Warragul Industrials 20.18.136
Dalyston 7.3.45

The Warragul Industrials took yet another big step in consolidating their spot inside the top six this week as they totally dismantled a dismal Dalyston.

With finals now on the horizon for the club, the match felt almost akin to a victory lap as they went wild from the first bounce. They kicked six goals to one in the first quarter to build a strong early lead before building upon it with each successive term, eventually winning 20.18 (138) to 7.3 (45).

Mason McGarrity and Travis Ogdenboth booted four goals each, while Kane Oldham, Michael Debenham and Shane Brewster were clearly having fun as the Dusties ran circles around the Magpies.

Mason Storr was the only multiple goalkicker for the visitors with three to be one of just a few winners across the ground for Dalyston.

The Magpies, who were surprisingly solid the last time these teams met earlier this year, were simply overwhelmed this time around. The Dusties had clearly learned since they were given a scare in that game, and were much more disciplined in their defensive efforts in the rematch.

With just four games left in the home and away season, the Dusties are three wins clear inside the top six. With three of their remaining matches against fellow top six sides, they can’t be taking anything for granted.

A match next week against fourth-placed Nar Nar Goon looms as a real barometer for both teams.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Nicholas Duck

Cora Lynn 15.17.107
Kilcunda Bass 6.4.40

Cora Lynn has bounced back well from last week’s heavy loss to Phillip Island to score a 67-point win over Kilcunda-Bass.

The Cobras opened the turbo-chargers in

the second term, kicking 5.8 to 0.0 with the wind to push the Panthers’ challenge to one side.

The Cobras lead up to finals will increase in difficulty as the weeks roll on, with Garfield, Dalyston, Kooweerup and Warragul Industrials over the next month of footy.

Nathan Gardiner was rock-solid for the Cobras, booting four, while three to Gus Da Costa, and two to Cory Machaya, proved too much for the Panthers to handle.

Big Billy Thomas was also terrific in the ruck, with Chris Johnson and Jaxon Briggs excelling through the midfield.

Nathan Foote and Dale Gawley continued their absolutely outstanding seasons for the Panthers.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Garfield 7.5.47
Koo Wee Rup 18.15.123

The standout individual performance of the round came courtesy of Kooweerup full forward Jason Wells who booted nine goals in the Demons 18.15.123 to 7.5.47 victory over Garfield at Beswick Street.

Wells now leads the competition with 55 goals for the season with Saturday’s fullish bag following four previous hauls of six and two bags of five.

The Demons were consistent across the four quarters, which will please coach Rhys Nisbet as he looks to finish off the season with some real momentum.

The Demons should make it three-on-the trot against Korumburra-Bena this week, before a challenging run home that consists of Warragul Industrials, Cora Lynn and Tooradin Dalmore.

The Demons are good enough to challenge the Dusties and Cobras on their day…and should be eyeing off one of those two as a big prize coming home.

Luke McMaster added three goals for the Demons, while big-bodied mid Cosi Anagnostou relished the tricky conditions.

Jahmain Harrison booted two for the Stars, who had Zac Soutar once again in great touch around the ground.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Korumburra Bena 2.11.23
Bunyip 15.14.104

Bunyip’s expected rollercoaster finish to the home-and-away season has kicked off in style with the Bulldogs banking an 81-point victory over Korumburra-Bena.

The Bulldogs will struggle against Tooradin and Phillip Island, but should bank wins against Kilcunda-Bass and Dalyston to finish the season on eight wins.

Expectations were high at Bunyip leading in, but considering where they’ve come from…eight wins is a definite pass mark.

Matt Ross stole the show, slotting four majors for the Doggies, while low-to-the-ground players like Dylan Quirk and Chris Thuring enjoyed the tough conditions for marking.

Matt Lello enjoyed his foray forward, booting two goals for the Giants.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Inverloch-Kongwak 5.8.38
Tooradin Dalmore 10.10.70

Tooradin-Dalmore banked something far more important than four premiership points with its commanding 32-point victory over Inverloch-Kongwak at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Seagulls not only extended their undefeated winning streak to 14, but deposited serious doubt into the mind of one of their biggest challengers for this year’s crown.

Inverloch will be justifiably proud of keeping the Seagulls to their lowest score of the season, but the Sea Eagles did so at the expense of their own attacking flare moving forward.

Blustery conditions certainly made scoring difficult, but the Sea Eagles looked bereft of ideas as they succumbed, 10.10.70 to 5.8.38, to this year’s premiership favourites.

It was also Inverloch’s lowest score for the season, easily eclipsing the 52 points it scored against the Seagulls in a 37-point round-seven defeat.

A strong breeze swept across the ground on the weekend, blowing from the outer wing to the netball-court forward pocket.

Tooradin had the better of the first 15 minutes of play, and if not for some great defensive work from the likes of Hayden Lindsay, who had the job on Stewie Scanlon, and Tom Hams, the home side could have been in some serious early trouble.

The Seagulls set up expertly behind the football, with Brad Lenders, Jordy Kelly, Luke McKenna, Adam Galea, Lewis Hill and Adam Oxley making forward thrusts a rare commodity for the home side.

Egan, Scanlon and Macaffer shared the load for the Seagulls, kicking two each, while the aerial strength of Julian Suarez, the brute force of Wright, and the running capacity of Trezise, Hill and Johnny Duff, caused the home side some headaches throughout the course of the afternoon.

Inverloch never looked like winning, but somehow found a way to stay in the contest… and that was its biggest positive.

