AND then there were two… Lancaster and Tallygaroopna remain the only unbeaten sides in the Kyabram District League after the sixth round of games on Saturday.
The Wombats dealt neighbour Merrigum its first loss for the season while Tally disposed of Longwood in a round highlighted by Stanhope’s Tasmanian recruit Rohan Baldock helping himself to 21 of the 51 goals the Lions slotted while crushing cellar dweller Ardmona.
The Corey Carver-coached Wombats opened with five goals to nil against Merrigum with the breeze at their backs but the Bulldogs got themselves back into the game in the second term and trailed by only four points at the long break.
But inspired by the efforts of Michael Hill, Logan Demasi, Josh Berry, Nathan Torney and Nic Ross the Wombats kicked six second-half goals to the Bulldogs’ three for a comfortable but hard earned 28-point win.
Danny Clarke, Tom Cooper, Todd Hicks and Jason Christou were Merrigum’s better players in a loss that resulted in the Bulldogs slipping two rungs on the ladder from third to fifth.
Stanhope’s savaging of Ardmona lifted it to third spot on the ladder.
Apart from Baldock’s mega haul, Craig and Ryan Emmett, Shannon Aynsley, Jorge Maxwell and Tom Hepburn were also treated for leather poisoning after the game.
Mitch Eastick, Anthony Cox and Nathyn Lee battled it out to the bitter end for the Cats.
Girgarre slipped from third to fourth on the ladder despite a big win over Rushworth.
Star recruit Rowan Priest showed his brilliance with a five-goal haul while Shaun Ross, coach Shannon Tucker and Ashley Hughes were up front for the winners.
Harley Nancarrow, the consistent Mick Telford, Kristan Weppner and Jayden Smith tried hard to inspire their Tigers teammates without much success.
Reigning premier Nagambie sent Violet Town crashing to its fifth loss for the season with a dominant win in the game between last season’s grand finalists.
Anthony Haysom, Zac Winter-Irving, Jarryd Shepherd and Dan Fitzpatrick showed the way for the Lakers, who, despite the win, slipped a rung on the ladder.
Dookie United won its second game in its new competition, getting the better of Murchison-Toolamba in the second term and defending and building on a 16-point half-time lead in the second half.
Brad Ridings, Will Patone and Ben Kelly were standouts for Dookie United while Jamie Jones, Liam McDonald and Mitch Tricarico were Murchison-Toolamba’s best contributors.
Undera went close to upsetting Avenel, who had to pull out a big last quarter to get up and win by six points.
Nic Goodwin, Connor McLoy and Will Dundon stood up for the Swans while Undera had good servants in Brenton Campbell, Jake Cormick, Shannon Hockey and Kaine Herbert.
Flag favourite Tallygaroopna was far too good for struggler Longwood, with Adam Serafini, Trent Sidebottom, Clint Edwards and the consistent Tim Belford all prominent in the win.
Josh Dohnt, Sean Arnold, Ryan Barassi and Tom Hanning were Longwood players who won the ball against the flow.