Hawks too good for Bombers

Tatyoon forward Mitch Cronin was in good form during the Penshurst clash. Picture: PETER PICKERING
Tatyoon forward Mitch Cronin was in good form during the Penshurst clash. Picture: PETER PICKERING

MDFL - Tatyoon continued its perfect start to the Mininera and District Football League season with a comprehensive victory over Penshurst on Saturday.

The Hawks trailed the Bombers by 14 points at quarter time, before completely dominating the match for the remaining three quarters to hold Penshurst goalless and record the 13.14 (92) to 2.10 (22) win.

"It was very hard fought in the first quarter, both sides tried to show their ascendancy but no one was able to get on top," Tatyoon coach Jarrod Blandford said.

"Our work rate from the midfield after quarter time to push back and help was great. Also the back six were all strong and held up really well."

Andrew Laidlaw and Mitchell Cronin gave the Hawks plenty of drive forward and Brodie Mines top scored with three goals, while Blandford said Damian Cameron was clearly the best afield.

"Damo across half-back was terrific, there weren't many forward entries that went past him to be honest," he said.

"I thought Bradd Wilson was also solid on the ball, as was Matt Williams."

The victory sets up an exciting showdown this Saturday with fellow undefeated team Moyston/Willaura.

"Coming off the back of three good quarters we'll just try and take that momentum into the weekend," Blandford said.

"Hopefully we can play the way we did on Saturday for the whole four quarters against Moyston."

Arthur Armstrong wins the ruck contest.

Arthur Armstrong wins the ruck contest.

The Pumas were never really challenged by SM&W Rovers with the visitors holding a 21-point lead by quarter time.

Lachie Hamilton (four goals) and Aidan Bell (three) led the charge for Moyston/Willaura in the forward line while Lynden Brewis and Josh Bywater were important through the midfield.

Sam O'Brien and Shaun Liston led a mini fight back for the Bulldogs in the third term, but it wasn't enough as the Pumas went on to win by 41 points, 12.13 (85) to 6.8 (44).

With just one win to its name after three rounds reigning premier Wickliffe/Lake Bolac has plenty of work to do to get back on track.

The Magpies went down narrowly to surprise ladder leader Lismore/Derrinallum on Saturday in a low scoring affair.

Both teams managed just three goals between them by halftime, with the Magpies giving up a 14-point buffer at the final change to go down by four points, 3.12 (30) to 3.8 (26).

William Slattery was the only goal kicker for Wickliffe/Lake Bolac, while coach Nic Willox was named best afield.

Captain Tom Gibson, Jye Hare and Harry Kelly also worked hard throughout the match.

Great Western has failed to fire in its round three clash against Caramut.

The Lions had plenty of the ball in the opening quarter, but struggled to put any pressure on the score board.

With Great Western failing to convert the Swans jumped out to an early lead with 11.6 (72) to 5.10 (40) by halftime.

After the main break it didn't get any better for the home team as they added just one goal to go down by 44 points.

Cody Virgona was one Lions' player who stood out in the midfield, while Adam Taylor was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors.

The Ararat Eagles again went down in a lop sided affair, this time to Glenthompson/Dunkeld by 85 points.

Playing at Alexandra Oval, the Eagles started well and trailed the Rams by just two goals at quarter time.

It was all one-way traffic after that as Glenthompson/Dunkeld went on to dominate the score line, 18.14 (122) to 5.7 (37).

In the final match of the round Woorndoo/Mortlake were competitive against Hawkesdale/Macarthur before dropping away in the second half to lose by 50 points, 16.9 (105) to 8.7 (55).


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