Brave Wombats dig deep

By Kyabram Free Press

ROUND seven of the Kyabram District League delivered plenty of surprise results, as teams looked to squeeze into the top six.

Lancaster toppled Stanhope after surviving a final-quarter scare, claiming a 13.8 (86) to 11.9 (75) win.

Struggling at 26 points down at three-quarter-time, Stanhope kept Lancaster to a single behind, but was unable to claw its way to a comeback win.

Zach Cerrone, Logan Demasi and Billy Ryan, who kicked five goals, led the Wombats to the memorable victory.

Tom Hepburn, Ryan Barassi and Braydon Kearns (four goals) were the leading players for the Lions.

Elsewhere, Nagambie proved too strong for Longwood, defeating the Redlegs 15.22 (112) to 1.0 (6).

Zach Winter-Irving (one goal), Michael Shiels (two) and Mitch Sanderson (four) paved the way for the comfortable home win.

Longwood’s Michael Quine, Robert Mullen and Brendan Galvin all stood tall.

Shepparton East celebrated its third win of the season with a 13.6 (84) to 7.10 (52) victory against Violet Town.

Eagle Anthony Tautala booted five goals, while Matthew Dipace, Jeromy Aynsley and Daniel Freeman all played pivotal roles in the win.

For the Towners, Kevin Kiernan, with two goals, Jayden Guppy and Matthew Davies fought bravely in the 32-point loss.

Merrigum cruised to a big victory against Rushworth, with Mitch Younger booting seven goals in the 192-point demolition.

The Bulldogs’ Jack Sinclair was named best afield — kicking five goals — with David Matthews and Jacob Chessells also booting five each in the 32.19 (211) to 3.1 (19) win.

Isaiah Johnson (one goal), Kade Dearing and Shaun Young were the top performers for the Tigers.

Tallygaroopna remains undefeated atop of the ladder after its 18.6 (114) to 5.3 (33) win against Murchison-Toolamba.

Tyson Sidebottom was back to his best, booting 10 goals, while Ben Wellington, Jayden Goodwin and Brett Sherriff chipped in with impressive performances.

For Murchison-Toolamba, Luke Cecchin, Luke Jones and Shane Kay gave serviceable efforts.

Lastly, a six-goal final term effort from Avenel helped secure its 17.8 (110) to 12.8 (80) victory against Girgarre.

The five-goal win lifted the Swans into the top six, sitting on 20 points alongside Stanhope and Merrigum.

A five-goal performance from Ryan Butler was not enough to get the Roos over the line.

Braydon Avola (one goal), Sam Durnan, Dean Giles and Lachlan Watts (four goals) all starred for the Swans.