Neerim South 29.16.190
Yarragon 4.2.26

It was Luke Kinder’s turn to share the spoils, booting 11 goals in a best afield effort as Neerim-Neerim South added to its already impressive percentage with another big win.

Chris Urie chimed in with seven majors as the Cats defeated Yarragon, 29-16 (190) to 4-2 (26).

The result all but ending finals hopes for the Panthers, who now sit two games and percentage outside the five.

The Cats booted six goals to one in the first quarter and remarkably it would be their lowest scoring term, adding returns of eight, seven and eight to finish with a big score.

Tyssen Morrow, Kody Wilson, Josh White and Tom Gill featured prominently, setting up opportunities for Kinder and Urie.

Yarragon’s better players were Tyler Payroli, Toby Sherer, Tom Dovaston, Harrison Perry, Sage Tapner and Jay Marcon.

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

Trafalgar 9.10.64
Ellinbank 9.2.56

Trafalgar steadied late to overcome a fast charging Ellinbank in round 13 of Ellinbank District football.

With the match played in heavy conditions, it wasn’t until the second half where scoring opened up, with late goals allowing Trafalgar to hold on 9-10 (64) to 9-2 (56).

The Bloods went into quarter time with a 10-point lead, scoring through Matthew Swensen and Blake Slater, Ellinbank’s goal coming through Zac Holton.

Hayden Farrell collected a good crumbing goal before a much-needed goal from Daniel Pratt saw the momentum swing back to Ellinbank.

Late goals to Liam Carolan, the second a snap after linking with Anthony Battista, saw the Eagles take a seven-point lead into the long break.

Trafalgar made good of the scoring end in the third term, adding four goals to no score as the match again turned, multiple goals to Swensen helping the cause.

Austin Byrne, Dylan Farrell, Hardy Kenny and Brodie Malady had helped Trafalgar lift.

Ellinbank brought the contest back to life in the final term, booting three consecutive goals to cut the margin to just two points.

Carolan, Jake Dean, who went for a big fly, Liam Anderson, Ben Wragg and Bryce Joyce were among the players to fuel Ellinbank’s charge.

Lachlan Cove and Tom Johnson combined to find player number 29, the late inclusion for Shaun Phelan listed in PlayHQ as private player. He converted from the goal square for the important first goal.

Tim Mashado scored next, rewarded for front position, before coach Wragg took it upon himself to convert from long range and cut the margin to two points.

Trafalgar needed a steadier and Swensen delivered with a mark and goal, his fifth for the match with four coming in the second half.

When Blake Radford ran into the open goal, the match had been all but sealed for Trafalgar.

Ellinbank came again with a goal to Mashado at the 21 minute mark, but Trafalgar were able milk the clock and hold on for an eight-point win.

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

Poowong 15.8.98
Longwarry 6.5.41

Poowong welcomed Longwarry on Saturday with the ground in good condition considering the rain. And for supporters and players to celebrate Jaemeel Knecht’s 200th game, the Magpies senior captain and a club stalwart. A lot was at stake for both sides, as four sides from 2nd to 5th were all on equal points and 6th and 7th teams one game behind hence four points were vital. Poowong with an unchanged lineup kicked to the Drouin Road end, there was no breeze affecting the game.
Longwarry opened the quarter with the first goal of the game. but Poowong were determined to celebrate a win for Jaemeel and secure a victory.
Poowong opened the second quarter with a point before Longwarry took the ball forward and marked in the square for their third goal. Jayden Sullivan playing up forward was causing the Longwarry defence problems. Poowong were asked to keep up the pressure and continue to work hard. they came out determined with TJ Loughridge kicking a long goal. There was bit of a scuffle on the flank resulting in a player being sent off. Poowong appeared to lose their concentration with Longwarry kicking a goal. Poowong’s coach was not happy with players involved in the scuffle, not necessary in the game.
Poowong came out determined to finish the game off but a free kick to Longwarry resulted in their fifth goal. Will Robertson got them back on track with a goal, while Jayden Sullivan added a point before the 200 gamer Jaemeel moved up forward and kicked a great goal to the crowds cheering, one of only six or seven goals in his career.
At the end of the game, Poowong players chaired Jaemeel off the ground and sung the club’s song with great gusto.

Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times, written by Geoff Wyatt.

