Doggies in box seat for finals

Sam Winnard

Sam Winnard

Daylesford is the front-runner to secure the last remaining finals position after beating Ballan on the weekend.

The Bulldogs climbed to eighth with the 22-point win on home soil and will finish eighth on the ladder baring a disaster in round 17.

Daylesford utility Emlyn Nettleton suffered concussion in the victory, which was set up by the efforts of ruckman Sam Winnard and winger Zac Tisdale.

Ballan named Sam Sher as its standout contributor.

DUNNSTOWN 8.12 (60) NEWLYN 2.4 (16)

Dunnstown extended its winning streak to seven matches by beating Newlyn on Saturday, but still look massive outsiders to reach the finals series.

The Towners beat the Cats by 44 points, and despite sitting just a game behind eighth-placed Daylesford – which they play in round 17 – a significant percentage differential makes things tough.

Sam Jenkins was named best for the Towners, while Dylan McLachlan shone for the Cats.

WAUBRA 14.11 (95) CLUNES 4.9 (33)

Waubra forward Tim Boyle has moved three goals clear at the top of the league goal-kicking chart after Saturday’s victory over Clunes.

Boyle returned to the team and kicked four majors in the 62-point success, taking his season tally to 53.

He leads Springbank’s Tom Eltringham (50 goals), but can’t add to his total due to a bye in the final round of the home and away season.

Boyle was one of the Roos’ best on Saturday alongside Tom Nash and Lincoln Barnes.

Waubra led the contest at every change and sits sixth on the ladder moving into the last round. However, the Roos can’t climb into the top four and secure a double chance in finals, with fifth-placed Gordon and fourth-placed Buninyong meeting in round 17.

Clunes was best served by the likes of Jesse Baird, Lachlan Wrigley and Ryan Thompson. Magpies next play Rokewood-Corindhap.

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