By Tricia Mifsud

DESPITE a 38-point deficit at quarter time, Wallan kept its opponent Woodend-Hesket to two goalless quarters to tie its senior football match at 10.6 (66) on Saturday.

Originally scheduled as the Magpies’ home game, the game was played on Woodend-Hesket’s turf at Gilbert Gordon Oval while renovations continue at Greenhill Reserve.

The change of location almost went in favour of the home side, with scores of 7.3 to 1.1 at quarter time, but the Magpies fought a strong comeback led by forward duo Matthew Perri, four goals, and Corey Grindlay, three.

Wallan assistant coach Spencer Mathieson said it was a concerning start, allowing six individual goal-scorers for the home side, but a quarter-time debrief saw the Magpies return to their game plan and put up a strong comeback.

“We were concerned with the way we were playing and the way we started in the first quarter, but we weren’t worried that we couldn’t get back in the game,” he said.

“We were pretty rapt with the way the boys responded at quarter time and we got back to basics – get the footy in our hands and play the way we wanted to play, which Woodend-Hesket didn’t allow us in the first term.”

Perri and Grindlay were supported by Ricky Schraven, Sean Morris and Michael Mannix in front of goal who scored one apiece.

Morris was named among Wallan’s best, with Mathieson also commending the efforts of Nathan Fowler and ruckman Will Brock.

Mathieson described the scoring affair as a ‘funny day’, unsure of why one end of the oval saw majority of the goals scored.

The Magpies had the advantage of kicking to the scoring end for the fourth quarter, much needed after being four goals down, 10.4 to 6.4, at three-quarter time.

In the final term, Perri kicked two goals, with his final goal in the dying moments of the fourth.

“It was a funny day, one end was the scoring end. There wasn’t much wind I don’t think,” Mathieson said.

“At three-quarter time we were four goals down and there was only one thing we could do and that was be aggressive and we needed to kick goals to win.”

Kicking goals was what the Magpies were able to do, kicking 4.2 to the Hawks’ two behinds despite the home side doing what it could to slow down the game.

“They tried to slow it down and take time off the clock with a few stoppages and hold up the ball. It was good to get the draw, but what was pleasing is the way we responded early on,” Mathieson said.

In other games in the Riddell District league, Lancefield narrowly fell short to Macedon, 8.11 (59) to 9.10 (64).

Only one point separated the sides, in favour of Macedon, at quarter-time and the visitors held on to its lead for the rest of the match.

Inaccuracy in the final term didn’t help the Tigers, scoring 2.5 and ultimately going down by five points.

Romsey fought out a close encounter against Riddell, going down seven points, 9.6 (60) to 7.11 (53).

Playing at Riddell, Romsey trailed by no more than 17 points at any of the breaks, but a goalless final term to both sides allowed Riddell to hang on to its lead.

This weekend most sides will have the weekend off for the Easter break, besides Riddell and Woodend-Hesket which play on Good Friday.

The remaining sides will return for round three with Wallan again playing away, against Melton Centrals. Romsey host Western Rams while Lancefield have a bye.

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