With the Riddell District Football Netball League season already nearly one third complete, Wallan’s football and netball sides have shown legitimate premiership credentials.
Both sides enjoyed big wins at the weekend, with the Mapies’ footballers crushing Melton Centrals 21.25 (151) to 1.4 (10) and the netballers leading from start to finish in a 43-32 win over the Blues.
The Wallan footballers made a statement after dropping their first game of the season against Macedon in round four, straightening out their errant kicking – 2.9 in the first quarter – to dominate the Blues.
Midfielder Steven Boyall showed why he was among Wallan’s most prized recruits with a best-on-ground performance, and Ben and Ricky Schraven combined for five goals.
Skipper Michael Mannix continued to provide excellent leadership for the Magpies with two goals – one of 11 goal kickers on the day.
Backman Brenton Cox played a key role at the other end of the ground, helping stifle any Melton Centrals scoring opportunities.
The Magpies sit second on the ladder with a gargantuan percentage of 443, but will be tested in the next two rounds with matches against top-four teams.
The Wallan netballers have been similarly dominant to start the season, posting five straight wins including a tougher-than-expected outing against Melton Centrals on Saturday.
The contest appeared an overwhelming mismatch on paper, with the ladder-topping Magpies facing off against the winless Blues, but the visitors stabilised after a 15-7 first quarter and kept pace with Wallan thereafter.
While Melton Centrals showed plenty of fight, they were unable to contend with Wallan goal shooter Chloe Meulenmeesters, who had a day out with 32 goals.
Midcourt player Sidonie Moore worked hard as a conduit for the Magpies, and defender Erin Jay helped suppress Melton Centrals goal attack Emma Winzar, holding her to only two goals in the final quarter.
Next up for Wallan is Diggers Rest, which enjoyed comfortable wins against Lancefield in both football and netball at the weekend.
Diggers Rest breezed to an 18.19 (127) to 6.8 (44) win against the visiting Tigers in the football, proving too strong across the ground despite players like Nathan Malone, James Falcone and Joel Badger trying to inspire their team to victory.
Ben Richmond was the only Lancefield player to boot multiple goals, finishing with two to his name.
The going was hardly easier for Lancefield’s netballers, who were beaten 59-27.
The Tigers were competitive early, netting 11 goals in the first quarter, but were outscored 13-2 in the second and could not draw near thereafter.
Lancefield will turn its attention to Macedon this weekend, with the netballers eyeing a potential second win for 2021.
The Macedon netballers sit only one spot above the Tigers on the ladder, albeit with a percentage about 28 points higher.
The footballers could be in for a tougher outing however, with the Cats sitting third on the ladder.
Romsey will return from a bye to travel to Melton Centrals, with a third football win and first netball win both realistic possibilities.