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East blows game open in last

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July 17, 2017

The strong just keep on getting stronger in the Picola District Football League as the Eagles continue to soar.

The strong just keep on getting stronger in the Picola District Football League as the Eagles continue to soar.

Shepparton East proved too strong once again on Saturday with a 49-point win against a hapless Dookie United.

Jake Pfeiffer and Cobey Aynsley led eight individual Eagles goal-kickers with three each.

It was a close affair up until three-quarter-time with the Eagles 25 points ahead heading into the last quarter, but five goals to two blew out the result, 14.18 (102) to 8.5 (53).

Dwain Vidler’s side could have extended the margin further after kicking seven points in the final term.

Angus Sutherland, Jamie Spencer and Simon Russell were the Eagles’ best, while Connor Hayes and Andrew O’Connor were Dookie’s best.

The win puts the Eagles two games clear at the top, while Dookie’s finals aspirations are virtually gone as it is three wins behind fifth-placed Katunga.

●Waaia has cemented a finals position after defeating Katandra by 25 points.

Mick Cleeland’s side led at every change and proved too strong, despite a spirited fightback from the Kats.

The Bombers booted five goals to four in a last-quarter shootout to prevail 13.16 (94) to 10.9 (69).

Connor Brown and clearance deadline recruit Brad Henderson each kicked three majors.

Ryleigh Shannon and Corey Hickford also kicked three apiece for the Kats, while Patrick Frappell and Aaron Muntz worked tirelessly in the midfield.

The Kats are winless this season, but they have lost four of their past five games by less than 40 points.

The Bombers have won four of their past five games to be four wins clear from dropping outside a finals position.

●Katamatite fell victim to Katunga’s run and spread in a 64-point loss.

The Tigers were within three points at half-time, but a lack of depth proved evident as the Swans secured their seventh victory of the season, 17.16 (118) to 8.6 (54).

The win cements the Tigers in seventh position, while Daniel Burness’ Swans are in fifth.

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