Wombats have no answer

By Kyabram Free Press



LANCASTER was on the receiving end of a rude wake-up call on Saturday, easily beaten by ladder-leaders Tallygaroopna to the tune of 48-points.

It was built as a much anticipated top-of-the-table clash — and the first half followed the storyline.

Lancaster and Tally traded blows in the first term to kick three majors each.

The former couldn’t make the most of its chances, kicking 3.5 to head into the first break with a three-point lead.

From there, Tally began to take a strangle hold of the game.

Prime-movers Clinton Edwards and Jayden Williams started to get going in the midfield, while Deklan Gardiner-Mckenna proved a tough match-up in the forward half.

Lancaster’s Liam Nedeljkovich tried to answer back for his side — he finished with three goals after his seven-goal haul last week — but his team started to fade.

Lancaster entered the main break 14-points behind — still in with a sniff.

Any hope it had, however, was washed aside by Tally in the second half.

The Redlegs kicked 10 second-half goals to five to run away with the comfortable victory.

Nick Ross and Zac Cerrone (three goals) stood tall for the Wombats in a tough encounter, while skipper Jack Donnell had his best game in a few weeks.

Lancaster faces Undera next week and will look to get quickly back on the winners’ list.


A DISAPPOINTING first quarter set the tone of Lancaster’s game last weekend, falling to juggernaut Tallygaroopna, 59-16.

But the Wombats weren’t expecting to make finals after their loss to Girgarre, so the co-coaches set their sights on a more realistic goal of restricting Tally to less than 70 goals.

And they did it.

Usual faces in the line-up Zoe Backway and Sophie Davies were absent so Mel Clark came up from B and a pregnant Reh Collyer stayed on court for another week.

Zoe Hayes proved her versatility, moving from centre to defence with Mel Clark in goal keeper.

“Reh stayed on because we had people filling in for other grades and the B grade girls had a tough game last week,” co-coach Bec Monk said.

“The final three quarters were a good performance at 39 goals 15 and I’m proud of the girls. We need to get our heads around some attacking structures going forward.

“We know we’re not in finals and so the focus is on looking to build, working on what we can but also having fun.”

And they’ll want to hold on to the fun aspect as their next few weekends look pretty dismal against the high performers of Nagambie and Stanhope.

But this week Lancaster hosts Undera, where the Wombats will front up to a familiar face in ex-goaler Rhianna Hamilton.

“It’ll be a bit of friendly competition and it should be interesting,” Monk said.



STANHOPE is charging up the ladder, and it doesn’t look like stopping any time soon.

The Lions disposed of Rushworth on Saturday, with the Tigers kicking just one major in a 135-point drubbing.

The writing was on the wall early in the game.

If it wasn’t for some wayward kicking from the Lions, the score by quarter time could’ve been ugly.

They kicked 3.8 in the first term, to head into the first break with a 25-point lead.

What followed after quarter time was nothing short of carnage.

Stanhope kicked 17 goals in the next three terms, opening up a 71-point lead at half-time and then a 99-point lead at the final break.

Rushworth didn’t manage its first major until the third term.

Stanhope star Cobey Aynsley kicked four goals in a best on ground performance, while Daniel Flynn continued his strong form.

The win makes it eight in a row for Stanhope, with its only loss coming at the hands of the ladder-leading Tallygaroopna.

Next week the Lions will face an out-of-sorts Merrigum.


HOSTING Rushworth last weekend was a sure thing for the Stanhope A graders, sending the Tigers on their way with their tails between their legs, 83-28.

The Lions A graders showed their seniority over the relatively younger Rushy side, keeping the pressure on until the final whistle blew.

“It was a good day on court for us, we were able to move the ball efficiently and apply a good amount of defensive pressure,” coach Kerrie Gray said.

Gray said the girls managed to improve from their performance against Longwood, which, while it was a convincing win, needed work.

Best on went to Jam Young in the midcourt and Chicky Barr was run off her feet in goals.

This weekend the Lions head to Merrigum and should come away with another win.

Gray said under the new leadership of Louise Richards, the Bulldogs were a bit of an unknown and could prove imposing.

