Birchip-Watchem prove too strong for Wychproof-Narraport after slow start

Key forward Sam Barnes helped ladder leader Wedderburn to a 90-point win against Boort at the weekend.

Key forward Sam Barnes helped ladder leader Wedderburn to a 90-point win against Boort at the weekend.

BIRCHIP-WATCHEM had to overcome a slow start to reclaim fourth spot on the ladder on Saturday.

The Bulls were scoreless in the first term, as Wycheproof-Narraport pushed ahead to a 33-point lead at the first change at Birchip’s George Cartrwright Oval.

The Demons held off the hosts in the second and third quarters, maintaining a 15-point lead at the final change.

But the Bulls proved too strong in the last quarter, kicking six goals to one to claim a 15.5 (95) to 12.7 (79) win.

Daniel Castellano finished with eight of the Bulls’ 15 goals and was named the side’s best player.

For the Demons, coach Ricky Allan kicked five goals to be named among the team’s best performers, as was Sam Driscoll with three goals.

The Bulls hold fourth spot on percentage over Boort, with a tough run against the competition’s top three teams – Wedderburn, Charlton and St Arnaud – in the next three weeks.

St Arnaud enjoyed its third win over Donald this season, beating the team by 83 points, at Lord Nelson Park.

The Saints won three of four quarters to claim a 22.24 (156) to 11.7 (73) victory.

Coach James McNamee was named the Saints’ best, while Glenn Wyatt was the Royal Blues’ strongest performer.

Eight goals from key forward Sam Barnes helped ladder leader Wedderburn to a 90-point win against Boort at Donaldson Park.

The Redbacks won 25.20 (170) to 11.14 (80) .

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