They weren’t blown away, and the genius of Ben Soumilas will no doubt be dissecting each moment and coming up with a plan to nullify…no challenge…the Gulls the next time they meet in finals.

Mahoney finished with two for the Eagles, while the efforts of Rankin, Mackie, Hams and Thomas Wyatt were admirable.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Phillip Island 9.13.67
Nar Nar Goon 8.6.54
Phillip Island had a top four clash with Nar Nar Goon on home turf in what was a closely contested match.
Pressure was on from both sides as they looked to solidify their positions, with Nar Nar Goon hoping to topple the Islanders who have continued to dominate the league.
However, it wouldn’t be easy, as each quarter was heavily contested with the Bulldogs leading by only a couple of points.
As the teams ran out, the Bulldogs must have tripped on a black cat whilst running under a ladder!
Luke James was knocked out cold from friendly fire in first 10 minutes, and then captain Youle exited with a badly broken wrist early in the second.
In amongst all this excitement, the Gooners came to play. Whilst the bench was working out its rotations, the Gooners kicked the first 3 goals of the game, making a mockery of the tricky conditions in the howling wind.
Led by Mathew Homfray running riot in the forward line, and Trent Armour and Brent Hughes around the ball, the Bulldogs couldn’t get into the game early.
The third quarter would prove pivotal as The Goon trailed closely behind The Bulldogs, with the scores sitting at just 59 for the home team and 54 for the visitors. The last was a tight affair, with the Gooners unable to score – with Max Walton in particular in defence being outstanding.
The near-exhausted Bulldogs held sway, scoring just enough to run out victors by 13.
A fantastic win given the circumstances, with the supporters able to clearly see that all effort had been expended by the remaining 18 fit players. Island players Eli Richards and Jack Taylor managed to bag two each for their side, with goals spread out between the team.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Ellinbank 12.7.79
Longwarry 5.3.33

Ellinbank saw off another rival in its bid to lock away another Ellinbank District football finals appearance.

They had to stave off a first quarter challenge from a young Longwarry side that has been heavily impacted by injury, but they were ultimately too strong as they kicked away to win 12-7 (79) to 5-3 (33).

The result dealt a huge blow to the seventh-placed Crows, who were fighting to keep their fleeting finals hopes alive.

The Crows have now fallen eight points and significant percentage outside of the top five and arguably out of contention.

The Eagles entered the contest aware of the looming challenge of Lang Lang and the need to lock away victory to hold their spot.

With that in mind Ellinbank made the stronger start with three quick goals to establish an early buffer.

Winning the territory battle proved key, scrambling the ball forward for their first major before converting from a set shot.

Jake Harper blazed through the middle from the centre ball up to set up the third.

Not to be denied, the Crows hit back with two goals late in the term.

Jake Stewart found space from the pack for their first before Lachie Spinks shephered a kick from the pack through, reducing the margin to just six points at the first change.

An excellent snap from the pocket from Shaun Phelan to begin the response from the home side, who were able to establish a buffer to set up their comfortable win.

Ellinbank began to get on top in the stoppages, regularly breaking away to set up opportunities.

Anthony Battista converted from the lead before Phelan went long to find Liam Carolan for a mark deep in attack. Initially forced to line up a snap, a 50-metre penalty put his shot in front.

The Crows hit back with a long goal before the home side steadied heading into half time, Battista making another impressive checkside from the pocket.

After shoring up the defence in the first half, coach Ben Wragg moved into attack and would hit the scoreboard, finishing with three goals as the Eagles kicked away.

The home side dominated territory in the third but could only find minor scores for their efforts.

They finally broke through from a set shot but it only garnered a response from the Crows, Jedd Serong bouncing one through with no Ellinbank defenders on the line.

Ned Ashton, Bailey Stephens, Serong, Nicholas Redley, Hamish Busk and Angus Adamiak were working hard from the Crows to keep them in touch.

Timothee Mashado, Wragg, Bryce Joyce, Daniel Risol, Battista and Kyah Karavasilis battled to keep the ascendency with the home side.

Wragg scored a long goal for the immediate response which would ultimately see the Crows off, Ellinbank scoring four of the final five goals.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.

Poowong 7.2.44
Buln Buln 7.10.52

Buln Buln took its opportunity to gap rivals Poowong in the bid for a top three finish, but it didn’t come without a scare against the fast-finishing Magpies.

Following an even first quarter, the Lyrebirds kicked out to a 21-point lead at the final change, and it took a late steadier to hold on and win 7-10 (52) to 7-2 (44).

Both sides entered the contest missing key players, Steve McInnes for the home side and Hayden Baker and Cam McPhan for the visitor.

Coach Bob McCallum was a welcome inclusion for the Lyrebirds. Spending his time forward, his four goals proved the difference on the day.

Poowong would score first in a goal for goal opener, Jack Hazendonk kicking a long goal after linking up with Matthew Cozzio.

A sore shoulder did little to quell Sam Batson as he found McCallum on the lead for the reply.

A free kick to Patrick Harmes saw the Magpies edge ahead before a good mark at the top of the square from Jayden Sullivan increased the lead.

The Lyrebirds would respond, finding McCallum in the forward 50 unopposed before Batson drifted another home while kicking into the breeze.

It saw the visitor into the lead and proved catalyst for the momentum shift that would see the Lyrebirds kick out to a 21-point margin at the final change.

Jared Doyle goaled from the top of the square as a leg injury to Poowong key defender Andrew Logan caused for concern for the home side.

McCallum proved beneficiary from a fracas with Harmes, gifting him a 50-metre penalty and goal when the Magpies had possession of the ball.

