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May
2017

Kix 89.3FM Match of The Round Review

Leopold has avoided becoming the first ever reigning premier to start the following season with three straight losses, as they scrapped past Grovedale by seven points in the inaugural Let’s Kick Cancer Cup at Burdoo Reserve.

The win takes on even greater significance for the Lions, who were missing stars like former skipper Jai Thompson, the evergreen Jye Walker, defender Jye Cross, plus premiership duo Ben Carmichael and Jeremy Larcombe.

Be that as it may, Leopold burst out of the blocks, keeping Grovedale goalless in the first term while kicking three of their own.  The visitors extended the lead to 31 points at the main break, with Nick Bourke using his raking left foot to good effect along with Kevin Bourke and Matt Pitt, while Alex Moloney was causing problems for the Grovedale back six.

What followed was a complete turnaround, with Grovedale piling on seven goals in a pulsating third term. Jordan Erskine nabbed a couple in the quarter, and Adam Donohue, back in the side after missing last week against Lara due to injury, was shifted forward to great effect. Grovedale had all the play, and started to dominate the middle of the ground. Basketball product Lachie Headlam also fought well against the strong combination of Jack Berry and Trent West.

Grovedale’s slender 2-point lead was overhauled quickly in the final term however, Leopold showing thier class and fighting back. Brandon Howarth slotted two goals to finally break the shackles of Luke Ford, who blanketed the grand final hero for the majority of the day. Despite being wasteful and kicking 2.7 in the final stanza, they were able to hold off the Tigers in what was a gripping game of footy.

The win takes on even greater significance for the Lions, who were missing stars like former skipper Jai Thompson, the evergreen Jye Walker, defender Jye Cross, plus premiership duo Ben Carmichael and Jeremy Larcombe.

Kevin Bourke was voted the ‘Let’s Kick Cancer’ medal winner by the KixFM Commentary team for his consistent performance all day. Floating between half forward and then onto the ball, Bourke was strong when not all was going his side’s way and accumulated a lot of vital possessions. He was more often than not part of Leopold’s quick moving goal chains. The medal was presented by Geelong star Paddy Dangerfield. Bourke was supported ably by his captain Pitt, Nick Bourke and Trent Thompson- who was part of an engrossing battle between he and Jordan Erskine.

For the Tigers, Matt Boag and Dylan Witney stood out in the middle of the ground, the two strong bodies never wavering. Erskine finished with 4, while Luke Delaney was always a threat with two goals, although was well held by the ever dependable Jayden McHenry.

 

You can hear the GFL match of the round each Saturday on Kix 89.3FM, live from 2pm, with Milky Mahoney, Josh Conway, James Hickleton, Josh Barnes and Matt Kershaw.

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