CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Colbinabbin’s Grant Weeks and White Hills’ Jason Curtain. Picture: GLENN DANIE:SWHITE HILLS V COLBINABBIN: PHOTOS
COLBINABBIN put the foot down after half-time to defeat White Hills by 58 points and keep within a game of the Heathcote District Football League top three on Saturday.
The Grasshoppers booted eight goals to one after the break to win 15.16 (106) to 7.6 (48) at Tint-a-Car Oval and notch their third win in a row.
“We were a bit concerned about today with White Hills having been in some good form the past couple of weeks,” Colbinabbin coach Phil Morgan said.
“What was really pleasing today was the spread of contributors… we had 10 different players on our vote cards.”
The Grasshoppers broke the game open in the third quarter.
Having led by 11 points at half-time, the Grasshoppers booted 6.2 to 0.2 in the third term to take command of the contest.
“Our tackle pressure in the third quarter was really big,” Morgan said.
“We were able to get the game on our terms and away we went.”
Grant Weeks bagged seven goals for the Grasshoppers to take his season tally to 50.
Weeks was Colbinabbin’s only multiple goalkicker in what was a win that improved the Grasshoppers to 6-3.
“We had a really good week on the track and that carried on to today and we just want to keep building momentum,” Morgan said.
White Hills kicked five of its seven goals in the second quarter, cutting what had been a 26-point quarter-time deficit back to 11 at the main break.
Victor Caristo (three) and Matt Sawyer (two) were the multiple goalkickers for the Demons in what was their eighth-straight loss to Colbinabbin.
• For the second time this season, North Bendigo beat reigning premier Lockington-Bamawm United by more than 150 points.
Having belted the Cats in the grand final rematch by 166 points in round one, this time the margin was 157 as the Bulldogs won 26.25 (181) to 3.6 (24) at Superior Roofing Oval.
The win came on the back of the Bulldogs having suffered their first loss of the season the previous week against Leitchville-Gunbower.
“We put an emphasis before the game on responding from last week because we weren’t happy with how we performed,” Bulldogs co-coach Rob Bennett said.
“To the boys’ credit, we came out and played a good four quarter game that we haven’t done the past month.
“We wanted to share the footy around and just getback to enjoying our footy today, which we did.”
The Bulldogs led by 40 points at quarter-time, 76 at half-time, and 122 at three quarter-time, before the final margin of 157.
With North Bendigo already 20 goals up at three quarter-time, Bennett reminded his players of some of the hidings the Bulldogs have copped off the Cats in the past.
“We spoke at three quarter-time that they have had us in these positions before and never shown any compassion,” Bennett said.
“So we really wanted the boys to finish the game right off and not be happy with what they’d achieved to that stage.”
Full-forward Sam Barnes (five), who battled gastro, Aarryn Craig (four), Brady Herdman (four), Elliott Massina (three) and Jeremy Mills (three) all kicked at least three goals for the Bulldogs, who boosted their percentage from 174.3 to 196.5 with the win.
Aarryn Craig produced his best four-quarter game of the season for the Bulldogs to be their best player, while Darcy Richards across half-back, fellow backman Jordan Ford, Mills and Herdman were also among the standouts.
Joseph Wolfe kicked two of the Cats’ three goals and was his side’s best player.
Samuel Wolfe, Greg Carne and Marcus Angove also battled hard against the odds for the Cats.
• Leitchville-Gunbower’s unbeaten season continued with a 37-point win over Mount Pleasant at Toolleen.
Determined to avoid a let-down from the previous week’s blockbuster win over North Bendigo, the Bombers kicked six goals to one in the first quarter to set up their 13.13 (91) to 8.6 (54) win.
After quarter-time it was seven goals apiece, with the Bombers’ early flurry proving the pivotal period of the contest.
“Our first quarter was one of the better quarters we’ve played for the year,” Bombers coach Matt Hawken said.
“We were right on top in that first quarter, but Mounts fought back hard over the rest of the game.”
Midfielder Daniel Couwenberg, defenders Dan Meroli and Kieran Treacy and wingman Tim Lincoln (three goals), who continued his outstanding form, were the best for the Bombers.
While the Bombers are flying at 9-0 ahead of the bye this week, the Blues are now 2-7 and remain two games outside the top five.
“I wasn’t too disappointed with today; they are a quality team and we let them get away early and missed a few chances, but we fought hard,” Blues coach Derrick Filo said.
The Blues’ 31-point deficit at quarter-time was the third consecutive game they have been jumped by their opponent.
Skipper James Walsh, Michael Licciardo, Matthew Filo and the classy Simon Seddon were the best for the Blues, who had Taig Griffin and Nathan Whipp kick three goals.
As he has every game this season, Griffin was also named in the Blues’ best six.
“When you see local boys taking the next step like Taig has this year and become a really good player, that’s pleasing,” Filo said.
• Huntly won its fourth game in a row, defeating Heathcote by 71 points at Pigeon Park.
The Hawks prevailed 20.13 (133) to 9.8 (62) in a performance where their standouts included Harry Whittle (four goals), centre half-back Kyle Shepherd, ruckman Jamie Garner and Ryan Semmel (four goals).
The Hawks were quick to make their mark on the contest, building a 31-point lead at quarter-time.
Heathcote – which hasn’t won since the corresponding round 10 last year – was best served by Kyle Seidel through the midfield, full-back Luke Carroll, who held Hawks spearhead Chris Gleeson to one goal, onballer Jake Condon (two goals) and Marc Millard (three goals).
“Our boys battled hard all game and considering the injury list we’ve got at the moment, I thought it was a good effort,” Saints coach Paul Kennedy said.
“Huntly was very polished and has some classy players, but I thought we competed well and gave an honest effort.”
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