Rovers on the improve with two wins in a row

ROVERS celebrated two wins in a row on Saturday after over-running Campbells Creek in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League.

After losing their first five games, Rovers broke their duck against Harcourt last round before backing it up against the Creekers, winning 13.14 (92) to 13.7 (85).

Rovers had been nine points down at three quarter-time, but in front of their home crowd kicked four goals to two in the final term to claim the seven-point win.

Coach Scott Sellers set the example to be the best player for Rovers, who also had Ryan Guareschi (two goals), Marcus Forbes and David Popovski (three goals) play top games.

Campbells Creek, which lost its third game, was best served by Shaun Boag, Brandon Greenwood and Daniel Klimeck (two goals).

• Lexton made it six wins in a row after proving far too strong for Royal Park by 89 points in what had been a clash of two top-four teams.

The Tigers were quick to stamp their authority on the contest, leading by 26 points at quarter-time on the way to a 17.19 (121) to 4.8 (32) win at Hedges Oval.

Justin White and Justin Hobson kicked four goals each for the Tigers, who held Royal Park scoreless during the second quarter.

Nicholas Spolding, James Templeton and Damon Aspland led the best players for the Tigers.

In what was Royal Park’s second loss in a row that cost Bushy their position in the top four, they had Dylan McLean, Brendan Birch and Trent Pye play well.

In five games against Lexton since it joined the MCDFL in 2011, Saturday was the first time Royal Park had finished within 130 points of the Tigers.

• Newstead withstood a challenge from Trentham to retain its undefeated record.

The underdog Saints battled manfully at home against the Steaders, but fell 13 points short, going down 12.14 (86) to 10.13 (73).

Thomas Ruggles and David Wall’s good form continued to be Newstead’s best players, while Liam Bright was also impressive.

Luke Whitehouse (two goals), Mark Strickland and Reece Hourigan were strong performers for the Saints.

• Carisbrook moved into the top four for the first time, downing the winless Avoca by 61 points.

The Redbacks triumphed 16.14 (110) to 7.7 (49), with Liam Cunningham (five) and Mitchell Whelan (four) kicking nine goals between them.

Carisbrook took control of the game in the first half to set up a 33-point lead at the main break.

Coach Luke Treacy, Clayton Furniss and Whelan were in fine touch for the Redbacks.

Alec Wiltshire, Murray Bond (two goals) and Taylor Raine were good players for Avoca, which kicked four of its seven goals in the final term.

• Undefeated reigning premier Navarre’s impressive form continued, crushing Dunolly by 150 points.

The Grasshoppers cruised to a 28.22 (190) to 6.4 (40) victory in the most one-sided match of the season so far.

Ashley Driscoll’s impressive season continued with a bag of eight goals taking his tally to 45, while Kris Brennan added five for the Grasshoppers and their best player, Nicholas Murphy, kicked three.

Jay Pitto and Timothy Britton were the best on a tough day at home for the winless Eagles.

• On Sunday, Harcourt held Maldon goalless after quarter-time in its 69-point victory.

The Lions notched their third victory with the 15.10 (100) to 3.13 (31) win.

Maldon had 3.4 on the board at quarter-time, but kicked nine behinds for the rest of the game as its winless season continued.

• And Natte Bealiba cruised to a 74-point win over Talbot.

The Swans won 22.10 (142) to 9.14 (68), with the trio of Ryan Weir (seven), Matt Stagg (four) and Zac Perez (four) kicking 15 goals between them.


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