Race just opened up

July 24, 2017

On the prowl: Shepparton East midfielder Joey Perkovic and Katamatite opponent Kyle Hamson vie for the football.

The Picola District Football League south-east division has been blown wide open with Waaia defeating reigning premier Shepparton East on Saturday.

Mick Cleeland’s Bombers, who were leading for most of the game, were forced to come from behind at three-quarter-time to eventually be five-goal victors.

The Bombers ran away with the tie in front of their home faithful, kicking seven goals to two in the final term to land an upset, 17.11 (113) to 12.11 (83).

The Bombers led by three and then 18 points at first two breaks, before Dwain Vidler’s side edged one point ahead at the last change.

But it was all the Bombers from there with Cleeland’s troops mustering up 12 scoring shots to four in the final term, with Matt Brown (five goals) and Mark Meyland (four) kicking nine goals between them.

Charlie Burrows was kept to just two goals, while reigning Pearce medallist Matt McCarty also kicked two from midfield.

Zack Betson kicked four goals for the Eagles, while Simon Russell continued his dominant form with another three from the midfield.

Nathan Barolli was also prominent for the Eagles, as was Matt Rendina and Angus Sutherland.

The defeat was the Eagles’ second loss of the season after losing to Tungamah in round nine, but they remain top of the ladder.

The Eagles have Daniel Campbell, James Chittick, David Gillespie, Joey Perkovic and Nathan Young to come back into their best side, so Vidler will be confident he his side can regain its best at the business end of the season.

Waaia has won four straight to sit one position and four points behind Rennie in third.

The Eagles became the Bombers’ second big scalp in that period after also upsetting second-placed Tungamah. The Bombers look to have found some form at the right time of the season, with it being the first time they have won four games on the trot.

Shepparton East will try to bounce back against Rennie on Saturday. The Grasshoppers have been taught a lesson twice against the reigning premier this season, but they have won six straight games since losing to the Eagles in round eight.

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