BFL: Lake Wendouree cemented top two, Melton still in finals contention

Former North Ballarat Roosters teammates Orren Stephenson (Redan) and Nick Peters (Lake Wendouree) have a moment, while Lakers ruckman Arthur Armstrong and Lions forward Damien Horbury keep a close eye on proceedings. Picture: Lachlan Bence
Former North Ballarat Roosters teammates Orren Stephenson (Redan) and Nick Peters (Lake Wendouree) have a moment, while Lakers ruckman Arthur Armstrong and Lions forward Damien Horbury keep a close eye on proceedings. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Lake Wendouree finished over the top of Redan to secure a top two finish in a bruising affair in the Ballarat Football League on Saturday.

Lakers dominated the last quarter – kicking five goals to one – to salute 15.19 (109) to 13.13 (91).

Nathan Pring was the match-winner.

He produced a mercurial performance – weaving his magic in attack.

Redan had no answer to his pace and elusiveness as he kicked two goals and provided several assists for spearhead Lucas Anderson, who bagged five majors.

While the final margin was comfortable, Lakers only found time to relax at game’s end.

In a role reversal, the third term had belonged to Redan after a break even opening half.

The Lions put the pressure fairly and squarely on Lake Wendouree with five of the last six goals in that stanza.

Lachlan McLean, up from the under-18.5s, kicked four goals in his senior debut for Redan.

MEANWHILE, Melton stayed in finals contention with a come-from-behind eight-point win over East Point at the Eastern Oval.

Final scores: Melton  13.8 (86) d East Point 11.12 (78)

The Kangaroos had an opportunity to stay a game clear in sixth position and end Melton’s finals hopes.

They led by 13 points at half-time, but had no answer to the Bloods in the second half as the menacing Braedan Kight kicked a match-winning eight goals.

Melton has beaten East Point twice this year – results which have had a massive say in the teams’ fortunes.

The defeat has cost East Point its place in the top six, which now belongs to North Ballarat City, which had a bye.

It has been an incredible change in fortune for City, which after nine rounds had just one win after seven consecutive defeats.

North Ballarat, East Point, Melton South, which also had a bye, and Melton are all on 28 points with two rounds to play.

It sets up a massive round 17, with East Point at home to North Ballarat City, and Melton playing Melton South at MacPherson Park.

DARLEY reclaimed third position from Redan on percentage after getting back into winning form against Sunbury  13.6 (84) to 9.8 (62).

BALLARAT ended a long run of outs and stayed off the bottom by beating Sebastopol 16.18 (114) to 8.17  (65) in game when each wasted opportunities.

Nick O’Farrell kicked seven goals for the Swans.

LADDER

Bacchus Marsh 159.43 58

Lake Wendouree 149.11 56

Darley 139.27 48

Redan 130.46 48

Sunbury 116.05 36

North Ballarat City 94.02 28

East Point 91.21 28

Melton South  82.89 28

Melton 80.49 28

Ballarat 74.22 18

Sebastopol 49.15 12

Ballarat 2.6, 6.9, 9.15, 16.18 (114)

Sebastopol 0.1, 3.8, 6.11, 8.17 (65)

DETAILS

Ballarat 2.6, 6.9, 9.15, 16.18 (114)

Sebastopol 0.1, 3.8, 6.11, 8.17 (65)

GOALS - Ballarat: Nicholas O'Farrell 7, Jack Blackburn 3, Daniel Kennedy 3, Ged Shearer 1, Shane Hutchinson 1, Marcus Powling 1.  Sebastopol: Geoffrey Lovett 3, Ben McLeod 2, Daniel Widgery 1, Toby Hutt 1, Lochie Huppatz 1

BEST - Ballarat: Daniel Kennedy, William Garner, Scott Wood, Nicholas O'Farrell, Marcus Powling, Jesse Marshall. Sebastopol: Jai Harvey, Daniel Widgery, Lochie Huppatz, Ben McLeod, Geoffrey Lovett, Tom Petersen

Darley 1.2, 5.5, 8.5, 13.6 (84)

Sunbury 2.2, 2.4, 4.7, 9.8 (62)

GOALS - Darley: Dane Grenfell 4, Nicholas Thacker 2, Tom Evans 2, Leigh Spiteri 1, Jake Ancrum 1, Mark Hanson 1, Cooper Pepi 1, Harley Inglis 1. Sunbury: Jack Hannett 2, Jesse Flannery 2, Alec Goodson 1, Timothy Hill 1, Trent Stead 1, William Healy 1, Tristan Lenaz 1, David Kovacevic 1

BEST - Darley: Tom Evans, Dane Grenfell, Jackson Carrick, Nicholas Thacker, Mark Hanson, Cooper Pepi. Sunbury: Tom Donoghue, Timothy Hill, William Healy, David Kovacevic, Michael Edwards, Patrick MacDonough

Melton 5.2, 7.4, 11.4, 13.8 (86)

East Point 5.0, 9.5, 10.5, 11.12 (78)

GOALS - Melton: Braedan Kight 8, Ryan Carter 2, Jake Gleeson 1, Connor Griffiths 1, Mark Maric 1. East Point: Rhys Monument 3, Mitchell Walsh 3, Daniel Tung 2, Bryson McDougall 2, Billy Watkins 1

BEST - Melton: Connor Griffiths, Braedan Kight, Daniel Walker, Ryan Carter, Jack Walker, Jake Gleeson. East Point: Paul Koderenko, Daniel Tung, Hasker Dawborn, Daniel Semmens, Ryan Walsh, Jordan Taylor

Lake Wendouree 0.3, 7.11, 10.15, 15.19 (109)

Redan 4.7, 7.10, 12.12, 13.13 (91)

GOALS - Lake Wendouree: Lucas Anderson 5, Tom Nijam 3, Nathan Pring 2, Stephen Clifton 1, Ben Taylor 1, Jordan Alexander 1, Tim Malone 1, Sean Willmott 1. Redan - Lachlan McLean 4, Nathan Horbury 2, Damien Horbury 2, Mitchell Phelps 1, Ryan Waight 1, Tom Lamb 1, Nicholas Willox 1, Benjamin Smyth 1

BEST - Lake Wendouree: Nathan Pring, Nicholas Peters, Jordan Alexander, Stephen Clifton, Ashley Simpson, Angus Kirby. Redan: Keenan Waterbury, Nathan Horbury, Grant Bell, Jack Jess, Mitchell Phelps

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