Nyora 16.20.110
Catani 9.8.62
Nyora has made it two wins in a row, getting the better of the travelling Catani.
The Saints were a touch slow off the mark, conceding the first major of the afternoon to the Blues, however, they recovered with four goals to end the quarter. The flurry of goals led the hosts into the first break holding a 16-point buffer.
Nyora kept their foot on the throttle in the second term, creating 11 scoring shots to Catani’s four, although the Blues were much more accurate, which ultimately kept them in with a chance. At the half time siren, the hosts led it by 37, extending their lead but not completely icing the match as of yet.
The third quarter was much the same, as the Saints dominated play around the ground and created numerous scoring opportunities, extending their lead but not putting the visitors to the sword. Despite Nyora booting a wayward 4.8 in the term, the Blues couldn’t take advantage of the inaccuracy with any scoreboard pressure, only managing the one major. The visiting Blues required a massive effort to reel this one back in, as they went into the final change 62-points adrift.
Catani did show heart to finish the match winning the final term convincingly, although it was indeed too little too late as the Saints ran out 54-point winners.
Nyora coach Dylan Heylen was pleased with their potency up forward.
“Really pleased with the amount of shots on goal. we’ve improved massively in this area, we now need to work on them going through the big sticks instead,” he said.
“Two in a row is huge for our young group, of we continue to play this brand of footy we hope to cause some upsets in coming weeks.”
Travis Stewart impressed with a best on ground performance. while Scott Pugh snagged four goals for the day.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Lang Lang 7.13.55
Buln Buln 9.9.63

Buln Buln overcame a test to hold its position in the Ellinbank District Football League top three.

Staring down the barrel of an upset loss at three-quarter-time, a result that would have seen them slip to fourth, the Lyrebirds were quick to overcome the narrow four-point deficit it faced at the final change.

Three goals to one in the final term saw Buln Buln collect some valuable points, winning 9-9 (63) to 7-13 (55).

The final quarter rescue mission had been required after the Tigers burst out of the blocks, booting 4-6 to no score in the first term.

While the Tigers could only manage two goals to the Lyrebirds’ six across the middle periods of the match, it allowed them to hold a narrow lead at the final break.

Sean Dwyer, Luke Clark, Brody Leitch, Daniel Lewis, Josh Brown and Mitchell Tribuzi were among the better players as the Tigers looked to crack an upset result in their chase for the final five.

Buln Buln’s leaders stood up when it counted with Matthew Gray, Trent Baker, Jake Herbel, Hayden Baker, Jack Symes and Samuel Batson all leading the final quarter charge.

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

Morwell 10.12.72
Traralgon 7.14.56

The Tigers made it three wins in a row, and five out of their last six, after defeating Traralgon 10.12 (72) to 7.14 (56) in Round 12 of the Gippsland League.

In what was arguably Morwell’s best win for the season, defeating the third-ranked team, the Tigers led from start to finish, and are now all of a sudden only two points off second spot.

Possibly the biggest positive for Morwell was the fact it was able to keep the Maroons’ star-studded forward line of Jake Best, Brett Eddy and Dylan Loprese to just two goals for three quarters.

Traditionally, whenever Morwell and Traralgon face off, ladder positions are taken out of the equation, as players tend to find another gear.

This may well have been the case for the Tigers, who broke the game open in the third quarter, kicking three goals to one to build on their 14-point lead at half-time. The Maroons however refused to go down without a fight, and piled on five goals in the final term, but it wasn’t enough to reel Morwell in.

Tristen Waack was again best for the winners, as was Boyd Bailey. Max Linton did a great job in the back six keeping the Traralgon ‘big three’ at bay, while at the other end, Brandon McDonald took his season tally to 35 goals after a second consecutive four-goal game. Tyler Hillier and Tayler Weatherill also had a big say in the result.

For Traralgon, Tye Hourigan, Luis D’Angelo, Tom Schneider, Mark Collison, Tom McMahon and Loprese were named best.

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

Leongatha 15.2.92
Wonthaggi 5.6.36
Leongatha dominated much of Saturday’s proceedings in an intense senior encounter against archrival Wonthaggi, with the Parrots flexing their muscles and recording a 56-point win.
Spot fires erupted throughout the match in which tempers were as hot as the weather was cold. When Jack Ginnane made forceful contact with Jordan Staley’s nose in what may have been an attempted spoil, emotions threatened to boil over with Ginnane coming in for immediate attention following the incident. That occurred just prior to time on in the opening term. The Parrots soared to a 42-point lead by the opening break, slamming on seven-goals straight to no score.
Wonthaggi coach Jarryd Blair maintained an air of calmness at the huddle, telling his players he had confidence in them to chip away over the next three quarters and prevail. However. his calmness dissipated when he reflected on the loss of Staley for the day.
“We do not cop that.” he said, telling his players they are fair but need to play tough footy and make it clear they won’t stand for such incidents. While the umpire paid a free kick to Wonthaggi following the Staley injury he didn’t determine it to be malicious, with Ginnane not incurring further sanction.
Wonthaggi gave itself an opportunity to battle its way back into the game, with the Power working hard in a low-scoring second term to cut its halftime deficit to 34 points. However, any thought of a comeback was snuffed out when the Parrots slammed on five third term goals to one.
At the final change, Leongatha coach Trent McMicking praised his side’s ball movement and intensity.
“Your pressure’s outstanding and it has been for three quarters.” he said.
Given the fiery nature of proceedings. he implored Parrots players not to be sucked in and get themselves reported in the last stanza. Wonthaggi fought out the remainder of the game, with the sides breaking even in a hard-fought final term.
The home crowd was delighted with the afternoon’s proceedings despite the icy conditions that felt more like four degrees than nine on a chilly day even by Gippsland standards.
Travis Nash led the way as the game’s best player. with Leongatha teammate Aaron Heppell starring on the ball and around the big sticks as he booted three majors. Strong target Aaron Hillberg also booted three goals for the Parrots. taking his season tally to 25.
The Parrots’ evenness and scoring prowess is clear, with Jack Hume also on 25 majors for the season and Ginnane just one less. Ben Willis soldiered on impressively in the ruck for the victorious Parrots with usual ruck companion Justin Pellicano severely restricted after hurling his knee early in the match. He made heavy contact with the fence just before quarter time and had to be assisted from the ground by trainers. While he later returned, he was clearly still in considerable discomfort and was soon forced to hobble to the bench.
Rival ruckman Toma Huther continued his strong season with his ruckwork and contribution around the ground seeing him named Power’s best, with athletic big man Jack Hutchinson also performing well for the beaten team and managing a goal. Jack Blair was Wonthaggi’s only multiple goalscorer. notching a couple of majors.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Maffra 27.7.169
Moe 6.8.44

