Around the grounds: May 9

A standout performance from Cassidy Parish in Saturday’s AFL Victoria Young Guns Game at Avalon Airport Oval was among the highlights from the Werribee playing group in action away from the VFL across the weekend.

Parish was named among the best players for the “green” country side in its 27-point loss to the metro “black” team, which served as the curtain raiser for Werribee’s twilight clash with Collingwood.

Keegan Gray was also a solid contributor as Werribee’s other Young Guns representative in action for the country team.

Just a stone’s throw away, Nick Buykx turned out another impressive defensive effort for Werribee Districts as it scored a thrilling four-point victory over Western Region Football League rival Caroline Springs.

Elsewhere in the WRFL, Josh Mould turned out his best performance for the year as one of Wyndhamvale’s top performers in its 21-point loss to St Albans, while Nick Weightman was again Albion’s best in the Cats’ tough 129-point loss to Altona.

In the Geelong Football League, Bayley Cockerill’s Lara side provided the highlight of the round as it ended a 33-game losing streak with a shock 16-point win over St Albans, Cockerill kicking three goals in what proved to be a well-timed return.

Further down the Princes Highway, Jack Williams was joined by new Camperdown teammate Patrick Fairhead and continued his stellar form down back as the Magpies scraped home by four points against Hampden Football League rival Hamilton Kangaroos.

A further 12 Werribee players were in action across the local leagues over the weekend:

• Charlie Bance turned out a typically impressive performance for Maribyrnong Park in its 53-point win over Essendon District Football League rival Strathmore, while Jack Irvine kicked one goal for the Lions’ reserves in their 88-point win in their corresponding fixture.
• Back in the GFL, Charlie Francis was again among South Barwon’s best in its 25-point win over North Shore, Bevan Shelley’s Newton & Chilwell handed down a 100-point thumping to Geelong West Giants, and Brenton Rees and Ben McNamara’s St Joseph’s side notched a 44-point win over Keelin Betson’s Grovedale.
• In the Northern Football League, Brydan Hodgson’s Heidelberg prevailed by 20 points over Bundoora.
• Fabian Brancatisano did all he could up forward for Bendigo Football League side Castlemaine, kicking two of its three goals in a low-scoring 61-point loss to South Bendigo.
• Brady Sharp and Nathan Laracy had a tough day out in the Ovens & Murray Football League as their Myrtleford side went down to Albury by 121 points, though Sharp’s key defensive effort saw him named among the Alpine Saints’ best.
• Elsewhere in the O&M, Jade Cleeland was on the right side of a similar margin, kicking a goal among his ruck duties as Wangaratta handed down a 120-point belting to Corowa-Rutherglen.

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