Best Battles, round one: Rochester and LBU

By Campaspe News

WELCOME to McPherson Media Group's new series, Best Battles - taking the commonly uttered per-game phrase "we owe these boys one" to a whole new level.

Although football is - like almost all other sports - on a long hiatus, the MMG sports team has decided there is no reason we cannot still report on the matches which were scheduled to happen, but with a twist.

Best Battles takes you to the most important duel, result or individual performance between the teams in recent memory.

We know our memory is not as yours though, so make sure you let us know where you think we have missed the mark - or hit the nail on the head - and we will publish your thoughts.

Rochester v Mansfield

Round 11, 2010 at Moon Oval

Rochester 16.14 (110) def. Mansfield 16.5 (101)

IT WAS the proverbial shootout at the Moon Oval corral when the Tigers and Eagles went toe-to-toe in goal-for-goal race to the final siren.

And it would be the home side which did just enough to get over the line as the Eagles threw everything at them except the kitchen sink.

In the opening half, the two sides traded blows with the Tigers taking just a two-point lead into the main break.

But from the first bounce in the second half, it appeared as if the Tigers would not be stopped.

A six-goal to two term had the home side on the brink of a massive victory against a fellow finals contender.

All of Rochester's composure in front of goal went out the window in the final term, as the team kicked 2.5.

Perry Oliver kicked five in 2010 against Mansfield.

Mansfield almost swooped in to take the chocolates, but they left their run too late.

It would be safe to assume; goal kicking practice was on the agenda at Rochester training that week.

As the saying goes, forwards sell tickets and defence wins premierships.

But on this day, each sides back six had their weaknesses exposed as Perry Oliver and Elliot Bowen kicked five apiece for the Tigers, while former AFL footballer David Mensch led the way for the visitors with four.

The ever-reliable Sam Brennan was named best afield for the Tigers, while Brett Mahoney did his best to will his side across the line.

In 2010, Mansfields season ended in an elimination final loss against Shepparton United, while Rochy finished two points behind the Eagles to miss finals.

Lockington Bamawm United v Huntly

2013 Heathcote District League grand final at Elmore Recreation Reserve

LBU 15.13 (103) def. Huntly 6.9 (45)

LOCKINGTON Bamawm United were on cloud nine in 2013.

When the siren had sounded on the Heathcote District League premiership, the Cats had won back-to-back premierships.

Other clubs would have given almost anything to take one of those off their hands.

After losing just one game in the home and away season, an 11-point loss to Huntly in round three, the premiership was LBU’s to lose.

If you saw LBU run out that day, you just knew they wouldn’t be beaten from the look in the eye of each individual.

Although, the day could have turned into disaster had Huntly of kicked straight in the first term - LBU kicked 4.3 to 1.7.

Despite Huntly, improving their accuracy in front of goal with three straight majors, LBU still had control at half-time.

But the half-time siren marked the end of Huntly’s resistance and the floodgates opened.

LBU kicked nine goals to two in the second half and celebrations were well underway by the mid-way point of the final term.

The win also marked the end of Kahl Oliver’s first spell as coach with Ady Donht who took over in 2014 named best afield.