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Lions claw their way back

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April 18, 2018

Sean Robinson looking to get a handball away in the seniors win.

Mulwala have delivered the perfect response to last week’s poor showing, with a gutsy 35-point win over Moama.

In a frantic opening term, Mulwala’s pressure was through the roof as Connor Sanderson led the way with a couple of bone crunching hits.
Beau Clarke got Mulwala on the board with a long bomb but it was Tom Dow in the forward line who was proving the perfect foil for Ash Froud.
Dow’s skill and nous around goals is at times spectacular and it was his vision and creativity that helped Mulwala open a handy 3 goal lead at first change.
The second term was an arm wrestle as Mulwala fought hard in the wet conditions.
Dylan Robinson led the way in defence, as he beat his opponent and helped rebound the ball through a number of classic torpedoes.
In a day for hard tough football, Cam Carling personified the approach with a couple of run down tackles, he wasn’t alone however as the midfield group relished the opportunity to get stuck into the mud.
Every Moama possession was met with fierce pressure and soon the goals followed.
In a contender of goal of the year Sean Johns broke clear of congestion and kicked a freakish banana goal from 40 meters, to set the crowd alight.
Soon after another bruising tackle in the forward fifty saw Sean Robinson swoop on the ball and kick on of his four goals for the day.
Mulwala had their tails up and jogged to the rooms at half time with a four goal lead.
Coach Jason Sanderson was full of praise for his young troops and implored them to maintain the intensity, keep tackling and to win the hard ball.
Mulwala started the third term in exactly that fashion and kicked the first of the term, once again through Sean Robinson.
From there, Moama showed enormous bravery and fought their way back.
As they lifted and matched Mulwala on the inside they clawed a couple of goals back and found themselves only nine points down at three quarter time.
The opening stanza of the last quarter was battle of courage and will, as the ball spent the first ten minutes on the outer wing.
Mulwala’s defence held firm with the rampaging Nathan McNair resolute in the backline and captain Jackson Gash everywhere through the middle.
Sean Johns second goal of the game helped give Mulwala some breathing space but with the game still in the balance and both teams out on their feet it was Mulwala’s best player of the last decade, Sean Robinson, who sealed the game with a crumbing goal over his left shoulder.
Sub Lachie Wood then made an immediate impression with two diving tackles as he spilled the ball free to an open Ross Ansaldi who goaled from straight in front.
Ansaldi made a welcome return to form and was superb at the feet of Hamish Hosking who was the dominant big man on the ground and would have had more clearances than anyone.
Mulwala’s last quarter capped a four-quarter performance and will hopefully set a standard for the rest of the year.
It is incredible what a team can achieve when all players play with pressure and intensity.
Reserves
Mulwala have faded badly in the Reserves to lose by fifteen points.
Tom Beams put on a clinic early and kicked the first three goals of the game to open up a handy lead.
His skill and athleticism was breath taking as he carved his way through the Moama defense.
Down back, the combination of Jake Savey, Andrew Maskell and Nathan Beasley was impenetrable until a couple of mistakes let Moama back into the game.
Mulwala held sway for most of the first half and looked in control of the game.
Dylan Scott’s hardness was on full show as he won the ball on the inside, whilst Cooper Chung battled hard at half forward.
Moama flooded back and made scoring difficult but with Mulwala on top to the tune of 14 points at the main break, there was plenty of confidence in the group.
That confidence disappeared in a matter of minutes as Moama kicked two goals inside the first 2 minutes of the third quarter.
Andrew Maskell and Lachie Rouel worked hard to stem the tide with the ball spending the next twenty minutes between the arcs.
Coach Mick Fletcher kept switching the magnets around in order to find an avenue to goal but nothing seemed to work as the wind played havoc with set shots and errant field kicks turning the ball over.
Mulwala ran out of steam in the last quarter and clearly highlighted a lack of fitness with more players required to do the work at training. 
The effort during the last ten minutes was well below par and the boys will need to respond when they take on Tungamah this coming Saturday.

Thirds
The Thirds put in a super effort but struggled to find their way forward.
Daniel Hoskings was superb and his intensity around the contest was a stand out.
Kyle Loomes fought hard and continued to give a physical presence, whilst Lachie Wood stood tall in the backline.
Ultimately losing by 10 goals does not reflect the effort of the boys.
Fourths
The Mul Fourths suffered a big loss but were competitive throughout.
Against one of the bigger teams, the young boys fought hard and managed to kick two goals of their own.
The Psaltiras boys won heaps of the footy and ran all day.
Their attitude is clear as they work until the final siren.
Josh Eder was also in the best players, alongside Austin Willet who was brave at Full Back and Connor Phibbs for his run out of defense and through the midfield.
Mitch Adkins and Jaxon Wheeler were also prominent, as was Dillon Kirchen who kicked a beautiful goal.

NETBALL

A Grade – Mulwala 22 def by Moama 59
In wet and windy conditions the Lions faced a well skilled and drilled Moama opposition, blowing the Lions away with an impressive 17-5 quarter.
The Lions game improved as the game progressed but Moama were too clever and took any opportunity, making the Lions pay.
The last half was better for Mulwala, with better defensive pressure causing turnovers, the attacking end driving hard to create contact call and the goalers sinking the goals as best they could with the weather conditions.
The Lions were well beaten but can learn a lot going forward for the season ahead.
Brodie Pfeiffer came onto GK at half time and took the game up to the Moama goalers, creating turnovers and stepping up the defensive pressure.
Grace Thomson drove well into attack in a physical contest and fed the goals well.
Morgan Pitches, in her first game back in A grade after 2 knee operations, showed the athleticism and endeavour we expect to see at this level.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Brodie Pfeiffer, Judds Yarrawonga – Grace Thomson, Morgan Pitches.

