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14 August 2019
By JONATHAN BOX
With the final home-and-away round of Mininera and District Football League competition this week, teams are either looking forward to welcoming a long-awaited break or gearing up for what is set to be a compelling finals series.
With the final positions of the top five yet to be finialised, the competition is going to the wire.
In this week’s games, Wickliffe-
Lake Bolac will have one last-ditch effort against Great Western to try and extend its season, while Woorndoo-Mortlake will fight against Glenthompson-Dunkeld to cement its spot.
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And at the top of the table, Penshurst and Lismore-Derrinallum will play each other with the victor taking top spot and getting a rest week for the first week of finals.
Wickliffe-Lake Bolac made it very hard for itself to secure a finals berth with a loss to Lismore-Derrinulam in horrible conditions last weekend.
The Magpies were unable to score a goal until the last quarter of the game and were able to hold the Demons scoreless for that time.
However, the damage had been done with a final score line of 9.5 to 2.17, Lismore-Derrinallum’s way.
Charlie Vallence and Addison Milner we’re the shining lights for the black and white in an otherwise dark day.
The team will again turn to these boys, along with their other strong players to get the reigning premiers over the line this week.
Great Western continued its strong season with a convincing win over Glenthompson-Dunkeld.
With the team looking forward to its first finals series since its entry into the league, it is looking to be at full strength and take this week’s game as a build up to what’s to come.
Lachlan Malloy and Andrew Cameron were the better players on the day last week with Samuel Cocks booting four goals.
This game will not be easy for either team, with both fighting hard for victory.
The other big game for the round will be when Penshurst takes on Lismore-Derrinallum.
Although both teams came off a win last week, Penshurst’s game was a bit easier, to the tune of 12 goals over Caramut where the Bombers kept their opponents scoreless until three-quarter time.
Justin Eales led his team from the front along with Aaron Glare and Timothy Barton, while spearhead Ben Hunt added another six goals to his season tally.
While the Demons will have to pay close attention to these players they are not without game winners of their own, such as Jack Pitts, Michael Lockyer and Bo Ketchen teaming up with Riley Brown up forward.
A game that many would consider a grand-final preview, both teams will want to flex their muscles and come out on top.
In other games, Ararat and Caramut meet, SMW Rovers hosts neighbours Tatyoon, Hawkesdale-Macarthur will look to finish the season on a high when it plays Moyston-Willaura and Woorndoo-Mortlake takes on Glenthompson-Dunkeld in an effort to cement its first finals spot for more than 10 years.
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