals in­side the first 2 min­utes of the third quar­ter.

An­drew Maskell and Lachie Rouel worked hard to stem the tide with the ball spend­ing the next twenty min­utes be­tween the arcs.

Coach Mick Fletcher kept switch­ing the mag­nets around in or­der to find an av­enue to goal but noth­ing seemed to work as the wind played havoc with set shots and er­rant field kicks turn­ing the ball over.

Mul­wala ran out of steam in the last quar­ter and clearly high­lighted a lack of fit­ness with more play­ers re­quired to do the work at train­ing.

The ef­fort dur­ing the last ten min­utes was well be­low par and the boys will need to re­spond when they take on Tungamah this com­ing Satur­day.


The Thirds put in a su­per ef­fort but strug­gled to find their way for­ward.

Daniel Hosk­ings was su­perb and his in­ten­sity around the con­test was a stand out.

Kyle Loomes fought hard and con­tin­ued to give a phys­i­cal pres­ence, whilst Lachie Wood stood tall in the back­line.

Ul­ti­mately los­ing by 10 goals does not re­flect the ef­fort of the boys.


The Mul Fourths suf­fered a big loss but were com­pet­i­tive through­out.

Against one of the big­ger teams, the young boys fought hard and man­aged to kick two goals of their own.

The Psalti­ras boys won heaps of the footy and ran all day.

Their at­ti­tude is clear as they work un­til the fi­nal siren.

Josh Eder was also in the best play­ers, along­side Austin Wil­let who was brave at Full Back and Con­nor Phibbs for his run out of de­fense and through the mid­field.

Mitch Ad­kins and Jaxon Wheeler were also prom­i­nent, as was Dil­lon Kirchen who kicked a beau­ti­ful goal.

Sean Robin­son look­ing to get a hand­ball away in the se­niors win.

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