Ash Froud became the first senior Murray Football League player to kick 100 goals during the regular season in seven years on Saturday.
The last forward to achieve the feat was then Deniliquin Ram (and present Richmond) forward Sam Lloyd in 2010.
Froud brought up the milestone with five majors in his side’s 12.23 (95) to 12.9 (81) win against Rumbalara, but in typical fashion was wayward early in front of goal and made the large Lonsdale Reserve crowd wait for the magical moment.
The away side never gave up during the clash, and Mulwala’s inaccuracy kept it in the game.
Playing coach Nathan Lovett-Murray returned to the field to kick two goals, while Charles Jackson, Djaran Whyman and Michael Clarke were among the best.
For the Lions, Dylan Robinson, Damian Cook and Jackson Gash made sure of victory with outstanding showings.
●Echuca United survived a scare against Cobram at Echuca South Recreation Reserve to eventually take a 10.14 (74) to 10.4 (64) win.
Farran Priest was again the star of the show up forward with five majors, while James Coppock, Hamish Cohen, Jack Hajro and Tom McMinn put in great performances.
The Tigers jumped out of the blocks to lead by 23 points at the first change, but could not sustain their intensity for long enough to record a stirring upset.
Daniel Clarke (four goals) was the away side’s best player, with Tyron Baden, Shaun Greenway and Sam Gemmill influential once again.
●Numurkah sent a strong message to the rest of the competition with a complete domination of Deniliquin on Saturday.
The Blues conceded points during only the second term at Hardinge St Oval as they ran out 31.13 (199) to 1.1 (7) victors.
Naturally it was a field day in attack for the away side with 12 players hitting the scoreboard, including Nathan Hicks (eight goals) and co-coach Lucas White (four).
Mitch Price was a clear best-on-ground, while Nick Fothergill did his O’Dwyer Medal chances no harm with three majors and an impressive showing.
Mark Panton was the best Ram on an otherwise disappointing day.
●It is not hard to see that Nathalia’s Brodie Ross was champing at the bit to return to the playing arena after serving his four-week suspension.
The superstar snared 10 goals against Congupna as the Purples completed a 25.9 (159) to 4.6 (30) drubbing at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.
Craig Kellow’s side seems to be peaking at the right time of the year, but will only get stronger in the next few weeks as 19 of its 25 majors came from returning players.
Liam Evans booted four, Todd Hicks three and Brett Vallender two as they proved to be handy inclusions alongside Ross.
Alex Overs, Zac Treacy and Daniel Schaper were The Road’s better performers in the heavy defeat.