Barnes, Herdman bag 10 goals each for Redbacks

WEDDERBURN'S dynamic forward duo Sam Barnes and Brady Herdman savoured the unique feat of both kicking 10 goals in the Redbacks' 97-point belting of Boort in the North Central Football League on Saturday.

The unstoppable twin towers kicked 20 of the Redbacks' 24 goals between them as Wedderburn won 24.18 (162) to 9.11 (65).

For all the hype that has surrounded the Lance Franklin-Kurt Tippett forward combination at the Sydney Swans, Herdman and Barnes are country Victoria's equivalent.

"Our midfield was really good... they pushed back into our defence, which meant we had an open forward line all day," Wedderburn coach Luke Rosa said.

"Our key forwards had a fair bit of space and we were able to get them one-out and they did the job for us with 10 goals each."

Herdman's 10 goals came on the back of him being in doubt during the week with groin soreness.

It's the second double-figure haul for both this season after Herdman previously kicked 12 goals against St Arnaud in round four and Barnes bagged 10 against Donald in round seven.

Between them, Herdman (38) and Barnes (44) have kicked 82 of the undefeated Wedderburn's 154 goals so far this season.

Boort had gone into the match having won its previous four games and made a strong start, kicking three of the first four goals of the contest inside the opening 13 minutes.

However, the Magpies only kicked six more goals for the rest of the game as Wedderburn took control of the match in another dominant display from the three-time defending premiers.

While Barnes and Herdman were the stars for Wedderburn - it will be interesting on Feeney Medal night to see who gets the three votes - Jesse Smith was the best for Boort, which lost to the Redbacks for the ninth time in a row.

• Birchip-Watchem spoiled Wycheproof-Narraport's 50-year reunion weekend, registering a two-point win.

No more than four points separated the two sides at any of the breaks, with the Bulls prevailing 13.9 (87) to 13.7 (85) in the closest game of the season so far.

In what was Birchip-Watchem's second win of the season, the best for the Bulls were Joel Cusack, Daniel Ratcliffe (three goals), coach Tom Carland and John Barnard (three goals). Jarrod Tyler bagged four goals.

Better players for the Demons - who celebrated 50 years since the amalgamation of the Wycheproof and Narraport clubs at the weekend - were co-coach Ricky Allan (three goals), Joe Coatsworth and Samuel Driscoll (two goals).

• St Arnaud inflicted more misery on the winless Donald, downing the Royals by 80 points.

The Saints improved to 5-2 with the 20.12 (132) to 7.10 (52) victory in which they increased their advantage at every break.

Lachlan Cunningham and Shane Thorne (four goals) dominated for the Saints, while the Royals were best served by veteran Ross Funcke and Glenn Wyatt.

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