Reds' hot streak continues
FOOTBALL: Ballandean's ladies in red continue to rack up wins despite facing player problems throughout the season.
Ballandean have been unable to field a full 11 for most of the year, but it hasn't prevented them from going undefeated to date.
That hot streak continued on Saturday with a dominant performance against Carlton. Starting with 10, Ballandean were out the blocks early as they took a 1-nil advantage.
Lauren Coelli nabbed them a second and the scoreline would remain the same despite Carlton's best efforts.
Earlier in the day, the Fillies tie proved too be a high-scoring affair. Strong performances from Zali Lawer and Emily Carnell got Ballandean over the line in a 4-3 win.
The Bears Junior Colts side gave their fans something to cheer about on the day, claiming all three points in a solid showing.
Leading 3-nil at the break, the Bears were in control of the match. Sonny Fraguas and Bo Stewart performed well for the visiting team as they added a fourth in a 4-1 win.
The roles were reversed in Senior Colts as Ballandean enjoyed the bulk of possession for much of the game. It was another win for the undefeated Ballandean side with a brace to Nathan Fermor and additional goals to Beau Bannon and Byron Whitaker.
Carlton gave it their all throughout but couldn't prevent the 4-1 loss.
In the men's tie, Ballandean continue to sit hot on the heels of second place United, securing a much-needed 2-1 win.
Matt Lee and Brad Knight got on the scoresheet for the home side while Corey Jordan grabbed a late consolation for the Bears.
Over at C.F White and City played host to Tenterfield. City's Junior Colts outfit remain on top of the ladder after a 5-2 win over the Thunder.
It was equally as comfo- rtable in the Senior Colts game, with City holding a 4-nil advantage at half-time. The scoreline only stretched out further from there.
Goals from Bek Stibbard and Georgia Williams had City's Ladies firmly in control of their match-up.
The tables turned after the break with Allana Clancy and Alana Condrick pegging two goals back for the visitors.
In the dying minutes a good move from Maddi Clark saw the ball end up in the back of the net through Georgia Williams. A hard fought 3-2 win for the City girls.
The final game of the day saw City men face off against a 10-man Tenterfield side. There was only ever likely to be one outcome with Ed Filmer netting six times for the hosts in a comfortable win.
Across town and United and Inter Club faced off in five competitive grades.
Inter's Fillies continue to dominate, cruising to victory in blustery, cool conditions.
Both Junior Colts teams put on a good performance, but it was United who walked away victors in a 3-1 outcome.
United's Senior Colts continue to look sharp, as they ran out 5-2 winners. It was a positive performance for the mixed side, as they focus their attention on finals in weeks to come.
The Redbacks Ladies will be disappointed by their 2-1 loss, having looked the more likely to get the points for most of the game.
With things evenly matched at 1-all late on, Inter stepped up to the mark and upset the favoured United side.
Conditions were freezing by the time the Men's teams walked out on the paddock. The last time these two met, Inter started the better of the two, nicking an early goal.
This time fortune swung in United's favour, as they took a 1-nil advantage early on. It was a good half of football for United, who need to find some consistency in their performances with finals only weeks away.
They looked sharp throughout the first half, but were denied further goals with a stand-out perfor- mance from Jordan Willocks between the sticks for Inter.
Things fell into place in the second half and United took a 2-nil lead.
Inter clash with Ballandean this weekend with three points vital for both sides. United head to C.F White in the top of the table clash against City.