Lions claw their way back
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.