Sport

Dynamic duo leads Lancy

By Kyabram Free Press

Lancaster

Football

LANCASTER’S Zac Cerrone continued his impressive run of form on the weekend, kicking four goals and gathering countless possessions to lead his team to a 28-point win over Undera.

Cerrone and full forward Chris Eddy (five goals) made a formidable duo in the front half and basically won the game for the Wombats off their own boots.

Logan Demasi, Kyle Kydd, Sam Spedding, Jack Donnell, Michael Hill and Tannar Cerrone all managed to hit the scoresheets with goals of their own.

Other than Cerrone and Eddy, Josh Berry, Adam Vick and Andrew Douglas also impressed.

The first quarter was tight, with Undera heading into the first break with a slender two-point lead.

Corey Carver was able to kick his Wombats into gear at quarter time, as they came out all guns blazing in the second term.

Lancaster kicked five goals to one to head into the main break with a 21-point advantage.

The second half seesawed either way but in the end it was the Wombats who were able to answer any of Undera’s punches.

With the split round of KDFL games this week, Lancaster will have a bye.

The Wombats will face Nagambie the following weekend.

Netball

ANOTHER learning experience for the Wombats last weekend at home against Undera, with the visitors walking away victorious 19-39.

But, as stated in previous weeks, the girls have shifted their focus from the week-to-week to longer term development after missing some crucial opportunities.

Co-coach Bec Monk’s praise this week is for the versatility of the side, with the starting seven being decided at late notice.

“We should stay positive regardless of this week; everyone proved they’re able to adapt,” Monk said.

Monk credited Rima Owen-Horn, who spent a full game in goals, filling in the gap and helping to minimise Undera’s impact on the scoreboard.

“Soph Davies in wing attack provided really dynamic drive and Zoe Backway had fantastic pressure through the midcourt. Her voice is invaluable to the team,” Monk said.

“Undera’s defensive line was strong and their goaling was really accurate.”

Add to that a second-quarter injury to Zoe Hayes and Undera had a recipe for success, but Monk said Hayes should be back on court after the week’s break.

And Lancaster should be grasping any positivity they can, with the week break giving them time to work on any niggling issues before they come up against Nagambie and then Stanhope in round 13.

Stanhope

Football

STANHOPE is running hot.

This time it was Merrigum who stood in its way, and once again, it bulldozed it out of the road.

Recruit Rohan Baldock kicked six majors, while Lucas White (four goals) and Jorge Maxwell (three goals) also chimed in.

Rob Montgomery, Adam Auld, Jack Young, Sam Woodward and Daniel Flynn all had solid games.

The first term was quite the arm wrestle with just the one major kicked.

It belonged to the Lions and they went in to the first break leading by five points.

The second term was a procession, as the Lions piled on six goals and three behinds to the Bulldogs’ one behind.

Stanhope kicked a further 13 second-half goals to Merrigum’s two to register the 101-point win.

Stanhope has a bye next weekend for the split round, before facing Murchison-Toolamba the following week.

Netball

ANOTHER weekend provided another mammoth win for Stanhope.

The Lions easily swept Merrigum away in a 73-36 victory in which Chicky Barr and Emma Hill were prominent as the scoreline blew out in the second half.

Stanhope coach Kerrie Gray said her side needed the first two quarters to warm into the match after a lighter week at training.

‘‘We were actually slow starting and had a mediocre first and second quarter and kicked off in the second half when we found our rhythm,’’ Gray said.

‘‘We changed things up at training and needed to lighten up the load, which just had a bit of an impact on us and to Merrigum’s credit they were great defensively.’’

Hill took to the court in the second half in her return from injury and played a part in strengthening the side’s performance.

‘‘She had a massive impact, just her experience was fantastic and she brings a really good energy to the court and is a real impact player,’’ Gray said.

‘‘Chicky Barr was astounding and stood tall when we needed her to.’’

While the Lions continue to blitz much of their opposition, Gray said games were not as straightforward as they appeared.

‘‘I thought Merrigum was competitive even though the scoreline blew away, I thought it was pleasing that their effort in the first five minutes and the last five minutes was the same,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s tough to gauge where we’re at with these games, but we’ve got some tough games coming up.

