Bulldogs blitz Fishy


Bulldogs blitz Fishy

THE Korumburra-Bena Bulldogs will take on Dalyston this Saturday, after burying Fish Creek at Toora.

Fishy was good early, making the most of a strong gale blowing to the inlet end of the ground. Consequently, the Kangaroos were four goals up at quarter time and looking strong.

But the Bulldogs would also take advantage of the wind, skipping out to a six point lead at the main break. The first four goals from the Bulldogs came quickly, with midfielder/forward Ben Fitzpatrick starting the ball rolling with the first two.

Brilliant in the middle and in the forward line, he would remain one of his team’s best, finishing with a ton of possessions, not to mention a bag of five goals.

Bulldogs ruckman Mark Bradley acquitted himself well, asserting his big body into every contest. Michael Cooke, who was roaming the half forward line, would finish the day with three goals, and also be named among the Bulldogs’ high fliers.

It’s a footy cliché, but, although a few Bulldogs shone, the win was very much a team effort. For the Bulldogs simply had more players winning their positions.

The momentum, by degrees, began to swing in the Bulldogs’ favour. There was a feeling of inevitability about the way the game was playing out and it didn’t help that some of Fish Creek’s players were want to give away free kicks and 50 metre penalties.

And while the last quarter would see a barrage goals kicked by Korumburra Bena, with the aid of that generous breeze (though it was not quite what it was early), it was the third in which the game was truly won.

While Fish Creek would add three to its tally in that quarter, the Bulldogs did the same. The advantage of the wind had been lost and the Bulldogs were finding another gear.

The Bulldogs’ Chris Redl was good up forward, kicking four. When the ball the hit the deck, Fitzpatrick and Justin Smith were there to snaffle the crumbs.

Ashley Snooks was a standout in back line, driving the ball long out of defence. Likewise, Jay Neagle.

Chris Urie had a hard tag all day, but still managed to shake it and chip in with a couple of goals. His direct opponent, Chad Macri was a good contributor.

The Bulldogs were buoyed by the 50 point win and are going into the Dalyston clash with their tails up.

Shannon Bray, who came back from a long term injury in recent week, is starting to hit his straps and club stalwarts believe the premiership window may be opening up at just the right time.


Korumburra-Bena 17.10.112 def Fish Creek 9.8.62



Tarwin taken down


KORUMBURRA-Bena continued its finals success as they overcame Tarwin with force on Sunday.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Tom Sorrell and Nick Paterson who both had ripper games.

From the outset it was hard to fault the Bulldogs kicking three goals for the first. A different story came from the Tarwin camp with five possible goals resulting in behinds leaving them trailing by seven at the first break.

The unstoppable Peter Kyle was showing his skills for Korumburra-Bena not letting anything get between him at the football for most of the game.

Philip Western and Thomas Giroud were doing the best to keep Tarwin in the game attempting to stop the Bulldogs flow and slow down the game.

The Sharks were keeping in touch at the half with 16 points the margin.

Tarwin kept up with the hard working Bulldogs in the third. Sorrell and Paterson were holding their form but it wasn’t enough for Korumburra-Bena to grow its lead with the margin 13 points at three quarter time.

The Bulldogs kicked things into overdrive in the last and Tarwin could not keep up.

Despite efforts from Paul McCrae and hard hitter Michael Carter the Sharks were being left behind.

Korumburra-Bena’s Myors boys Jordon and Danny worked hard right to the end finishing the team off with a 33 point victory.

Korumburra-Bena will now face off with Bulldog rivals Phillip Island to see who will face Dalyston in the big one on September 14.


Korumburra-Bena 11.6.72 def Tarwin 5.9.39



Breeze helps MDU


A STRONG breeze played a large role in MDU’s semi final victory over Fish Creek on Sunday.

Fish Creek kicked with the wind early to lead by eight at the first break but it was the second quarter that helped MDU push towards victory.

Four majors and four behinds to the Demons had them looking good. Hard running from Ryan Olden and Jake McMillan with the wind at their backs meant MDU pushed over into the lead and built a two goal buffer by the half time siren.

The wind wasn’t dropping and Fish Creek new it was now or never to mount a comeback when it came to the third quarter.

Tyler Smith led the Kangaroos charge in the third kicking his third goal for the match and making the forward line work hard.

