Beaufort 12.14 (86) d Dunnstown 7.6 (48)
By Tim O'Connor
Zane Thompson is set to front the tribunal after being reported in Beaufort’s solid 38-point win over Dunnstown at the weekend.
Thompson, who kicked two goals on Saturday, had his number taken for carelessly striking Joe Stefani and decided against accepting a set penalty.
Beaufort led the hosts at every change before eventually recording its fifth win for the season to remain on top of the ladder heading into the AFL Victoria Community Championships break.
The Crows are one of five teams locked on 20 points after six rounds.
Beaufort coach Rohan Brown said it was an important victory for his side against a quality Towners outfit.
“The game felt like it could have gone either way for most of the game,” Brown said.
“I never felt comfortable and neither did the boys.”
Brown said onballers Daniel Venditti and Michael Foster were standouts for his team, which had youngsters Oliver Pescott and James Slater make their senior debuts.
For Dunnstown, coach Justin Abrams rated the efforts of Tim Collins and Tim Stubbs, with the latter performing a good minding job on dangerous Beaufort winger/forward Jack Duke.
Abrams said Stefani would be monitored after sustaining a thumb injury during the match.
“Our effort was strong. We just missed crucial players out unavailable, including Kyle Andrews, who pulled out Saturday morning before the game,” Abrams said.
Dunnstown sits 11th on the ladder with three wins and three losses from a tough start to the season.
Next round, the Towners are away to Hepburn, while Beaufort must travel to Wallace to battle Springbank.
Bungaree 17.12 (114) d Skipton 2.3 (15)
By Tim O'Connor
Bungaree made light work of its clash against Skipton on Saturday.
The Demons made it back-to-back wins with a strong display against the Emus, which only managed two goals for the afternoon.
Matt Harrington was a standout for the Demons down back, while Luke Mirtschin returned to the side from a week away to kick three goals. Mirtschin is equal with Brenton Powell at the top of the goal-kicking leaderboard with 19 majors for the year. Scott Mann also played well in the 99-point triumph.
Skipton coach Greg Middleton said it was clearly his team’s worst display of the year, labelling the performance “hopeless” against his old club.
Kal Dubbeldam was solid in the engine room for the Emus, while Mike Young performed well in his role on Mirtschin.
Middleton said ruckman Hamish Young sustained a rib injury, leaving him in doubt for the team’s next clash with Gordon.
Creswick 7.17 (59) d Daylesford 5.6 (36)
By Tim O'Connor
Creswick has kept Daylesford winless for the sixth-straight week while climbing its way back into the top eight.
Scores were level at the final change on Saturday, but the Wickers managed to leave Bulldogs territory with a 23-point success.
Young Brad Castleman was named best for Creswick, which had Joel Berry lead the way with two goals.
Daylesford coach Zac Tisdale said four people in his side were forced to back-up from a game in the reserves due to the club’s lack of player numbers.
Tisdale tried hard for the Bulldogs and was a standout along with Emlyn Nettleton and Toby Hughes.
Sam Winnard was the main injury concern after he sustained an ankle issue.
Learmonth 18.12 (120) d Clunes 5.9 (39)
By Tim O'Connor
Learmonth retained the White Ribbon Shield while landing a comfortable 81-point win over Clunes at home on Saturday.
The Lakies, which secured the shield due to more wins across all grades of football and netball, were led by in-form onballer Brenton Powell, who kicked four goals. Backmen Kyle Mackay, Zac Tunbridge and Nick Martin also played well.
For Clunes, Jesse Baird was named the side’s standout performer, while Jason Yole kicked two majors.
Gordon 17.14 (116) d Rokewood-Corindhap 4.5 (29)
By Tim O'Connor
Rokewood-Corindhap got an early jump on Gordon on Saturday, but that’s where the fun ended for the visiting side.
After conceding the first two majors of the day, the Eagles held the Grasshoppers to just four for the match on their way to an 87-point win.
Onballer Ethan Crackel and defender Mark Gunnell starred for Gordon, as did Mick Nolan with five goals.
Brayden Ferguson was the standout for Rokewood-Corindhap.
Newlyn 14.11 (95) d Carngham-Linton 4.6 (30)
By Tim O'Connor
Patrick Parr continued his hot form in attack as Newlyn beat Carngham-Linton by 65 points to retain third spot on the ladder.
Parr booted five goals at home on Saturday to take his season tally to 17, two behind the competition leaders.
