Third quarter decisive for Cats

By Lauren Bordin

A bumper edition of football greeted fans at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Prior to the Cats facing Shepparton United in Goulburn Valley League action, Mooroopna Blue took to John Gray Oval.

The home team defeated Shepparton United Red 11.6 (72) to 7.6 (48), with Ashton Sloper tearing up the park with three goals for the winners.

The contest remained tight until a five-goal-to-none third term put the game firmly in Mooroopna’s grasp.

Bailey Gooiker and Kydan Atkinson each kicked two goals, while teammates Jack Morcom and Jordan Breen also influenced the game in the Cats’ favour.

Kale Gibson put through two majors as United’s best, with Isaac Barry also putting in the hard yards.

●Mooroopna White players followed up their clubmates’ win with a dominant performance against Shepparton Notre Marron.

Riley Moon slotted through goals from everywhere to finish with a haul of seven, while Cole Freeman and Ben Pele also combined well in the forward 50 for three majors each.

The 117-point win was set up through Julius Bonadiesi, Kobie Issell and Ben Butts, while Aidan Librio and Alex Down stood up for the Bears.

●Shepparton United Blue hammered home 4.5 in the opening term of its match against Shepparton Notre Gold while keeping the Bears goalless.

There was no coming back from this for Shepparton Notre, with Demons Kyle Montgomery, Jordan Wiggins and Ryan Sandlant difficult to stop.

Tanner Madigan, Wyatt Scott and Lachlan Howard ensured Gold lifted its performance from the second quarter onwards.

● Echuca Green clinched a low-scoring battle against Echuca Bombers, taking four points in the derby 7.10 (52) to 4.9 (33).

Although the Bombers came home with a vengeance at Victoria Park, they were unable to catch their opponent that already had a 29-point lead at three-quarter-time.

Harry Wetton’s three goals for Green earned him best afield honours, closely followed by Corbin Anderson, Hugh Byrne and Sam Lowndes.

Bailey Coutts, Anthony Huismann and Elijah Turner were the Bombers’ better performers.

●Shepparton Swans White had a similarly strong start, keeping Shepparton Swans Red scoreless in the first term. White restricted Red to just two goals for the game, which came via Lachlan Pearse and Taije Fitzsimmons.

But White’s combination of Lucas Rachele, Manny Laulu, Austin McNair and Noah Smith (three goals) proved too formidable in the 37-point win.

● Tatura led at half-time, but could not topple Echuca Murray Bombers.

Jaidyn Bathman and Jai Bailey were the Bulldogs’ multiple goal-kickers with two each, but the Murray Bombers went one better with Tighe O’Brien and Jace Tonkin slotting through three apiece to seal a three-goal triumph.