LANCASTER suffered its first loss for the season, missing out on countless early opportunities to go down by 10 points.
Despite dominating the first term, the Wombats had just a five-point lead at quarter time.
Dookie managed to kick three goals straight from its only scoring shots, while Lancaster rued inaccurate kicking to head into the first break with three majors and five behinds.
The second term belonged to Dookie, as they continued their good form in front of goals.
The Power kicked 5.1 to Lancaster’s 3.3 to head into the main break with a five-point lead.
Throughout the year, the young Wombats have been able to stand up when presented with a challenge, and the Power boys were certainly giving them exactly that.
Both sides kicked four goals in a seesawing third term as the ball cannoned from end to end.
The Power opened up an 11-point three-quarter-time lead — and if it wasn’t for a quarter of inaccurate kicking, they could’ve blown the Wombats out of the water.
Lancaster had its chances in the final term to wrench victory from the jaws of defeat. But it wasn’t to be as Dookie held on for a 10-point win.
Michael Hill continued his strong form for the Wombats — he booted two goals in another inspiring performance.
Logan Demasi and Jack Elliot were also strong, countering the Power’s consistent blows.
The loss means Tallygaroopna now sits as the standalone leader of the competition for the first time.
Lancaster will face Girgarre next week.
ACCURACY proved to be an issue for Lancaster on the weekend.
Shooting at just 40 per cent, the girls had no chance of taking Dookie to task, going down 37-43.
“It was disappointing that we weren’t converting the opportunities — it should have been a game we won quite easily but we didn’t,” co-coach Bec Monk said.
“We had so many opportunities missed by our goaling inaccuracy.”
Monk said there was some uncertainty regarding players at the start of the week but believes that shouldn’t have affected the weekend’s result.
“There were a few stresses as we had to fill positions across the grades due to injury, so there was a lot of movement but that shouldn’t have affected us,” she said.
“We had very strong defence and attack but you can’t expect to win when your accuracy is at 40 per cent.
Laura Thomson played well and held off the DU goals along with Bec Monk but it wasn’t enough.
Zoe Hayes put in a solid performance and Soph Davies proved she was versatile, changing positions and adapting well.
Monk said the girls will be seeking redemption this weekend and they know how to improve.
“It was really frustrating, but I had Chels message me over the weekend and say she’s shot 150 goals — she said her accuracy should be at about double of what it was on the weekend,” she said.
“I’ve got big expectations this week, put it as a full-game effort across the court.”
Lancaster hosts Girgarre this weekend in what Monk described as a must-win game.
“At the start of the season I wasn’t expecting finals — but we have to be mindful of those games like Merrigum, Girgarre and Dookie that we should be able to win,” she said.
“We know there’s a fair gap between us and the likes of Stanhope or Nagambie but we need to win those games that we have a chance in.”
MERRIGUM went down to a rampant Tallygaroopa on Saturday by 56 points, with the game proving a solid measuring stick for the Bulldogs.
With Tallygaroopna firming as the team-to-beat, the Bulldogs found just how far they have to go until they can mix it with the best.
The Dogs made a promising start, booting two first-term goals and stretching out to an 11-point lead at quarter time.
From there, however, it was all Tallygaroopna.
The Redlegs had 10 scoring shots in the second term, kicking 6.4.
A nine-point lead at half time quickly turned into a 50-point buffer at the last break.
A further five fourth-quarter goals for the Redlegs blew the margin out to 56 by the final siren.
Jake Ross was good again for the Dogs, while Jacob Cooper backed up last week’s effort with a solid display.
Jake Parkinson, Josh Smith, Todd Hicks and Tristan Fitzsimmons all kicked two majors for the Dogs, who have slumped to sixth on the KDFL ladder.
“I AM devastated”
That’s the only way coach Louise Richards could describe last weekend’s match against Tallygaroopna.
And understandably, as the girls were beaten by 57 goals, 12-69.
“Last weekend showed just how much a junior side can be intimidated by such a senior group,” Richards said.
Accuracy proved to be an issue for the youngsters, who were able to get the ball to the ring but failed to make it count.
“Our girls tried and they put up the goals but they either bounced off or rolled around the ring and back out, we just didn’t have the height to get those rebounds,” Richards said.
“We didn’t play well at all and so there were no nominations for best on. After the game we were all of the same opinion, we knew it wasn’t anywhere near our best.’’
The one bright spot Richards managed to find was the girls’ third-quarter performance where they managed to restrict Tally to 11 goals.
“Although it was a big loss, it was a nice game and it didn’t get rough at all, which is credit to Tally,” Richards said.
