Footy Talk

Billabong Crows forward Nathan Finnen flies over Rand-Walbundrie Tigers defender Gerard Telford.HENTY THRASH CULCAIRN AND EYE FLAG
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Henty has shot into genuine premiership fancies, following a stunning win over old rivals Culcairn in another impressive performance at Culcairn.

The Swampies have taken on and defeated the top three teams from last year following a round one bye and are looking the real deal to break their premiership drought.

The game was all over at quarter time after Henty turned on an opening quarter of sustained pressure and superb ball use to kick seven unanswered goals.

They did not let up for the remaining three quarters and went on to win by

74 points 20-17-137 to Culcairn 9-9-63

to remain in second spot on the

ladder.

A functional forward set up led by Ryan Hon (4), Jon Mercuri (4) and Shannon Terlich (3) complemented the dominant midfield led by Heath Ohlin and Simon Hillier.

James Paton was best for Culcairn, with excitement machine Jarrah Maksymow (3) goals, Luke Taylor and Shannon Gilson also good contributors.

Osborne burs ted the unbeaten run of Lockhart, inflicting a 45 point defeat at Osborne in a tough encounter before a large crowd.

The Cats are still unbeaten and have taken a hold on top position in a promising start to the season. Their real test will come this week, when they travel to Howlong.

Reliable forward Trent Perczyk kicked four goals in a low scoring game to be the dominant forward. Ben Davis, Stace Creasy, Daniel O’Connell and Jamie Parr were other good players.

Lockhart really struggled up forward in perfect conditions with only five goals being the result of a tough day out against a tight and committed Osborne backline.

Mitchell Pilon, Chris Cerato, Zach Sheather and Josh Maniscalco continued on their excellent form, but lacked enough support to threaten the pacey Cats on home turf.

Holbrook recorded its first win for the 2012 season, by belting Jindera, in a replay of last years premiership decider, winning at home by 135 points.

The feature of the game was one of the most dominant forward displays possible from Michael Lamb, who kicked an incredible 11 goals and 11 behinds in a master class.

Lamb tore the Bulldogs defence apart with his strong leading and marking and second efforts. James Breen was a good support with four goals.

Jarrod Twitt, Josh Jones, Brendan Hankel, Zach Fulford and Hayden Hibberson ran riot in the midfield and provided silver service to Lamb and co up forward.

Holbrook looked to have turned the corner after a sloppy start and with some good news on the recruiting front pending; they are looming as a sleeping giant.

RW Tigers overcame a determined Billabong Crows first half effort, to grind out a workman like 51 point win at Rand, to stay in fourth place.

Josh Jarvis and Josh Warren-Marmo kicked three goals each, as inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Tigers valuable percentage opportunity.

Former Barnawartha star Cameron McNeil starred in the centre, with great support from Ryan Kirkwood, Hayden Tyrell and Justin Dickson.

The Tigers face a crunch game this week, when they make the journey to Lockhart with a win to either side being critical to finals appearances.

Howlong led by a six goal haul from star forward Daniel Bradshaw and five goals from Troy price proved too good for

BB saints winning by 55 points at Howlong.

Kylin Morey also kicked six goals for the saints, but it was not enough to damage the Spiders winning run as they remain in third position.

Youngster Beau Walker maintained his sizzling form with a best on ground effort. Damian Russo, Josh Duffy and Steven Bradshaw controlled the clearances for Howlong.

The final round four match was played under lights at Lavington Panthers Oval, with CDHBU overcoming a first

quarter deficit to run out 45 point

winners.

Phil Dudley was the shining light for the combined Power, kicking seven goals, while Joel Rippingale was the star in the midfield. Shane Franz kicked four goals for Magpies.

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