From the Centre Bounce: Pivotal round of matches

CONTEST: Ararat Eagles' Dan O'Connell spoils a Great Western opponent during a round 15 match. Picture: Peter Pickering
CONTEST: Ararat Eagles' Dan O'Connell spoils a Great Western opponent during a round 15 match. Picture: Peter Pickering

The Mininera and District Football League has two important games, providing a preview of final games and possibly closes the final five for the season.

The reigning premiers await the arrival of Lismore-Derrinallum top of the ladder to a crucial game for the home side playing a must win game.

The second match is between fifth placed Penshurst hosting sixth placed SMW Rovers with both teams on 36 points and split by percentage of two per cent.

Should SMW Rovers win they play Lismore-Derrinallum next round a must win to play finals.

The Lewis Medal count will be held at Streatham with a number of players eligible to take out the award.

The favourites would be Puma Bill Laurie, Tatyoon’s, Mitch Cronin or Adrian Pilgrim, Demon Ryan Elliot and Magpie Tristan May.

Tatyoon has been serviced by the Astbury family for many years with Scott and Craig giving the club long and well recognised ability.

David is now playing at the Richmond Football Club while Alice Astbury seems to come under the radar. 

Astbury is a member of Ballarat Grammar’s premiership team in the Herald Sun Shield.

The final was played at the MCG as a curtain raiser to the Collingwood and Adelaide game.  

Wickliffe-Lake Bolac’s Amy Jackson captained the winning team in the game.

Last week at a game between the two of the top teams, an incident took place that, if looked upon by the AFL’s Match Review Panel, the penalty may have been four weeks.

Instead, a free kick was paid to which the player could not take.

Clubs recruit players usually by contributing inducement to have good sides and raise the standard of the game within the League.

Failure to act for players with duty of care by on field whistle blowers, mainly from the northern area is coming under scrutiny. 

The AFL Victoria Country Investigation Officer has stressed too many on field incidents are creeping into the game and not being reported by umpires and creating regular investigations lodged by clubs.

On Tuesday night, the tribunal issued a four week suspension to Lismore-Derrinallum’s Tyson Halliday for an incident of July 22. 

Halliday had already taken an option of a two-week suspension option offered by umpires for striking in a game of July 29nd.

Therefore the penalty expires in six weeks and he will be eligible to return to the Lismore-Derrinallum line-up.

Tips: Hawkesdale-Macarthur v Woorndoo-Mortlake, Caramut v Ararat Eagles, Great Western v Wickliffe-Lake Bolac, Moyston-Willaura v Glenthompson-Dunkeld, Tatyoon v Lismore-Derrinallum, Penshurst v SMW Rovers.