From Eastern Riverina Chronicle
OSBORNE made it 15 straight victories for the 2017 Hume season, when it hung on to defeat a fast finishing Holbrook by 10 points at Holbrook.
After opening up a 32 point lead at half-time Osborne looked anything but unbeaten leaders with only two second half goals.
Holbrook dominated all facets of the second half with Curtis Steele, Coby Ross, Lachie Parker and Will Heriot prominent and Lachie Trethowan four goals up forward.
Osborne had excellent players in George Alexander, Clay Galvin and Josh Griffin. Connor Galvin (two goals) had a terrific tussle with Holbrook’s Brad Carman.
The Cats will need to lift for this week’s homeground block buster against defending premiers Brock Burrum who are striving for a double chance.
HENTY were expected to have a big challenge at home against old rivals Culcairn, but in the end they coasted to a comfortable 45-point victory.
The Swampies, despite the windy conditions favoring the southern end, won all four quarters with young gun Alex Pope booting six goals.
Once again for Culcairn Jye Shields was their best player as the Lions forward line minus Peter Cook and Trent Perczyk failed to fire kicking just five goals.
The Swampies will take a lot from the victory as both sides look certain to clash in week one of the finals series.
RAND Walbundrie Walla kept alive its finals hopes with a 33-point win over Billabong Crows at Urana in very blustery conditions.
The Giants looked set for a big win at half-time when they led by 37 points, but missed out on a percentage booster when the Crows lifted.
The homeside in fact outscored the Giants in the second half with Tim Austin on fire up forward kicking six goals.
Nick Turner (4) and Myles Aalbers (3) led the Giants’ charge, with Todd Miller kept quiet, kicking just two goals.
HOWLONG jumped back into the top six when they defeated the in-form Lockhart Demons at Lockhart by 29 points after a tight contest.
Just eight points separated the teams at the final change, before Howlong came home strong with the breeze to grab the invaluable four points.
Two of the favorites for the Azzi Medal Jordan Harrington (Lockhart) and Tim Brook (Howlong) both starred again with huge possession counts.
Howlong are just one win ahead of seventh placed RWW but have a 6.6 less percentage that could prove critical come the final round.
CDHBU caused the upset of the season when they out-muscled Jindera at Coreen, winning by 13 points in a season best effort.
Jindera came home with the breeze and after kicking the first four goals of the final term they got the margin back to just seven points with five minutes remaining.
However, a steadying goal from Sam Haigh put the game safely with the Power. Nathan McClelland continued his impressive season with best on ground.
Jindera came out of the match with injury concerns to Will King (concussion) and star defender Mick Blomley who hurt his knee.
DEFENDING premiers Brock Burrum overcame a tightly contested first half, to run out 45 point winners over Murray Magpies at Urana Road Oval.
Despite a six-goal effort from Magpies forward Will McGrath the Saints impressed without the services of star forward Justin Koschitzke.
In his absence, the fleet footed quartet of Josh McCudden (4), Ron Boulton (4), Tyson Bradsworth (4) and Aaron Livermore (2) kicked enough to get the job done.
The Saints look primed to mount a huge challenge to Osborne next week, with a win setting up a classic encounter v Jindera the following week.