Hawks rain on Purps’ parade to reign on top

May 07, 2018

A bit of revenge: After Barooga was defeated by Nathalia in last year's preliminary final, Jake Russell was sensational in helping the Hawks to a win on Saturday.

Barooga now stands alone atop the Murray Football League ladder after dismantling reigning premier Nathalia by 13 points at home on Saturday.

Nathalia got the jump on the Hawks by quarter-time, but strong second and third quarters helped Barooga shoot out to a 21-point lead going into the last.

The Purples kicked one more goal than their opposition in the last, but inaccurate kicking led them to an 8.7 (55) to 10.8 (68) loss.

Jason Limbrick was dangerous and kicked three for Nathalia, but Barooga had more options going forward with four players ending with multiple goals.

Jake Russell, Cam Sandral and Tyrone Downie were pivotal in the Hawks’ win.

●Rumbalara was too strong for Tungamah and could have pushed its winning margin into triple figures had it been more accurate in front of goal.

Vaasili Tuifao (four goals), Djaran Whyman (three goals) and Ashleigh Miller (three goals) all feasted on their team’s midfield dominance and led Rumbalara to a strong 62-point win, 16.23 (119) to 8.9 (57)

Kane Atkinson and Justin Terlich had their best games this year and Bodhi Butts was named best for the visitors.

Rumba’s win puts it equal second on the ladder, tied with Nathalia, Finley and Numurkah who all have four wins.

●Numurkah defeated Finley at home on Saturday running away with an 11-point win after one point separated the teams at three-quarter time.

The see-sawing affair had multiple lead changes with one end of the Numurkah Showgrounds seeing a lot more goals than the other.

The Blues ended up finishing the last quarter with their noses in front, winning 10.12 (72) to 9.7 (61).

Ben Gunning could not be contained by the Cats with four majors to his name, while Nathan Hicks and Jamie Fulton provided support and both kicked two goals.

Nicholas and Cameron Robertson were good for Finely as was Rob Jewell and Lachlan Small.

●The bottom of the ladder Deniliquin Rams put in an improved performance at the weekend eventually going down by 14-points to Tongala.

Besides the second quarter the Rams were extremely competitive going down 9.7 (61) to 11.9 (75).

Matthew Roberson was superb for Tongala kicking five majors, while Riley Bacon and Alex Williams were also among the better players.

Ben Nisbet kicked four for the Rams, while Ricky Gittens and Darcy Morris were also good.

The win pushed Tongala into the top eight and leaves the Rams stranded on no wins in 15th place.

●Moama was too strong for Katandra, winning every quarter to come away with a commanding 60-point win away from home.

Tyler Jones led the way with five goals, helping his side to an 18.14 (122) to 9.8 (62) win.

He was supported by eight other goalkickers including Angus Grigg, James Whitehead, Jacob Chapman and Ayden Walton who all kicked multiples.

Shepparton utility Jonty Wardle was cleared to return to his home club Katandra while the Bears had the bye and performed well in his side’s loss.

Thomas Jeffery, Luke Minogue and Corey Hickford were all valuable supports to Wardle.

The win gave Moama its second, while the Kats sit equal second last with one win.

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