Burras beat Bombers

Hayden Davis. (Ljubica Vrankovic)

Tara Murray

Diggers Rest sent a reminder to the rest of the Riddell District Football League, ending Riddell’s unbeaten start to the season.

The two powerhouses fought it out in the hard slog all day on Saturday, with scoring hard to come by.

Having had the last two weeks off, the Burras were able to use their fresh legs to come home strong and win, 8.6 (54)-6.10 (46).

Burras co-coach Jamie Lobb was pretty happy to come away with the points.

“It was really good,” he said. “We haven’t played our best footy yet and had two weeks off to set ourselves up for this game.

“It was a weird game with how low scoring it was. It was highly contested and the ball was moving around quickly but there was a lack of scoring.”

Lobb said the amount of pressure there was around the ball, contributed to both sides struggling to hit the scoreboard.

In the end, he said their ability to run out quarters was the difference.

“Towards the end of each quarter we thought we’d be able to get them at the back end of the third and fourth quarter,” he said.

“We were able to kick a couple of goals late in the last quarter and played some smart footy.”

Mitchell Day and Brodie Meyers kicked two goals each for the Burras.

Lobb said ruck Hayden Davis was their standout.

“It was his best game for the club,” he said. “He played one out against Josh Grabham.

“Hopefully it’ll give him a bit of confidence and boost that he can play senior footy.”

For the Bombers, Dean Galea was the only multiple goalkicker, kicking two goals.

Jesse Horton and Ben Sonogan were named their best.

The Bombers remain on top of the ladder ahead of the Burras and Romsey, but have played one extra game than both those sides.

Lobb said they have a good platform to set up their season.

“It wasn’t our best footy,” he said. “It was a good competitive game and we kept in the game when it wasn’t going away.”

The Burras face Kyneton this Saturday, before another weekend off due to the King’s Birthday bye.

It’s the first time the Burras have faced Kyneton.

“The boys are looking forward to it,” Lobb said. “It’s nice old ground and has a nice grandstand.”

Kyneton enter the match on the back of a strong win against the Melton Centrals.

The Tigers claimed the points, 10.13 (73)-4.6 (30).

Ethan Foreman kicked four goals for the Tigers, while Caleb Fisher and Ethan Turner were named their best.

Josh Smith in his debut for the club having crossed from Greenvale also put out a strong performance.

The win was the Tigers third of the season.

Romsey won its fifth game of the season with a thrilling win against Woodend-Hesket.

Scores were locked at three quarter time, with the Redbacks kicking the only goal of the final quarter to win, 9.10 (64)-8.9 (57).

Justin Waldron was named the Redbacks best and Daniel Toman the Hawks best.

In the other match, Macedon beat Lancefield, 15.5 (95)-7.5 (47).