Former State League player Adam Flannery marked the occasion of his 100th game with Forth by using his experience to help turn the game against Spreyton, and put the Magpies in a near-unassailable position for the NWFA minor premiership.
After Spreyton’s competitive first quarter, Flannery was a driving force in the midfield and consistently brought team mates into the game as Forth surged to a 32.20 (212) to 5.8 (38) win, to retain their two-game advantage over Wesley Vale as the unbeaten ladder leader.
For the second week running Wesley Vale’s Tim Ivory was the bane of the opposition and was rewarded for his consistency of effort during four quarters by taking the honours in the Kangaroos’ 237-point defeat of East Ulverstone.
It was a costly defeat for the Crows.
They were edged out of the top five by Rosebery Toorak, who despite their 18-point defeat by Turners Beach, kept their percentage relatively intact for a narrow advantage on the premiership ladder.
Turners Beach, on the other hand, improved their chances of securing an elimination final berth, courtesy of match-winning roles by the Horton brothers, Heath and Brady, while Jeremy Jones’ three goals were invaluable in a tight contest.
Motton Preston made amends for two recent defeats by demolishing competition minnow West Ulverstone, 30.28 (208) to 1.2 (8), for their ninth win of the season.