The Eagles showcased the hallmarks that saw them win five senior premierships under Butcher at the weekend, as they mercilessly destroyed Moe 27.7 (169) to 6.8 (44).

While Maffra might have a new coach in Anthony Robbins, those watching the game at Maffra Recreation Reserve on Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching the Eagles of old.

It was all there for Maffra: Tons of pressure, numbers at the ball, run from behind, handball chains, high scoring, and a ruthless hard edge – the last perhaps being the most telling.

Baldi and Sim were best on for the Lions, while Ben Morrow, Wood, Grady Cocksedge and McGrath battled manfully.

John Butcher was in the best for the winners, as was Kade Renooy, Alex Carr, Bedggood, Dylan Alexander and Hudson Holmes.

Victorious coach Anthony Robbins said it was good to see everything come together.

“It is all down to the players, their work rate. They had promised to play like that at times during the year, and everything worked well today. They did play a really good style of footy I felt,” he said.

“The way we moved the footy, the way we defended, then the way we got separation inside forward 50, our forward structure worked really well.”

Having gone from an honest side to a potential top three side in the fortnight, Robbins highlighted a few areas he felt had led to this improvement.

“I think it is just a bit of self-belief, following the structure and the process, and trusting each other and really working together,” he said.

With their sudden change in form, Robbins said it was important to keep things in perspective.

“We won’t get carried away, we know there is still some quality opposition around. Moe were very undermanned with a lot of injuries, quality footballers out, with all of those players in that Moe side, the result would look very different,” he said.

“No one can play their best footy when they have that many people out. We are very pleased with the way we are playing footy, but there is some good footy sides out there that we’ll need to play just as well, if not better, to get close to and get over.”

The Lions are well and truly the walking wounded at present, with no less than 12 senior players on the sidelines.

Heading the list are James Blaser, Tyson Biffin, Harry Pepper, Scott Van Dyk, Ben Maslen, Tom Long, Matt Barrand, Dylan Brooks, and now playing-coach Declan Keilty, who was added to the casualty ward at the weekend.

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

Sale 19.22.136
Bairnsdale 13.8.86

The Redlegs took their underdog status to Sale Oval, and competed admirably for a half before the Magpies went on their way to record a 50-point win.

Just two goals was the difference at the main break, but Sale then kicked 10 goals to five to win 19.22 (136) to 13.8 (86).

Spectators were treated to a pretty high scoring game that saw Brad Dessent nail five for the winners. Sale midfield gun Shannen Lange kicked four in a best on ground display, and received good support from Mitch Bown, Will Leslie, Jack Leslie and Jesse Collins.

A familiar face also kicked three on Sale Oval, but unfortunately for the Magpies, he was wearing a Bairnsdale jumper, that being John Gooch.

The game had the makings of shootout at quarter time, as 10 goals were on the board, but the work of Sale’s defenders in keeping Gooch and Brayden McCarrey quiet ensured the Magpies kept their opponents in-check.

Bairnsdale was well-served by Austin Hodge, Randall Stewart and Ricky Tatnell.

All in all, Sale got out of the match what it needed, with a near 10-goal win keeping it on track to gain a double chance come finals.

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

Drouin 11.8.74
Warragul 14.9.93

Jed Lamb wouldn’t be too keen to watch a replay of his last game against Drouin. That day, the Warragul spearhead was well held, kicking just the one goal while his team could manage only three for the day as Drouin ran riot to claim a massive derby win.

This time, however, things were just a little different. This time, Lamb found the space, time and skill he needed. And more than anything, this time he became the hero of Warragul as he booted a whopping 10 goals to lead the Gulls to victory over their bitter rivals in the Western Derby.

