GIRGARRE’S slide from grace continued in the ninth round in the Kyabram District Football League on Saturday when it had its colours lowered at home by a surging Murchison-Toolamba.
Coming off a loss to Lancaster the previous week the ’Roos were always playing catch-up football against the combine and have now paid a heavy penalty for two successive losses, sliding from third to seventh on the ladder.
Coach James Milne showed the way for Murchison-Toolamba with plenty of support from the electric Ashton Cashion and Jack Sanderson.
Girgarre was without star recruit Shaun Ross and while Paul Parsons, coach Shannon Tucker and Simon Tomasini tried hard to rally the Roos they didn’t get enough support.
Murchison-Toolamba is now only one game outside the top six in eighth spot but has a poor percentage and a tough game coming up this Saturday against Lancaster.
It’s no easier for Girgarre either this Saturday with a date with ladder leader Nagambie at Nagambie.
The reigning premier showed no mercy on Rushworth on Saturday, crushing the out-of-form Tigers by 142 points.
The Tigers couldn’t hold the multi-pronged Lakers attack where Matt Waterson, Dan and Tony Haysom helped themselves to 18 of Nagambie’s 31 goals.
Reliables in Tom Clarke, Jeremy Lambden and Shayne Lynch tried hard to rally their Rushworth teammates without much success.
Rushworth has now lost its last four games to slip to ninth spot on the ladder but is still only a game and percentage from sixth placed Avenel.
Avenel, last season’s runners-up, moved into the top six for the first time for the season with a crushing 187 point win over Undera on Saturday.
In the most significant result of the round Violet Town overwhelmed fellow finals aspirant Tallygaroopna on Tally’s home ground for an impressive 44 point win.
Tally had taken Merrigum to the cleaners the previous week but struggled against the Towners potent attack which was led by Rob Staff who bagged 10 goals to take his season tally to 41.
Stanhope came off a bye to gain an expected easy win over cellar dweller Longwood to move from fifth to fourth on the ladder.
Stanhope didn’t get it all their own way but Jack Exell with five goals and Jye Patten with four were constant thorns in the home side’s defence.
Stanhope is in for another percentage boosting win this Saturday when it hosts Undera to keep itself on track for a top two finish.
- Gus Underwood.