Saints too strong for Bulls in clash of top four teams

ST ARNAUD recorded a 26-point victory over Birchip-Watchem in a battle of two top four teams in the North Central Football League on Saturday.

Scores had been level at quarter-time, but the Saints made their decisive move in the second term when they kicked 5.8 to 3.0 to set up their 17.20 (122) to 15.6 (96) victory at Birchip.

The victory was the third in a row for the Saints in what was a game where Nicholas Coghlan, Nathan Coghlan and Daniel Needs all kicked four goals.

Benjamin Batters, Caleb Bloomer and coach James McNamee were all impressive for the Saints as they avenged their round nine defeat to the Bulls.

While the Saints shared their goals around, the Bulls had Daniel Castellano play a starring role with eight in their tally of 15.

The Bulls were also well served by Sam O'Loughlin, Joel Cusack and John Barnard.

• Top side Wedderburn overcame a scare to defeat Wycheproof-Narraport by 36 points.

A massive upset looked possible at half-time when the Demons led the Redbacks by 10 points, 7.8 to 6.4.

But that served to awake the sleeping giant as the Redbacks ended the game with nine goals to two after half-time to win 15.13 (103) to 9.13 (67).

Daniel Gash, ruckman Brett Strange and Brady Herdman (five goals) led the better players for the Redbacks, while Sam Barnes moved to 82 goals for the season with his return of four.

While the Demons were beaten, they shaved 131 points off their round nine losing margin of 167 points against the Redbacks.

Joel Turner, George Turner and Sam Driscoll played well for the Demons in what was a competitive performance that defied their 2-11 record. Co-coach Ricky Allan kicked three goals.

• Charlton maintained second position with a 32-point victory over Boort.

The Navy Blues led at every change in their 15.12 (102) to 11.4 (70) triumph.

The consistent Rhys Thompson, Shane Rogan and Daniel Thiesz were pivotal for the Navy Blues, who had Travis Baird (five) and Luke Kyriakides (four) kick nine goals between them.

The loss was Boort's third in a row, with the pick of the Magpies' players again Jesse Smith for the seventh time this season.

Charles McAdam, Andrew Welsh and Jordan Tamblyn were also solid.


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