By Colin MacGillivray
Wallan officials are hailing the team’s win in Macedon on Saturday as their best of the Riddell District football season.
The Magpies put their former bogie side to the sword in a thumping 23.11 (149) to 4.1 (25) win, jumping out to a staggering seven-goal lead only 13 minutes into the first quarter.
The synergy between Wallan’s midfield and spearhead Matt Perri was on full display, with Perri booting six majors in the first term and nine for the day.
Sean Morris continued a streak of strong form with five goals of his own, and Corey Grindlay booted four in what assistant coach Spencer Mathieson termed a complete team performance.
Mathieson said it had been years since the Magpies tasted victory against the Cats in Macedon.
“It was a great result. It was probably the best half of footy and one of the best games we’ve played all season, considering the opposition,” he said.
“In our last five meetings I think we’d only beaten them once. We beat them earlier in the season but before that they’d beaten us a few times in a row, so to go there and win by 20 goals was fantastic.”
Mathieson said the final score belied Macedon’s competitiveness, with the Cats midfield asserting itself after the first quarter.
“Macedon did get a fair bit of footy after the first 15 minutes. They settled down a bit and got a few numbers back to help out,” he said.
“They had some footy in their forward line and won clearances because they’re still a good side, but our back line was fantastic. We kept them to five scoring shots, and you’d take that every day of the week.”
Wallan will host Woodend-Hesket this weekend looking to atone for a draw earlier in the season and keep its dreams of a top-two finish alive.
“It’s a must-win for them to hold their spot in the top five and we need to redeem ourselves,” Mathieson said.
“They played very well [last time]. They jumped us and were 38 points up at quarter time. We didn’t play the usual type of footy we can play and they just had the footy and we couldn’t get it.
“We can’t do that again because we know they’ve got some really good players and everything to play for, so we need to start well this week.”
Romsey also recorded a big win at the weekend, downing rival Lancefield 16.22 (118) to 5.1 (31) at Lancefield.
The Tigers were well held until the final quarter, in which they scored four goals to the Redbacks’ seven.
Romsey’s Nathan Rayment played his best game of the season and Corey Pertzel and Matt Burkett played customarily strong games, while reliable defender Michael Tinkler swung forward to kick three goals and Dean Walsh booted four.
For Lancefield, Joe Slattery was again among the best players, Ben Bryant kicked two goals and Mathew Higgins returned to the line-up with a strong performance.
Romsey will return home to host Melton Central on Saturday, while Lancefield travels to take on top side Diggers Rest.
Lancefield’s A Grade netballers celebrated their second win of the season on Saturday, beating Romsey 53-34 on their home court.
Tarnee Hammond was on fire for the Tigers, converting 43 goals at an 84 per cent clip, while Kira Baldwin and Amanda Bruce created a strong defensive tandem.
Wallan’s A Grade netballers further entrenched themselves in the top two of the competition with a hard-fought 31-29 win against Macedon.
The Cats made life difficult for Wallan goal shooter Chloe Meulenmeesters, but the team worked hard to limit Macedon’s scoring opportunities, holding the home team to eight fewer shots at goal.Wallan can guarantee itself a second-place finish at worst with a win against Woodend-Hesket this weekend, while Romsey plays Melton Centrals and Lancefield travel to Diggers Rest.