GRAB: Southern Mallee Giant Leigh Stewart leans back to take a mark during Saturday’s thrilling six-point triumph against Woomelang-Lascelles. Picture: GEORGIA HALLAMThe Southern Mallee Giants escaped narrowly on Saturday to move eightpoints clear insecondon the Mallee Football LeagueLadder.
The Giants were able to grind out the six-point winin a see-sawing affair against a determined Woomelang-Lascelles.
The Cats dominated possession in the firstquarter, with fivemore scoring shots, but held just a 10-point lead at the first change.
Trent Donnan set the tone,winningnumerous clearances, whileDevinMcFarlane wasdangerous up forward.
The second quarter proved a tighter tussle,but the Giants continued to struggle untilTyler Lehmannprovided aspark.
Kain Robins and Brock Orval each kicked threesecond-half goals andthe Giants’forward line looked dangerous.
The Giants had not led all day until they kicked the first twogoals of the last quarterto go 10 points ahead.
However the Cats weren’t done with yet, and hit back with twoof their own, butit was the Giants who were able to finish the game stronger.
There was an upset on the cards in the second game of the round when anindomitable Ouyen United took onSea Lake-NandalyTigers.
The Demons are fighting to cement their place in the top four, and they had turnedup with the mentality of causing an upset.
However -as they have done on a fewoccasions this year -the Tigers rallied in the second half to win by 9 points.
Dean Jardine and BradSummerhayes were influential to the Demons as they kicked away early on
The Tigersclawed their way back to trail by just 16 points at the main break.
Cliff Ryan was lifting and Luke Martin was giving Brad Vallance nothing.
The Tigers continued to build and eventually took the lead in thethird.
Jordan Doering kicked three of his four goals, and Jason Collins andBernard Rigby showed poise with the football to bring the game back onto eventerms.
Ouyen United kicked the first of the final termbut the Tigers soon took the lead.
Neither team was able to kickaway and put the game out of the others’ hands.
Cliff Ryan was the steadyinginfluence, with his fourth goal of the matchproving the eventual match-winner for the Tigers.
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