Missed opportunities saw Harmes pull the margin back to 10 points from a free kick. The Lyrebirds moved further ahead in the third term, McCallum adding the only goal for his fourth in his sides’ return of 1-5.

The likes of Trent Baker, Shaun Beecroft, Matthew Gray, Thomas Axford and Brandon Allen had set up the opportunity for the visitor.

But the home side still had a sniff and would come home strongly, Cozzio, Cody and TJ Loughridge, William Lumby, Jed Benham and William Robertson leading the charge.

Robertson scored the first of the final term before Mitch Whiting went looking for Sullivan to create some excitement, but unfortunately for the Magpies the shot had been touched.

Robertson then missed an open Harmes to miss another opportunity for the home side. Working hard at both ends of the ground, Robertson soon redeemed himself taking a strong mark in defence opposed to two.

Harmes kicked his third at the 24-minute mark to reduce the margin to eight points. And when Hazendonk snapped across his body through the agency of a Mitchell Vanthof intercept, it made for a frantic finish.

McCallum imposed himself in the middle and winning a free kick, he played on quickly and went long for territory.

The Magpies had one run left but made a costly turnover as Buln Buln went forward again, where mid-season recruit Matt Stevens would snap truly from the ball up to end Poowong’s hopes.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.

Trafalgar 13.18.96
Catani 2.3.15

Trafalgar did as expected and secured a strong win over Catani to move a step closer to securing the double chance.

The Bloods kicked to the scoring end to open proceedings and took full advantage, booting five goals to open an early margin on the way to winning 13-18 (96) to 2-3 (15).

Having their turn in the second term, the Blues struggled to score as each side added one major heading into the long break.

Trafalgar accelerated again in the third adding another six goals before finishing with the only goal of the fourth quarter as the contest came to a dour close.

Damian Mann proved the main target for the Bloods, finishing with eight goals, while Klay Butler chipped in with three majors.

Austin Byrne, Chris Kyriacou, Blake Slater and Mitch Virtue were also prominent.

Catani were best served by Chris Power, James Williams, Jack Hobson, Coby Podd, Riley McDonald and Josh Miller.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.

Nyora 13.11.89
Yarragon 5.11.41
Match review can be viewed online via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.

Lang Lang 22.15.147
Nilma Darnum 4.5.29

Starved of success in a difficult season, Nilma-Darnum showed their most positive signs yet despite the scoreboard showing a big win to Lang Lang, 22-15 (147) to 4-5 (29).

The Bombers took two quarters from the Tigers, including a low scoring first term where both sides scored one goal apiece as Bombers fans dared to dream.

With a spot in the top five on the line, Lang Lang had too much to play for and hopes were dashed when the Tigers put on 11 goals in the second term to take control of the contest.

Daniel Lewis was proving difficult to contain on the way to an eight-goal haul, helping the home side to a 12-5 to 1-2 lead at the long break.

Not to be discouraged, the Bombers put in another gallant effort in the third term, booting three goals to one to win the quarter.

Nathan Campbell, Nick Carrigy, Oxley Huson, Matthew Clynes, Rhonan Perry and Boeden Fries led the competitive effort.

The Tigers again took full toll in the final term, adding eight goals to blow out the score to a margin not indicative of the Bombers’ overall effort.

Mitchell Tribuzi and Tyler Guan each chipped in with three goals with Brody Leitch, Aaron Rose and Jesse Hand also among the better players for the Tigers.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.

Drouin 5.9.39
Sale 17.15.117

Sale got what it needed in Round 14 of the Gippsland League.

The Magpies were far too strong for Drouin, and won 18.17 (125) to 5.9 (39).

The Hawks competed admirably in the first half, before the visitors broke away, kicking eight goals to one after the main break.

Knowing a game against the bottom side would offer a good chance to increase the all-important percentage, the Magpies did just that.

In a good sign, Sale shared the goals, with four players all kicking three. Jarrod Freeman, Kane Martin, Tom Campbell and Pat Tainsh were the quartet to do so, standing up in the absence of key forward Brad Dessent.

Tainsh was best-on-ground, followed by Jack Leslie, Ryan Pendlebury, Mitch Bown, Martin and Will Leslie.

Ryan Maric, Jordan Kingi, Tom Johnstone, Kye Quirk, Josh Chiv and Tom Barr were best for Drouin.

Maric had a great day, kicking three goals in the thirds, and then doubling-up to kick four in the seniors.

Match review via Latrobe Valley Express/Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin.

Maffra 10.7.67
Wonthaggi 17.17.119
Match review of this games can be found via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.

Moe 18.11.119
Bairnsdale 11.7.73

A six goal to two final term proved the most telling, as Moe finished strongly over the travelling Redlegs.

Up until then it had been a competitive game, with both sides sharing periods of dominance.

Riley Baldi was prolific for the Lions, and was a clear best-on-ground. The midfielder was one of three players to kick four goals, along with Jess McGrath, and skipper Jacob Wood.

Ben Morrow and Harri Sim also played well, continuing their good form of late, while Lucas Fry was able to celebrate his 100th game with a win.

Bairnsdale found good service from coach Logan Austin and pocket rocket Brayden McCarrey. The pair finished with five goals each, and loomed as the most likely to take the game away from Moe for most of the day.

Much like David Mundy, McCarrey is perhaps not spoken about as much as he should be given he plays for a club located so far away. In his time at the Redlegs, he has kicked at least 30 goals every season as a small forward, without ever having the luxury of playing in an overly strong team.

