Weekly Wrap 22Weekly Wrap | Despite several leagues having a mid-year bye to coincide with the school holidays, there was still plenty of news from the weekend's round of country footy.

Unfortunately and not for the first time this season, we’ve had serious on field injuries that have required ambulances interrupt games of country footy. This week saw two such events. In the Ballarat FNL it was Darley FNC impacted when one of their players suffered a compound fracture of the ankle. Players were sent back to the changing rooms after the injury took place. Darley FNC did kick the first goal after a 40-minute delay however it was North Ballarat FNC who were too strong, running out 69 point winners.

In the North Gippsland FNL there was a long delay with only 2 minutes played in the 2nd quarter due to a serious injury to a Gormandale FNC player. After half time it was their opponent Cowwarr FNC who finished the match ahead, recording a 24 point win. This was also Cowwarr FNC’s first win for the 2022 season. Joining them as first time winners this weekend was Heathmere FNC in the South West District FNL who celebrated with a 100 point win over Westerns FNC. Over in the Central Highlands FNL it was Springbank FNC who suffered their first defeat for the season, going down by 20 points to Buninyong FNC.

Former Carlton and Kangaroo player Jarrod Waite made his debut for his original home club Benalla FNC in the Goulburn Valley FNL in their clash with Seymour FNC. Whilst the Saints didn’t get the win, Waite did what he could to help his team ending up with a 5 goal haul for the day. This week also saw former Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide player Jackson Trengove find a new home before the June 30 clearance deadline, signing on with fellow Goulburn Valley FNL club Mooroopna FNC. This comes after a short stint with the Southern Mallee Eagles in the Wimmera FNL that followed his decision to leave the coaching position at Barooga FNC in the Murray FNL.

It was another week where bad kicking cost some clubs a victory in close games. In the Mid Gippsland FNL, Boolarra FNC’s wayward kicking cost them a 1 point loss as they went down 8.11 59 to Yinnar FNC who managed 9.6 60. Whereas in the states North East in the Ovens & King FNL it was Tarrawingee FNC kicking 10.11 71 to only end up drawing with Milawa FNC who kicked a more accurate 11.5 71.

However the close games were overshadowed by the third highest score and winning margin being kicked for the season. In the Millewa FNL it was the struggling Meringur FNC again on the receiving end of the week's biggest results. Gol Gol FNC kicked a staggering 59.38 382 to Meringur FNC’s 4.1 25. Gol Gol FNC forward and coach Adam Thomson kicked the highest individual bag of goals for the season with 33. This haul is the 6th highest individual goal tally ever by a player in senior Victorian country football. This moves him to third overall on the list of goal kickers with 89, 1 behind Marong FNC’s Brandyn Grenfell who has 90 and is tied at the top with Bradley Congress from Bambill FNC, who incidentally had kicked the highest tally for the 2022 season last week with 24 goals also against Meringur FNC.

Weekly Wrap Week 152022