2 June, 2023
Tigers top of District table
MERRIVALE’S dominance in the Warrnambool District League continued last weekend with a 145-point win over Dennington.
The Tigers remain undefeated on top of the league ladder after Saturday’s crushing victory over the Dogs.
Playing in front of their home crowd, the Tigers got off to a great start, booting seven goals in the first term, and by half-time had a handy 41-point lead.
Dennington’s struggles in its forward 50 continued in the second half, making little impact on the scoreboard, finishing the day on 6.2.38 while the home side kicked 28.15.183.
Best for the Tigers were Dylan Weir, Sam Gleeson, Tate Porter, Jye Wilson, Eli Barker and Wilson Lenehan.
Weir bagged 13 goals for the Tigers and was well supported by Wilson with four, Hamish Gurry (2) and Bradley Bell, Jayden Brooks, Sam Gleeson, Billy Hancocks, Jack Neave, Zade Neave, Jalen Porter, Tate Porter and Manny Sandow.
Best players for the visitors were Tom Fitzgerald, Jake Hamilton, Jordan Garner, Lewis Campbell-Gavin, Brandon Barton and Joshua Keen.
Leigh McKane and Tom Noonan Jnr kicked two each while Tom Fitzgerald and Jordan Garner also contributed one apiece to the scoreboard.
Other Warrnambool District winners last weekend were South Rovers, Russells Creek, Nirranda and Panmure.
With just percentage separating second from fourth on the reserves ladder, Merrivale was keen to hold on to third spot and was able to do that following a 102-point win last weekend.
Final scores were Merrivale 16.18.114 to Dennington 2.0.0. Jaxon Johnstone, Matt Webster, Jacob Henderson, Denny Carter, Jayden Brown and Charlie McDonald were best for the winning side.
Trent Murphy kicked three for the Tigers, James Barling, Jaxon Johnstone and Lachlan Swayn each added two majors, while goals also came from Emanuel Andrawos, Denny Carter, Lachlan Hinkley, Wil Hinkley, Jaxon Madden, Charlie McDonald and Lachlan Peters.
Best for Dennington were Joseph Heffernan, Anthony Rook, Mitchell McLaren, John Vincent, Harrison Fleming and Jed Rodgers.
Round nine tomorrow (Saturday) will see Dennington at home to South Rovers, Timboon will host Panmure, Nirranda will travel to Davidson Oval to take on Old Collegians, Kolora Noorat will host Allansford and Mack Oval will see Russells Creek host Merrivale.