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In a fiery game at Red Cliffs, Irymple fought back to outpoint Red Cliffs in the main Sunraysia Football League game played at Quandong Park Red Cliffs on Saturday.
The Tigers led by a few points at the last change before a seven goal burst in the final term changed the outcome.
Nathan Hammence celebrated his 150th game with a goal and a win, while veteran Shane Crossling played his 200th game ahead of a knee operation in the next few weeks.
Brett Oldham of Red Cliffs is possibly reported after being yellow carded in the first quarter while Irymple’s Donato Deangeles was sent off six minutes before half time, also with a yellow card.
Just before three quarter time a goal by Mick Faulkhead put the Tigers in front by 11 points but the game swung back to the visitors in the last term.
Nick Pezzinitti surprised with a match winning six goal effort to be the best forward on the ground.
First quarter: Red Cliffs 2.1 Irymple 2.5
Half time: Red Cliffs 4.4; Irymple 6.5
Third quarter: Red Cliffs 8.11; Irymple 8.6
Final scores Red Cliffs 9.11 (65) defeated by Irymple 15.10 (100)
Imperials lost John Coleman before the game against Wentworth and added Nick Mee and Reece Keating to their senior side for the encounter at the George Gordon Oval, Dareton.
The game was of a very good standard with a systematic Imperials leading for most of the game.
New Roos Samuel Stanbrook and Daniel Seddon didn’t help the scoreboard at times with Stanbrook contributing four points and Seddon five points.
The Roos also suffered first half injuries to Tim Watson and Travis Dawes leaving the side with only one active player on the bench.
The Hards brothers, along with Luke Sicker set the pattern while five goals to Jordan Bates was a welcome early season sign.
First quarter: Wentworth 2.1, Imperials 4.2
Half time: Wentworth 4.3; Imperials 9.5
Third quarter: Wentworth 6.8; Imperials 14.10
Final score: Wentworth 8.11 (59) were defeated by Imperials 19.15 (129)
Soutth Mildura’s new recruits wasted no time in showing Bulldog fans that the side is up and running for a major campaign for the season 2014.
Both teams made late changes with Tom Seaman coming into the side to replace Jai Berry while prize Robinvale recruit Charlie McAdam replaced Don Falvo in the Robiinvale team.
Of the new South brigade Sean Logie and ex-Magpie Bradley Davis-Burns were absolute opening game stars.
Former Golden Square player and new Nichols Point school teacher Nathan Manuel shaped up well at full forward to kick three goals, Tom Wright was clever and effective on the half back flank while full back Michael Rankin was shaken up a bit with a knock early in the game.
Denny Fox played the first half on the wing as selected and from the second quarter got a string of kicks and when given a run on the ball later in the day also contributed two goals.
Robinvale’s best player was Jade Keam, who has returned to the Eagles after several years away. He got 24 kicks for the game.
Keam last played SFL football at Robinvale when his brother Shannon Keam was coach.
Aiden Calarco kept the Eagles competitive with three goals in the second quarter and finished with four goals out of the 10 scored by Robinvale.
Mark Farnsworth and David Albanese were great triers on the day, along with an injured (again) Trevor Bussell and coach Darren Atkinson.
First quarter: South Mildura 6.3; Robinvale 2.1
Half time: South Mildura 12.9; Robinvale 6.1
Third quarter: South Mildura 19.12; Robinvale 8.3
Final scores: South Mildura 24.18 (162) defeated Robinvale 10.7 (67)