Luke Prendergast was rated Newlyn’s standout in what was their fifth win of the campaign.
Jacob Dawson and skipper James Nichols were named as the Saints’ best players ahead of Luke Parker.
Hepburn 11.13 (79) d Ballan 4.8 (32)
By John McGregor
Hepburn followed the coach’s instructions to a tee and dished out a stinging defeat of Ballan on Saturday afternoon.
The Burras romped home by 47 points with Siga Asa Leausa’s words ringing loud and clear.
“The big focus today was to make sure we were accountable for our direct opponent,” he said.
“To make sure we controlled as many one-on-ones as possible and then rolling on to a successful win. Which it did.
“The pressure just had to be hard on a day like today.”
After being rolled by Buninyong the previous week, the Burras had something to prove and they pounced on every opportunity.
The highlight was Hepburn’s Zac Grant, who booted five goals. Grant showed great poise and maturity in front of goals.
Early on, Brad McKay and Ken Cummings looked like they were going to kick a bag, but ended up with two majors each. Tallon Wright and Alan Ware bolstered the scoreline with singles.
Ballan played catch-up most of the day, but did manage to square the third term with a matching effort against a Hepburn side that had its measure.
Cummings, McKay and Grant deserved to head the best players list, but there was a strong team effort too. Players like Tanner Wills, Jordan Grant and Jackson Hogan were outstanding, but so were others like Daniel Rees, Finn Anscombe and Jimmy Rodgers.
Blues coach Jason McNamara was philosophic about the result.
“It was a good contest for a while, but we just couldn’t sustain it. Couldn’t manufacture scores,” McNamara said.
Credit to Ballan’s forwards who kept trying to break through the Hepburn defence. Blues goalscorers were Sam Hitchings, Tristan Batten, Chris Sharp and Jake Wilkie.
Darren Tanti’s return saw a strong drive out of the middle at times in partnership with Harley Bongart, who beat a striking charge at the tribunal during the week to be free to play on Saturday.
Another returning player was ruckman Trent Laurie, who made a comeback through the reserves after being out last season with a broken leg.
Sam Sher and Dylan Galea threw themselves into the fray.
There were concerns for the Hepburn coach Asa Leausa, who left the field in the last term, and Ballan youngster Bradie Thomas, who was stretchered off. They were the worst of a long list of sore bodies.
Hepburn is now seventh on the Central Highlands Football League ladder, while Ballan remains winless and in last position.
Waubra 7.12 (54) d Buninyong 7.10 (52)
By David Bilbrough
“It was a gritty, tough win. Nothing pretty about it, just 22 blokes doing their job”
That was how Waubra coach Matt James summed up his team's stunning last quarter comeback against Buninyong on Saturday.
After being held goalless for the third term and finding themselves 14 points adrift at the last change, James urged his charges to “not play careful footy and have a red-hot crack”.
“We needed to keep it really simple, just keep cracking in and straighten up a bit. I felt we'd over-possessed the footy and we wanted to get the ball actually moving forward. It was pretty simple stuff,” he said.
Waubra launched a full-scale attack in the last term. Roos big-man Dean Robertson opened the flood gates when he soccered through the visitors’ first goal for some 50 minutes to bring the margin back to just eight points.
Goal-sneak Andrew Wettenhall brought Waubra fans to their feet when he converted just a minute later with the outside of his left foot and the margin was under a goal.
But it was Jackson Kinna who capped a fine game and, with nerves of steel, kicked truly from the boundary line to give the Roos the lead for the first time since 10 minutes into the opening term.
Buninyong re-grouped and attacked hard, but the Waubra defence held firm. James Petrie's diving save on the last line denied the hosts a certain goal, and when Bombers youngster Jack Robertson's long set shot drifted to the left, the Roos had conjured a stirring victory.
In difficult scoring conditions, Buninyong had six goals on the board at half time and looked well placed for a win. But the Bombers brains trust will be left to lament a second half fade-out in which they could only manage one lonely major.
The result has seen Buninyong slip to sixth place on the Central Highlands Football League table ahead of next round’s clash with Rokewood-Corindhap.
Jarrod Rodgers and Tim Brayshaw were the standouts for Buninyong, while Fraser Russell (two goals) and Nick Shell gave it their all.
The Roos have moved a game clear in fifth place, but may be without key midfielder Glen Coleman – helped from the ground in the second term with a dislocated shoulder – for their clash against Ballan after this weekend's interleague match.