The team arrived at Euroa prepared for a tough match.
With some key position players missing there was an opportunity for others to step up.
The first half was a barrage of goal opportunities for the Euroa side, placing our backline under immense pressure.
The Lions looked scrappy, and it was a poor display of players not being accountable for their direct player.
This allowed the Magpies multiple opportunities to rebound the ball back into their forward line to lead by 37 at half-time.
After the half-time address from coach Graham the Lions returned to the field to show the crowd that they could match it with the Magpies.
There was a dramatic change on the field with players manning up, contesting the ball at each opportunity and showing their opponents the respect they deserved.
There were some great passages of play that rewarded the team with goal opportunities.
Reilly ‘‘The Rock’’ Graham put in a solid defensive performance.
Cody Handley’s possession count improves with his increased confidence.
Jai Nash was dominant in over head contested marks while Tate Lewis’ attack of the ball set up several passages of play.
Captain Syd Voogt carried the ball well out of the backline through some intense physical pressure.
The second and third efforts made by a majority of the Lions players resulted in a dominant second half from the Lions.
Score: Euroa 10.16 (76) d Seymour 6.4 (40).
Goals: Toby Newman 3; Zayde Macleod, Jai Nash, Lachlan Wright.
Best: Zayde Macleod and Dylan Wandin.
St Mary’s 16.11 (107) d Wandong 2.3 (15).
St Mary’s 2.7 (19) lt Wandong 5.3 (33).
St Mary’s hosted the Wandong Warriors on the weekend in what was expected to be a tough match.
On the back of a tough game against Yea, the Saints trained hard during the week as this was their last hit out before the general bye.
The Saints had shown plenty of flair and run the previous week.
Hard-hitting Matthew Collard showed strong leadership and presented well at contests.
Keegan Grant was also leading well, providing countless forward options.
Cory Jones, sporting a new helmet, returned from a concussion a few weeks ago and provided valuable support down back.
From the opening bounce it was clear a contest was on.
There was a lot of contested footy seen early but missed targets and unclean possessions cost the Saints in the first quarter.
Willem Eager stepped up to the plate slotting two from outside 35.
Corey Jones continued his form from the previous week with an inspirational performance in the back line.
Corey cleared the ball well to the wing, provided plenty of run out of defence and gave the on-ballers lots of key possessions.
Keegan Grant was getting plenty of the ball early.
He took some strong marks and provided a good running forward option.
Up by 13 points at the end of the first quarter, the second began in a similar fashion to the first.
A strong lead and subsequent goal from Will O’Sullivan got the Saints off to a good start.
Wandong answered almost immediately with a quick snap.
Another good leading option in Tyler Best provided more scoring opportunities.
Two quick goals from Dylan Cook saw the Saints take control of the quarter.
Eager slotted his third goal late in the quarter to set up a 40-point lead at half-time.
Grant continued to dominate around the ground providing opportunities to clear and set up shots.
In the third quarter we witnessed a more controlled Saints running the ball to various options.
A strong tackle up forward from Will O’Sullivan resulted in a goal but the big man wasn’t done there.
He snapped another quick major on the goal line through some unselfish play from the Saints.
Wandong lifted the bar by running the ball to space and shooting a few from acute angles.
The Saints regrouped midway through third and again, Will Eager dominated the forward line.
The Saints pushed out to a commanding 56-point lead at three-quarter time.
With enough fuel left in the tank the Saints could run out the game in a dominant fashion in the final quarter.
The Saints stuck to their game plan and executed it with flair.
A few changes saw Cory Jones have a run in the forward line.
Score: St Mary’s 16.11 (107) d Wandong 4.8 (32).
Kicking the ice off the ground to get the day started was taken in its stride by the under-10s and there were some great efforts and determination shown all around.
The team was running into open spaces, taking marks and scouting the packs to keep the ball moving.
The team have a well deserved bye next week.
A special thanks to sponsors Hume Electrical and Bec Baker Pharmacy, Nagambie.
In a great team effort Tabilk defeated third placed Yea at Nagambie.
After a great night of training on Friday the signs were there that the team was in for a good game.
The first half was solid and we went into half-time with a two-goal lead.
Angus Murray played another great game and led his team by example.
