Henty sends Jindera packing
From Eastern Riverina Chronicle
By Robbie Mackinlay
Henty has firmed into a genuine premiership contender after inflicting opponent Jindera its second only defeat of the season at Jindera.
The Swampies were harder in the contested ball to run away with what should have been more than the final margin of 22 points.
In a low-scoring first half scrap it was Jindera who took a narrow six-point margin into half-time with Nathan Chamings leading the way.
The second half belonged to the Swampies with Rhett Thomson, Josh Gaynor and Sam Terlich taking control in a dominant third term that did not reflect truly on the scoreboard.
Henty had 12 scoring shots to one with only three goals resulting despite the dominance. The platform had been built for a good final quarter finish.
Holbrook kept alive its finals hopes with a commanding away victory over a very out of form Howlong who has now lost seven straight matches.
The Brookers, after a goalless first quarter, completely outplayed the Spiders in the remaining three with only inaccuracy preventing a larger final margin of 42 points.
Forty-one scoring shots to 19 vindicated the Brookers’ dominance with Lachie Trethowan booting six goals and Jacob Curran outstanding in midfield.
Coby Ross, Curtis Steele and Ben Talarico provided plenty of run, while Aaron Baker and Harri White continued their good form for the improving Brookers.
Holbrook now sits just one game behind sixth-placed Murray Magpies with a superior percentage and with a fit and full list ready after the bye.
Culcairn also had to contend with inaccuracy in front of goal and a persistent Rand Walbundrie Walla side to kick less goals but still win by seven points at Walbundrie.
The Lions kicked 9-14 to the very accurate Giants 10-1 to all but certainly lock away a finals spot as they sit in two wins and percentage ahead of seventh.
Veteran playing coach Brendan Way led his charges superbly as Culcairn failed to convert its possession dominance into scoreboard results.
Trent Perczyk starred up forward for the visitors booting five goals, while Hayden Smith and Lachlan Stoll both provided solid efforts.
The Giants were missing star forward and coach Myles Aalbers and it was left to Toddy Miller to play a lone hand kicking six.
Lockhart continued its mid-season resurgence with a surprise 31-point win over Murray Magpies at Urana Road, Lavington.
The Demons after losing its first eight matches, have now won three of its last four and will play a big part in shaping the top six.
Jordan Harrington was superb in midfield racking up 40 plus possessions, while Blake Jones and Oscar Smyth (5 goals) were also in great touch.
The Magpies best was Will McGrath with five goals and veteran Daniel Maher. The Magpies inconsistent season has them hanging desperately onto sixth place.
Osborne had no trouble in defeating CDHBU at Osborne by 97 points, with Connor Galvin best afield with five goals.
Jamie Parr and Patrick Delaney were also potent up forward with four goals each. Declan Galvin and Sam Rutland also featured prominently.
The Power saved its best football for the final quarter when they kicked four goals. Andrew Ollington, Jeremy Stevenson and Steve Talbot were best.
With Jindera being defeated Osborne is now two games and healthy percentage clear on top of the ladder and almost certain of the double chance with six rounds left.
Brock Burrum Saints overcame a sluggish start to eventually over power a very committed Billabong Crows at Burrumbuttock to win by 30 points.
The Saints who hosted its annual sportsman lunch the day prior were slow to start and only led the Crows by six points at half-time.
Al Austin was impressive in his return for the Crows. The star defender was playing his first game in almost two months.
Lachlan Boyd, Tom Webb and Aidan Johnson (four goals) were best for Saints who are now just one game behind second placed Jindera.
NEXT WEEK GENERAL BYE
ROUND 13 – JULY 15
CDHBU v Murray Magpies
Culcairn v Osborne
Henty v Howlong
Holbrook v RWW
Lockhart v Brock Burrum
Billabong Crows v Jindera (Oaklands)