Daylesford claims important victory over Learmonth

The Bulldogs proved too good for the Lakies and kicked away late in the match to record a 28-point victory.

Needed victory: Daylesford's Zac Tisdale was named among the best in his side's critical win against Learmonth, keeping the Bulldogs in touch with the top eight.

Needed victory: Daylesford's Zac Tisdale was named among the best in his side's critical win against Learmonth, keeping the Bulldogs in touch with the top eight.

Lakies player Matt Jackson was placed on report and subsequently accepted a one-match set penalty for rough conduct against Daylesford forward Jack Nulty. Bulldogs coach Marcus Goonan said Nulty was left unconscious after the incident.

Luke Carland kicked four goals to be named best for the winners ahead of Zac Tisdale.

Learmonth, which has slipped to sixth on the ladder, was best served by midfielders Brenton Powell and Kyle Mackay.

Creswick 7.10 (52) Ballan 7.10 (52)

Creswick and Ballan played out the first draw since 2015 in a low-scoring battle on Saturday.

The two teams couldn’t be separated after four quarters of football at Creswick’s Doug Lindsay Reserve, with the Blues fighting back from a half time deficit to lead by 12 points at the final change.

Darrien Mann

Darrien Mann

The Wickers regained the lead in the fourth term before Ballan’s Darren Tanti kicked the last goal of the day to tie the scores shortly before the final siren.

Wickers player Darrien Mann was reported and accepted a two-week suspension for intentionally striking opponent Sam Sher.

Blues coach Jason McNamara said wingers Jake Wilkie and Bradie Thomas and Tanti were his side’s best, while the Wickers were led by Hepworth brothers Liam and Caleb.

Gordon 31.15 (201) Clunes 8.6 (54)

Gordon continued to breeze through an easy stretch in its season with a huge victory against Clunes.

The Eagles never gave the Magpies a sniff of success on Saturday afternoon, kicking big scores in every quarter on their way to a 147-point triumph.

Ash Munari maintained his exceptional run of form in attack with a seven-goal performance, while Chris McGuigan returned to the Gordon team with five majors.

Khyal Thompson, Jesse Baird and Paul Coon were named the best for the home side.

Spring 16.14 (110) Newlyn 6.4 (40)

Springbank had little trouble bouncing back to winning ways on Saturday at Newlyn.  The Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season in round nine, but brushed aside the Cats to claim victory by 70 points.

Springbank coach Michael Searl kicked a game-high three goals and rated winger Tyler George as the clear standout player on the day.