‘‘The Engine Room’’ helped out the backline on many occasions and was inspirational in leading his side to victory.
Well done Angus on toughing it out.
Kane Chapman was another who played well and it was great to see him stick true to the promise he made to the team mates before the game.
Kane squared up a lovely pass to his captain who kicked truly, rewarding Kane for his unselfish play.
Nathan ‘‘Nails’’ Whitling was good all game.
He laid plenty of tackles and his strong play around the ground led to opportunities for the running players.
Going into the three-quarter huddle Yea had bounced back and the score was close to even.
The team committed to make sure all their hard work was not going to go to waste.
The last quarter was as tough as they come and it was great to see the team play as hard as they could to get the well deserved win.
Conor Peterson played a solid game but his last quarter was extra special.
He attacked the football with gusto and his determination to get the footy at all costs was great to watch.
In the end it was James Wall who had the final say.
He won the ball deep in the forward line and snapped truly to give the team the lead.
Great determination and grit from all of the team meant we were able to win the game.
I am sure beating a top quality team like Yea will help boost the under-12 group’s confidence as we get closer to finals.
Score: Tabilk 4.5 (29) d Yea 4.2 (20).
Goals: T. Mason 2; A. Murray, J. Wall, O. Loweke.
Best: A. Murray, K. Chapman, N. Whitling, C. Peterson, B. Ezard, B. Shelton, D. O’Brien.
On a cold Sunday morning playing Yea at home was going to be our last game before a break.
Not knowing that Yea was short of players until pre-game, the players were quick to put up their hands and get both teams out on the field.
We know what it is like to struggle for players because we were lucky that a week prior to the start of the season, after a lot of phone calls and talk between friends, we managed to put together a full side to play each week.
It was great to see in each quarter our players were happy to go across and give Yea a hand.
It was an even a prouder moment to realise that even when our team put on Yea’s jumpers, they still put in their best efforts to help Yea push forward and score.
It goes to show that to be a quality side takes heart and the ability to go forward and help others.
Looking at Yea, who were a finals team last year, and seeing that they’re now struggling for players in certain age groups is upsetting to say the least.
It would be nice to see young country football getting some help.
Teams all over Victoria are struggling for numbers and even closing their doors.
It puts the question forward of, how is the AFL going to help country football?
And, what happened to their statement of ‘‘going back to grass roots’’?
On a positive note, S. McMaster, J. Wallden, B. Bath, T. Barnes and H. May all worked hard for Tabilk and Yea.
Harrison is finally on the board with his first goal for the season.
Next week we have a bye. It’s time to have a much needed break for players and for families.
We look forward to coming back to slightly warmer weather and resetting our goals for the games left to come.
Rest, relax and stay as warm as possible.
It was great to have our major sponsor Paul down and among the families handing out the awards for best on ground.
Thanks to our sponsors, The Royal Mail, The Coach Shop and Billy Burgers.
As they say in the classics, ‘‘no-one takes a picture on the first lap of the Melbourne Cup’’.
Best: S. McMaster, H. Anderson, B. Bath.
It was cold at 10am when the under-10s kicked the dew off the oval, but by 1.15pm it was a beautiful day for football.
With a few boys away on school trips it meant we were a bit short.
Thanks to Gus, Josh and Nick for stepping up from the under-14s to help out. These boys all acquitted themselves well.
Nick, a solid defender, got the chance to play forward and showed he can be quite versatile.
Josh and Gus were lively on the forward line as well.
Josh hit the score board while Gus set up Nick Smidt perfectly for his goal.
Harry Dawson had his best game for the year while shouldering the ruck responsibilities.
He was everywhere against a much taller opponent and his ability to run out the game in the last quarter will hopefully have him start believing he is more than just a forward.
Tom Garner had an excellent game as captain.
He continually drove the team forward and worked hard to shut down Yea’s running players.
Trent Gladwin started in defence and worked consistently during the day.
He was able to sneak forward for two goals as well.
Mitchell Berens channelled his inner Dustin Martin to hit the score board.
Lachy Robinson, Josh Boyer, Cubbo, Bardy, Lachy Russell, Dan Mawson, Moose and Corey Chapman were also solid contributors.
The North East Antenna award went to Harry and the Neil Beer award went to Tom.