Eagles soar against Roos

Orroroo's Brodie O'Dea attempts to keep control of the ball in the clash against Broughton Mundoora.
Orroroo's Brodie O'Dea attempts to keep control of the ball in the clash against Broughton Mundoora.

On a brilliant winter’s day at Broughton Oval the Eagles and Orroroo produced an intriguing and aphetically pleasing tussle in front of an appreciative crowd. The visiting Roos were actually the better side early, but couldn't put any scoreboard pressure on against their hosts.

By half-time the Eagles lead had snuck out two goals, although they had three less scoring shots. After an even third quarter Broughton-Mundoora ensured victory with five majors in the final term.  In no danger of losing their second place on the ladder, the Eagles won this game in the end by a comfortable seven-goal margin.

Broughton Mundoora 15.12 (102) defeated Orroroo 8.12 (60). Dylan Hewett was outstanding for a lead up forward, covering plenty of ground.

Jarrod Ireland played his best game at A grade level, while Justin Tiller is getting better with age. Jimmy Cant and Nick Hewett were industrious and hard working around the ball all game.

Between the three key forward, Chris Elliott (four), Kane Bowley and Dylan Hewett (three each) accounted for 10 goals. Playing coach Rian Crane chimed in with a brace for the Eagles and was among the better players in this game, although not mentioned in the best player lists. Orroroo never stopped fighting, with Tom Reid showing plenty of endeavour around the ball. Big Roo Matt Bukovskis had the better of the ruck duels.

Luke Bowman competed well in his role, while the diminutive Mitchell Fromm and Andrew Catford both were constructive. Aiden Lee played up forward and kicking a couple of goals.

At Victoria Park, Jamestown the BMW Lions broke their duck for the season in style defeating the Jamestown Peterborough Magpies by a massive 59-point margin. This initial victory was set up with a brilliant second quarter where BMW kicks 7.6 while the Magpies on home turf were kept goal-less.  

In this match, it was the first time this year the Lions have scored 100 points in a game, and they were without leading goal kicker, Ed Trump. Their previous highest score for the season was back in round nine against Orroroo at Melrose Oval, when the Lions kicked 9.11 (65).  

The final score was BMW 15.10 (100) defeating Jamestown Peterborough who were kept goal less across two quarters, 6.5 (41) Midfielder Braden Battersby produced a best on ground performance, in a game many suggested was his best effort in the Lions tri-colours.

Playing coach Jake Keller was again brilliant and he has claims as the most consistent player in the NAFA this year. Big man Graham Cooke, Jordan Storey and the productive forward/on-baller Steve Swayne who kicked a game-high four goals were all strong contributors in the victory. Along with Swayne’s four-goal effort, Cooke and Darcy Shute each kicked three, while Simon George finished with a pair. The Magpies’ leading performer was the dependable Ben Woodall.

Back from his stint at South Clare Pat McInerney was solid for the Magpies, as well Daniel Clark, Patrick Clark and Simon Jackson. Greg Farr kicked two of the Magpies six goals in this clash.

In the annual Sunday clash at The Brook, the Roosters were tested by Southern Flinders. An inaccurate open to opening term where the Tigers had plenty of play, but kicked 1.5 didn’t help the visitors cause.

By half-time the margin had moved out to 25 points and after an even second half the Roosters advantage in the end was 31 points. The final scoreboard read Crystal Brook 13.10 (88) defeating Southern Flinders 8.9 (57). Full forward Daniel Hill return to form kicking seven of “The Brooks” 13 goals. 

Along with ‘16 Medallist Campbell Combe, who has been in as good a form as he was in last year, Hill was the stand out in this round 15 Sunday afternoon encounter. Luke Slattery and Joel Millard, who were both important instigators in the Roosters win kicked two goals each. Centre half forward Ben Arbon’s productive second half of season continued as well. For Southern Flinders Shane Ballantyne was a good target at centre half forward, and added to his aerial display with a pair of six pointers. Justin Thompson and another member of the extended Combe clan, Adam was productive all day. Luke O'Connor and Central Zone representative Ziek Kay worked their ways into the contest as well.