Round 15 Review – 2017

From the Border Mail

JINDERA’S hold on the double chance looks shaky after the Bulldogs suffered a surprise 13-point loss to CDHBU at Coreen on Saturday.

After failing to impress in recent wins against bottom two sides Lockhart and Billabong Crows, the Bulldogs were unable to escape on this occasion as they went down 9.11 (65) to 7.10 (52).

The loss leaves Jindera and Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock equal on 48 points with the sides to clash in round 17.

Henty is also making a late push to join undefeated Osborne in the top-two.

CDHBU coach Jeremy Stevenson said his team wanted to finish the season as strongly as possible.

“It was a fantastic win because we have been building for a while,” Stevenson said.

“The boys put a lot of pressure on and got the reward for their effort.

“Hopefully we can finish really well.”

Nathan McClelland was outstanding across half-forward and through the midfield with Stevenson and Shannon Broadbent.

Stevenson and co-coach Mick Collins have been re-appointed for next season.

Jindera lacked a target in attack and were forced to rely on Tom Weldon and Chris Galvin to hit the scoreboard.

Howlong reclaimed its spot in the top-six by defeating Lockhart by 29 points.

Despite the best efforts of Demon star Jordan Harrington, the home team dropped away late as Howlong’s Tim Brook, Matt McDonald and William Farrer grabbed control.

Rand-Walbundrie-Walla stayed in finals contention with a 33-point win over Billabong Crows at Urana.

The Giants kicked the opening seven goals of the match with Ryan Lavery, Justin Gordon, Chris Hutchinson and Tom Simmons in everything.

Led by Sam Herzich, the Crows fought back bravely to inch within 14 points late in the third quarter before the floodgates opened again and the visitors notched up their sixth win of the season.

Osborne held off a persistent Holbrook by 10 points at Holbrook.

The Brookers stayed in touch through the efforts of Curtis Steele, Coby Ross and Gus Keogh, but lacked the firepower to deliver the knockout blow.

Osborne’s George Alexander was a constant threat in attack while Josh Griffin and Clancy Galvin were also effective.

Brock-Burrum powered home to defeat Murray Magpies by 45 points at Urana Road Oval.

The run of Nico Sedgwick, Ron Boulton, Tyson Bradsworth, Josh Koschitzke and Josh McCudden proved telling after half-time as the visitors broke the match open.

Will McGrath was outstanding for the Magpies with six goals.

HENTY’S charge towards September continued when it brushed aside rivals Culcairn by 45 points at Henty on Saturday.

After opening up a 26-point break in the first quarter with the breeze, the Swampies effectively sealed the match by outscoring their opponents in the second term.

Youngster Anthony Pope proved the surprise packet with six goals.

Heath Ohlin, James Breen, Josh Gaynor and Dereck Singe also played well while Sam McCallum kept close tabs on Lion star Jye Shields.

“It was a pretty solid performance,” coach Matt Klemke said.

“Culcairn and Henty games are always tough and I thought we set up the win in the second quarter when they had the wind.”

Henty, who went into the clash without Brent Ohlin and Dusty Rogers, have won five matches in a row.

The Lions missed the drive of Nick Wright around the packs and relied too heavily on Tim Hallinan.