“Hopefully we can just get the job done,” she said.



GIRGARRE were edged out by a determined Dookie United in a low-scoring affair on Saturday.

In a game that featured just 11 goals, Dookie snuck away with an eight-point win.

No majors were kicked in the first term, with Girgarre failing to make the most of its opportunities to record 0.5.

The second quarter was much the same, both teams trying to gain the momentum but failing to hit the scoreboard. A seven-point lead at half-time to Girgarre turned into a three-point lead for Dookie by the final break.

The equation was simple, both sides had a chance to win, it was just a matter of who would step up.

The answer was the Dookie boys.

They kicked three goals to two in the final term to finish 6.10 (46) to 5.8 (38) winners.

Damian Dalziel and Rohan Priest were the only multiple goal kickers for the Roos with two each.

Star Michael Marrett continued his impressive form, while usual suspects Gregory Potter, Jake Hyland and Priest were solid again.

Girgarre will face Tallygaroopna on Sunday when they host the AFL Victoria Worksafe Game of the Round.

North Melbourne’s Ben Brown, ex AFL player and coach David Parkin and former Australian netballer Julie Corletto will be at the family-friendly day.

More information on the day can be found on page 18.


IN WHAT should have been a pretty equal match up, Girgarre couldn’t handle it as Dookie United took off to a 18-67 result.

And no-one was expecting it, including coach Chloe Kavanagh.

“It’s nowhere near what the girls should have been playing, it’s pretty disappointing,” Kavanagh said.

Despite the result, Kavanagh was content with the Roos’ defensive pressure, as Dani Jones earned herself the title of best on.

Kylie Battle worked hard in midcourt, keeping the lines of communication open and trying to get the girls going, but to no avail.

“I thought we could have gone in there and come away with a better result — we kept trying to do long balls and in the rain and wind it wasn’t going to work for us,” Kavanagh said.

This week Girgarre is hosting Tallygaroopna for the Sunday WorkSafe round.

“We’re looking to improve on last week’s efforts by going back to what we know and making sure we can do it well,” Kavanagh said.



MERRIGUM’S run of bad form continued to get worse on Saturday, beaten by a fast-finishing Nagambie to slide to seventh on the ladder.

The Dogs gave themselves every opportunity to win the match, in it up to their ears until the final term.

The first quarter was tight, with some inaccurate kicking from both sides keeping the game close.

The second term was a little more entertaining, with Merrigum kicking four goals to three to edge out to a six-point lead by the main break.

A tight third quarter saw Nagambie get itself back in front by three points at the final break and set up a tantalising final term.

However, the Dogs couldn’t stand up when it mattered most, overrun by the Lakers in the last quarter.

Josh Smith kicked three goals for the Dogs, while Tristan Fitzsimmons and Todd Hicks both kicked two.

Smith and Hicks performed consistently for the match, while Jacob Cooper and Brett Maher were also solid.

The Dogs will face Stanhope next week in what is looming as another tough match.


A SECOND-quarter shake up was enough to throw the Merrigum A graders off balance, struggling against Nagambie to a final result of 73-24.

An injury in the first quarter meant the girls had to think on their feet, with Breanna Baker heading off the court with a shoulder injury.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and we already had three of our regular players out,” coach Louise Richards said.

‘‘With Bree off, our goal shooter became our goal keeper. That unexpected change threw the girls off and we weren’t able to continue any momentum we may have built in the first quarter.”

A familiar face in Kyabramite Olivia Jackson helped bolster the side, but Richards said her experience couldn’t be used to Lancaster’s advantage as they struggled to get the ball to her.

Laura Gordon came up from B grade to provide some seniority on court but the younger side was shaken.

“We struggled against them but it didn’t feel like a walkover, on court the girls put up a fight,” Richards said.

“It’s one of those games where seniority pays off; their goalers have been playing together for about the past three seasons.’’

Last week was the Motor Neurone round so any best on monies went to MND research.

For this week, Richards said she hoped to instil confidence into the girls after some considerable losses.

“Hopefully the girls can concentrate on their own thing. We’ll be working on the attacking end this week at training and getting some structures in place down there,” she said.