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Friday, 24 May, 2019,21:33

Lakers lead ladder undefeated


Kinglake – who had the bye this week – remains one of five undefeated teams across all three divisions of AFL Outer East.

Murrindindi’s other senior football teams – Thornton-Eildon and Yea are yet to win a game whilst Alexandra has only one win after being defeated by 77 points by Gembrook-Cockatoo.

Woori Yallock, Pakenham, Monbulk and Yarra Glen are also yet to be defeated.

Gembrook-Cockatoo got their season started with a win over Alexandra, Yarra Junction defeated Yea by over 100 and Thornton Eildon fell just short of Powelltown, despite drawing level in the last quarter as they continue to chase their first win in over a year

Yarra Glen kept their undefeated Pride Cup streak alive with an impressive 11 point win over Seville on Sunday.

The River Pigs’ Austin Smith was awarded best on ground whilst Nathan O’Keefe kicked four majors for Seville on Sunday.

Seville looked the better side early but the intensity around the football along with some great tackling pressure and physicality from the River Pigs saw them grab their second win for the season. 

Seville weren’t helped by Justin Meyers going down with a suspected calf injury during the first quarter or the shut out completed by Yarra Glen coach Leigh Thomson on Patrick Ratray.

Ratray has kicked 12 goals in the first two rounds of the season but had little effect on the game kicking just one goal in the first quarter. For all of his ability in the air, Ratray is reliant on delivery from the midfield.

Once the ball hit the ground Thomson and the Yarra Glen defenders were able to win nearly all of their battles with Ratray.

He and Nathan O’Keefe will tear some sides apart through this season, and with the speed of Cory Glass and Dylan Broadway there is plenty to like about the Blues.

For Yarra Glen the midfield brigade of Hurley, Ashton, Telford and Gardner were impressive combining well with the outside run of Binion and Pride Medal winner Austin Smith.

Down forward Richard Gurney kicked four and took the most of his opportunities, whilst Will Goodwin and Jiemba Smith provided the River Pigs a couple of focal points.

New recruit Tim Ekers also worked his way into the game well, kicking one goal and demanding some attention from the Seville defenders.


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