This week, the girls are hosting Undera and their coach said they’ll be working on their confidence.
“It’s not going to be a walk in the park, we know that, so the girls are going to have to put in this week at training,” Richards said.
They’ll be without Ebony Halliwell so Bre Baker is coming up from the U17s and Richards said she shows promise.
“She’s strong in defence. She played a half game on Saturday and was getting into the swing of things with some nice intercepts in centre,” Richards said.
DESPITE some terribly inaccurate kicking, Stanhope proved too strong for Avenel to continue its rise up the KDFL ladder.
The Lions fell behind early in the game, as Avenel opened up a seven-point lead at quarter time.
Stanhope wrestled the momentum back in the second term, holding the Swans scoreless.
By half time the Lions led by 11 points but it could’ve been so much more had their 2.6 in the second quarter been 6.2.
This was just the start of the kicking woes for the Lions — they kicked a further 2.8 in the second term and 3.5 in the last quarter.
In the end, Stanhope ran out comfortable 37-point winners.
James Fraser and Daniel Flynn were influential for the Lions, while Craig Emmett continued his push as one of the in-form players in the competition.
Josh Evans was the only multiple goalkicker for the Lions.
Stanhope moved up to second on the table.
STANHOPE absolutely rolled Avenel last weekend, doubling the visitors’ score, 60-30.
And no one saw it coming.
“It was a great win but we didn’t expect to come away by such a big margin,” coach Kerrie Gray said.
“They’ve got a good team with some experienced players and so we expected a challenge.”
“But that being said, if you were watching the game you wouldn’t have expected the result on the scoreboard.”
Gray said Avenel felt strong on the court but just couldn’t find a rhythm.
“Tally and Nagambie were strong and Avenel were able to keep up with them so we expected a tough game,” Gray said.
“And we were challenged, but we had a really strong defence and we were able to capitalise on every opportunity.”
Best on went to Jamieson Young in the midcourt and Chicky Barr in goals.
“Chicky was creative in the goals with the support of Emily Uhe and Jam kept feeding the ball all day, it was terrific,” Gray said.
This weekend the girls are expected to win as they travel to Longwood.
“They’ve been doing it tough but each year we come up against them they have been improving and so we’re heading into this week expecting a bit of a challenge,” Gray said.
“We’ll just be putting on our best game.”
GIRGARRE missed the chance to work its way up the KDFL ladder, easily upset by Murchison-Toolamba to the tune of 54 points.
The Roos were chasing tail from the first bounce, as the Grasshoppers opened up a 12-point lead at quarter time.
The Roos couldn’t reel the game back in, as the Grasshoppers consistently kicked further ahead until there was no coming back.
A 23-point deficit at half time became a 34-point buffer at three-quarter time.
Eventually a five-goal last term for Murchison ensured the big loss for the Roos.
Michael Marrett, Jake Hyland and Ashley Hughes again provided their team with a touch of class.
Ashley Kirchhofer, Callum Tucker, Nick Mellington, Rowan Priest, Shannon Tucker and Shaun Ross all hit the scoreboard for the Roos, but they didn’t have one multiple goalkicker.
The Roos will face Lancaster this weekend in what looms as a crucial match.
A SECOND-QUARTER shakedown meant the Gig girls couldn’t get back on track.
Girgarre was bettered by 22 goals and their coach said the team took too long to adjust after Dani Jones went off with an injury. And while she should be back this weekend, it was young Brit Walsh’s time to shine in goal defence.
“She got thrown in the deep end but she did amazing work,” Kavanagh said.
After a 14-goal first quarter for both sides, Murchison-Toolamba caught Gig off guard and managed to have a 16-4 second quarter.
Last week, coach Chloe Kavanagh said the girls wouldn’t be focusing on a win against Murchison-Toolamba but instead on communication.
And she said there was plenty of talk across the court as well as a good three quarters.
“I was really happy with everyone, best on went to Jac Gahan in shooter she played unreal, she attacked the ball and held her ground really well,” Kavanagh said.
Jacinta Turgoose and proved she was versatile on court, swapping between goal attack to goal defence.
Incentive award went to Sarah Goodsell who spent four quarters as goal keeper and took a swag of intercepts.
“Overall the one quarter was a lapse but the game was really promising because everyone showed they were able to stay confident and talk across the court,” Kavanagh said.
“If we play for each other we can play really well.”
This weekend Girgarre is looking for a win over Lancaster who are working on their accuracy issues after last weekend’s frustrating loss.
“Hopefully we can keep building on what we’ve learnt this week, we’re looking forward to the game,” Kavanagh said.