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Defining win for Lions

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June 02, 2016
Mulwala have won a season defining game with a comeback victory over Tongala.

In windy and muddy conditions Mulwala rallied from five goals down during the second term to fight their way to a ten point win that puts them into the top 6 for the first time this season.
Kicking against a strong breeze, Mulwala started brightly with goals to Chase Strawhorn and Gareth Oughton before Tongala found themselves space and time to hit back. With the breeze at their backs, they stormed forward and found multiple avenues to goal.
A change of ends in the second quarter did little to slow the momentum with Mulwala making little use of the breeze.
With the defence working overtime, Jake Wild and Josh Slattery did their best to keep the Blues at bay but with so much supply, the gates were open and Tongala shot out to a five goal lead.
Mulwala’s promising form of previous weeks was now a distant thought with the season hanging by a thread.
They needed someone to stand up, the team to show some character.
As has been the case for the better part of a decade, the man for the job was Sean Robinson, but he was not alone.
All over the field the team lifted with Jackson Weir finding two goals in two minutes and Jake Wild’s move into the ruck, a catalyst for a shift in momentum.
At the main break the message to the players was simple, be desperate, fight, scrap and claw your way into the game with hardest quarter of footy for the year.
Kicking into the wind it was going to be a big ask but the players responded.
Josh Hammond and Zeke Flanagan’s move into the back line saw immediate effect, with both taking several intercept marks.
Chris Powell danced his way to a miracle goal and Chase kicked another as Mulwala trimmed the margin back to three goals.
Stu Buckley made an impact with some key touches and Jackson Gash was everywhere with his long kicking, crucial in the fight back.
The defining moment of the quarter was Dale Powell’s courage going back with the flight of the ball to inflict a desperate spoil which was reflective of the effort shown by all players.
At the last change, tension filled the huddle as the Mulwala faithful surrounded the group. With the wind at their backs, Mulwala were a big show but still trailed by 15 points.
Mulwala’s effort had been gallant but a final charge was still needed to keep the season alive.
Enter Tom Beams.
Inside, his hands were clean and on the outside his raking left foot created goals for others, before a bomb from 60 bounced its way through to take Mulwala into the lead.
There were winners all over the field as the ever green Nick O’Bryan was pure class, while Josh Slattery sat under the high balls and took several big marks.
With only minutes to play, Sean Robinson intercepted the kick in and from 40 out he slotted the set shot to cap a memorable come from behind win.
The challenge begins again next week as Mulwala take on another quality opponent in Moama.

Reserves
Mulwala lost their second game of the season with a frustrating four goal loss to Tongala.
In windy conditions Mulwala never really got their game going with poor kicking and turnovers an issue throughout the game.
Nathan Cook was forced into defence with Mulwala’s undersized defenders forced to fight against much taller opponents.
Michael Tabain was excellent with contested possessions as well as providing run on the outside. Thomas Wilson made a promising return from his trip overseas and looked strong, if a little underdone.
Cam Carling continued his strong form with another composed game from half back.
Up forward Josh Bozolla looked dangerous with Corey Burke also kicking a couple of goals to help keep the game in reach.
Some late discipline issues meant a final quarter fight back never really got going.
Nathan Cook was awarded best on ground with two of him needed to give Mulwala a chance.
Trent Kreeck was another who could keep his head high with his pressure and ability to keep his feet a lesson for his younger team mates.
Ultimately Mulwala came up short but will welcome some key players back this coming week as they take on ladder leaders Moama.

Thirds
Winter footy arrived with a crisp windy day, a rested Thirds side got off to a fast start after the bye last week.
Cam Magher was on the board early with Mulwala’s first, followed by his second straight from the centre bounce and the signs were good early.
Cam’s first quarter will be one he never forgets with six goals, finishing with 10 for the day.
The boys had the ball flying through the midfield with Lachie and Tom well on top.
Lachie Vissenga and Lachie Wood provided good run out of defence, with Wade Dennis and Ricky Walker also play good games.
Coach Clinton Shand still asked for more at half time, “we are giving them (Tongala) the ball like they have Mulwala jumpers on”.
Tongala put in a last ditch effort with two goals in the last minutes of the game and kept the pressure on for the entire game, but Mulwala’s fitness and ball skills were too much as they ran out 100 point winners.
The boys will have to be in tip top form for the game with the undefeated Moama on Saturday.

Fourths
Mulwala Fourths have continued their strong form with a great team effort leading to an easy seven goal win.
In tough conditions with a wet ground and a heavy ball, clean possessions from Mulwala helped drive the ball forward where Tanner Nyholm kicked three with Connor Phibbs kicking two. Flynn Fletcher and Zac Scott dominated the midfield while Ben Ratcliff had some crucial possessions.
Kyle Loomes was instrumental in the back line with a best on ground performance.
Awards: Kyle Loomes-Jims Mowing, Zach Scott-Jims Mowing, Yarrawonga Hire- Flynn Fletche, Judds - Issac Pitches and Mul Bakery- Connor Phibbs.
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