Bulls capitalise on Saints' poor kicking at goal

BIRCHIP-Watchem cashed in on St Arnaud’s poor kicking at goal to win its third game of the North Central Football League season on Saturday.

The Bulls had nine less scoring shots than the Saints, but won 18.4 (112) to 15.16 (106) at Lord Nelson Park, winning for the second week in a row by a kick.

As well as the Saints’ wasteful conversion, they also blew a 14-point half-time lead against the Bulls, who they had won their previous five encounters with.

From 14 points down at half-time, the Bulls kicked 11.4 to 7.8 after the main break to claim the win.

Alex Hutchins, consistent ruckman Zac Holmes, Samuel O’Louglin and Joel Cusack (two goals) were the best for the Bulls.

For the fifth time this season, recruit Daniel Castellano kicked four goals for Birchip-Watchem.

In what was the third game in their past four decided by a goal of loss, Nicholas Baldwin, James Wray and Benjamin Batters were the best for the Saints.

• Wedderburn’s brutal form continued with a 166-point belting of Wycheproof-Narraport.

The Redbacks won their third game of the season by more than 150 points with the 28.19 (187) to 3.3 (21) thrashing at Donaldson Park.

Star forwards Sam Barnes (eight) and Brady Herdman (seven) were again at their best for the Redbacks with 15 goals between them.

Jaran McKay was also lively inside 50 with four goals for the Redbacks, who led by 37 points at quarter-time, 69 at half-time and 103 at three quarter-time before the final margin of 166.

Danny Benaim, Nathan Bell (two goals) and Daniel Gash were other standouts for the Redbacks.

In what was Wycheproof-Narraport’s first loss by more than 100 points since 2010, co-coach Ricky Allan, Joe Coatsworth and Samuel Driscoll battled hard.

• A strong third quarter was the catalyst for Charlton’s 39-point win over fellow top-four side Boort.

The Navy Blues led by nine points at half-time, before slamming on 7.2 to 0.1 in the third quarter on the way to a 16.12 (108) to 10.9 (69) victory.

Joseph McGrath and Luke Kyriakides kicked six goals each for the Navy Blues. 

Also playing starring roles in Charlton’s fifth win were Rhys Thompson, Michael Laffin and coach Aaron Walklate.

The consistent duo of Jesse Smith and Cameron Milward were the two best players for Boort, which is now at 4-4 following the defeat.

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