Friday, May 31, 2024



Blues bring second half heat

Late in the second quarter in Saturday’s clash between undefeated Cudgewa and winless Corryong, the Demons had limited the damage to a five goal deficit in a spirited showing but the Blues juggernaut got rolling after half time to show why they are deserved flag favourites.

Lions roar

Murrabit Recreation Reserve was the setting for the Golden Rivers round 6 match between Murrabit and the reigning 2023 premiers, Hay. The Lions dominated the game, but Murrabit showed determination, managing to score two goals in the first quarter. Hay's defence was strong in the second quarter, preventing the Blues from scoring.

Jake joins the 300-gamers

Saturday was a momentous day for the Birchip-Watchem Bulls, with club stalwart Jake Noonan playing his 300th game. The 38-year-old Noonan has spent his entire football career at George Cartwright Oval, playing all his junior and senior football with the Birchip Swans and Birchip-Watchem Bulls.

Lions show grit over a spirited Wandella

The Lions were looking to make it 5 out of 5 for a perfect start to the season when they took on third placed Wandella on Saturday. In the opening five minutes of the first quarter, it was clear the Bombers had brought the heat, exhibiting a high energy and aggression at the contest that the Lions had to withstand until they could settle into their own game style ... From quick play-out of the centre clearance, the ball was again propelled into the Lions’ 50 with a poised Jack Cattanach adding to the scoreboard from another goal opportunity.

50 year anniversary – Leeor A Grade

This past weekend, Kaniva Leeor United (KLU) hosted the Leeor Premiership reunion of the 1974 A Grade team. The event, held during KLU’s home game against Pimpinio, drew a large crowd of supporters, including former players and officials from the victorious 1974 team.

Maroons test the Tigers – again

It was a big day at Sea Lake on Saturday with Nullawil meeting the Tigers on their home turf, in the much-anticipated grand final replay. The former Tyrrell and Mallee Football League rivals met in a Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers vs Nullawil grand final in both the seniors and reserves.

Fifty years in the making

Tomorrow’s North-Central’s round 5 match of the day between the league’s two most recent additions, Sea Lake-Nandaly and Nullawil, reunites the two former Tyrrell League rivals 50 years after an epic 1974 grand final encounter. It is also the rematch of last season’s grand finalists.

Demons feel the heat

Cudgewa inflicted maximum damage on Corryong in a 178-point rout on Saturday to sit alone on top of the ladder with a very healthy percentage. The Blues flew the blocks with a nine-goal first term, cruised through the second quarter and then piled on another nine goals in each of the last two quarters for a huge win.

Leading by example in footy and in life

Michelle Daw. Lessons learned on the footy field that can be applied for success in all facets of life are being shared by high-achieving former footy player and coach Michael Wanganeen. Now chair of Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association, Michael has released a book that draws on the lessons he learned through his illustrious football career, his trajectory from farmhand to agency manager, and the education he undertook to grow his skills and knowledge.

Special significance for Saturday’s sports

Sporting clubs have a unique platform to drive cultural change in our communities and on the weekend, four local sporting clubs showed their commitment to creating an Australia where all women and children can live in safety, free from violence and abuse ... The observation of 36 seconds of silence had a powerful impact ...

Bulls blitz Royal Blues

After an even and entertaining first half with little between Birchip-Watchem and Donald, the Bulls simply overpowered the Royal Blues in a second half blitz dishing out a comprehensive 11 goal belting, led by an 8 goal haul from gun forward Ben Edwards, his second bag in as many weeks. It was far from a one-man show, though, the Bulls’ new big man Hamish Hosking paving a way ...

Blues chase back-to-back flags

Defending premiers Cudgewa will start as favourites when the 2024 Upper Murray season starts on Saturday. The Blues have retained the bulk of last year’s team that went undefeated through the 2023 season including a 94-point demolition of Bullioh in the grand final.

New recruit

The Nhill and District Sporting Club are super excited to announce new football recruit Peter Politis. Peter arrives in Nhill off the back of a season with the Nightcliff Football Club in Darwin. He played in their Premier Grade Grand Final.

Peta Credlin – proud of where she comes from

Remember that old saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”? Peta Credlin AO, host of the “Credlin” program on Sky News Australia, columnist with News Corp, and former Australian Liberal Party dynamo, amongst many other accolades, made a flying visit to Wycheproof over the recent long weekend.

How’s ya mate in Wilcannia

Perth born Kirby Bentley, former player for the Fremantle and Carlton clubs in the AFL women’s comp, visited Wilcannia Central School on Thursday 22nd Feb., to socialise and throw a few balls with the students from both schools. Sponsored by Lifeline through a Regional NSW grant, Kirby’s aim was to promote "How’s Ya Mate?", mental first aid for kids.

Dickinson selected for Bloods

Congratulations to Kaniva Leeor United’s Mitch Dickinson who has been selected in the u/18 centre for excellence squad for the 2024 season for West Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL. Matches will begin at the end of March and he has already been attending preseason with the club.

Ty Gardner – Wattles Player of the Year

In front of a packed F.E. Logan Hall at Clifton on Saturday night Wattles Warriors captain Ty Gardner joined the list of club ultimate achievers when he was presented with the prestigious Clifton Courier Shield as player of the year for the 2023 season.

In like Flynn at West Coast

Narrandera-born footballer Matthew Flynn has now joined the West Coast Eagles after the completion of his move from Greater Western Sydney. The 26-year-old joins the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent, heading west on a three-year deal after the paperwork was formalised.

Big win for Lachie

Lachie Neale is unstoppable. Born in Naracoorte, the AFL superstar won his second Brownlow Medal in Brisbane on Monday night. Known as the Lion King of AFL, the Brisbane co-captain has become the 16th player in VFL-AFL history to win the League’s biggest and most prestigious award multiple times.

2023 Premiers!

Jamie Cox. The Maldon FNC are extremely proud of all their juniors’ efforts for the 2023 season in both football and netball, especially the under 17.5s football team who are the 2023 Premiers. Score Maldon 10.5-65 def Carisbrook 7.2-44.

Decider draws $25K at gate

Despite less teams being involved in the Riverina Football League grand final at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday the gate was up $4000 on last year. The crowd paid $25,378 at the gate to watch Turvey Park win their first senior premiership in 21 years.

Hay breaks 28-year drought

The 2023 Golden Rivers grand final took place against a beautiful natural backdrop as fans of football and netball gathered at the Murrabit Recreation Reserve on Saturday to witness the teams battle it out for the premiership ... On the football field, in a game of keepings off, the Lions demonstrated their fitness to play in the heat and confidence in ball handling skills.

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