Byron Vickery, Austin Hodge, Kieran Vickery and Nathan Dennison were others to put in solid efforts for Bairnsdale.

Match review via Latrobe Valley Express/Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin.

Traralgon 17.19.121
Warragul 6.4.40

Playing at home, Traralgon ensured Warragul was never given a look-in, and had 14 scoring shots to one at quarter time.

From there, it was a procession, as the Maroons kicked as many goals in the second term as the Guls managed across the first three.

Only untidiness in front of the big sticks prevented the margin bleeding out to over 100 points.

Brett Eddy kicked half-a-dozen for the second week in a row, while Maroons skipper Dylan Loprese kicked four, and Matt Northe did likewise.

The ease in which Traralgon won left most thinking Warragul either played out of their skin the previous time the teams met, or the Maroons just played horrendously bad.

With 10 losses now to their name, it is mathematically impossible for the Guls to play finals.

Star recruit Jed Lamb could however take home some silverware, following another strong display that saw him kick four goals.

Lamb leads the league goal-kicking by six from Eddy.

The former Carlton player was among the best for Warragul, along with Sean Masterson, Mitch Smart, Jasper Alger, Sam Whibley and Nick Mulqueen.

Best for Traralgon were Tom Schneider, Eddy, Luis D’Angelo, Mitch Membrey, Mark Collison and Adam Jaensch.

Match review via Latrobe Valley Express/Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin.

Leongatha 11.10.76
Morwell 11.5.71
With star player Tom Marriott unavailable, Leongatha’s number 8 jumper was worn by Wil Dawson in his senior debut, with the 16-year-old having a stunning impact in the Parrots’ heart-stopping 5-point win over Morwell.
The gallant Tigers pushed undefeated Leongatha to the limit, leading late in the game having put the Parrots’ defence under siege in the last term.
After Kuiy Jiath kicked truly from a difficult angle to put Morwell ahead, a few tense minutes followed before Jack Ginnane’s accurate pass found Dawson.
The youngster calmly sent his set shot through for a goal, or that’s how it appeared, but the goal umpire saw it differently signalling a behind.
Despite his inexperience, Dawson moved on quickly, accepting the call and setting up the winning goal shortly after with a well-measured pass to Aaron Hillberg in the Parrots’ goal square.
Hillberg capped his 100th game in style, having already topped the highlights reel when he soared to take a spectacular third term mark.
“He wound back the clock and took a beauty,” Leongatha coach Trent McMicking said of
Hillberg’s mark-of-the-year effort.
Although he was confident in Dawson’s ability to adapt to the pressure at senior level, McMicking was delighted with how well he played.
“He was outstanding and his ruckwork was really good, and he turned the game in the last quarter by giving us first use of the footy,” the coach enthused.
“He’s a very competitive kid and not much phases him.” Dawson, from Mirboo North, but having played his last four years of juniors with Leongatha, made his Gippsland Power debut last week and was available for the Parrots this round due to a Power bye.
He found out on Thursday night he would make his senior debut and kept the nerves to a minimum, something that stood him in good stead come match day.
“I saw him in the goal square so I thought I’d kick it to him,” he said of his pinpoint pass to Hillberg, with the pressure of the moment not having sparked panic in the first gamer.
In an intense contest, played in good spirits, Parrot Sam Forrester suffered a hamstring injury and teammate Sean Westaway a gashed head.
While a number of regular senior players were missing, McMicking’s focus was on those who were available and the opportunity for young players to display their capabilities.
They included Dylan Garnham who played well on a wing, Jackson Harry back from an injury layoff, with Tom Crocker another to impress.
The match was tight throughout the day and McMicking’s voice went up a notch at the last change as he implored his players to see off the threat.
“We’re falling away from our structure and that’s what I’m frustrated about, that blokes aren’t playing their roles,” he said.
He followed that with specific advice for players in a variety of positions, also urging the Parrots to “work harder to cover off the shorts”, feeling Morwell was able to find too many unmanned short targets.
“Make ‘em defend something, deal with the heat and make good decisions,” players were advised.
McMicking praised Morwell’s efforts.
“They play a very good brand of footy,” he told his players after the game, showing his respect for the Tigers.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times.

Boolarra 15.17.101
Thorpdale 6.3.39

Boolarra have exceeded most expert’s expectations for season 2022 already, sitting third prior to the weekend.

This gave provided an opportunity to climb a spot to second and be in prime position for a short cut through to the grand final. All that stood in their way was Thorpdale, but not for long. The Demons cruised through to a comfortable 15.17-107 to 6.3-39 victory.

Boolarra coach Tony Giardina said it was good to get another four points after a consistent four quarter effort.

“The only thing keeping us from having a big win was our bad kicking for goal,” Giardina said. “To Thorpy’s credit, they kept going all day.”

The Demons are answering every challenge presented, and the prospect of them further improving will be daunting for those teams that lay ahead.

For Thorpdale, improvement is also needed, but it will need to be complemented by patience.

“The first quarter was a good response to our woeful effort last week, really taking it to a strong Boolara side,” Thorpdale coach Ray Pickering said. “But, unfortunately, as is the same most weeks, we couldn’t sustain it and by half-time the game was essentially over. We fought the second half out well, but Boolara were just too strong all over the park.”

This was a tale of two sides at very different stages of their development. What the Blues might be happy to hear is that, like Boolarra, their fortunes can change very quickly.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Hill End 12.10.82
Meeniyan Dumbalk United 3.6.24

The pressure has been building on Hill End for more than a month and, if anything, only intensified on the weekend.

