LOCKHART DEFEAT CULCAIRN IN THRILLER

Henty Pat Hower looks for an option to handball while teammates Jamarl O’Sullivan and Heath Ohlin look on during their domination of Henty.Lockhart has continued its stunning start to the 2012 Hume FL season, by winning a thrilling match against Culcairn at Culcairn, by just one point.
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The Demons are emerging as a genuine flag contender, after having beaten last seasons runner up Holbrook in round one and now third placed Culcairn 15-6-96 to 15-5-95.

With Culcairn trailing by two points in the final minutes, Trent Logue grazed the inside of the goal post to just fail to get Culcairn home as Lockhart held firm.

Lockhart who has missed finals football in the previous two seasons were given great service by wingman David Johnson, along with Al Haberecht, Josh and Joel Maniscalco.

Graeme Fruean did a great job on curbing Lockhart spearhead Tom Marlow after early goals on Brendan Mitchell. Ben Schulz, Luke Taylor and Jack Stean also played well for Culcairn.

Henty were very impressive in its initial 2012 hit out after a round one bye, when they destroyed last year’s premiers Jindera at Jindera by a whopping 93 points.

With Josh Spencer on fire up forward with six goals and a best on ground showing by new coach Brent Piltz they gave indications of bigger and better things in 2012.

Such was the Swampies dominance; they kept Jindera to just one goal in the first three quarters with Jimmy Ellis, John Mercuri and ruckman Jamal O’Sullivan starring.

Henty will find out more about their progress in the next fortnight when they take on close town rivals Holbrook and Culcairn in mouth watering contests.

Jindera star forward Ash Murray who kicked eight goals the previous week was well held by the Swampies to finish with just one goal.

Howlong and Holbrook played out a tough and tight encounter at Holbrook, before the Spiders pounced late in the game to win by four goals.

Daniel Bradshaw and his brother Darren who kicked fifteen goals between them the previous week were kept to just five goals this week against Peter Winnet and Lachie Trethowan respectively.

Daniel the two time Brisbane Lions premiership player however made his count when he kicked all three in a purple patch in the last quarter to lift Howlong to victory.

After leading at half time Holbrook copped a savage blow when coach Jarrod Twitt left the ground with a groin injury. His presence and class was badly missed.

James Breen was off target for Holbrook kicking just one goal from eight scoring shots. Mikal Bloom and Stu Williams were outstanding for Holbrook.

Walla scored its first win in over twenty matches when they grabbed a thrilling two point victory over firm favourites RW Tigers at Rand.

Former Richmond player Troy Taylor pulled down a mark of the year contender in the dying stages and slotted home the goal to put the Hoppers in front and hold on in a tight finish.

Walla claimed its first and only wooden spoon in 2011 after 108 years of history and is hell bent on climbing up the ladder with Saturdays result just the tonic required.

The loss was a blow to the Tigers after a promising start in round one and coach Clint Gilson is sure to put his charges through some strong training this week.

Osborne continued on its winning way by easily accounting for round one winner CDHBU at Osborne, winning by 70 points.

James Kennedy, Marty Bahr, Peter Heath and Luke Heyme were in blistering touch as the Cats won all four quarters to stay in second place on the ladder.

CDHBU did well to restrict the carnage after giving up the first seven goals of the game with Jarrod Hanrahan, Matt Ross and Doug Lavis leading the way.

Osborne coach Daniel McAlister kicked four goals to continue his good form after a injury riddled 2011. Osborne should make it three in a row when they travel to Billabong Crows this week.

Brock-Burrum Saints bounced back in good style after a shock round one loss to CDHBU, by easily defeating Billabong Crows by 58 points at Brocklesby.

Kylin Morey led the charge with four goals, while youngster Jacob Bennie impressed with four goals as well. Saints coach Darryn McKimmie was best afield in a damaging game.

Phil Goldsack was best for the Crows in defence, while star forward Josh Evans was well held to finish with just two goals. Murray Magpies had the round two bye.

NEXT WEEK ROUND TWO

Henty v Holbrook

Howlong v Culcairn

Lockhart v BB Saints

Walla v Murray Magpies

CDHBU v RW Tigers (Coreen)

Billabong Crows v Osborne (Urana)

Jindera bye

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