K rock Football

Tigers end Towners’ run

Debutant Tobyn Murray (left) celebrates his first GFL senior goal with teammates Jesse Williamson and Adam Garner. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COLAC has overcome some horrible inaccuracy in front of goal to snatch a three-point win over Newtown & Chilwell at Elderslie Reserve.

Trailing by six points at three-quarter times, goals from debutant Toby Murray and co-coach Darcy Lang were enough for the Tigers to sneak home, 9.21 (75) to 11.6 (72).

Co-coach Rowan McSparron said the conditions throughout the afternoon had an impact.

“We probably had a few opportunities that we didn’t quite take advantage of late in the game,” he said.

“In saying that, Newtown had one going the other way, and they missed that.

“So, it was probably good fortune more than anything else that we were in front come the end of the game.

“We just about kicked ourselves out of it.”

As well as Murray, Colac unveiled Geelong Falcons star Will Parkhouse.

“Parkhouse made a couple of crucial plays deep in the last quarter across half-back,” McSparron said.

“And Murray kicked a nice goal when play was going against us into the wind.

“Both boys did really, really well.”

Newtown & Chilwell spearhead Lachie Bond came out of COVID-19 isolation in time for the match but was kept goalless.

“Jack Melican had him for most of the game, and he was a really good match up for Bond,” McSparron said.

“In those conditions, it was hard to read the flight of the ball.

“For a bloke who likes to fly at the footy and jump up and take the ball at its highest point, it gave ‘Mel’ an opportunity to get there and kill it.”

Frazer O’Gorman (hamstring tightness) was the only injury concern for the Tigers, who will host the winless St Albans in Round 6.

In other GFL games, St Mary’s ended a tough 24 hours following the death of under-18 co-coach David McGlynn with a 76-point hiding of Grovedale at Anthony Costa Oval.

Paddy Dowling and Harry Kol kicked three goals for the Saints, who extended their unbeaten run to GFL record-equalling 24 matches.

St Joseph’s 20-point win over Lara came at a high cost, with triple-premiership-winning defender Riley Kershaw suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than three years.

Jonty Broughton made a solid return to the senior team with three goals in South Barwon’s 70-point hiding of Bell Park at Hi Sushi Oval.

Leopold produced a stunning nine-goal final term to overcome North Shore by 54 points at Memorial Park. James Edmonds finished with five goals as the Lions jumped to sixth spot.

Geelong West overcame St Albans by 38 points in a scrappy affair at The Gordon TAFE Oval.

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