Sitting precariously in fifth position, the Rovers faced the proposition of falling out of the top six given they are being hotly pursued by two teams within a game.

The Demons made the journey to Willow Grove hoping to cause a headache for the home team, but the visitors never really got warm, Hill End winning 12.10-82 to MDU 3.6-24.

With Luke Mulqueen out, Hill End coach Mike Santo was ready for a challenge against an MDU side who defeated them earlier this season.

“We really jumped out of the blocks and controlled the play for most of the match,” Santo said. “Our tackle pressure and accountability is right where it needed to be and needs to stay over the next few weeks.”

MDU coach Peter Davies reflected his team’s tackle pressure was the lowest it had been all year.

“Hill End structured up really well behind the footy and comfortably won the clearances, which made it difficult for us all day,” Davies said.

Santo has his boys going as well as he can in what has been a season of frustrations caused by COVID, injury and the ire of all coaches, player availability.

However, if the Rovers can manage to get everything to click at the most crucial time in just a few weeks, there is no question they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Hill End have faced some adversity this year and one can be sure there will be more to come. However, they have managed to maintain ladder position, and will be ready to strike if the opportunity arises.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Toora 7.3.45
Fish Creek 9.15.69

Confidence is key to performance and momentum is sometimes very hard to stop.

Toora, having reluctantly waited to round 13 to score their first win of the season, were tat home to an undermanned Fish Creek and a very real chance to make it two in a row. Although fighting to the end, they fell short 7.3-45 to Fish Creek’s 9.15-69.

“We always have a battle facing Toora on their home ground,” Fish Creek coach John Danckert said. “We felt like we held them off for most of the day. They challenged us in the last quarter and we responded.”

“It was a hard fought game all day, both teams played with aggression which excited the fans,” Toora coach Matthew Ponton said. “Our running and attack on the ball got the Toora fans excited as well. Jack Weston broke the lines four to five times and really turned the game in our favour. We brought it right to Fish Creek and had our chances, unfortunately a few late goals sealed our fate.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Yinnar 6.9.45
Mirboo North 7.7.49
Mirboo North used four-time senior premiership utility, Dom Pinneri’s 250th club appearance as its motivation to meritoriously defeat Yinnar by four points, in Saturday’s low-scoring cliffhanger at Yinnar Recreation Reserve.
It was the mighty Tigers’ fifth win from 13 matches this season.
Yinnar’s last home victory against Mirboo North was in 2017, when it won by a point.
Amazingly, Mirboo North has now recorded 10 wins by eight points or less and two draws since its most recent tight loss — when it went down to Thorpdale by a point in round four, 2018 at Tigerland.
Remember too, all ye trivia buff nuff-nuffs, that Mirboo North’s last three senior premierships have come with three, one and two-point grand final victories against Yinnar in 2017 and Newborough in 2013 and 2014.
On a kindly 12c winter’s day with spurts of sunshine, zero wind and no rain, Mirboo North’s 15-point, three-quarter time lead dwindled to less than a goal, as the clock wound down to the final siren.
Although Mirboo North engineered several promising build-ups in the last quarter, it only managed to score three behinds.
The Magpies were finishing strongly after two final term goals, but the desperate Tigers’ determination to ‘win for Dommy’, held them out.
Alas, in the dying minutes, Yinnar — desperate to keep sixth spot on the MGFNL ladder —couldn’t find the extra major it required for victory.
The motivated Tigers started fast with four opening-quarter goals, that gave them a nine-point advantage at the first break and by half-time, the visitors were 18 points in front and chock-full of confidence.
Mirboo North had five youngsters — Harry Mahoney, Rory Peter, Beau Peters, Taj Wilkins and Max Woodall — with a combined total of 42 senior games, providing skill and energy to the team and crowd appeal too, with their exciting and adventurous play.
A highlight for the Tigers was the stylish Peters sneaking forward unobtrusively and kicking his first goal in senior footy.
The pace and swift ball movement of the first half continued during the third term, with both teams providing zeal and real pressure to every contest.
Rhys Kratzat, Joel Lambourn, Peters and skipper Damien Turner, teamed well in the back half for Mirboo North, whilst their teammates, Hudson Kerr, Jacob Blair and Ben Campbell’s busyness through the midfield, proved frequently troublesome for their opponents.
Liam Nash, Joe Brooks and Pinneri, whose authority in and around the packs ignited the Tigers, were other key contributors for Mirboo North.
When playing coach, Josh Taylor, marked a tidy pass and sent the Sherrin flying high over the goal umpire’s head 18-minutes into the third quarter, no one imagined it would be Mirboo North’s last goal for the afternoon.
Strong performers all day for Yinnar were Ned Marsh and Sebastion Famularo, both of whom kicked two goals, Riley Adams, Zac Cantrill and Harrison McColl.
The triumphant Tigers left the field as one with Pinneri hoisted on the shoulders of his premiership teammates, Nash and Taylor, in front of the other playing group members.
Match review via multiple publications, written by Rover.

Tarwin 11.9.75
Newborough 15.14.104

The unusual layout of the fixture meant these two teams faced each other for the second time inside a month.

After Tarwin grabbed the points on the first occasion, Newborough were super motivated to make sure it was their turn this time around, winning 15.16-106 to Tarwin 11.9-75.

“With a draw that gave us a second crack at Tarwin, we had more to play for regarding ladder positions, and the first quarter showed that,” Newborough coach Craig Skinner said. “We hunted the ball as well as we have all year.”

“The second quarter was all Tarwin, as they denied us the ball and controlled the quarter. Josh Hecker and Mitchell Stanlake got their hands dirty in the third which gave our forwards more chances and Joel Mitchell converted those chances to goals.

