Lions good form lead­ing into fi­nals

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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.

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