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    Nick Costello, GW, Ararat Eagles vs Great Western.

Great Western on board in Mininera

By Colin MacGillivray

Great Western opened its account for the 2024 Mininera and District Football Netball League at the weekend, beating Caramut 21.20 (146) to 6.9 (45).

The Lions came into the season with high hopes, but failed to register a win in their opening four matches.

On Saturday they finally broke through at their temporary home in Stawell, kicking nine goals to none in a second quarter blitz.



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Midfielder Dylan Witney was one of many winners across the ground for Great Western, with forward Nick Costello dominating to kick 11 majors. Onballer Blake Hutchinson and wingman Nick Dunford were among other standouts, as were Josh Hustler and Mason Notting.

The win moved the Lions to ninth on the ladder, ahead of SMW Rovers, Caramut and Moyston-Willaura, which was soundly defeated again at the weekend.

The Pumas had no answer for the Ararat Eagles, who poured on eight second quarter goals en route to an 18.9 (107) to 5.10 (40) win at Alexandra Oval.

The Eagles only led by 10 points at the first change, but Adrian Reid, Daniel Waldron, Naish McRoberts and Aaron Watts helped turn the match firmly in their favour, with captain Jackson Taurau slotting a match-high five goals.

The Pumas’ best included centre Ryan Heard, forward flank Benjamin Skubnik, ruckman Adan Wisby and centre-half-forward Aaron Byron.

Tatyoon suffered a disappointing loss amid its fight for a finals berth, going down to Hawkesdale-Macarthur 11.13 (79) to 10.9 (69).

Josh Lee, with three goals, did his best to lift the Hawks alongside Ash Munari, Josh Bibby and James Shanhun, but the Eagles led at every change and withstood a late Tatyoon fightback.

Other matches at the weekend saw Woorndoo-Mortlake defeat Lismore-Derrinallum in a 9.12 (66) to 9.9 (63) thriller, Penshurst put SMW Rovers to the sword 38.26 (254) to 3.2 (20) and Wickliffe-Lake Bolac outclassed Glenthompson-Dunkeld 14.14 (98) to 10.7 (67).

Round six will see Tatyoon hosting SMW Rovers, Moyston-Willaura play against Hawkesdale-Macarthur at Willaura, Ararat Eagles on the road against Wickliffe-Lake Bolac, Great Western away to Penshurst, Caramut at home against Lismore-Derrinallum and Glenthompson-Dunkeld travelling to Woorndoo.

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