“Wade Anderson’s game is going to a new level down back and would be one of the competition’s best attacking defenders.”

Tarwin coach Troy Hemming gave credit to Skinner and his team for a good solid effort and playing a good brand of footy.

“They used the ball really well, on the back of us not pressuring like usual,” Hemming said.

Hemming praised Harrison Cummings and Maxy Burton who came in and played their role, giving 100 per cent effort. It was Burton’s first senior game.

At this stage, these two sides are in prime position to meet again in a final that will provide the winner direct route to the grand final. But with four weeks of football remaining, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

BYE: Foster, Morwell East, Stony Creek

All match reviews via Gippsland Times, written by Scott Berechree

Gormandale 1.2.8
Traralgon Tyers United 35.19.229
Gormandale’s percentage was done no favours as they were beaten by a whopping 221 points by a ruthless Traralgon Tyers United.
The Bombers slammed on 10, 10, eight and seven goals across the four quarters, while holding their opponents to a solitary major which was kicked by Dylan Piening in the third term. Kodie Owen and Trent Badlwin cracked in all day for the Tigers, but it was simply a case of one-way traffic as TTU reminded anyone who’d forgotten they are genuine contenders for the flag at season’s end.
On any regular Saturday, Beau White with six goals and Tom Fleming with five would have been in the headlines, but it was Brad Kelleher who banged home 13, stealing the show in a best-on-ground performance. The 13 majors brought his season total to 45 from just eight games. Bombers star onballer Michael Jacobsen was the catalyst for the front-half carnage, racking up bulk possessions all over the ground, and his delivery to any and all of the TTU forwards was nothing short of elite. Jacobsen is the perfect foil in the middle for his coach Jamie Aitken, as he can be part of a battery of big-bodied raids when the likes of Jye Neilson, Jayden Cutts and Mitch Mustoe go through the middle, or he can be part of a smaller, faster set up with Liam and Hayden Willaton keeping him company at the centre bounces.

Cowwarr 6.3.39
Churchill 32.14.206
The Cougars took Cowwarr apart on Saturday, register a huge 167-point victory. With 14 players kicking goals, including six multiple goal scorers, it was all one-way traffic for Churchill.
Ben Kearns again led the way with 10 goals, taking his season tally to 67 goals from just nine games. In other good news for the Cougars, Joey Whykes returned to the field for the fast time in months, and helped himself to a major in a hit-out that will do his preparation for finals a world of good. Also returning to the Cougar line-up was Allan Chandler. While he might not be kick-ing the ball 50-plus meters these days, he still rarely misses a target and brings with him a wealth of experience.
For Cowwarr, the ever reliable Robbie Ferguson managed two goals, with Matt Bourke and Kyle Stammers named their best.

Yarram 15.10.100
Woodside 13.9.87
In what was by all accounts a hard fought, highly entertaining south Gippsland derby, Yarram, for the second time this year, had local bragging rights over their nearest and fiercest foe, Woodside.
With just three points favouring the home side at the main break, it was game-on with the ramifications of a poor second-half huge for both sides. With so much to play for, it is hardly surprising those at the venue described the second-half as fantastic, hard-fought football. There was pivotal one-on-one match-ups across the ground. These ranged from the talls, like the battle between Yarram’s Dan Vardy and Woodside’s Ryan Foat in the ruck, to the smalls with Wildcat Jeremy Morgan going head-to-head with Demon Corbin Sutherland.
Ultimately, it was the third quarter that saw the home side get the win. With Sutherland kicking two of his five in the premiership quarter, Yarram took all the momentum and a 19-point lead into the last break. Woodside was encumbered by the early game loss of Josh Morgan, which was compounded when Darcy McAlpine and Jai Williams joined him on the casualty list, leaving the Wildcats only one rotation for the last stanza.
A huge last quarter saw the Wildcats come hard at Yarram. They booted five goals to get back within striking distance, but Yarram was able to steady and slot four of their own to hold-on for a crucial 13-point win.
Wildcat coach Michael Duncan, playing his first game in five weeks, reflected after the game that his side had toiled manfully to get back into the contest in the last term, but paid full respect to Yarram who he said simply played better footy for longer. Duncan was effusive in his praise for Ben Johnson, Mrs King’s boy Tom, and Luke LeBlanc on his own side, and noted the excellent performances of Boadie Motton and Tyler Chisolm from Yarram.
Yarram’s Corbin Sutherland also heaped praise on Motton post-game, while pointing out Yarram too were down a key part of their on-ball brigade with Jayden Shea unable to take the field in the second-half. Sutherland himself was a stand-out with five majors, taking his season tally to 28 goals from his dozen games.

Rosedale 12.5.77
Sale City 11.11.77
The drawn clash between the Bulldogs and Rosedale is the first of the year, and takes percentage out-of-play in the battle for the last spot in the top five.
Sale City was again well-served by the league’s favourite medico Sam Davidson, who will likely have racked up another three votes in the league medal. He and Mitch Evans, who slotted five majors for the Bulldogs, led a second-half comeback that saw their side claw into the five.
With Rosedale leading by near-on 30 points at times in the second term and still holding onto a 21-point final change lead, it was going to take some last quarter heroics for the tri-colours to get the job done. And that’s precisely what they gave. With Davidson in everything in the middle of the ground and senior statesman Ben Chivers patrolling the half-back line, Sale City strangled the Blues while piling on five goals, five behinds to level scores and grab a crucial two points when the final siren declared the game a draw.
Rosedale was best served by Sam Tudor and the Rohans, Hildebrand and Diamond, with Declan Barnett heading the goal-kicker list with three. Frazar Brouns and Brad Scott managed two each, but ultimately this is one that got away from the home side.

