Creekers and Bushy sneak over the line in thrillers

CAMPBELLS Creek and Royal Park both snuck over the line by less than a kick in Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League thrillers on Saturday.

Campbells Creek beat Avoca by one point, while Royal Park was a two-point winner over Natte Bealiba.

The Creekers' 10.15 (75) to 9.20 (74) victory over Avoca was their first win in their 12 meetings since the Bulldogs joined the MCDFL in 2005.

Avoca trailed by 15 points at half-time, despite having had five more scoring shots. The Bulldogs kicked a woeful 1.15 in the first half, with their wasted opportunities ultimately costing them their first win of the season.

Coach Sean Smith, Brandon Greenwood and Jayden Molloy were the best for the Creekers, who had Adam Pollock kick four goals.

Joel Carter, Alec Wiltshire and Bryce Howell played well for Avoca. Murray Bond kicked four goals.

• Royal Park's impressive start to the season continued as Bushy beat Natte Bealiba for the first time.

Bushy trailed by 10 points at three quarter-time, but kicked 3.4 to 1.4 in the final term to win 9.12 (66) to 9.10 (64) to remain undefeated and continue their best winning streak since 2005.

Taylor Stewart, Jayden Humphrey and Thomas Quick (three goals) led the way for Royal Park.

Among the best for Natte Bealiba - which didn't score in the first quarter - were veteran Chris Jardine, Samuel Coloe and Jacob Long.

• Talbot ended its three-game losing streak with a 50-point win over Trentham, 16.15 (111) to 9.7 (61), at Trentham.

However, the Hawks did it the hard way. They trailed by 27 points at half-time - 9.5 to 4.8 - but unleased a devastating second half, kicking 12.7 to 0.2 in what was a 77-point turnaround.

Matthew Smith (three goals), Anthony Tatchell and Rowan Prentice were all pivotal in the stunning turnaround for the Hawks, whose leading goalkicker was Joshua Parsons (four).

Christopher Whelan, Matthew Sundblom and Scott Witmitz were the better players for the Saints, who blew a golden opportunity to win their third game.

• Bottom side Maldon battled gallantly against undefeated Newstead for three quarters, before going down by 63 points.

In what shaped as a one-sided match, the Bombers were only 18 points down at three quarter-time.

But the Steaders put their foot down in the last quarter, slamming on eight goals to one to win 23.14 (152) to 13.11 (89).

Tall targets Adrian Conn (six), Mark Ramsey (five) and Daniel Christmas (four) kicked 15 goals between them for the Steaders, whose best was Ben Krol.

Maldon's score of 89 was its highest of the season, with the Bombers' best including Joel Cross, Hayden Kelly and Kyle Winstanley.

• An 11-goal haul from full-forward Chris Stone helped Harcourt steamroll Dunolly by 101 points to win its second game in a row.

The Lions won 23.16 (154) to 7.11 (53), with Lachlan Van Schaik, Brendan Josey and Justin Trevan (two goals) also prominent in the win, in which Harcourt kicked 15 of its 23 goals in the second half.

Jay Pitto, Joe Thompson, Matthew Halacas and Dean Foster battled hard for the Eagles in their fourth heavy loss in a row.

• Lexton defeated Rovers by 48 points, 14.24 (108) to 9.6 (60).

Rovers were still a sniff of an upset at three quarter-time when they trailed by 16 points, but the Tigers added 5.10 to 1.2 in the final term to win their fourth in a row.

Dylan Barr, Justin White (two goals) and James Templeton were the pick of the Lexton players.

Dion Hedger and Karson Guareschi kicked four goals each in what was another credible performance from Rovers, whose best was David Popovski.

• On Saturday night, Navarre inflicted a rare flogging on Carisbrook, belting the Redbacks by 89 points under lights.

The Grasshoppers won 19.13 (127) to 5.8 (38) in a game where they held Carisbrook goalless in both the first and last quarters.

Ashley Driscoll (eight goals), coach Daniel Parkin and Josh Driscoll were standouts for Navarre, while Carisbrook's best were Ryan Hudson-Morgan, Clayton Furniss and Stephen Marr.

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