Nick Brockley puts Wahgunyah Lions in driving seat

WAHGUNYAH consolidated its position in the league’s top-five with a grinding 31-point win over Chiltern at Wahgunyah on Saturday.

With spearhead Nick Brockley leading the way with eight goals, the Lions stayed a step ahead of their opponents throughout the clash to record their third straight victory.

Coach Nic O’Bryan said it was a huge win for the club.

“It’s pretty even from fourth to 10th on the ladder so these are the games you need to win,” O’Bryan said.

“We got out to about four goals early but it evened right up after that.

“I thought we let them back in the game in the third quarter with a 10-minute lapse in concentration.

“That being so, it was good to finish the game the way we did.

“Chiltern is one of the sides we are fighting with for a spot which makes the win pretty important.”

Chiltern, went into the clash without star midfielder Mark Doolan due to a hamstring injury.

The Swans failed to match their opponents’ intensity early and faced a 25-point deficit at quarter-time.

Brockley was a constant threat with only inaccurate kicking for goal robbing him of a bigger haul while Dean Bigger, Leigh Schulz and Liam Tobias were also constructive.

Heath Northey and Nathan Parker also kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Lions.

Chiltern’s Matt Nichol turned in another strong performance and was instrumental in the third quarter fight-back with support coming from Ash Van Klaveren, Dane O’Neill and Kirk Wilson.

Mitta United scored a comfortable 45-point win over Rutherglen at Mitta.

The Cats could only manage two goals in difficult conditions with Yarrod Hamilton, Dugal Paton, Richard Turnbull and Danny Stewart outstanding for the victors.

Barnawartha defeated Dederang-Mount Beauty by 23 points.

Mark Sarau’s line-up set up the win in the second quarter by kicking four goals to one. They then refused to let their opponents back into the contest with Paul Harrington and Ryan Lempa dominating.

Joel Heiner and Dale Lappin played well for the Bombers.