B Grade – Mulwala 23 def by Moama 38
The girls played the top team in cold, wet and windy conditions but came out strong, pressuring Moama, and trailing by 4 at the end of the first quarter.
Rain and wind made it difficult in the 1st half for our shooters and Moama piled on the goals to lead 23 to 7 at half time.
However the Lions defence was impressive with Lisa Weir, Morgan Pitches and Emme Shand playing a big part of Mulwala’s tight defence on Saturday.
In the second half Tayla McNamara, Emma Grant and Georgia Glass all worked hard to feed Te’a and Tegan, outscoring Moama in the second half 16 to 15.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Lisa Weir, One Zach – Tegan Panter.

C Grade – Mulwala 33 drew with Moama 33
This week the Lions came up against a very strong Moama side who made the girls work hard for every ball.
Having Brianna back from B grade teaming up with Sophie in the goal ring, the girls were unstoppable and shot extremely well considering the windy conditions.
Nic, Sami and Tayla moved the ball through the mid-court with confidence, creating some great channels of play.
With Mary and Kathryn putting plenty of defensive pressure on the ball, the defensive line-up were on fire.
Both teams were neck and neck all game and finished with a draw – well done girls – fantastic team effort.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Tayla McNamara, Wingates - Brianna Magro.

C Res Grade – Mulwala 22 def by Moama 59
Mulwala had a tough game against Moama who came to play in less than perfect conditions.  
As the Lions continue to build the team and rotations, this week showed as a team there are still some areas to improve on.
Awards: Foodworks Top Lion – Stassy McCarthy, Judds Yarrawonga – Tyler Leonard.

17 and under – Mulwala 21 def by Moama 33
A tough contest in difficult conditions this week saw Moama jump to a 10-goal lead in the first quarter, which proved to be the difference for the Lions.
Mulwala settled going into the second and with Heidi providing some height in defence and alongside her, Abbey stepping up the pressure.
Combined with Sarah in WD the Lions were able to turn the ball over and drive it back down into attack. At half time the margin was 14, however the score was not indicative of the game.
The girls continued to work hard with Hollie stepping into goals for the third quarter, combining well with Chels, setting screens and scoring well.
Mulwala won the final quarter and pegged the margin back to 12, showing that they have the ability to win against Moama and also highlighting the importance of a strong first quarter.
Awards: Judds – Chelsea Kirchen, YMGCR – Hollie McNamara.

15 and under – Mulwala 13 def by Moama 37
A wet and windy day for a game of netball affected everyone this week.
Although the weather made it hard for the shooters to get their goals in, the girls still put in 100% throughout the game, and the attackers never gave up.
Freya Fletcher and Cheyenne were amazing in the defence, rebounding a number of missed goals by the opposition.
Once again Abbey Matthews intercepted balls all over the court.
The girls fought hard all game and should be proud of themselves.
Each week they are improving on their skills and are starting to work better together as a team.
Awards: YMGCR – Freya Fletcher, Mulwala Pharmacy – Abbey Matthews.

13 and under – Mulwala 16 def by Moama 23
It was a tough game with such windy conditions and the girls played exceptionally well, despite playing a strong team.
They worked the ball nicely down the court with strong front cuts.
The defenders had their hands over every ball making it difficult for Moama to score and the Lions attacking end moved the ball well around the ring creating space.
It was such a good game to watch and I couldn’t be prouder of all their efforts.
Awards:  YMGCR – Leni Miller, La Porchetta – Molly McDonald, McDonalds Award – Kaleisha Pell.

13B – Mulwala 8 def by Moama 20
The cold weather didn’t deter the girls from starting strong against tough opposition.
Reese and Leoni worked awesome together in defence all game, applying lots of pressure and doing everything that was asked of them.
First gamer Tamika settled well into the team and worked hard in WD putting pressure on every ball.
Jaz was accurate in the goal ring shooting well in the windy conditions.
The Lions were behind all game but the girls didn’t give up and made Moama work hard for the win.
Awards: YMGCR – Reese Sanderson, Travel & Cruise Yarrawonga – Leoni Eder.

11 and under – Mulwala 5 def Moama 3
Taking the court with confidence after last week’s big win, the girls had a strong start.
This week the opposition had height, so it gave the girls a good challenge.
They worked super hard down the centre, Jemma and Emily consistent with their drives and leads, giving the girls a clear pathway to feed the ball.
Miss Paige really proved her abilities, with little training in goals and the centre, she picked up both to play with ease.
After watching from the sidelines in the first quarter, Grace took the court with confidence perfectly, having hands over every ball, managing to pick up multiple intercepts and any loose ball she could.
Each of the girls demonstrated sportsmanship so well and are showing just how good they can listen and learn.
Well Done Girls!
Awards: YMGCR – Paige Good, Travel & Cruise Yarrawonga – Grace Ewert, McDonalds – Jemma Riches.

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