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SPORT | FOOTBALL
SPORT | FOOTBALL
MID Gippsland football and netball
competitions resume this Saturday, fol-
lowing unsuccessful inter-league clashes
against Colac and District at Colac.
Mirboo North’s Zac Kilgower, Josh
Taylor, Tristan Salerno, Kris Berchtold,
Shane Peters and Hudson Kerr, all played
in the senior footy match, that saw Colac
and District win by 61 points.
Mid Gippsland lost the preceding
Under 18 game in which captain, Riley
Oddy, Declan Allen and coach, Josh
Taylor, represented the mighty Tigers
Colac and District was also success-
ful in its three netball contests against
Mirboo North’s senior side is on top
of the ladder and meets third-placed
Morwell East at Ronald Reserve, Mor-
The Hawks are coming off a nail-
biting one point victory over reigning
premier, Yinnar, where Jarrod Lont,
Paul Henry, Shaun Duncan and Brandon
Francis, were all in imperious form.
Morwell East’s new electronic score-
board will be in operation for the first
Unfortunately, Mirboo North has
been hit hard with recent long term knee
injuries to star rover, Jack Robertson and
exciting young ruckman, Isaac Abas.
Coaches, Colin King of Morwell East
and Mirboo North’s Clancy Bennett, will
concentrate on propagating clear under-
standing of their game plans amongst
their respective playing groups.
Following a week off, King and Ben-
nett won’t be burdening their men with
unnecessary information, technical ter-
minology, or instructive overload.
Instead, emphasis will be placed on
clean ball handling, strong marking,
hard tackling and correct disposal, plus
lots of run and carry to set up scoring op-
portunities for the forwards.
Nimbleness, spryness, litheness and
athletic flexibility around the packs and
across the midfield, will also go a long
way in deciding whether the Hawks or
the Tigers prevail.
As well, players from both sides will
be desperate to demonstrate innovative
methodologies with productive out-
comes that win praise from their coaches
and receive loud spectator applause.
Hawks’ fans still have nightmares
about the belting the mighty Tigers
handed out to their team in winning the
2006 senior premiership at Moe.
On that cold, wet and windy day a
decade ago, Mirboo North restricted
Morwell East to a record low MGFL
losing grand final score of 1 – 3
Since then, Mirboo North has se-
cured three more flags, whilst Morwell
East went down to Trafalgar in the 2009
and 2010 grand finals.
before Colac FL goaled
Kris Berchtold was
busy in the first eight
minutes picking up five
kicks but his superboot
was missing to register
four behinds. A lapse in
defence allowed Colac’s
Daniel Razga to goal. It
was end to end football
with the defenders of both
sides playing strongly.
Mid Gippsland lost
playmaker Shane Peters
with a knee injury and
could be out as long as
Mid Gippsland ruck-
man Andrew Brown was
winning the knockouts but
they were losing the clear-
ances as Colac sharked the
ball away. After an even
first term Mid Gippsland
opened the second with a
goal through Zac Kilgow-
er which gave it a limited
lead, then Colac swung
into the game, elusive
rover Ben Cox snagged
two goals in two minutes
and it was game on.
Colac started to take
charge, a further three
goals and the home side
looked more settled. Mid
Gippsland was giving the
ball away too easily with
Colac being the faster,
and it had players better
positioned and by half
time led impressively 6-7
(43) to 3-5 (23).
Mid Gippsland made
many changes to quell
the run on style of Colac
but to little avail and it
was the backline play-
ers of Liam McGuane,
Khan Beckett and Adrian
Murray who kept out the
Mid forwards who failed
to score in a tight term,
Colac was held to 1-5 (11)
but it looked the better of
the two teams.
Aided by the wind
Colac was able to take
control, forwards Ben
Cox and Tom Spokes tore
Mid Gippsland apart with
their speed and skill as
Mid Gippsland went from
game to shame, Colac
was playing in front and
reaping the benefits.
Mirboo North pair
Tristan Salerno and Josh
Taylor were busy but
there were too many Mid
Gippy players who failed
under pressure. Tyler
Brown ran his feet off
all day with little reward,
Steve Pearson was a great
trier and Anthony Rosato
put in a valuable game.
Colac was banging
through goals while Mid
Gippsland was fumbling
around without too much
purpose. Colac added five
goals in the last term to
finish with 13-12 (90) to
Mid Gippsland 4-5 (29).
Interesting to note
that of the 17 goals in the
match 13 were kicked to
the Southern end favoured
by the breeze. It was Mid
Gippsland’s third succes-
sive loss at interleague
level and questions will
be asked as to why it
can’t win at this level. It
was a bad day overall as
Mid Gippsland lost both
football games and three
Mid Gippsland was
competitive for three
quarters against Colac in
an entertaining match.
After establishing a four
point lead at the first
break Colac came out
in the second and belted
through 7-5 (47) to nil to
• Round Seven Preview
Mirboo North resumes against third placed Hawks
Colac & District FL 13.12.90
Mid Gippsland FL 4.5.29
Colac Goals: B. Cox 4, T. Spokes 3,
C. Kelly 2, D. Razga, D. Marendaz,
D. Dunne, J. Spokes
Mid Gippsland Goals: Z. Kilgower,
D. Shellcot, T. Hutton, T. Brown
Colac Best: A. Kelly, T. Speirs, T.
Spokes, D. Razga, B. Cox, A. De-
Mid Gippsland Best: S. Pearson, T.
Salerno, A. Rosato, T. Dobson, J.
Taylor, T. Brown
Colac & District FL 15.13.103
Mid Gippsland FL 8.2.50
Colac Goals: G. Spokes 3, D. Col-
lins 3, D. Walters 2, J. Diffey 2, L.
Rosevear 2, T. McKean, I. Paddick,
Mid Gippsland Goals: J. Mitchell 3,
Z. Cantrill 2, M. Luck, J. Hudson,
Colac Best: G. Rooke, T. McKean,
D. Walters, G. Spokes, T. Flanigan,
Mid Gippsland: M. Mooka, J. Pau-
let, B. Hunt, J. Hudson, M. Powell,
Mid Gippy seniors: the Mid Gippsland team before the big clash. Mirboo North’s Zac Kilgower, Josh Taylor, Tristan Salerno, Kris Berchtold, Shane Peters and Hudson Kerr all played
in the senior footy match.
Caught: Mirboo North’s Tristan Salerno and Yarragon’s Nick Pratt tackle their
Mid Gippsland outgunned by Colac
COLAC and District
Football League was
too strong for the Mid
Gippsland League on
Saturday at Colac.
The home side moved
the ball too quickly for
Mid Gippsland to run out
by 61 points.
Mid Gippsland had
the breeze in the first
term but early avenues
to goal were astray and
with the first five scor-
ing shots of the match it
could only register 1-4
take control by half time.
Again the home side
was in control and proved
too elusive for the MGFL
that, apart from the second
quarter lapse, was com-
petitive for three quarters
as Colac won 15-13 (103)
to Mid Gippsland 8-2 (50).
For Mid Gippsland Mugsy
Mooka received the Vic
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