Redlegs full of running

April 16, 2018

Under pressure: Tallygaroopna's Brett Sheriff struggled to grasp the slippery ball, with Stanhope's Jack Young not helping the situation.

Fun and games: Stanhope's Cobey Aynsley found time to have a laugh on the field.

Caught: Tallygaroopna's Tim Karolidis takes down Stanhope' playing-coach Rob Montgomery.

Two rounds in and Tallygaroopna has seen off a pair of the toughest teams in the Kyabram District Football League.

The Redlegs defeated Stanhope by 47 points on their home turf on Saturday, to go along with its win against Nagambie in round one.

The result did not always look comfortable as the Lions stood strong in defence in the opening term, allowing its forwards to snare the opening two majors of the match.

But the home team fought back before the quarter was out with a stellar goal from Tyler Pedretti helping Tallygaroopna pinch a four-point lead at quarter-time.

Most fans watched from their cars with the windscreen wipers on top speed as the rain came hurling down in the second term.

Tallygaroopna’s Adam Brassil still managed to show his speed and stand out, Tim Karolidis toiled dutifully and Heath Barton slotted four goals.

Cobey Aynsley and Ryan Emmett each snared two for the losing side, while Daniel Flynn and Nathan O’Reilly gave their all on a tough day.

● Rushworth may have been missing a plethora of players, but Dookie United showed it means business in its new competition.

United romped to a 96-point thrashing of the Tigers with Brad Ridings and Ben Gill bagging four goals each, while Luke Jackson was superb.

Harley Nancarrow kicked Rushworth’s sole goal as coach Dave Reardon looks forward to when he can regain a full side.

●Merrigum staved off Longwood by 30 points in a gradual build where the Bulldogs increased their lead at every change after trailing at quarter-time.

Josh Smith and Tristan Fitzsimmons were largely responsible for putting the score on the board, while Jacob Chessells and Sean Reidy dominated up the field.

But the Redlegs continue to show they are on the improve, despite only lifting in the final term of the game, with Dustin Baker and Josh Dohnt their best.

●Avenel notched up its first win of the season after clicking into gear in the second quarter against Murchison-Toolamba.

The Grasshoppers kicked the only goal of the first term to lead early before Garrett Davies, Michael Morgan and Michael Tinkler started the charge in the Swans’ favour.

Tom Kerrins and Mitch Tricarico gave everything for Murchison-Toolamba, but Cael Mccarthy’s three goals helped Avenel end the game 59 points ahead.

●Nagambie also has four points on the board, with Martin Shadbolt and Anthony and Daniel Haysom dominant in their side’s defeat of Undera.

While the Lions were costly with their shots, Kaine Herbert could not be faulted for effort as the Lakers’ scoring efficiency in the second half lifted them to victory.

● Ardmona suffered another heavy loss, with Girgarre cruising to a 226-point win.

Jake Hyland snared five goals to be named the Kangaroos’ best.

Liam Van Roy kicked six while Antonio Barca and Rowan Priest each bagged five, while Ardmona’s Anthony Cox and Brent Ralph did what they could.

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