It was the most goals a Warragul player has ever kicked against Drouin in the Gippsland League, beating Ben Hughes’ previous record of seven back in 2012.

And yes, while Lamb was the headline act for the day, one could hardly be too critical of the supporting acts around him, as Warragul put in a complete team performance to claim a 14.9 (93) to 11.8 (74) win.

The Nicks, both Mulqueen and Graham, put in a power of work through the middle, though this was in large part thanks to the dominance of Mitchell Smart and Sam Whibley in the ruck.

At times, Smart and Whibley seemed to have a psychic link to their teammates, repeatedly giving them silver service which allowed for a strong advantage in the clearance numbers.

Drouin, while hardly embarrassed and even at various times appearing the better team, were simply outgunned, particularly after quarter time. They enjoyed some good run and carry in the first term which saw them jump out to an early lead. But, after the Gulls tightened up defensively, their ball movement became somewhat stagnant, accentuating the issues they were having trying to keep Lamb quiet.

Jarrod Marshall was excellent both in the middle and particularly at half forward, being the consistent driving force behind the Hawks’ forward forays. Timothy Hancock continued his solid form at half back, while Kye Quirk was the most consistently threatening Drouin forward.

But with the clearances going well against them and the irresistible form Lamb found himself in, things became just a bit too challenging for the home side.

Warragul coach Dean Alger was full of praise for his side, especially after trailing early in the match.

“Our guys just kept toiling and toiling, a few kicks started coming our way and I thought we had midfield dominance after quarter time,” Alger said.

“(Smart and Whibley) definitely took advantage of their ruck dominance, they palmed the ball and gave our onballers first use.

“Everyone’s got to play their role, and today they did. You win more games than you lose when everyone plays their role.”

Alger also spoke very highly of his side’s 10goal hero in Lamb.

“To finish with 10 goals is just good reward for him. He played super well.”

While winning any game is a euphoric feeling, especially for a rebuilding side like Warragul, Alger said it was “definitely” a special one to win over the old enemy.

“They’ve had the wood over us the last couple of years, it’s definitely good to get one back on them.” he said.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Nicholas Duck.

Hill End 6.9.45
Fish Creek 10.4.64

Hill End were amongst more than a handful of teams fighting for a top two spot on the ladder. The reason for that is, come finals time, one and two will play in the first final for a direct route through to the 2022 grand final.

Finishing top two is crucial for the easiest passage to a premiership assault. But what should have been easy has now become a little more complicated, with Hill End going down to Fish Creek, 6.9-45 to 10.4-64.

The scenario for the Rovers has now become quite serious.

“Fish Creek totally out worked us in every facet of the game,” Hill End coach Mike Santo said. “They jumped us early and controlled the game. Our work rate is borderline embarrassing at the moment and something needs to change quickly if we are to play finals.”

What is most disappointing is Hill End had everything to play for and didn’t show up, while the visiting Kangaroos showcased the type of footy worthy of being a finals contender.

“It was a fantastic win,” Fish Creek coach John Danckert said. “We’ve had a tough couple of months, to take a big scalp like that was terrific. We now head into the bye with momentum and are likely to get half a dozen boys back after the bye. We will look to finish the year off strong.”

The Kangaroos, despite their lower than expected position on the ladder, still have some points to prove prior to the season’s end. That spells danger for any opponent they face.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone

