HFNL gallery and wrap: Kangaroos claim first win over Portland, Blues now 11-1

HAMILTON Kangaroos are celebrating their first win over arch rival Portland in the Hampden league after producing a 24-point upset at Melville Oval.

The Kangaroos jumped the Tigers and despite inaccurate kicking emerged with a 12.17 (89) to  9.11 (65) win.

It was the Kangaroos' first win against Portland in four matches since the pair joined the Hampden league after years of hostilities between sides from the two towns in the Western Border league.

Reigning premier Warrnambool gave third-placed North Warrnambool Eagles plenty to ponder after a six-goal win at Bushfield Recreation Reserve.

The Blues improved their win/loss record to 11-1 with their second win over the Eagles this season.

Key forwards Sam Cowling and Travis Graham dominated in the air in decisive performances. The Blues had eight individual goal kickers with Cowling finishing with three, small forward Kurt Lenehan and wingman Michael Threlfall two each.

The Eagles struggled to find winners up forward despite Jeremy Parkinson finishing with four goals. Blues defender Brad Bull one of the best on the ground after holding Eagles' leading goalscorer Mark Murphy to one goal.

The Eagles, which hung on to third after Portland's loss, have worries heading into a must-win match against Cobden next week with defender Xavier Mills sidelined for the second half with a groin injury.

Camperdown gave veteran Aaron Sinnott a perfect send off with a 31-point win against arch rival Cobden at Leura Oval.

Sinnott, who announced earlier this week he would retire after 263 matches and two premierships following the match, kicked a goal and was lively up forward in the 11.8 (74) to 5.13 (43) victory.

Terang Mortlake jumped into the five with a 39-point win over Port Fairy at Mortlake with defender Chris Baxter kicking three goals in a new role at centre half-forward.

Second-placed Koroit prevailed in its encounter against South Warrnambool, 10.13 (73) to 7.14 (56).


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