Bulls down Magpies to claim top four berth

UNDER PRESSURE: Wedderburn's Jaran McKay gets a kick away as Charlton's Matt Willox. Picture: JASON SMITH
UNDER PRESSURE: Wedderburn's Jaran McKay gets a kick away as Charlton's Matt Willox. Picture: JASON SMITH

BIRCHIP-WATCHEM has moved into North Central Football League's top four at Boort's expense after a 52-point win at Birchip's George Cartwright Oval on Saturday.

The Magpies gained the early ascendancy, claiming a 10-point lead at the first change.

But the Bulls responded with a five-goal-to-one second term to lead by 15 points at the major break.

They maintained their advantage in the third term before a six-goal-to-zero final quarter made sure of the 13.9 (87) to 4.11 (35) triumph.

Bulls forward Daniel Castellano kicked a season-high five goals, while Daniel Ratcliffe received best player honours for the fourth time this season.

Cameron Millward was named the Magpies' best, while Andrew White kicked three of the side's four goals.

The Bulls now sit in fourth place by percentage alone, with each team still to play each other once before finals.

Little separated Donald from its first win of the season against Wycheproof-Narraport at Wycheproof Recreation Reserve at the weekend.

The host led by just two points at the final change before extending its lead in the final term to claim a 11.16 (82) to 9.3 (57) win.

Royal Blues coach Paul Brooks said it was a game his side could have won.

"It was one that got away really," he said.

"We had a good start and probably about 10 minutes into the second quarter we went into a lapse and they kicked four goals to lead at half-time.

"In the last quarter they kicked away at the end, but half-way through we were still within a couple of points."

Royal Blue Seamus Young kicked four goals, which took his season tally to 25 from seven games.

Glenn Wyatt, Sam Dunstan, Brody Haddow and Matt Gilmour were among the visitors' best.

The Demons were well-served by Declan Lourey, while coach Ricky Allan kicked four goals.

Reigning premier Wedderburn bounced back from its first loss of the season to claim a 26-point win over Charlton at Donaldson Park, Wedderburn.

The Navy Blues led by four points at half-time, but could not hold on as the Redbacks won their second grand final rematch 11.13 (79) to 8.5 (53).

Sam Barnes kicked five goals for the Redbacks, while Rhys Thompson was named the visitors' best for the second week in a row.


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