Stony Creek 9.16.70
Mirboo North 6.10.46
Stony Creek inspirationally defeated Mirboo North by 24 points at the Racecourse Oval on Saturday, to collect its sixth victory for the season and stay in touch with the top six.
One local diehard suggested the Stony boys were inspired by St Kilda’s courageous win over Carlton the previous evening, declaring, “there’s a lot of sentiment for the Saints down this way, you know.”
“Plus, we really like it when the underdog gets up on a Friday night, because it fires us up a bit,” he added.
Although Mirboo North peppered the goals early in the opening quarter, for four successive behinds, its only major came after veteran onballer, Shane Peters, found Liam Nash with a lovely centering pass 40 metres from home.
When powerful power forward, Darren Granger, spun his opponent inside out in a two-man contest, he became the first Stony Creek player to register a goal against Mirboo North since 1968 — when both clubs competed in the former South Gippsland Football League.
By quarter-time, the Lions had booted another two majors that took them to the huddle with an eight-point advantage.
As the quarter progressed, giant Stony Creek ruckman, Nick Svenson controlled most of the hit outs that set up opportunities for Darcy Atkins, John Phillips and Tully Bernaldo to run the Sherrin through the midfield and into the Lions’ scoring precinct.
The dominant Svenson, who provided yeoman’s service to his team, also finished with three goals for the match and played a huge part in Stony Creek’s victory.
Two second-term goals by each side kept the contest tight, as the Lions headed to the change rooms with an 11-point lead at the long break.
With both defences on top and near misses mounting, kicking goals was becoming harder than extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers.
A highlight of the quarter was a spectacular high-leaping chest mark by Nash, whose torso was sitting on top of the pack’s shoulders at impact.
Third-quarter Stony Creek goals from Bernaldo and Svenson were matched by the Tigers, but only the Lions’ crooked shooting for goal kept Mirboo North in touch on the scoreboard.
Pursuing the principles of sustained pressure, forceful impact and accountability to each other, underpinned Stony Creek’s competitive juices, with sweat on its brows and ferocious tackling prominent.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, during a crucial 10-minute block in the middle of the third term, there was an 81.75% disconnect between their possessions and effective disposal counts — that opened up countless opportunities for the Lions to create turnovers.
Six mid-distance off-line shots from the Lions went either side of the big white sticks as Mirboo North’s defenders struggled to contain and restrain Stony Creek’s incessant surges across half-forward.
Two final-term goals and another five Lions’ misses against 1.2 by Mirboo North, ensured a Stony Creek victory that could have and should have been larger, but nonetheless, was nothing to quibble about.
In the end, most Stony Creek fans were happy to take a four-goal win against Mirboo North, after only registering two behinds in last year’s corresponding clash in the wet.
An encouraging sign for Mirboo North was teenagers, Jesse Chila and Ethan Woodall being its best players, along with experienced campaigners Joel Lambourn, Nash, Ben Campbell and Julian Blackford competing hard all afternoon.
Match review via multiple publications, written by Rover.

Yinnar 9.6.60
Boolarra 8.11.59

Two sides that could finish as high as top two, or even fall out of the top six, met in an almighty clash.

The result was an absolute thriller, Yinnar winning a one-point game, 9.6-60 to 8.11-59.

In the space of just a month, Yinnar have come from the bottom half of the ladder to within just one win of second position.

“What a game, it could have gone either way,” Yinnar coach Daniel Taylor said. “The win was set up by a super first half by the boys. We brought the heat early and our centre clearance work and pressure didn’t allow Boolarra to get their game going. That all changed pretty quick after half time, and they really worked themselves back into the contest and were controlling the game with their foot skills and ball movement.”

“After leading all day and looking out on our feet, we found ourselves behind with three minutes to go. The boys stayed disciplined and showed a bit of fight and character to snatch back the lead with a minute to go.”

The loss was a heartbreaker for Boolarra who give up second spot on the ladder.

“Very disappointed by the way we turned up to play against a very good side,” Boolarra coach Tony Giardina said. “We can’t keep giving sides five goals headstart and think we are always going to come home and win it. Yinnar deserved to win the game.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone

Morwell East 8.8.56
Foster 10.12.72

Billed as possibly match of the round given the Hawks were within striking distance of a top two spot and the Tigers needed to win away from home to strengthen their tenuous finals hopes, the scene was set for an almighty clash.

Foster proved to be the side that responded to the pressure, winning 10.12-72 to 8-8-56.

Foster coach Sam Davies said it was a good win by his group.

“Morwell East have a really strong top six players, so it was important to keep good looks and maintain some scoreboard pressure,” Davies said. “One day soon we’ll kick more goals than points, and that’ll be a great day.”

As good as the win was, the effort by Morwell East was admirable after being severely restricted by injuries.

“A herculean effort, it’s fair to say we had our backs against the wall early against a very good side, losing all our rotations after only 20 minutes,” Morwell East coach Devon Soutar said. “Despite digging deep, the gap opened up and our weary legs couldn’t quite peg it back as a smart Foster controlled the tempo. Extremely tough to let important points slip but the resilience we showed was enormous.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone

Tarwin 18.12.120
Toora 4.4.28

Comfortably sitting atop the ladder with just one loss, Tarwin comfortably accounted for bottom of the table Toora, 18.12-120 to 4.4-28.

Knowing this time of year could prove dangerous, Sharks coach Troy Hemming said “it was a great win by the boys”.

“Toora played bravely and tried to play a modern brand of footy, which was pleasing to see,” Hemming said. “Well done to the great Ferg Warren on snagging his first goal of the season.”There is no doubt the Sharks are enjoying their footy whilst Toora continued the battle for their first win.

Toora coach Matthew Ponton said “credit to Tarwin as they are a classy side”.

“We played hard and stayed in the contest all day, good ball movement from back to middle, but lack connection going forward,” Ponton said. “We had plenty of forward entries for little result.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone

Thorpdale 9.5.59
Newborough 21.15.141

Newborough had been setting themselves for the challenge of playing Tarwin last week for so long that they may have played the game in their heads too much ahead of the first bounce.

This week, it was back to the basics and taking it one week at a time, an approach that proved far more successful for the Bulldogs. They not only secured the four premiership points but also jumped into second on the league ladder on the back of their 21.15-141 to 9.5-59 win.