Once again though the shots that didn’t make the middle of the sticks were what cost the Kangaroos. Five behinds meant the margin was only five points at the final break and with MDU to use the wind on the run home things weren’t looking good for Fish Creek.

Four goals to the young Demons had them secure a win while the Kangaroos had no answer against their opponents or the strong breeze.

MDU play Dalyston this weekend for a spot in next Saturday’s grand final.


M.D.U. 8.9.57 def Fish Creek 5.10.40



Dalyston stay alive


A block buster first quarter set up Dalyston for victory on Sunday when they faced off with Phillip Island.

The Magpies managed to keep their opponents scoreless in the first and then held a lead for the rest of the day to get them one step closer in the finals race.

Phillip Island bounced back in the second to come within five points of the lead at half time.

Dalyston once again picked things up in the third with Darcy Brosnan and Darcy Kilgour pressing hard up forward to stretch the lead back to 30 points.

The Phillip Island offence hammered three goals home in the last quarter but it was not enough to finish the job as Dalyston progress through to the preliminary finals against Korumburra-Bena.


Dalyston 9.3.57 def Phillip Island 7.5.47





Fish Creek vs Foster

A scrappy first quarter by both teams and very low scoring started the battle between rival Fish Creek and Foster.

Fish Creek was off its goals at the start of the game, luckily its defenders were picking off every ball coming down the court to stop Foster getting a quick start.

Foster had some intense pressure down the court, forcing Fish Creek to re-lead and create space. A very quiet quarter both on and off the field. Scores were three all at the first break.

A couple of turnovers to Foster and misplaced passes by Fish Creek saw Foster get a couple of early goals.

Foster’s GK got some vital turnovers which they converted to goals. Fish Creek got a couple of goals mid way through the quarter and increased its intensity.

A lead to Foster by three at half time.

Fish Creek started strong with three goals to Foster’s one. Foster missed a couple of important goals which Fish Creek rebounded.

Fish Creek’s GK was an important player in this quarter getting many rebounds and picking off passes being delivered into the goal ring.

A solid quarter by Fish Creek saw the lead change and give it a lead of two into three quarter time.

A tough physical quarter by both teams trying to convert turnovers and chasing down loose balls. Fish Creek had more control through the midcourt this quarter through its WA but Foster didn’t back down.

Fish Creek’s goalers moved well in the ring and shot well with Foster’s defenders finding it hard to pick off the pass and not getting a chance to rebound.

Many undisciplined calls this quarter by both teams. Foster edged the lead back slightly but ran out of time, Fish Creek eventual winners by five.

Fish Creek 25 def Foster 20



Fish Creek vs DWWWW

Fish Creek started off strong but the Allies quickly fired back with some accurate goaling. A few missed shots and some inaccurate passes into the Fish Creek goalers saw the Allies turnover the ball and flow from one end of the court to the other. A messy quarter with both teams having obstruction calls. Good pressure by the Allies in the goal ring forced Fish Creek to utilise its wings and get closer to goal giving it a two goal lead a quarter time.

Another strong start by Fish Creek, forcing many obstruction calls on the Allies defenders. Unnecessary physical conduct by the Allies WD inflicted a warning by the umpire, but seemed to fire up the Allies on court to get in front and get good distance.

Fish Creek’s WA was a driving force through the centre third and was very vocal to help out her team. The Allies goalers were screening well for each other to nudge itselves closer to the ring.

This quarter was very physical and even by both teams with no change in the lead at half time.

Good pressure through the midcourt by Fish Creek, the intensity was high for both teams. Important turnovers by the Allies and good body work through its GA got the scores to level. The momentum was with the Allies this quarter but Fish Creek managed to keep its lead into the last quarter.

A change to Allies WD in the last quarter meant teams were evenly matched throughout the court. Both teams were starting to feel the sun.

Fish Creek shooters were starting to have trouble over the Allies tall defenders. Fish Creek applied pressure all down the court forcing the Allies to send the ball backwards. The Allies goalers started to miss and Fish Creek’s GA stepped up under pressure. A couple of important turnovers for Fish Creek and some stable shooting gave it the win by three.

