Slow start, but Magpies win fourth game in a row

BOORT overcame a slow start to defeat St Arnaud by five points and win its fourth game in a row in the North Central Football League on Saturday.

In the match of the round between two top-four teams, the Saints got off to a flyer to lead by 27 points at quarter-time, 7.1 to 2.4.

However, the Magpies kicked 13 goals to seven after the first term to win a thriller, 15.9 (99) to 14.10 (94).

Andrew Welsh (four), coach Rick Easton (three) and Andrew White (three) kicked 10 goals between them for the Magpies, whose four victories in a row is their best winning streak since 2011.

Welsh was one of Boort's best, along with Aaron Wilson, Shannon Milward and Matthew Hodoras.

Nicholas Baldwin, Nicholas Coghlan (three goals) and Jacob Patching (two goals) played well for the up-and-down Saints.

• Top side Wedderburn fought off a challenge from Birchip-Watchem to win by 47 points and remain unbeaten.

The Bulls trailed by just 12 points at three quarter-time, but should have been in front having had 15 scoring shots to 12.

However, the Redbacks motored away in the final term, adding seven goals to two to win 15.9 (99) to 7.10 (52).

Gun recruit Mark Lloyd was dominant for the Redbacks to be their best player, while full-forward Sam Barnes took his season tally to 34 goals with a bag of seven.

Former coach Daniel Gash, Andrew Chalkley, the consistent Liam McCarthy and Nathan Holt (three goals) were others to lead the way for the Redbacks as their overall winning streak extended to 15 games.

Coach Tom Carland, Sam O'Loughlin, Jacob Christie and Joel Cusack all played fine games for the Bulls, whose effort was a vastly improved performance on their last game against Wedderburn when they were beaten by 144 points in round 19, last year.

• Charlton cruised to a 99-point win over the struggling Donald.

Having lost their previous two games, the Navy Blues bounced back with their commanding 18.17 (125) to 3.8 (26) victory.

Charlton's Daniel Thiesz bagged five goals to earn best-on-ground honours.

Joseph McGrath was also lively inside 50 for the Navy Blues with four goals. 

Others to impress in the Charlton win were Ben Walklate, former coach Reece Collins, Angus McKenzie and Shane Rogan.

Donald - which has lost all six games by at least 60 points - was best served by Daniel Pearce, Nathan Witherow, Luke Carr and Alex Sheridan,

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