Lions good form leading into finals
Mulwala ventured to Katandra West Recreation Reserve for the first time since the 1986 season when both clubs competed in the old Tungamah Football League.
A few of the Mulwala crew missed the turn or got the directions mixed up in the GPS and ended up having to give a hand finishing off the milking on a Katandra dairy farm.
Once we found the correct venue the Mulwala crew were treated to some fantastic facilities, with excellent netball courts and a football ground in fantastic condition.
The conditions were absolutely perfect for football and the Mulwala boys were primed to finish the home and away season with a big win against the lower ranked young Katandra team.
Hamish Hosking set the tone from the first bounce with early dominance in the ruck, which set things in motion for the Mulwala mid fielders.
Brad Wilson hadn’t read the script, kicking the first goal of the game off the very first centre clearance by Jackson Gash instead of looking for 250 game milestone man Dylan Robinson to get the scoreboard ticking.
Dylan was soon in on the action with a strong lead and confident set shot from 55m.
Mulwala were winning the ball from the centre and ball ups around the ground with on ball players linking up well to drive the ball long into the forward fifty.
Sean Johns was breaking through tackles and combining with Brad Wilson, Jackson Gash and Harry Crossley to break open the Katandra defence.
A six goal first term set the game up for Mulwala and the dominance of the back six also meant that the Katandra forwards were finding scoring difficult to achieve.
The Katandra boys managed two late goals to give them some confidence heading into the first break but Josh Hammond, Nathan McNair and the Cook boys were determined to shut them down.
Dylan McNamara’s strong lead up marking was a feature of the first half and the way Beau Clarke was presenting up on the wing was causing Katandra a lot of grief.
Dylan Robinson was too strong for his opponent in the one on one contests marking strongly and kicking accurately to have four majors going into the long break.
Mulwala had kicked 11 goals 2 to half time and looked to have solved the ongoing issue of the season of inaccuracy in front of goal.
It was a case of speaking two soon with Mulwala adding 3 goals 7 points in the third term off some dominant play by the back line who were linking well with the midfield group who were having to run the game out due to having no fit players left on the bench.
The injection of Josh Ednie the sub had an instant impact with Josh snapping his first goal in senior football, a very exciting achievement for a future star.
He was mobbed by the whole senior group in celebration of him hitting the score board for the first time at senior level.
Mulwala had to go with the 18 fit players they had left for the last term and it didn’t slow their progress with another five goals added in the final term.
Mulwala were well served all day by Hamish Hosking in the ruck and his dominance was continued when he left the ground in the final term by Glenn Dominick.
Sean Johns, Jackson Gash, Harry Crossley and Dylan Robinson were consistent contributors across the four quarters and they will be looking to take their good form into the elimination final against Rumbalara at Tongala next Sunday. 6.2 2.1 11.2 4.5 14.5 5.7 19.9 8.13 123 61
250 game milestone man Dylan Robinson got the Lions’ scoreboard ticking with an eight goal haul.