Bulls charge into top four after downing Magpies

LAST season's North Central Football League wooden-spooner Birchip-Watchem has climbed into the top four after a 52-point win over Boort on Saturday.

The Bulls dislodged the Magpies from fourth position with their 13.9 (87) to 4.11 (35) victory at home.

Both sides now have 5-5 records, but the Bulls hold the edge in percentage in the battle for fourth.

The Bulls put their foot down in the last term, kicking 6.2 to 0.1 to blow the final margin out to 52 points after they had led by 15 at three quarter-time.

Daniel Ratcliffe has been superb all season for the Bulls and was again their best player, along with Daniel Castellano (five goals), who kept up his record of kicking a goal in every game, Matthew McConville and Sean Hogan.

Better players for Boort included Cameron Milward, Nathan Gooding and Christopher Hatcher, while Andrew White kicked three of the Magpies' four goals.

• Wedderburn bounced back from its shock loss against St Arnaud the previous week to defeat Charlton in the clash of the top two teams.

The Redbacks prevailed 11.13 (79) to 8.5 (53) at home.

The game was up for grabs at three quarter-time when the Redbacks led by 12 points, but the three-time defending premiers finished with 4.2 to 2.0 in the final term to kick away to the 26-point victory.

Cameron Perry, Hayden Polglase, Danny Benaim and Wil Chalmers led the best players for the Redbacks, who had star forward Sam Barnes bag five goals.

Rhys Thompson continued his outstanding form for Charlton to be named the Navy Blues' best, along with Kieran Sait, Matthew Willox and Shane Rogan.

• Wycheproof-Narraport won its second game of the season, fighting off a challenge from Donald to win by 25 points, 11.16 (82) to 9.3 (57).

Donald sniffed a genuine chance of winning its first game of the year when it trailed by just two points at three quarter-time.

But the Demons held sway with a 3.7 to 0.2 final term, with Declan Lourey, Tom Keane and Benjamin Brennan playing well for the victors. Co-coach Ricky Allan kicked four goals in his side's 12th win in a row over the Royals.

Donald, which has whittled down its losing margin each of the past three games, had good players in Glenn Wyatt, Sam Dunstan and William McAllister. Seamus Young kicked four goals.


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