Hoppers’ chances of victory wiped out

DRAMATIC scenes unfolded when Moyhu had its score cancelled for fielding too many players on their way to a 72-point loss to Whorouly in yesterday’s semi-final.

Whorouly called for a head count early in the second quarter with the Lions in front 3.4 (22) to 2.3 (15) when it came to light that the Hoppers may have been fielding an illegal player.

In extraordinary scenes umpires lined up and counted players from both sides before it was confirmed Moyhu had 19 players on the field.

The Hoppers’ score was wiped out.

And with that any hope of a surprise victory was lost.

Whorouly coach Scott McMasters said he found the situation bemusing.

“Someone said something about them having an extra player on the field but our captain wasn’t on the ground at the time and I didn’t think too much of it to start with,” he said.

“But then our captain came back on a couple of minutes later and we thought they still had the extra player so we called for the count.

“It’s hard enough trying to beat them with 18 players let alone 19.”

Moyhu only managed one goal for the rest of the game as they slumped to a 10.21 (81) to 1.3 (9) loss.

McMasters was happy with the Lions’ performance despite the wayward kicking.

“They were terrible conditions,” he said.

“It was wet and greasy and the ball was a bar of soap.

“I certainly wouldn’t be reading too much into that scoreline.”

Whorouly will clash with Bright next week to determine who will meet Tarrawingee in the Ovens and King grand final.

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