Saints win shootout

Myrtleford’s six-goal to one opening term helped set up an 18-point win over the Magpies.

A SHOCKING start didn’t help Wangaratta on Saturday, with Myrtleford’s six-goal to one opening term helping set up an 18-point win over the Magpies.

But it was the inability to contain Saints forward Kristian Height that most hurt the Magpies’ chances, with the former Hawthorn listed player and Box Hill Hawks captain booting eight goals to lead Myrtleford to an 18.12 (120) to 16.6 (102) victory.

The match played out in almost identical fashion to the last meeting between the two clubs, at the Norm Minns Oval in round four of this year, just with the opposite finish.

On that occasion, the Saints got out to a blistering start, booting six goals to two in the first stanza before the Magpies fought back to trail by just six points at the final break.

Wangaratta finished that match with six goals to three in the fourth quarter to win 18.12 (120) to 17.5 (107) – an eerily similar scoreline to Saturday’s contest.

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