Kilmore has continued its in-form performances by securing a convincing 96-66 win against Mernda in the Northern Football Netball League division three competition on Saturday

Club president Paul Maher described the win at Mernda as a ‘team performance’.

“We are extremely happy with [the team’s] progress at the moment after dropping a couple of games early in the season,” Maher said.

“We are hitting our stride, and everyone contributed to an excellent team performance.”

Chris Ryall led the charge up forward, booting five goals in a career-best for the Blues.

Regular goal-kickers Christopher Barton and Bailey Taylor-Egan also contributed two goals each, plus there were another five individual goal scorers.

Maher commented on the men’s performance, particularly noting the efforts of Ryall.

“Chris Ryall is an exceptional talent, with the arrival of Chris Barton at the club, it’s released Chris to do some more duties up in the forward line. He’s shown that he’s become a regular goal keeper,” Maher said.

The leading goal-kickers were named in Kilmore’s best along with Michael Conlan, Leigh Irons and Matthew Swindells.

With South Morang claiming victory over Laurimar, Kilmore now sits third on the ladder with a handy 178.06 percentage.

Maher said if games go the Blues’ way, a top two position was in arms’ reach.

“If we can win this weekend and Heidelberg go down to South Morang (who remains undefeated), we can jump into second,” he said.

Maher believes the side needs to continue to play the football it had been, and to implement the plans in place by coach Nathan Phillips.


“The coaches put into place structures and messages to comply with the team’s goals, which they have [been implementing] as of late. And if we can continue this, the victories will also continue,” he said.

Meanwhile in the division one competition, Whittlesea’s senior side fell 11 points short to Macleod, 66 to 55 after a brave fightback that kept Macleod goalless in the third term.

The Eagles led by five points at quarter-time, but missed opportunities early on contributed to the side’s narrow loss.

Nick Pupillo was the only Eagle to hit the scoreboard consecutive times, kicking two majors, and was named among the side’s best with Cameron Wild, Max Dyson, Jake Wild, Lachlan Beattie and Zach Molloy.