LANCASTER has stamped itself as a genuine contender in this year’s KDFL season after Corey Carver’s side ground out a win against 2017 grand finalists Violet Town.
The game was evenly poised at the last break, with both sides kicking 5.4 to sit at 34 apiece.
However, as the weather began to dry up in the last term, the Lancaster boys ran away with the game to kick five last-quarter goals and finish 19-point winners.
“It was one of those games we knew would be a slog with the weather and the tight match,” coach Carver said.
“From even at three-quarter time to be able to run the game out like that just shows what we put in throughout pre-season is working.
“For us this year it’s all about run and carrying the footy with our young side and we were able to do that in the last quarter.”
It was a huge occasion at Lancaster as favourite sons Rikki Busch and Chris Eddy celebrated their 200 and 150-game milestones respectively.
“It was a big day, we sorted them out with a banner and things like that and they were both able to kick a goal in the last quarter, which everyone was happy with.”
Lancaster will take on Avenel this week as the Wombats look to make it three on-the-trot.
A COUPLE of players down but a comfortable win for the A grade girls has co-coach Bec Monk feeling confident.
While the Lancaster girls managed to walk away with a 29-goal win from Violet Town in terrible conditions, Monk said there’s always room for improvement.
“It was a slow start for us and our shooting accuracy was something that really let us down, but towards the end it was more consistent with a 16-1 goal quarter in the last quarter,” she said.
“Despite the weather it was a really good performance, a few of our passes were easily intercepted because the wind was just blowing it back to somewhere else — it was trying for both sides.”
Co-coach Laura Thomson was awarded best on and Rima Owen-Horn’s efforts in goals and defence proved she was a versatile unit.
Monk said the match with Violet Town was a good exercise for the team to work out their presence on the court, but this week against Avenel will be more trying.
“This game will be a bit of a test for us, they’re coming off two solid wins and the game should give us a good idea of where we sit in the competition,” she said.
MERRIGUM coach Steve Lawlor praised his side’s ability to “do the hard stuff” in a tough win over Longwood on Saturday.
The conditions made for contested and often ‘ugly’ football but the Bulldogs held on to run away 30-point winners and start the season with consecutive victories.
“It was just a really solid four-quarter effort from our boys,” Lawlor said.
“We were kicking into a howling breeze in the first quarter and our back six stood up to the task really well to limit the damage as much as possible.”
By the end of the game, the sun had come out and Merrigum had wrestled their way on top of the game.
“We finished up in contested ball and the tackle count, and they came to play — they were prepared to do what it took just like we were.”
Jacob Chessells was impressive at full back, countering Longwood’s attack and linking up once Merrigum had the ball.
Mitch Younger impressed the coach, playing one of his best games for the club.
“Mitch has been at the club for four years and is really starting to mature as a footballer and put in the hard work that it takes.
“He has made a move into our leadership group this year and is making the most of it.”
Merrigum sit third on the ladder, joining Tallygaroopna and Lancaster as the undefeated teams after two rounds.
“We knew internally we could come up with a start like this, but we definitely won’t be taking Rushworth lightly this weekend.”
IN A turn of events the Merrigum v Longwood A grade game was cut short after a Longwood player fell and injured her head.
And as it was 10 minutes into the second half both teams agreed to call it a day with the game going Merrigum’s way, 37-20.
Sopping conditions meant the game stayed slow and the score was kept even early on.
“We were up by two at the end of the first quarter,” coach Louise Richards said.
“We made some changes in the second half but we didn’t get to see how those eventuated because it was called off.”
Best on went to Holly Maddock in goals and a special mention goes to Allana Adams for her first game in goals in the A grade comp.
“Jorja Tranter stepped up from Under 17s and played a really good game with us,” Richards said.
“Because it was so wet it was hard to pick a standout best for the day — but I feel the rain was a big factor for everyone last weekend.”
This week Merrigum travels to Rushworth where Richards expects a repeat of last week.
“We expect this week will be fairly similar — minus the rain,” she said.
STANHOPE ran into a rampant Tallygaroopna on the weekend, falling short by 46 points in a 13.8 (86) to 6.4 (40) loss. After demolishing Girgarre last week, Stanhope was in the game early, braving the horror conditions to be within four points at the first break.
However, as the game went on Tallygaroopna — who are firming as a premiership contender — began to wrestle control of the game.
The Redlegs kicked five goals to two in the second and third quarters opening up a 20-point lead at three-quarter time.
As the weather cleared up, Tallygaroopna began to run away with the game, kicking six goals to two in the final term.
Ryan Emmett and Cobey Aynsley were multiple goals kickers for Stanhope while Daniel Flynn continued his good form.
The Lions will look to get back to winning ways against Undera this weekend.
THIS week the senior side will be looking to get regulars on the court.
After demolishing Girgarre in round one the girls got taught a lesson by Tallygaroopna last weekend, going down 25-52.
However, coach Kerrie Gray said the result wasn’t surprising as the under-manned side battled one of the tougher teams in the comp — and in less than ideal conditions.
“They’re a quality team so to be up against them without the numbers wasn’t great,” Gray said.
Youngsters Lill Holden and Liv Quattrocchi stepped up once again to make numbers for the seniors.
“I couldn’t fault them, they were great,” she said.
Jamieson Young was best on for the day and Chicky Barr’s performance in goals was sound.
But for this week against Undera, Gray is looking to find a rhythm.
“We’re keen to get a full team on the court — even though we’re only two weeks in it’ll be great to get regulars out there on the court and build connections, so we’ll see where that leads,” she said.
GIRGARRE kicked a whopping 34 majors in their 224-point drubbing of Ardmona on Saturday.
The Roos kicked just three goals in the first term as both teams adjusted to the conditions.
However, as the game wore on, Girgarre began to dominate play.
The Roos led 65-1 at the main break and then kicked a further 25 second-half goals to bury the hapless Ardmona outfit.
It’s been a tough start to the year for the Cats players — the 224-point loss was actually an improvement on their round one defeat by 235 points at the hands of Lancaster.
While no one enjoys seeing scores like this in football, the Roos can only play who is out there.
Liam Van Roy kicked six goals in his first game for the season, Antonio Barca, Rowan Priest and Jake Hyland all grabbed five.
Matthew Giorgianni continued his strong start to the year with a solid game.
The Roos will be in for a much tougher match up this weekend when they take on Violet Town.
A GRADE managed to escape the weekend downpour and seal a 12-goal victory against Ardmona.
Coming off the back of a round one slaughtering courtesy of Stanhope, Girgarre’s changes paid off last week.
“We focused on plays, communication on the court and getting the ball down the court — and the girls did exactly that last weekend,” coach Chloe Kavanagh said.
“The defensive efforts were great across the court. There was a lot of pressure on the girls and it was a very physical game but the girls managed to get above it.”
Sarah Goodsell was best on while Danielle Myers scored the incentive award and Britney Walsh was the player’s player.
Kavanagh said although the round one performance was not as strong as they’d hoped, it provided a good practice.
“Everyone came together as a team last week, so we’re looking forward and hoping to get more movement in goals and more defensive pressure so hopefully we can come home with a win,” she said.
Girgarre travels to Violet Town this weekend and is looking to steal another win.