BYE: Glengarry, Heyfield, Yallourn-Yallourn North

Lucknow 13.4.82
Lakes Entrance 10.10.70
Lucknow withstood the challenge of a determined but under-manned Lakes Entrance, all but ending the Seagulls chances of playing finals in 2022.
Lakes knew the stakes were high and were keen to assert some scoreboard pressure early, coach Tom Smith kicking the opening goal following a turnover at half back and smart work by Jake Fisher, who gathered a tough ground ball under pressure to dish out the assist. Key forward, Jarrod Matthews (four goals) had Lakes’ second following a great second effort, gathering his own dropped contested mark and snapping from long range, the ball moving quickly forward after Ben Crittenden delivered a clever cross-body kick inside 50m which created space.
Slow to start, the Magpies began working into the game led by two players who would prove thorns in the Seagulls side for the entire afternoon – onballer Joel McNamara and lively forward Jackson Smith, whose six-goal haul gives him 20 goals in the past four weeks. Chris Hammond kicked the Magpies’ first following swift transition from defence. The Seagulls led the pressure stakes early, however Lucknow began to match the visitors before its skill level put it in front. Smith goaled at the 13-minute mark using quick footwork to evade Lakes’ defence, before a minute later winning a free kick and extending the margin to seven. He was testing Drew Marsden before Joel Campbell was given the assignment for the remainder of the afternoon.
Despite Lakes’ best efforts, Lucknow had its fourth on the trot and an 11-point lead when Ryan Halford roved and dribbled a goal from close range. Again it was quick movement off half back which led to the Magpies scoring opportunity. Smith had his third goal mere minutes into the second term thanks to smart body work and an accurate set shot. The Seagulls threw every-thing at the Pies during the second quarter, but Lucknow had all the answers, kicking five goals to three, setting up a 20-point half time lead. Dion Grace and Sam Nickless were having an enthralling battle in the ruck, the two premier ruckmen both putting up a strong case as to who is the competition’s best.
To their credit the Seagulls continued to hunt the Magpies and a determined third quarter assault led by Jordan Cullen, Smith, Jarred McDonnell and Angus McKenzie helped narrow the margin to a solitary goal at three quarter time, but that was as close as they got.
Lucknow kicked the first two goals of the last quarter, the Seagulls getting one back late, however the Magpies held steady in a competitive last quarter to win by 12 points.
Best players for Lucknow were Smith, Grace, Kyran McNaughton, Luke Beltiage, McNamara and Jesse Glassborow. Lakes were well served by Cullen, Tom Smith, emerging midfielder Mckenzie, Matthews who was a target up forward all day and Fraser Dos-tine who kept the elusive Darren Allen goaless.
Lucknow coach Grant Mooney was delighted to get another vital four points.
“It was great to get the win – we needed it to cement ourselves in the four,” he said.
“We have no major issues with Brandon Sauer our only real out and he won’t play for the rest of the season. Being settled is going to be advantage I’m hoping.”
Match review via Bairnsdale Advertiser.

Paynesville 6.7.43
Stratford 9.14.68
Playing away, Stratford was made to work for the points, but got them in the end. The Swans led at every change, although their biggest lead at any break was 24 points – a margin still within reach for Paynesville. Scott Joustra was best for the Guls, while Jordan Farquhar, Ben McKinnon, Nick Pincott, Matt Silva and Caleb Holland played. well. Dylan Cartwright was again best for Stratford, and received good support from Gavin Bickery, Liam Cunningham, Jackson Cottrell, James Charming and Alex Morcom.
Match review via Gipplsand Times, written by Liam Durkin.

Wy Yung 21.14.140
Boisdale-Briagolong 3.6.24
Wy Yung outclassed Boisdale Briagolong by 116 points at Tigerland.
Luke Elia (five goals), Brodie Anderson (three), Kaleb Hodson, Brad Daniel, Aaron Hanuera and Dylan Somerville (two each) all cashed in on the Tigers’ total dominance through the middle and off hard back.
Best players for Wy Yung were Jack Halabut, Mitchell Toms, Alex Halabut. Dylan Somerville, Kaleb Hodson, Mitchell Toms and Jobe Somerville, but there were plenty of others you could have thrown into the mix. Matt Wilkinson was again a great target for the Bombers when they worked it forward. Other good players were coach Sam Bedggood, whose having a good season, Daniel Johnson. Brendon Rathnow and promising youngsters Zak Harrigan and Thomas Brew.

