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Mingenew pull off upset of the season in Magpie mauling as Bombers star celebrates 200 with big win

Jake Santa MariaMidwest Times
Mingenew pulled off a stunning upset over Coorow Latham
Camera IconMingenew pulled off a stunning upset over Coorow Latham Credit: Facebook

For the second week in a row, the team at the top of the ladder of the North Midlands Football League was stunned as Mingenew kept their faint finals hopes alive.

After Three Springs went down to Carnamah last weekend it looked as if Coorow Latham were the favourites to claim the minor premiership.

But the Bulldogs didn’t seem to care about form as they stunned the Magpies in a 9.10 (64) to 4.10 (34) boilover.

Mingenew came into the clash on Saturday fifth on the ladder with just two wins, both coming against bottom-placed Dongara.

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Add in the fact they were playing away where they lost by 94 points last time and the Bulldogs were rank outsiders on any metric.

But Brayden Hoskins’ three goals and a lion-hearted effort from captain Nicholas Sgambelluri who also had two of his own led them to the win.

The Magpies didn’t help themselves as they missed several opportunities but they could not blame the loss solely on inaccuracy.

They were beaten up across the park and Bulldogs earned the win as they keep their razor-thin finals hopes alive for another week.

The Magpies’ loss was Three Springs’ gain as they reclaimed top spot on the ladder with a massive 31.19 (205) to 4.2 (26) win over Dongara.

After suffering just their second loss last week the Bombers wasted no time getting back to the form they’ve displayed for most of the season.

They had six goals in the first quarter before producing a monstrous second quarter, kicking 10 goals to pass 100 points before half-time.

The Eagles kicked just one goal to 15 in the second half as the Bombers kicked the highest score for the season so far.

Kayne Councillor and Kamlah Papertalk led the way with seven goals each while Gus Heberle got a bag of five.

In his 200th game, Ashley Bone got two of his own and was carried off the ground as his team regained the initiative in the race for the minor premiership.

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