Top six show they’re better than the rest

By Kyabram Free Press

IT’S A case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer in the Kyabram District Football League after Saturday’s sixth round of matches.

All top six sides recorded wins with Tallygaroopna and Undera continuing to set the pace as the only unbeaten sides in the competition.

Tally dealt Girgarre’s finals hopes a painful blow with a commanding 65-point win in the clash at Tally.

Billy Barnes, Ash Hughes, Lachy Hill, Shannon Tucker and Antonio Barca tried hard for the Roos without much support and a lack of a dominant forward was again a concern for the losers.

In contrast Tally had plenty of options in attack with Heath Barton bagging five goals among eight individual goalkickers on the day.

Hugh Anderson, Austin Tricarico and Sam Muggleton were key players in the win for the reigning premier.

■Second placed Undera didn’t get it all its own way against a plucky Lancaster and was forced to dig deep for a 17-point win.

Austin Bizzotto, Nathan Torney, Lachy Firmer and Zac Cerrone worked hard to keep the Wombats in the game, with support from James Ross and Kyle Kidd.

But the efforts of Ash and Braydon Hockey, Tom Durward, Jack Harjo and Nathan Frizzell in particular inspired the home side’s win.

■Merrigum produced a star new recruit in Locky Dillon from Kyabram in its clash with Shepparton East and he was one of its better players in a big win for the Bulldogs.

Dillon was a member of last year’s Kyabram’s GVL runner-up side but has been unable to break into the all-conquering Bombers side this season.

The Bulldogs also had top players on the day in Rohan Hearn, Tyler Schoots, Jason Christou, Geoff Connally and Mason Scopelliti who inspired the runaway win.

Ethan Moor, Darby Innes-Irons and Jeremy Aynsley tried hard for Shepparton East.

■Stanhope was far too good for Violet Town, romping home by 109 points.

Daniel Brock, Ryan Barassi, Tom Hepburn and Brayden Kearns in particular ensured Stanhope’s forwards received plenty of goal-scoring opportunities and Drew Heabich with six goals and Jorge Maxwell with four obliged to do the finishing-off work in the commanding win.

■Finals aspirant Murchison-Toolamba was given plenty to ponder by neighbour Nagambie, who dominated from the first bounce in recording a whopping 81-point win.

Blake Fothergill, Dan Fitzpatrick, Darcy Sidebottom and coach Anthony Haysom, who kicked eight goals, dominated in the impressive performance.

The combine had few good players, with the reliable Adam McGibbon, James Milne, Luke Cecchin and Jack O’Toole the pick of them.

■Dookie United and Avenel had massive wins against Longwood and Ardmona in the other two games.

Kyle Tascott and Ben Kelly had a day out in front of goals, each bagging eight majors in United’s 169-point win over Longwood.

Coach Kasey Duncan and Harry McLean did even better than that, each booting 10 goals in Avenel’s 294-point win over Ardmona.