Orbost-Snowy Rovers 23.13.151
Lindenow 11.12.78
It was a huge day for the Orbost Snowy Rovers, claiming a big scalp in round 14 of East Gippsland Football, annihilating third-placed Lindenow by 73 points. The win was OSR’s first over Lindenow since round 17, 2009 – with many of the Blues too young to even remember the events of the day. The Blues having being playing some excellent football in recent weeks, so the win wasn’t a great shock but emphatic way they demolished one of the league powerhouses was both exciting to watch and surprising. Coach Peter Seal was delighted with the performance of his team. “It’s great to get some reward for effort, we have played well most weeks since our round four effort against Wy Yung, but often haven’t got the four points,” Seal said. With some winnable games in the final four weeks of the season, the Blues are a very good chance to climb off the bottom of the ladder, now only trailing seventh-placed Boisdale Briagolong by four points with a slightly superior percentage. The Blues looked the better side in the first half leading by 22 points at half time, before dominating the second half, kicking an impressive 12 goals to four. Their ball movement, which has been a work in progress all season, was certainly to the fore
as they maintained possession and continual-ly found a loose player in more advantageous position. Lachlan Fenner and captain Hamish Nettleton were outstanding up forward kicking five goals each, the ever reliable Max Welsh bagged four, the smooth mover used in attack this week after being a great link player in defence in recent weeks. Onballer Max Herbert and Beau Lawrence chipped in with two each. Seal was delighted to find some extra avenues to goal. “It’s great to get five goals from a small hard working forward like Lachie Fenner, we have been working all season to get more than one or two key goal kickers,” Seal explained. Dylan Bolton played a lone hand up forward for the Cats, kicking five goals. Bayley Croucher, Ben Jones and company certainly not seeing as much quality ball for-ward of centre as they saw last week against Lucknow. Better players for the OSR were bigman Wes Russell, Nettleton, Gus Rogers, Fenner, backman Cody Robertson and Max Herbert. Matt Irish, Bolton, Rohan Blandford, Tom Van Den Linden and young Cooper Shaw tried hard for the Cats.
Match review via Snowy River Mail.

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Swan Reach 33.27.225
Bruthen 0.2.2
The Swan Reach juggernaut rolled on, the Swans bringing up their seventh win in a row against a Bruthen outfit that can’t wait for the season to end.
Jesse Guamaccia (five goals) was best afield. Charles Solomon (10 goals) was in everything up forward, with Will Addison. Robert Farnham. Danaren Morgan-Ritchie and Bronson Ritchie all standouts in a dominant team performance.
The competition’s leading goal kicker, Brandon Scott, added three goals to take his season’s total to 62. Bruthen coach Harley Kenner continues to lead from the front and he got good support from Ray Giddings. Chris Hood, Matthew Hall and Rhys Kennedy.

Buchan 8.8.56
Lindenow South 22.13.145
Lindenow South outclassed a gallant Buchan by 89 points. Exciting youngster Seth Smith was again impressive up forward with six goals. with Neil Rawlings chipping in with five and Shane Thorpe bagging four.
Will O’Keefe stood out for the Swampies, ably supported by Smith. Rawlings. Thorpe and Mitchell Neal,
The Cavemen were well served Mathew Dick, James Joiner. Jack Brick. Jacob Dixon and Toni Buckley-Kohn (three goals).

Swifts Creek 10.8.68
Omeo Benambra 9.13.67
Swifts Creek scored a stirring come-from-behind victory over Omen Benambra during round 13 of the Omen and District football last Saturday to keep its hopes of claiming a top two ladder finish alive.
Having shared wins in their two previous encounters this season, a close game was expected in the High Country derby and that was certainly the case. Omeo Benambra dominated the second quarter and went in at half time with a handy 19-point lead, which early in the third quarter blew out to as much as 29 points. the Alpine Ranges looking set for an easy victory. To their credit, spurred on by their vocal home crowd, the Demons lifted.
Led by by the competition’s premier defender, Tom King. Dylan Hack and captain Alistair Commins, they willed their side back into game. The Demons kicked five goals to one in the last 35 minutes of play to score a stunning victory in final 20 seconds of the game off the boot of veteran forward. Ivan Hood.
Swifts Creek coach, David Westland, was delighted with the effort of his undermanned lineup.
“It was our best win for the year” he said,
“We went in without Beau Hack. Harold Hood, Nick Sinclair, Arthur Wright, Jamie Barton, Nathan Hayes and Richard Harrison. We looked out of it but the boys we had out there dug deep and scored a great win in an unbelievable game.”
Best players for the Demons were King. Cameron Johnson, Dylan Hack, Mathew Stoddart, Commins and Robert Crellin who kicked three goals.
Ruckman Jai Hayward (two goals), coach Cody Graske (three goals), Travis Rainier, Evan Jones, Tom Cook and Tyler Betts were all great contributors for the Ranges in a match they will feel they should have won.
Swifts Creek player Joshua Clifford was reported and will miss one match after taking a prescribed penalty.
Westland is excited for what the next few weeks might have in store for his team with plenty of players to come back and a finals campaign ahead.
“It’s such an even competition,” he said.
“Any of the top four sides can win it on the day. The side that can string four quarters together on the day will be premiers. “We definitely haven’t been putting four quarters together, but we are building every week and I’m very confident we can get it done”


Warragul Industrials 12.12.84
Devon Meadows 1.4.10

BEST: Unavailable
GOALS: Unavailable

Bass Coast Breakers 1.4.10
Coburg 2nds 4,5,29

BEST: Kelly O’Neill, Chelsea Connell, Ahlee Penry, Rachael Cameron, Tess Wingfield, Stacey Poke

GOALS: Kate Caughey 1.

A match review of this game can be viewed online via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.


Warragul Industrials Development Team 4.4.28
Hastings 3.0.18

BEST: Tessa Binney, Kathrine Groendahl, Natarsha Sanders, Sophie Johnston, Rachael Pendlebury, Jess Evans
GOALS: Jess Evans Amanda Hines Sophie Johnston Rachael Pendlebury 1.

Lang Lang 2.6.18
Mornington Reserves 3.5.23

BEST: Alana Cherry, Sunday Denny, Aliesha Hamilton, Marie Cicciari, Tara Barclay, Hayley Heffernan
GOALS: Tara Barclay Kelly Cerra 1.

Female Football Gippsland seniors had a bye.



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