Mulwala have paid tribute to 200 gamer Sean Robinson, with a resounding 15 goal win over Numurkah.
Mulwala’s dominant first quarter set the platform for the victory with seven goals to nil in an opening term blitz.
Kicking with the wind, Mulwala made the most of their opportunities and capitalised on Numurkah’s turnovers.
The pressure around the ball was crucial with Mulwala maintaining that intensity for most of the game.
Chase Strawhorn was the star up forward with six goals, while veteran Zeke Flanagan popped up with three for himself.
The presence of Chris Powell and Jackson Weir was also a constant threat whenever the ball hit the deck.
Leigh Howroyd led the way physically with his forward line pressure resulting in goals.
Mulwala’s defence seemed in complete control with Dale Powell an attacking weapon off half back and Dylan McNamara and Josh Slattery taking intercept marks at regular intervals.
The big guys in Jake Wild and Dylan Robinson had their hands full but both won their positions.
Jake’s first quarter hanger one of the many highlights for Mulwala.
On the big Numurkah ground, the game was ultimately decided through the midfield with Dougy and Tom Beams both dominant on the wings.
The inside ball was won by Liam Russell and Garath Oughton whose clearance work capped off another terrific game from Josh Hammond, who spent 100% of the game in the ruck.
Best on ground honours went to the one and only Sean Robinson, who starred in his 200th senior game.
From the outset he looked in complete control with his ability to win the contested footy and then use it with pin point precision.
Late in the last quarter with Mulwala in complete control there was a moment of genius that had the Mulwala spectators cheering from the sidelines.
Gathering the ball from a stoppage, he side stepped through the congestion and found himself pinned against the boundary.
As he has done so many times in his decorated career he made the remarkable look easy, with a left foot banana that went straight through the middle.
The entire team mobbed the superstar and provided a moment to savour for all Mulwala supporters.
Mulwala Reserves have ground out another win in a rather forgettable game that was impacted heavily by the wind.
Led by Mitch Doughty and Cam Carling, Mulwala were never comfortable even though they held a five goal lead for much of the game.
Corey Bourke and Mick Drew worked hard up forward and provided a target going forward with Ergan Yildrum also chipping in with a couple of goals.
Matt Tabain’s move to the wing in the third quarter was also a catalyst for the win as his composure and accuracy by foot set up a number of forays forward.
In the middle big Will Vissenga gave Mulwala first use with his ground work and strength also shining through.
Adam Rouel returned to form and looked assured with ball in hand.
His pace to run away from the contest was crucial as he continually drove the ball forward.
The backline was led by Lachy Orr and Cooper Bennet who competed well in the air and were rarely beaten.
Josh Bozzola and Matt Powell also played important roles down back and were constantly under threat on the big Numurkah ground.
Michael Tabain continued his strong form at half forward and looks destined for senior footy.
His gut running combined with footy smarts continued until deep into the last quarter and helped keep Numurkah at bay as they made a late surge.
The four goal margin at the finish was pleasing considering Mulwala probably didn’t play its best footy.
Mulwala Thirds stormed to a commanding 14 goal victory and look headed for action deep in September.
Vice Captain Tom Dow led from the front and was everywhere delivering one of his best games for the season.
Lachie Wood was another strong contributor down back with his long kicking helping drive the ball forward.
Cam Magher and Connor Sanderson kicked three goals each, however what would please Coach Clinton Shand was the eight others, who chipped in with goals.
Another great win to the Mulwala fourths who beat Numurkah 6.3.39 to 5.3.33.
The boys were on top in the centre with Chris D’Agostin helping to drive the ball forward, when the ball did go into the back line the boys stood tall and defended with strength with Kyle Loomes rebounding time and again.
The boys were made to work for the victory hanging on in the final minutes from a late charge to win by one goal.
Goal kickers for the game were Kyle Abikhair with 3, Ben Ratcliff with 2, and Josh Ednie with 1.
Best players were Nick Gee – Judds, Zach Scott – Golf Club, Kyle Abikhair – Yarrawonga Hire, Kyle Loomes – Jims Mowing, Flynn Fletcher – Jims Mowing, Harry Gibson – Mulwala Bakery.
Mulwala 18.9 (117) def Numurkah 5.13 (43)
Goals: MULWALA – C Strawhorn 6, Z Flanagan 3, C Powell 2, E Boyer, S Buckley, M Clark, L Russell, G Oughton, S Robinson, L Howroyd. NUMURKAH – T Down, J Wellington, L White, B Gunning, M Herlihy.
Best: MULWALA – S Robinson, J Hammond, D Powell, T Beams, D Robinson, C Strawhorn. NUMURKAH – L White, L Larson, M Price, J Evans, J O’Dwyer, B Gunning.