Clubs set sights on finals | From the Centre Bounce

CONTEST: Wickliffe-Lake Bolac's Brock Wardlaw gets the jump on Lions player Brady Miller earlier in the season. Picture: PETER PICKERING
CONTEST: Wickliffe-Lake Bolac's Brock Wardlaw gets the jump on Lions player Brady Miller earlier in the season. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Mininera Football League clubs are now counting down to the finals, with Saturday’s round bringing up the halfway mark of the season.

Undefeated ladder leader Wickliffe Lake Bolac is the standout team of the competition.

They may continue to hold that position providing injuries or arrogance don’t appear during the remaining games. 

Of the remaining sides in the current five, Lismore Derrinallum may finish second ahead of Glenthompson Dunkeld. Both clubs cannot take a defeat as the draw does not favour either club on the way home. The “Love the Game” round on July 21 should decide second position.

Last week’s round highlighted Moyston Willaura’s lack of numbers, with five senior players starting a full game in the reserves and then backing up in the seniors. It would not surprise that one of the Pumas’ players obtained a vote in both games.

The Magpies dominated the senior game and at the start of the last quarter scored four goals in four minutes without an opponent touching the ball, and finished with six more for the quarter, ending with a game total of 31 goals.

Hawkesdale Macarthur hosted the current premiers Lismore Derrinallum and witnessed the hosts kick themselves out of a victory by inaccurate kicking,11-19, to the visitors’ 17-8.

The league’s “Football Magician” Michael Lockyer was not only the Demons’ best player but kicked eight goals and heads the goalkicking table on 45 goals, of which 31 have come in the last three games.

Tatyoon were very competitive against Penshurst and were only three points behind at the last break and did not match Penshurst’s strength in the final term.

It was a key game for Tatyoon to gain third place.

SMW Rovers travelled to Great Western to gain the points and carried out the requirement needed.

Ararat Eagles proved no match for Woorndoo Mortlake who kept its finals chances open at this stage but have a hard road home as they play each of the top sides.

The art of goalkicking is diminishing, as many games have a scoreline featuring more behinds than goals.

Last week the total game average was 20 behinds, with goals 22. Each losing club, except Caramut, kicked more behinds than goals and two important matches were lost through inaccuracy.

SELECTIONS

Glen Dunkeld v Hawkesdale Macarthur                  

Lismore Derrinallum v Ararat Eagles

Wickliffe Lake Bolac v Caramut                               

Tatyoon v Moyston Willaura

SMW Rovers v Penshurst                                        

Great Western v Woorndoo Mortlake