Fish Creek 40 def DWWWW 37



Dalyston vs Stony Creek

A strong start by Stony to get out to a five goal lead. Stony Creek’s Carli Brislin (C) was playing a good game running hard and creating turnovers. Stony Creek’s defenders were rebounding well in the tricky conditions to give it a good lead at quarter time. Stony Creek led by 7.

An even quarter with both teams working hard. The wind was blowing, but conditions were starting to heat up. Neither team could gain any momentum.

Dalyston clawed back one goal to bring the margin back to six.

Dalyston got off to a good start at the beginning of the third quarter to bring the margin back to four in a short space of time.

A very tight quarter not many scoring opportunities, Stony Creek stretched its lead by one to make it 7 at three quarter time.

Stony Creek’s pressure all over the court was creating turnovers and some nice shooting by its goalers Kaylene and Kaitlyn allowed it to pull away to an eleven goal lead.

Good defensive pressure and great rebounding by Stony Creek’s Lisa Burge (GK) gave it lots of opportunities and they finished off with a 16 goal win.

Stony Creek 36 def Dalyston 20


17 & UNDER

Inverloch Kongwak vs


A nervous start for both teams with the ball being turned over quite a bit.

IK’s Kelsey Buxton (GD) was getting her hands on lots of the ball giving her team lots of drive through the centre court. Korumburra Bena’s Jacquie Snooks (C) was working hard getting the ball to her goalers, they finished off well giving Korumburra-Bena a three goal lead at quarter time.

Korumburra-Bena got off to a good start getting out to a five goal lead. IK struggled to get through the centre third and down to its goalers.

The gusty wind was starting to have an impact on the game, with goals hard to come by. Each team only scoring four goals this quarter. Korumburra-Bena still up by three.

Korumburra Bena started of strong again, KB’s Mairead Donahue (WD) giving great support to Jacquie Snooks (C) through the centre third.

They got out to a 5 goal lead before IK lifted and pulled and margin back to 1. Korumburra-Bena were now the team struggling to get it through the centre. A good comeback quarter by IK to have the scores all tired up at 19 apiece.

Goal for goal at the start of the last quarter. Very tight defence from both teams all over the court making everyone work hard for possession.

Korumburra-Bena seemed to have had a little more patience and managed to find space with its GS (Steph Wylie) finishing off well they pulled away for a two goal win.

Korumburra Bena 26 def Inverloch Kongwak 24


15 & UNDER

Phillip Island vs Yarram

Phillip Island got out to a quick lead of two, Yarram then steadied to get those two goals back. Yarram’s Chelsea Smith (WA) was in everything putting in some beautiful feeds to her goalers, giving Yarram a two goal lead at quarter time.

Yarram for out to a strong start putting two goals on the board very quickly. They then built on this lead to go into the half time break with a lead of five.

This started as an even quarter with both teams now settled into a rhythm.

Neither team able to get a string of goals on the board. With two minutes to go in the quarter Phillip Island got a run on and gained a couple goals to bring the margin back to three.

The last quarter started of evenly, slowly Yarram built a lead.

Once again Chelsea Smith was in everything. Yarram pulled away to a ten goal lead, Phillip Island pulled it back by two, but Yarram ran out comfortable winners by 8 goals.

Yarram 30 def Phillip Island 22


13 & UNDER

Foster vs Korumburra-Bena

Very tightly contested quarter by both teams, Brylee Angwin (Fos GA) and both goalers from Korumburra-Bena shooting well. Korumburra-Bena had a slight two goal lead at the first break.

Foster came out strong in the second quarter to level the scores. A very even quarter from ten to be 11 all at half time.

Foster made many changes at half time. Korumburra-Bena’s GA (Grace) was shooting well and gave it an early lead of two goals. Defenders at both ends were working hard. Korumburra-Bena went into three quarter time ahead by one.

Foster started this quarter strong to quickly gain a one goal lead. Korumburra-Bena fought back to make it even. Lots of pressure all over the court making goals very hard to come by. At full time scores were all even at 21 all and into overtime.

Things were very tight all over the court and very intense for the young players with the crowd becoming very vocal. Foster was one goal in front at the end of the 1st three minutes. Korumburra-Bena came out strong applying lots of pressure.

Goals were very hard to come by but Korumburra-Bena was just a little bit steadier under pressure and pulled away for a one goal win.

Korumburra Bena 24 def Foster 23

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