“Thorpdale turned on the perfect weather conditions for football in July,” Newborough coach Craig Skinner said. “We started well, taking the opportunity to use the ball against an undermanned Thorpdale.”

“Joel Mitchell brought the XL sized wings and flew at everything in his area, finishing the day with 12 (goals). He was well supported by Jayden VanDyk and Josh Hecker.

“The wheel turns quickly and we head into a block of finals defining games starting with Yinnar, who have top end talent on every line and a swagger in their step after beating Boolarra on the weekend.”

Mitchell’s 12 goals equalled the club record in matches against the Blues. The record is now shared between Mitchell, Paul McIntyre (1973) and Glenn Michie (2014).

For Thorpdale, the frustrations of not being good enough for long enough continue for coach Ray Pickering

“Like most games we played, some good patches or quarters, but can’t sustain the effort, allowing a slick opposition to gain momentum and roll through us too easily,” Pickering reflected.

The Blues now look ahead to Toora, a game Thorpdale would see as winnable and one which might also be seen as reward for previous efforts.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone

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Glengarry 12.11.83
Churchill 19.17.131
Churchill knocked off Glengarry by 47-points. A final result of 19.17 (131) to 12.11 (83) might seem fitting of a match-up between second and ninth, but to assume this is to undersell two very important things – one is Glengarry’s improvement and the other is former Churchill coach Chris Williams’ will to win.
At quarter time Churchill looked to have a 100-point win on its hands as it opened up the young Magpie side. The Cougars converted their dozen or so scoring shots into a five-goal plus lead and it looked like a drubbing was in the offing.
Glengarry however are made of sterner stuff it seems this year. They set about doing what they did just a month or so ago, and held a top three side to a single point for a quarter while piling on the goals themselves. The youngsters played with freedom and dare, the elder statesmen with poise and class.
With Jack Burgess and Zac Bezzina among the goals and the defence led by Michael Ryan and Alex Bermingham holding up, the Pies jogged into the half-time break trailing by the single point they had conceded in the second term. Suddenly, the 100-point hiding that looked on the cards half an hour earlier now looked more like the upset of the year.
Enter Chris ‘Squiddy’ Williams. His four-goal, two-goal assist third quarter spun the game on its head for a second time. The champ finished with seven for the day and would clearly have gotten the votes despite taking a seat for 15 minutes or so. Young gun Cian Iorangi joined Nick Twomey with three each for the winners, with Angus Mitchell and Jordan Fenech listed among the Cougars best for their defensive efforts.
For Glengarry, it was Bezzina and Burgess with three each that headed the goal kickers list while the evergreen Jackson Hall and half back general Ryan were prominent.

Gormandale 7.6.48
Cowwarr 9.18.72
Cowwarr were the victims at the hands of Gormandale when these two clubs met back in Round 1. This time around it was the Saints who were able to get the job done and in doing so, chalked up win number one for season 2022.
Aside from the win, the biggest talking point from the game was the hour-long delay in the second quarter, which saw a Gormandale player requiring an ambulance after being accidentally tunnelled in a marking contest. The shortened quarter saw only a single point scored in the second stanza and the Saints headed to the rooms with an eight point lead. In good news the injured player was released from hospital Sunday morning with CT scans clearing him of significant injury.
After the longer than usual long break it was all Cowwarr. Had they been more accurate, their 17 scoring shots to eight would’ve seen them run out much bigger winners than the 24-point margin they saluted by, as the final scoreboard read 9.18 (72) to 7.6 (48). And with just .72 of a per cent separating the sides on the ladder, that inaccuracy might yet prove the difference between 10th spot on the ladder and the indignity of wooden spoon favouritism at season’s end. But for now the Saints climb one very important spot up the ladder and shuffle the Tigers down to the bottom.
For the winners Rob Ferguson slotted three and Connor Cook two. Kyle Stammers was named the Saints best along with Ben Coffey. For Gormandale, Jarryd Garlick continued his excellent form across 2022, with the man mountain surely in contention for Team of the Year honours. He added a pair of goals to his season tally, with Kodie Owen and Al Jenkin listed as the Tigers best afield.

Heyfield 8.13.61
Woodside 7.13.55
Woodside missed an opportunity to sure up a finals berth, going down to Heyfield 8.13 (61) to 7.13 (55).
After trailing early at Heyfield, a three goal to one second term had the Wildcats head to the long break seven point leaders and with enough momentum to be confident of victory. The Kangaroos however had different thoughts on the matter, and went about setting up their upset win in the third. The key wasn’t necessarily Heyfield’s own three goals, but them restricting their opponents to just two behinds during the premiership quarter.
At the last break, all the momentum was with the home team, and they converted their 13-point advantage to a six point win, and in doing so, kept their chances of sneaking into the post-season hopes alive.
For Woodside, it was a case of what might have been, and with sides fifth through to eighth all playing each other next week, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that last season’s champion side might find themselves outside the five with just a month of home-and-away footy to go.

