Mildura Weekly : Friday September 9 Vol 10 No 44
sport 35 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU 424 San Mateo Avenue Mildura, Victoria, 3500 T (03) 5021 1777 F (03) 5021 1733 E email@example.com W www.milduraweekly.com.au Keep the production line running smoothly this season, with next day turnaround on custom made stamps. Heavy duty stamps ranging from 40x23mm to 60x40mm. Variety of colours available. Contact the team at the Weekly to have your custom stamp made today! HEAVY DUTY HEAVY DUTY HEAVY DUTY FOR THE FRESH FRUIT INDUSTRY FOR THE FRESH FRUIT INDUSTRY FOR THE FRESH FRUIT INDUSTRY SELF INKING STAMPS SELF INKING STAMPS SELF INKING STAMPS THREE was definitely a crowd on Wednesday night as the Sunraysia Football Netball League McLeod Medal resulted in a three- way tie for the first time in 37 years. Irymple’s Nathan Hamence, Merbein’s Ash Rowe and Wentworth’s Der- ek Smith shared the coveted award on 15 votes, ahead of Magpie Joe Cavallo (14) and Red Cliffs duo Andrew Lovett and Beau Riordan (13). One of the youngest McLeod Medalists in the history of the SFNL, Smith, 18, capped off a stellar sea- son by also being named the league’s Rookie of the Year. Still in shock when he spoke to the Mildura Weekly yesterday, the excit- ing youngster said he was honoured sharing the award with two of the best foot- ballers in the region. “It feels really good to be named alongside the top players of Sunraysia,” Derek said. “Those two are great players, so it’s good to win the award with them.” Hoping to get drafted to an AFL club at the end of the year, the prodigious talent said he wouldn’t have been able to win a league medal without the support of his family, coaches and team- mates. Returning to Merbein after a number of seasons playing in Adelaide, Rowe played a leading hand in the Magpies’ surge up the lad- der. Despite heading into Wednesday’s count as a red- hot favourite, the tough, in- and-under midfielder said he wasn’t expecting to win. “It’s nice to win with a couple of other blokes, be- cause it takes the limelight off me, which is good,” Ash said. “I didn’t expect to win, I thought I’d poll well in a few games, but it was a low scoring, tight count in the end.” Having also won the Magpies’ best and fairest, Ash said he enjoyed his first season back at Kenny Park. “There’s not many boys left compared to when I used to play, but the club has been great and I love playing footy at Merbein,” he said. A former captain at Irym- ple, Hamence’s McLeod win was made even more special considering he missed the last three games with a knee injury. “It got tense towards the end and I thought I might get overtaken because I did miss those three games,” Nathan said. “With two rounds to go I was equal with Ash Rowe, but I man- aged to hold on.” A popular member at Henshilwood Oval, the pro- lific ball-winner said he was honoured to have claimed his first McLeod Medal. Trio claim McLeod Medal • TERRIFIC TRIO: Merbein’s Ash Rowe, TOP LEFT, Irymple’s Nathan Hamence, LEFT, and Wentworth’s Derek Smith, ABOVE, shared the SFNL’s McLeod Medal on Wednesday night. It was the first time in 37 years the medal has resulted in a three-way tie. Photos : GLENN MILNE Swallows and Kangas clash in do-or-die final By ADAM LUITJES THERE is sure to be no inch giv- en tomorrow when Irymple and Ouyen United go head-to-head in tomorrow’s do-or-die Senior pre- liminary final clash at City Oval. Licking the wounds after last Saturday’s 43-point semi-final loss to Mildura, Irymple are sure to be fired up for tomorrow’s clash, while the Kangas will be hoping to secure a grand final birth in their inaugural SFNL sea- son. Despite losing powerhouse forward Jason Eagle (ACL) and star ball-winner Nick Mee (arm) last week, Swallows’ co-coach Brad Eaton is confident his side has the depth to cover the losses. “Structurally it shouldn’t im- pact us too much,” Brad said. “We have played six or seven games without Jason and it makes us more unpredictable. “We will miss Nick’s carry and run, but he has been carrying a hamstring injury over the last month. “We will have to re-jig our line- up, but we will have a McLeod Medalist (Nathan Hamence) come back in which should off- set the losses a little bit.” Eaton said the Swallows will need to increase their work-rate if they are going to overcome the Kangas. “We have played against Ouyen United a few times and we know how they play,” he said. “They have some quality forwards and rugged defenders who battle hard. “The game is going to be won between the 50s, and we are look- ing to our experienced ruckman to give us first use.” Securing a ticket to the prelim- inary final after beating Merbein a fortnight ago, Ouyen United pres- ident, Jarrod Munro, is expecting the Kangas to be at full strength tomorrow. “It’s always good to have a week off to freshen up and get over niggling injuries,” he said. “The week off has given us the op- portunity to make sure we had a full list to choose from.” Joining the SFNL following the disbandment of the Mallee Foot- ball League last year, Jarrod said making the preliminary final “has exceeded expectations.” “The whole community is ec- static about we have achieved,” he said. “It’s really exceeded our expec- tations, all we wanted to do at the start of the year was put a team on the park that was competitive.” Meanwhile, a one-way ticket to the 2016 Millewa Football League grand final awaits the winner of tomorrow’s second semi-final be- tween the Bambill Saints and the Gol Gol Hawks. Set to meet at the Alcheringa Sporting Complex, the undefeated Saints are chasing a place in the history books, and if successful in tomorrow’s clash will progress through to their fourth consecu- tive grand final, and a shot at a premiership three-peat. Gol Gol has not played in a grand final since 2012, and will be similarly keen to earn a week off, and a guaranteed shot at their first flag since 2010. While the winner of tomor- row’s game will earn a week off and a grand final berth, the loser will have to come up against Nan- giloc in a do-or-die preliminary final next week.
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