Slumping Girgarre goes under against Undera

By Kyabram Free Press

GIRGARRE has suffered another setback in its bid to play Kyabram Football League finals with a 17 point loss to Undera in last Saturday’s 12th split round .

It was the Roos’ fourth loss in a row and tipped them out of the top six, replaced by Avenel who had a big win over Longwood.

Undera’s fighting win has boosted their chances of an unexpected finals spot. They are now just half a game outside the top six.

Undera won the game with a six goals to two third term in a clash that otherwise was evenly contested.

Brenton Campbell’s seven goals were the difference for Undera, who had other dominant players in Rhys McKenzie, Kaine Herbert, Cody Tancred and Jake Cormick.

Corey Wheeler, Ashley Hughes, Shaun Ross and coach Shannon Tucker were the players to keep Girgarre in the game to the finish.

Avenel had a big win over Longwood but didn’t get it all its own way.

Longwood kicked 10 goals and had good servants in Josh Dohnt, Braydon Kearns and Ricky Ahearn but Avenel was too strong for visitors.

Nagambie won its eighth game on the trot but had to work hard to shake off Dookie United in the second half.

Tony Haysom’s six goals in a best-on-ground performance was the big difference between the two sides.

Haysom had good support from other reliables in Zac Winter-Irving and Mick Roberts while Jarryd Shepherd was conspicuous for some good work.

Dookie United, which has its share of injured players, was best served by Andrew O’Connor, Shaun Monohan, Matt Crooks and Riley Hamilton.

The other two games on Saturday went pretty much as expected.

Violet Town notched its second win for the season, getting over Rushworth by 91 points on the back of a Pat Horsburgh goalkicking clinic.

Horsburgh kicked 11 goals, mainly a result of the work of Sam Poole, Tim Ross and Mason Vearing.

The Newton boys, Dan and Josh, were the Tigers’ best along with Matt Lange-Richards and the ever reliable Mick Telford.

Even the appearance of Brendan Fevola couldn’t inspire Ardmona to kick even one goal in its clash with Merrigum.

The Bulldogs, who are still well in the finals fight, booted 38 goals with Jake Parkinson’s six goals the major contribution in a side which had 13 individual goalkickers, including 12 players who kicked more than one goal.

This Saturday’s round holds plenty of interest with Nagambie and Lancaster locking horns at Nagambie and Merrigum trying to keep its season alive when it makes the trip to Violet Town.

Stanhope will be looking to hold second spot when it hosts Murchison-Toolamba while the remaining clash of the unbeaten ladder leader Tallygaroopna and the winless Ardmona is likely to produce a landslide Tally win.