Avenel keeps on rolling

July 03, 2017

Paul Arandt looks for a gap to make a handpass.

Avenel completed an 18-point turnaround in the final term to defeat Lancaster on Saturday and maintain its Kyabram District Football League resurgence.

The Swans trailed midway through the last term before a late onslaught lifted Don Stirling’s side to a nine-point success.

As a result, Avenel replaced Lancaster in fifth spot and last year’s grand finalist has won six straight games after remarkably starting the season with four losses.

Mitch Thomas and Cael McCarthy kicked two goals each, while Stirling and Paul Arandt were also important in the 10.19 (79) to 11.4 (70) result.

Wombats playing coach Nick Bertoli was disappointed with his side’s loss, but hoped his side could move on from the scrappy affair.

‘‘Both sides just continued to turn the ball over early on and I think the Swans just made the most of their opportunities going forward,’’ Bertoli said.

‘‘We hit the front in the last, so it is a little bit annoying that we could not hold on, it was a big game, we have a tough run coming up now.’’

The Wombats play Stanhope and Merrigum in the next fortnight, while the Swans play Murchison-Toolamba and league leader Nagambie.

Lancaster also lost last week by 13 points, but Bertoli believed his side was good enough to win close encounters in the future.

‘‘We haven’t been able to close out of late, but we have the belief and also the ability in our side to do better in the future,’’ Bertoli said.

‘‘It was a game of chances and I am sure the boys will be able to take them.’’

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