Three from three in the football on Saturday in wintry conditions at the Wendouree Reserve.
The under 19s got the day rolling with a come from behind win in the last quarter. Lake Wendouree took the challenge up to our boys and actually grabbed the lead at three quarter time. A strong last quarter saw North take the game by 23 points. Coach Tom Bourke-Finn was pleased with the win but believes there are still quite a few areas for improvement. Great to see boys like Dylan Graham, the two Fletchers (Loader and Toose) and big Isaac Pertzel putting their recent senior experience to good use and getting among the best.
The reserves are back!! After a narrow loss to Melton South the lads have now won back to back games against Ballarat and Lake Wendouree. In probably the worst conditions for the day the boys fought hard against a quality opponent in the Lakers who sit third on the ladder. Darcy McEldrew returned from Rebels duties to kick 4 majors. Bazz Holloway on the wing had a beauty and Mr Consistency Scott Howard dominated in the ruck once again. The boys will be a real chance to make it three in a row against Redan next Saturday as they tap into their new found source of belief.
The senior game was a dour struggle early with Lakers able to use their slow brand of footy to prevent North’s run and carry. The third quarter was the game breaker with North kicking 6 goals to 1 to put their stamp on the contest. Will Young starred up forward kicking 7 goals. Josh Chatfield was super down back taking intercept marks and spoiling the Lakers forwards. Cam McCallum dominated in the ruck giving our mids first use on many occasions. Redan await next week back at Mars Stadium with an opportunity for North to test themselves against a quality opponent and keep the dream of finals footy in 2019 alive.
North Ballarat 2.5 5.5 11.9 14.12 (96)
Lake Wendouree 0.0 3.1 4.2 7.4 (46)
North Ballarat Goals: W.Young 7, I.Johnson 3, A.Turley, S.Willian, H.Loader, M.Gilbert.
North Ballarat Best: W.Young, J.Chatfield, C.McCallum, H.Mulcahy, S.McCartin, A.Turley.
North Ballarat 2.1 3.3 5.4 7.4 (46)
Lake Wendouree 1.2 2.2 2.3 3.6 (24)
North Ballarat Goals: D.McEldrew 4, M.Goh, H.Murphy, J.Simpson.
North Ballarat Best: B.Holloway, S.Howard, A.Riches, H.Murphy, D.McEldrew, M.Willian.
North Ballarat 3.2 4.4 5.5 8.13 (61)
Lake Wendouree 1.1 3.1 6.1 6.2 (38)
North Ballarat Goals: C.Patterson 2, D.Graham 2, B.Haintz, F.Toose, Jarrod Curran, G.Simpson.
North Ballarat Best: D.Graham, C.Patterson, L.O’Keefe, F.Loader, F.Toose, I.Pertzel.