Around the grounds: June 5

Werribee headed east to notch its breakthrough win over the Box Hill Hawks on Saturday, but it still had plenty of players impressing closer to home at the local level.

As Werribee Districts firmly reinforced its Wetsern Region Football League premiership credentials, maintaining its unbeaten start to the season with a 49-point win in its top-of-the-table clash with Altona, Nick Buykx reinforced his defensive credentials with another stellar performance across half back to play a key role in the Tigers success.

The story was a similar one – albeit with a different team result – for Nich Weightman, who again excelled down back for fellow WRFL side Albion despite the Cats falling 13 points short of Albion.

Elsewhere in the WRFL, Josh Mould produced his best performance yet for Wyndhamvale in its 53-point loss to Hoppers Crossing, kicking three of the Falcons’ eight goals after pushing forward late from the half-back flank, while Spiros Amarantidis kicked two goals in a standout performance for Deer Park in the Lions’ 140-point mauling of Caroline Springs.

Down the Princes Highway, Charlie Francis again pressed his case for a 23rd man call-up as the pick of Werribee’s players in action in the Geelong Football League, his South Barwon side registering a 61-point win over a Bell Park outfit featuring both Keegan Gray and Jack Brauman.

Max Augerinos provided the other major highlight from the GFL, his performance in St Mary’s reserves side’s 122-point win over Grovedale another big step along the comeback trail from his knee reconstruction and perhaps enough to put him in senior selection contention next week.

A further 14 Werribee players were in action in the local leagues across the weekend:

• Still in the GFL, Isaac Miller stepped up to the St Mary’s seniors as the Saints recorded a 69-point win over Cassidy Parish and Keelin Betson’s Grovedale side; Ben McNamara was solid for St Joseph’s as the Joeys scored a 17-point win over Colac; Bevan Shelley enjoyed a thumping 123-point win over St Albans in his return to the Newtown & Chilwell firsts; and Bayley Cockerill’s Lara side had to endure a 105-point thrashing at the hand of Leopold.
• In the Essendon District Football League, Charlie Bance was among the best for Maribyrnong Park in its 33-point loss to Aberfeldie; Jack Irvine lined up for the Lions’ reserves in their 38-point loss in the corresponding fixture; and Luke Hitch’s Keilor caused a boilover with a 38-point upset win over Greenvale.
• Brydan Hodgson made his return for Heidelberg, but he couldn’t prevent the Tigers from slipping to a 55-point loss in its Northern Football League derby with North Heidelberg.
• Backing up from last week’s best-on-ground effort, Harrison King produced another strong performance for Bacchus Marsh, booting three goals in the Cobras’ 106-point hiding of Ballarat in the Ballarat Football League.
• Fabian Brancatisano hit the scoreboard for a rare Castlemaine goal as the Magpies found themselves on the end of a 140-point drubbing at the hands of Bendigo Football League powerhouse Gisborne.
• Nathan Laracy’s Myrtleford suffered a 141-point belting at the hands of reigning Ovens & Murray Football League premiers Wangaratta, while Jade Cleeland was among the best for the Magpies’ reserves side in a similarly dominant 157-point victory in the corresponding fixture.

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