Moots gather momentum at the top of the ladder

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CONTESTED BALL: Mundulla's James Hinge takes a leap for a mark against Kybybolite's Matt Bennett.

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CONTESTED BALL: Mundulla’s James Hinge takes a leap for a mark against Kybybolite’s Matt Bennett.

MUNDULLA 13.13 (91) d KYBYBOLITE 3.6 (24)

MUNDULLA remains a front-runner in the Limestone Coast Football League after another percentage-boosting win over Kybybolite when the Moots hit the road for round two of the competition.

Up against a familiar rival in perfect playing conditions, it did not take long for the guests to establish their dominance with a four-goal first quarter.

Kyby managed a single goal in every quarter, bar the fourth, while six behinds brought their total to 24 points by the final siren.

For Mundulla, it was a routine win and despite slight inaccuracies preventing the scoreline from blowing out in the second and third terms – where the Moots scored 2.5 and 2.4 respectively – a big fourth quarter ended proceedings on a high.

Holding Kyby to just three behinds, Mundulla piled on five goals and a minor score in the final stanza to end the game on its terms and claim a 67-point victory.

Nicholas Mosey, Jake McGrice and Harry Dowling rewarded their team with three goals each.

James Hinge was a dominant force for Mundulla in the opening half and finished his game with a goal to compliment his efforts around the ground, while Nicholas Gregurke, Leyton Hinge and Luke Wiese also scored single majors.

Despite the efforts in front of goal, Gregurke was the only one of those players to be named among the best for the day, with the top honours handed to Sam Luckett.

Kyby’s saving grace was the return of Goodwood Saints’ Billy Laurie.

The ‘local’ star put together a standout performance, which many believed to be worthy of the top honours for his team.

However, it was the work of Tom Cooper which were recognised on the day and he received the best-on-ground accolade.

It is believed Laurie will wear the Kyby playing strip for the remainder of the season due to the points system at Goodwood disallowing him a position in A Grade.

With two losses so far in 2020, it will be a must-win for Kybybolite this weekend if it is to remain in the running for finals in the short competition.

However, it will be a tough task for Kyby as they match up against Western Border’s South Gambier, after the Demons come off a hard-fought win over Mid South East reigning premier Kalangadoo.

Mundulla will host North Gambier in the match of the round, as the two reigning premiers battle for bragging rights in the inaugural LCFL.