Round 4

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Upsets aplenty in the O&M thus far, none more so than a stunning 5 goal, 9 minute burst in the dying stages handing Wodonga the chocolates in a come from behind over Wang. Albury also slipped up against Lavi, while Yarra, Rovers & to the surprise of most, North remain undefeated.

Talking Points:

  • Wodonga vanquish their yips for 16.1 (97), the second most accurate game in O&M history. Albury pick them up with 4.15 (39) in their loss to Lavi

  • Tiger Elliot Powell ineligible to defend his Morris Medal after smacking Panther Charlie Sanson, copping a week with the early guilty

  • Yarra’s Leigh Williams quells questions around his fitness with 7 majors, sitting equal atop the Doug Strang with Rover, Alex Marklew

  • Tim Broomhead had the ball on a string with 50 touches in North's trouncing of Corowa

  • Former Roo Damien Wilson joins younger brother Cam down the river in a late bonus for the Pigeons

Footy returned to the Hume in style over the weekend, with the blockbuster at Jindera living up to the headline act, Osborne proving why they're one of the finest sporting organisations going around & some smack talk from a ruckman who counted his chickens too soon.

Talking Points:

  • The hype at the Kennel is real as Jindera hold out Holbrook. In a genuine arm wrestle where both teams premier forwards in Castles & Gestier went head to head with 5 goals, the Doggies escaped 6-point winners

  • Henty's Tyson Muller forced to eat his words, spraying Murray players after a mark on the goal line in the dying stages, then doing the same with his kick to lose the game

  • Osborne refuse to lie down, handing out a 10 goal+ lesson to Howlong with a new look team, but some old faces doing the damage in Izaac McDonnell, George Alexander & Ed O’Connell

  • The Power start strong with a convincing win against this years sliders, but enter a season defining month where they may well prove contenders or pretenders

  • Questions over prioritisation of the O&M's lower grades, after club umpires were required to officiate senior matches, also an issue in the O&K

A clear picture of the TDFL is still a ways off, but there's certainly some signalling of intentions by those looking to climb, others looking to stay in touch and simply not enough time past to evaluate the genuine contenders.

Talking Points:

  • Yack are struggling minus big men Nick Donaghey & Zach Leitch in their loss to Beechy. Both missing again this week against a resurgent Doggies, so young Ethan Roach will need to back up his 5 goals.

  • Thurgoona separate themselves as the ones to watch in their chase for a return to finals, only getting stronger with Adam Elias jumping ship from Barny after a season off

  • Chiltern continue their domination of fellow powerhouses KSC, going to 6-1 in their last 7 meetings

  • Tallangatta's James Breen & Kaine Parsons combine for 14 snags to lead the League's goalkickers. Hoppers also welcome a 40 year old debutante this week, Dane Swan

  • Mitta & Barny feast on percentage with 193 & 152 point wins over Wahgunyah & BMB respectively. The Lions & Bombers face off this week a the battle for the spoon.

With an average winning margin of 147 points, it was a tough week to be a defender as the gulf between the best and the rest is becoming more evident by the game.

Talking Points:

  • Gotta be stiff not to head the goalkicking with dual bags of 10 after R3, but Bright's Cooper Thomason finds himself 2nd to Greta's Frazer Judd, who jumps to the top having jagged a solid 15 snags

  • King Valley left reeling with a winless start, thumped to the tune of 111 points by Goorambat. Held goalless in the 2nd & 3rd while the Bats piled on 11, the Roos simply had no answers

  • Moyhu come crashing back to earth, managing just the solitary behind vs Bonnie Doon

  • The Bombers & Blues shaping as the first blockbuster between the teams separating from the pack in this week's showdown

The state's smallest league gets things back underway with a big grand final rematch, as the top 4 looks pretty much settled.

Talking Points:

  • Bullioh sweating on the release of contracted Culcairn defender Marcus Roberts before their season opener with reigning premier Cudgewa, but the Lions might yet push it to the tribunal

  • The scent of finishing off the career with a flag must be irresistible, as Cudgewa adds Brayden Carey & Shaun Wilhelm (Beechy), Grady Nigsch (North Albury) & Guy Telford (KSC) to an already near untouchable lineup

  • Tumbarumba & Corryong do battle at Tumba, hoping they can cause issues down the line