ROCHESTER Football Club’s Nathan Marrone was named best on ground in Goulburn Valley’s seven-point loss to Ovens and Murray in Saturday’s interleague clash at Wodonga.
The Tigers had three representatives in the side in Marrone and James Gledhill, each having their first taste of interleague, and Steven Stroobants.
In a great contest the Goulburn Valley League went down by a disappointing seven-points to Ovens and Murray on Saturday; enduring yet another unsuccessful outing in the WorkSafe Community Championships.
It was looking to redeem itself during the interleague round clash for the Ash-Wilson Trophy after a four-point loss to Essendon District the year prior.
But instead it became two consecutive wins for Ovens and Murray after thrashing Hampden FNL by 66 points in 2016.
Ovens and Murray’s captain Joel Mackie scored the first goal of the game before skipper Jason Cole hit back with his own major for the Goulburn Valley.
Scores were kept level at quarter time, 21 points each, with Goulburn Valley goals from Seymour’s Cole, who was last year’s GV interleague best on ground, Stroobants and Kyabram’s Brad Mangan.
GV had all the play in the second quarter with 21-8 inside 50s but couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard, Ovens and Murray kicking 4.1 in the second to GV’s 3.4 and lead by three points at half time.
A big third quarter from Ovens and Murray set up the biggest lead of the game, keeping GV to just one goal and three behinds while adding 3.4 to their own scores, 51-68.
GV needed to dig deep in the fourth quarter and got within two points of Ovens and Murray at the 18 minute mark of the final term.
Gledhill worked tirelessly down back all game and produced some solid play in the final term.
But an important goal from Yarrawonga’s Lachlan Howe set up an eight-point lead which carried through in the remaining minutes of the game.
A goal from Stroobants kept them in the contest to make it his third major for the game, but they were defeated by the clock going down 11.13 (79)-12.14 (86) at the final siren.
Mangan finished with two goals for the game.
Cole worked tirelessly in the mid-field to be named amoung the bests for the game while Jonathon Spina took the honours for Ovens and Murray.
■ A similar result played out on the netball courts with Ovens and Murray taking out the open game 42-35 against a valiant GV side.
The host team were more polished on the day and combined better across the court to gain a three-goal lead at quarter time, 7-10.
The GV side seemed to need more time to gel but it was luxury they couldn’t afford as Ovens and Murray continued to put the foot down in the second quarter to extend the lead to seven at half time, 15-22.
The girls were able to claw back some of the margin in the third quarter to trail by five at three quarter time.
Ovens and Murray proved too strong in the end to get the seven-goal win.