Charlton wins crucial contest with St Arnaud

CHARLTON overcame a seven-point deficit at half-time to score a 17-point win against St Arnaud in Saturday's match of the round in the North Central Football League.

There was plenty at stake as the second-placed Blues faced the third-placed Saints.

The line-ups were locked on 28 points going into the match.

In their previous clash, St Arnaud ended Wedderburn's unbeaten streak when it triumped by 15 points.

In Saturday's match, St Arnaud led 33-26 at half-time after it added 3.3 and kept the Blues scoreless in the second quarter.

The third quarter was dominated by Charlton as it scored 5.8 to a goal.

Playing before a vocal home crowd at Charlton Park, the Blues went on to win 72-55.

Anthony Judd led Charlton's attack on three goals and Joseph McGrath added two.

St Arnaud's Daniel Needs booted five goals in a fine game.

Charlton's best were Matt Willox, Anthony Judd, Daniel Thiesz and Reece Collins.

The Saints' best were James McNamee, Nicholas Baldwin, Caleb Bloomer and Nicholas Coghlan.

Boort was too strong for Wycheproof-Narraport.

The Magpies won 88-62 in a contest where Sam Taylor, four goals; and Jesse Smith, three; played well.

A three-goal haul capped a best afield performance by Smith.

Taylor, Cam Milward and Andrew White played well for Boort.

The sole multiple goalkicker for Wycheproof-Narraport was Ricky Allan on three.

Best for the Demons were Jesse White, Dane McLennan, Jason Coles and Ben Brennan.

The ladder-leading Wedderburn scored a 98-point victory on Donald's turf.

Sam Barnes incrased his lead in the race for the goalkicking award by kicking seven goals.

The Redbacks star is now on 65 goals from 10 matches.

Ben DeAraugo and Daniel Gash added three goals apiece for Wedderburn.

The Redbacks' best were Cameron Perry, Mark Lloyd, Daniel Gash and Jaran McKay.

Donald's Seamus Young kicked three of his team's five goals.

Best players for Donald were Brody Haddow, Glenn Wyatt and William McAllister.

Birchip-Watchem had the bye.

In this Saturday's 14th round, Wedderburn takes on Boort at Donaldson Park. Birchip-Watchem faces Wycheproof-Narraport at George Cartwright Oval. St Arnaud and Donald do battle at Lord Nelson Park.  Charlton has the bye.

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