Lions keep finals hopes alive with win over Eagles

HARCOURT is back within striking distance of the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League top-eight following an 86-point win over Dunolly on Saturday.

The Lions' 21.11 (137) to 7.9 (51) victory - which ended a four-game losing stretch - moved the ninth-placed Lions within one game of the top eight with two rounds remaining.

Jacob Fitzpatrick and Chris Stone kicked five goals each for the Lions, who after leading by one point at the first change booted 17 goals to three after quarter-time.

Fitzpatrick, Jackson McMahon and gun midfielder Paul Chaplin were the best for the Lions in their fifth win of the season.

Jesse Olsen kicked four of Dunolly's seven goals to be one of the Eagles' better players, along with Lee Jackson, coach Tony Bellenger and Joe Thompson.

• Royal Park has reached 10 wins in the home and away season for the first time since 2004 with a 69-point hiding of Talbot in what shaped as a potential preview of one of the elimination finals in three weeks.

Bushy bolted to a 47-point lead at half-time on the way to its 15.10 (100) to 4.7 (31) win at home.

Bushy's Zac Stewart outscored Talbot off his own boot with a haul of six goals, with Jay Anderson (three goals), Matthew Walker and Zac Dunne also playing top games.

Talbot was held to just one goal in each quarter. Nathan Smith, Jonathon Arnel and Jorde Bux were the pick of the players for the Hawks, who had been aiming to win three games in a row for the first time since 2010.

• Lexton dominated the middle two quarters in its 54-point win over the accurate Rovers. The Tigers won 18.15 (123) to 11.3 (69) in their 13th win in a row.

Lexton kicked 13.9 to 4.1 in the second and third terms, while Rovers outscored the Tigers by eight points during the first and last quarters.

James Cusack (five) and Matthew Brown (four) combined for nine goals, while Darren Jolly kicked three for the Tigers, whose best player was Daniel Chester.

Bradley Fraser, Dion Hedger, Ty Stewart and Matthew Stiles played well for Rovers, who had Ryan Guareschi and Graeme Kennedy kick three goals each.

• Navarre defeated Trentham by 99 points, 20.9 (129) to 4.6 (30).

Bryce Tickner (two goals), Jayden Fowkes and Louis Hannett dominated for undefeated Navarre, which shared its 20 goals between 10 players.

Mark Strickland (two goals), Christopher Whelan and James Gray worked hard for the Saints in their 11th loss in a row.

• Meanwhile, it was a one-sided MCDFL split round. Of the seven games, only Maldon's eight-point win over Campbells Creek last week was decided by less than 50 points.

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