‘‘Even the teams that have been convincingly beaten on the scoreboard, it doesn’t reflect the match, they’ve shown some beautiful passages of play but just need to pull them together for four quarters.’’

This week Stanhope has the luxury of a week off for the split round before coming up against Murchison-Toolamba.

Girgarre

Football

GIRGARRE showed it could be a force later in the year with a solid display against undefeated Tallygaroopna in the WorkSafe match on Sunday.

The Roos fought all the way to the end and eventually went down by a respectable 21 points.

Edmund Goral, Rohan Priest, Antonio Barca and Jake Hyland all kicked two majors, while Damian Dalziel, Shaun Ross and Ash Kirchhofer each booted one.

Coach Shannon Tucker put on his best display of the season, while Michael Marrett again showed why he has to be a short-priced favourite for the best and fairest.

The Roos were down by just 12 points at the last break and needed a big effort to get over the Redlegs.

However Tally’s class prevailed in the end as they held strong in the last term to grab the win.

Girgarre sit sixth on the ladder and will face Undera next weekend in what promises to be a hotly contested clash.

Netball

THE Roos couldn’t be the David to Tallygaroopna’s Goliath last weekend, letting the Redlegs continue on their winning streak, 20-66.

But considering the Girgarre side was three people down, it was a valiant effort. The Sunday WorkSafe round conflicted with two player’s schedules and Jac Gahan coming off the court for the second and third terms didn’t help the situation.

“We’re happy with the play and no one on court stopped trying at any point, it was a really good game and the scoreboard didn’t reflect the intensity of it,” coach Chloe Kavanagh said.

Best on ground went to a heavily pregnant Erin Potter, who spent the full term on court in goal keeper.

Kylie Battle got the incentive award, with Kavanagh commending her for good feeds and some great drive through the midcourt.

This week the Roos take on Undera before having a break for the split round.

“We’ll take away our strengths from this week and hopefully we’ll have everyone on next week,” Kavanagh said.

Merrigum

Footy

MERRIGUM didn’t manage a goal until the third term of its clash with Stanhope on the weekend.

In fact, it managed just two for the entire game.

The Bulldogs have come crashing back to earth after a promising start to the season, and their woes continued on Saturday.

Josh Smith and Ty Parsons were the only goal kickers on a dirty day for the Dogs.

Both Coopers, Tom and Jacob, played solid games, while the ever-consistent Todd Hicks once again flew the flag for his team.

Merrigum have now tumbled to eighth on the KDFL ladder — two points ahead of Undera and four ahead of Murchison-Toolamba.

A poor percentage of just 82.63 looks like it will also come back to haunt the Dogs.

However, they should get their season back on track next week when they face Ardmona.

Netball

IT WAS always going to be a tough battle but Merrigum just couldn’t keep the pressure on Stanhope, going down 36-73.

Coach Louise Richards said the Merrigum girls weren’t expecting to come away with a win against the Stanhope side, who have had only two losses for the season.

“We were obviously the underdogs and although it was a tough game we stayed with them for the first half,” Richards said.

“It’s pretty hard to beat the accuracy of Stanhope. We worked well down the court and I was impressed with our performance — I was expecting us to go down by more than we did.”

Richards said a strong fight from the Bulldogs meant the scoreboard didn’t reflect the intensity of the play.

“It was a 30-odd difference but it was still a better game than where we have been in the past weeks,” Richards said.

Best on went to Jorja Hoskin in wing attack.

“She fed the ball really well into goals and Holly Maddock managed to get out to those centres, which is something we’ve struggled with in past weeks,” Richards said.

“Eb Halliwell and Jaymee Frampton played up each end and worked equally as hard. Jaymee’s accuracy has improved and they both played a committed game.”

Richards said player unavailability has impacted on their season slightly, with uni commitments meaning the girls can’t train as a full side.

“Saturday was a good indication that we’re connecting down the court and hopefully we can carry that into the second half of the season,” Richards said.

“We want to work on our midcourt and get those conversions because our accuracy is slightly down.”

This week Merrigum travels to Ardmona for the first weekend of the split round and Richards is hoping the girls can get momentum.

“We’re hoping to get our first win in a while and continue with a positive attitude as we work on what we need to, before we come up against Avenel,” Richards said.