Rosedale 4.10.34
Yallourn Yallourn North 17.14.116
YYN maintained premiership favouritism with yet another resounding win over a finals contender. This time it was Rosedale who were on the receiving end of the ruthless Jets outfit. After being in touching distance at the first break, it was all one-way traffic as the second quarter commenced, leading YYN to win 17.14 (116) to 4.10 (34).
With Dean MacDonald and Keenan Hughes dominant up forward with five majors each, the Jets suffocated the home side, allowing them a solitary goal across the last three quarters of the match. Dylan Bath was in everything for the Jets,
and when his handy work across the middle of the ground resulted in Hughes slotting his third, the game was all but done at the half. This Jets side seem to have it all. Even without their third amigo Mitch Luck, who has been unavailable for several weeks now, up front, they have the ability to win a shootout. But as their defensive efforts showed again on Saturday, they would be just as at home in an arm wrestle. They can play tempo footy as required with their half-back maintaining possession with a chip, mark style of play, or they can slingshot into attack in the blink of an eye. For all intents and purposes they seem to have the competition at their mercy and rightfully sit atop the ladder, and would be long odds-on to go all the way in season 2022.

Yarram 5.11.41
Traralgon Tyers United 17.14.116
Given the recent form of the respective sides, many would have been tipping the Bombers to return with the four points. Not many, if any, would have been tipping them to run away 75-point victors. While Yarram may have had up to six first-choice players unavailable, the Demons of old have found a way to get the job done and are incredibly tough to roll on their home deck. And so it looked at the first break when Yarram held ‘ITU to a single goal and led by 14-points.
Fast forward three quarters though and Yarram had managed to add only two goals to its quarter time score, while the Bombers slammed on 16 majors from their 30 scoring shots to leapfrog Yarram into third spot on the ladder, winning 17.14 (116) to 5.11 (41).
The Bombers had seven multiple goal kickers with even nominal Team of the Year centre half-back Jack Brown strolling forward for a couple of goals. Zach Kilgower again proved his worth with another best-on-ground performance, while midfield bull Mitch Mustoe and the smooth moving Michael Jacobsen also found plenty of it for TTU.
It was all singles for Yarram with David Coulthard and Dan Vardy named as their best. With a couple of in-game injuries limiting the Demons ability to rotate, it will be a tough couple of weeks ahead for coach Justin Staley.

Lucknow 9.7.61
Stratford 12.13.85
Stratford had to respond to a second-term rally from the Magpies, to eventually break away and win 12.13 (85) to 9.7 (61). Scores were level at quarter time, before Lucknow had the better of the next term. The Magpies kicked 3.3 (21) to 0.3 (3), and went into the main break with a handy 18-point lead. Stratford rallied however, and flipped the script with four goals in the third while keeping Lucknow to just a single behind.
Holding a 10-point lead at the last change, the visiting Swans dug deep, and found another four goals in the final quarter to secure the points.
Stratford had good contributions across the board in the win, while for Lucknow, Joel McNamara, Jack Saulle, Ash Smith, Jesse Glassborow, Josh Carroll and Luke Belfrage were named best.
Match review via Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin

Paynesville 11.7.73
Lakes Entrance 19.8.122
Lakes Entrance kept its finals hopes alive with an emphatic 74-point away victory over Paynesville.
With both sides missing key players and a long way from full strength, the Seagulls won every quarter in a dominant and confidence-boosting performance that could possibly be season-defining.
Best on ground John Hooper kicked five goals and relished the opportunity and freedom to play forward, Sam Nickless was dominant in the ruck, continually bringing busy onballers Jarred McDonnell, Jake Fisher, Angus McKenzie (two goals) and Liam Carroll (four) into the play, while Fraser Dostine and Jarrod Matthews chipped in with two goals each.
Caleb Holland, Benjamin McKinnon, Isaac Smith, Nick Pincott (three goals) and veteran David Ashworth were solid contributors for the Gulls.
Match review via Bairnsdale Advertiser

Boisdale Briagolong 12.13.85
Orbost Snowy Rovers 11.7.73
Boisdale-Briagolong kept its heart pumping. The Bombers made the trip to Orbost, and returned with the four points after winning 12.13 (85) to 11.7 (73). Despite leading from start-to-finish, Boisdale-Briagolong was forced to hold off a gallant Blues outfit. Not for the first time this season, Orbost Snowy Rovers refused to go away, and sent a huge scare through the Bomber’s camp during the third quarter. Having got out to a 28-point lead at half-time, the Bombers saw their lead evaporate to only one goal at the final change. The Blues added five goals to one in the premiership quarter, and with their tails up and the home crowd behind them, would have been more than confident heading into the last. Boisdale-Briagolong however steadied, and the cooler heads of Kel Porter, Andrew Quirk and Sam Bedggood ensured the Bombers got the result they were after. Others to play well in the Bombers win were Paddy Mack, Cal Egan and Ty Ruthberg.
Gus Rogers, Cody Robertson, Max Welsh, Lachlan Fenner, Jack Herbert and Clancy Bennett were best for Orbost Snowy Rovers.
Match review via Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin

