CHFL: Clarke best on ground in indigenous round clash

ROKEWOOD-CORINDHAP forward Aaron Clarke capped the club's inaugural indigenous round clash with a man-of-the-match performance in a 202-point thumping of Smythesdale on Saturday.

Springbank's Daniel Thompson dives for the ball on Saturday against Beaufort. Picture - Jeremy Bannister.

Springbank's Daniel Thompson dives for the ball on Saturday against Beaufort. Picture - Jeremy Bannister.

Clarke booted seven goals, including five in the final term, to claim the best on ground boomerang trophy he created to help mark the occasion.

The 28-year-old's on-field performance follows plenty of hard work driving the indigenous round concept, which included creating the designs worn by all Grasshoppers senior footballers and netballers on the day.

Rokewood-Corindhap's victory was its first of the season and lifts it to 15th on the Central Highlands Football League ladder.

Meanwhile, former Hawthorn and Gold Coast player Campbell Brown was unable to propel Ballan to an upset victory over powerhouse Buninyong, with the Blues going down by 16 points at home.

It was another frustrating defeat for the much-improved Ballan, which has now lost four games by less than three goals.

The Bombers opened up an early lead in the first term and held it for the entire afternoon, with Ned Gilbert doing a stellar job on Brown in one of the performances of the match. Fellow defender Tyler Dittloff was tough all day and collected a stack of possession, while onballer Sam Turner continued his standout season with a classy display around the ground.

Elsewhere, Bungaree passed another significant test with a 34-point triumph over Daylesford.

The win leaves the Demons at the top of the table, percentage clear on Learmonth, which also remains unbeaten after a 39-point victory against Creswick.

Other results were: Hepburn 14.16 (100) defeated Skipton 8.10 (58), Carngham-Linton 8.9 (57) defeated Dunnstown 6.10 (46), Springbank 16.13 (109) defeated Beaufort 6.2 (38), Gordon 17.11 (113) defeated Clunes 15.15 (105) and Waubra 22.13 (145) defeated Newlyn 12.4 (76).

LADDER

Bungaree 28 points, 250.45%

Learmonth 28 233.00

Buninyong 24 170.54

Waubra 24 149.03

Springbank 20 223.14

Hepburn 20 167.39

Gordon 20 128.93

Daylesford 16 126.36

Carngham-Linton 16 124.22

Ballan 12 170.88

Creswick 8 88.21

Skipton 8 78.90

Clunes 8 71.97

Beaufort 8 66.16

Rokewood-Corindhap 4 81.19

Dunnstown 4 60.87

Newlyn 4 51.67

Smythesdale 0 2.79

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