Determined to prove to the 11 unfamiliar Division One teams that they were no slouches, North Ringwood pulled out a memorable victory to send Blackburn home winless after the first two rounds of season 2015.
Yet the final scoreline of 9.13.67 to 6.13.49 belied what went on for 95 percent of the game. The seesawing first quarter, which saw just four goals, was a scrap of a game, with ball handling errors and relentless pressure from the Panthers and Saints. Sam Banfield opened the Blackburn account, and it only took an additional two minutes before Nick Murphy’s booming left foot slotted one through for North Ringwood. Continue reading EFL: North Ringwood go two from two at the Panther Pit→
Finals footy brings out the physicality, and at the spacious Jubilee Park on Sunday, Balwyn and Blackburn brought just that; tough, possession footy interspersed with plenty of fire.
Balwyn’s eventual 11.8.74 to 7.10.52 victory was one of true fight, having been completely stunned by the Burners early aggression and bone-crunching tackles. Heath O’Farrell and Jake Hammond hammered home three goals before the Tigers even had a look in, but with it came same heated exchanges and push-and-shove tactics from both sides. Continue reading EFL: Tigers roar into semis after gallant fightback→
In what turned out to be an exciting contest between two high quality teams, Rowville penetrated Blackburn’s defence when it mattered to secure a 9.14 (68) to 10.20 (80) win over the Panthers at Morton Park.