Wy Yung 11.15.81
Lindenow 1.7.13
Wy Yung comprehensively defeated second placed Lindenow for the second time this season, this time by 78 points at Tigerland.
The Cats could only manage a solitary goal for the day, meanwhile Tigers goal sneak Brodie Anderson kicked three goals, with Luke Elia and Jack Vickers chipping in with two.
Bayden Ashwood was best on ground for the Tigers in a side that had more good players than bad. Jock Overend, Nick Ward, young gun Thomas Stephenson and Aaron Hanuera were in everything.
The consistent Justin Gould, veteran Rohan Blandford and Jordan Clarke were standouts for the Cats, who will need to regroup quickly.
Match review via Bairnsdale Advertiser


Warragul Industrials 13.21.99
Edithvale-Aspendale 1.1.7

BEST: Michaela Williams, Lily-Rose Williamson, Grace McRae, Jess Szalek, Jessica Kemp, Isabella Brown

GOALS: Lily-Rose Williamson 5, Isabella Brown 3, Amy Heath 2, Samara Beaton Michaela Williams Renee Young 1.

The Warragul Industrials senior women’s team made it a perfect 10 from 10 over the weekend thanks to another thumping win, this time over Edithvale-Aspendale at Western Park.

The Dusties were in near unstoppable form, piling on goals from the first bounce to run out winners 13.12 (99) to 1.1 (7).

Lily-Rose Williamson was the star inside 50 with five goals, while Isabella Brown thrived after being swung forward from her usual domain in the backline to end the game with three goals.

It was a relentless defensive effort from the Dusties, as outside of the third quarter they managed to keep their opponents entirely scoreless, such was their dominance. Repeat inside 50s to the home side meant that Edithvale-Aspendale were constantly under pressure, and if not for some inaccuracy the final margin could have been even bigger.

The win keeps the senior side at the top of the table and undefeated, meaning they’ll take some beating come finals time.

Best on ground for the Warragul Industrials were Michaela Williams, Lily-Rose Williamson, Grace McRae, Jess Szalek, Jessica Kemp and Isabella Brown.

Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette

Bass Coast Breakers 8.3.51
Pearcedale 1.1.7

BEST: Kelly O’Neill, Sunday Brisbane, Ahlee Penry, Stacey Poke, Courtney Fletcher, Hannah Mills

GOALS: Kelly O’Neill 3, Sunday Brisbane 2, Ella Cargill Kate Caughey Tracey Johnson 1.

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


Warragul Industrials Development Team 2.2.14
Lang Lang 6.9.45

Warragul Industrials Development Team
BEST: Rachelle O’Connor, Natarsha Sanders, Amanda Hines, Tayla Lochki, Britt Kilner, Phoebe Pollard
GOALS: Unavailable

Lang Lang
BEST: Ebony Whitworth, Caitlin Cox, Tara Barclay, Nicole Cicciari, Bree van Dord, Stefanie Harper
GOALS: Ebony Whitworth 5, Tara Barclay 1.

Lindenow South 4.0.24
Moe-Newborough 4.7.31


Lindenow South: Nicole Schaeche, Teagan Longhurst, Siarra Peters, Jackie Elliott, Shannon Gotthold, Jasmaie Saunders-Baxter
Moe-Newborough: Paige Dabb, Charli Abbott, Izabella Rosato, Jade Abbott, Kylie Mann, Lara Downey


Lindenow South: Teleigha Saunders 2, Connie Barry Telina Caithness 1.
Moe-Newborough: Nikia Webber 2, Charli Abbott Kaitlyn Ferguson 1.

Moe-Newborough came to the Swamp to play today with 16 a side.
The Swampie girls started strong putting on 2 goals to Nil in the first.
The Allies came back in the second with a couple of easy goals and took the lead into half time.
The third was a well fought affair with both teams struggling to hit the board, the Allies adding a couple of points to their tally moving into the final term.
The 4th was a tough one with the ball moving back and forth, Moe sprayed a couple to gain some handy points and the Swampies adding another 2 goals to be within a kick. With 2 minutes to play Moe were 5 points up with a lot of play in their forward a set shot sailed over the post for a point giving the Swampies a chance to get the ball forward to level the game.
The Allies fought hard to keep it in their forward, a couple of marks on the line to jazzy gave the girls extra chances to get the ball forward before the allies managed another point before the final siren.
The final scores 4.0.24 to 4.7.31 – a massive improvement on the previous 2 games between the sides and a lot of improvement by the Swampies.
Match review written by Kathy Whittingham.

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