Cora Lynn 11.9.75
Bunyip 9.6.60
Match review of this game can be viewed online via Pakenham Gazette here.

Kilcunda Bass 13.15.93
Dalyston 6.5.41
Match review of this game can be viewed online via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.

Koo Wee Rup 9.5.59
Inverloch Kongwak 11.10.76
Match review of this game can be viewed online via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.

Korumburra Bena 0.8.8
Tooradin Dalmore 26.22.178

Tooradin-Dalmore have achieved another first this season, keeping an opposition goalless in a 26.22.178 to 0.8.8 thumping of Korumburra-Bena.

You have to love the ruthless nature of the Seagulls over the last fortnight, winning by 117 and 170 points respectively.

Never give a sucker an even break they say… well the Gulls are living that saying to the fullest!

Several sharp-shooters contributed to their highest score for the season with Brad Butler, Blake Grewar and Stewart Scanlon bagging four, and veteran Julian Suarez chiming in with three.

The undefeated Gulls were once again dominant in every aspect of play, with Brady Egan, Liam Adams and Steven Robb in particularly creative moods.

The Giants have now conceded 365 points and scored just 28 of their own over a demoralising two-week stretch.

But things could have been worse if not for the efforts of Kodie Walker, Bailey nation and Josh Westerman.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Nar Nar Goon 20.11.131
Garfield 5.3.33

A seven-goal haul to Dermott Yawney was the highlight act of Nar Nar Goon’s 20.11.131 to 5.3.33 victory over Garfield at Spencer Street.

The high-leaping and long-kicking fullforward was absent from round one, but has since kicked 51 goals in just 11 appearances in the navy blue and white.

Yawney and his Goon teammates took a quarter to crack the Stars, leading by just one point at quarter time before running rampant in the second term.

The Goon kicked six, five and seven goals in the subsequent three quarters to head into the bye on a high.

Mitch Homfray slotted three for the Goon, who had Trent Armour and Kyle O’Sullivan in damaging form through the midfield.

The Stars head to the bye without a win, but the form of Joel Batson, Liam Bow and Zac Soutar should leave Kooweerup, Dalyston and Kilcunda-Bass feeling a little nervous over the remaining six rounds of the season.

Kooweerup has once again shown it can be a difficult opponent on its home deck with the Demons pushing Inverloch-Kongwak at Denhams Road on Saturday.

Match review via Pakenham Gazette, written by David Nagel.

Warragul Industrials 12.3.75
Phillip Island 4.14.38

There are wins. There are big wins. And then there are wins that can define a club’s entire season. For the Warragul Industrials, this was that win.

Fighting to retain their spot in the top six and up against the competition’s premier team of the last four years, the Dusties utilised a second half performance that was nothing short of perfect as they put the champs to the sword, winning 12.4 (76) to 4.14 (38).

Will Gibson was simply brilliant through the middle as he cut up the vaunted Phillip Island midfield again and again. Jackson Mockett put in a season-best performance to end with three goals while the ever-reliable Mason McGarrity booted three of his own as the Dusties repeatedly made the best of their chances, unlike their opponents.

Yes, while Phillip Island looked the better side for much of the first half, they just could not take the multitude of opportunities they created for themselves. Some of their shots were flying half-chances forced by Warragul’s pressure, but many others were regulation shots that Phillip Island would normally put away.

By half time, the scoreboard had Warragul up 5.1 to 3.12, leading by a point despite having just six scoring shots to 15.

But, if the script for this match said that the Dusties would roll over as Phillip Island started making their shots, nobody told them that.

Warragul, smelling a potential upset win, turned their defensive effort up to 11 in the second half and managed to restrict the reigning premiers to three scoring shots. Three. For an entire half. Including keeping them completely scoreless for the whole final quarter, something that the Bulldogs have not experienced in a very long time.

And, while the Dusties did that, they booted six goals of their own to not only beat the Bulldogs, but completely bully them.

Given the context of Warragul’s season and the calibre of their opponent, the Dusties’ victory was quite possibly the finest the club has experienced since joining the WGFNC in 2018.

It means that they now sit two wins clear in sixth spot, fully confident that when they play their best football there aren’t many that can stop them.

Phillip Island, meanwhile, will be hoping that this was an aberration, though their accuracy in front of goal may be of some concern given that their score in their other loss this year to Tooradin-Dalmore made for similar reading at 3.12. The Bulldogs remain in second but, with Inverloch-Kongwak and Nar Nar Goon breathing down their necks, they can’t afford many more slip ups.

Still, this day was about the Warragul Industrials, and the message they have sent to the rest of the competition: watch out, we’re coming.

Every player was brilliant for the Dusties, but Will Gibson, Jackson Mockett, Todd Beck, Matthew Herbert, Michael Debenham and Nic Visser were among the best.

Brendan Kimber, Cameron Pedersen, Billy Taylor, Mark Griffin, Daniel Pearce and Cooper Logan were the better players for Phillip Island.

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

Buln Buln 3.13.39
Neerim South 7.8.50

It was a similar tale to what unfolded in the opening round as Neerim-Neerim South overcame Buln Buln to increase its advantage at the top of the table.

The Lyrebirds had their opportunities, particularly in the first half, before the Cats did as they do and controlled the second half on the way to winning 7-8 (50) to 3-13 (31).

While the Cats got the break in the first term, better conversion could have had Buln Buln with a half time lead, the Lyrebirds’ return of 2-9 seeing the teams head into the sheds at 21 points apiece.

The Cats scored first through Nathan Bayne, who was assisted by a 50-metre penalty, and they soon had another as the visitor opened a 13-point gap at the first change.

When a dribble snap kick from the pack missed, the home side had four behinds in a row.

They began to control the contest in the second term and finally found maximum reward, with a free kick to Cameron McPhan setting up Sam Batson.

McPhan was in the game again soon after, kicking long for Matt Gray only for the ball to carry over the back and miss.

Good follow up work from Gray forced a stoppage and Batson made good of a snap from the pack as the Lyrebirds hit the front.

Josh Morrison and Ashley Lockett linked up to set up another snap as the Cats responded to regain the lead.

Buln Buln continued to press but were only able to edge level as half time approached.

They had another opportunity as Batson was dealt with after his kick, but the Cats defence were able to knock the ball forward of the line from the after siren shot.

Brandon Allen, Jake Herbel, Trent Baker, Jackson Kos, Gray and Sean Symes had all been prominent for the home side, which would have sensed an opportunity at the half.

It would be the Cats to score the important first goal on the resumption, Alex Johnson and Matthew Kelliher cutting off attacks on the wing to send the Cats forward.

A real arm wrestle ensued as neither side could wrestle momentum. Some dash from Luke Kinder and a sidestep from Morrison set up attacks for the Cats, but the Lyrebirds defence held firm.

Just as a long goal from Chris Urie increased the gap, it was immediately answered at the other end with an evade and snap from Batson.

With the likes of Matthew Edwards, Kody Wilson and Ben Fitzpatrick coming into the game, the Cats would finish strongly, keeping the home side to just three behinds in the final term.

In an unlucky moment for the home side, Urie roved the pack following a big knock to Gray for the first of the final term.

Relentless tackling in the forward half led to another move forward, but Gray was able to sit under the high mark to deny the Cats.

A strong mark on the wing saw the Cats in possession again, with a 50-metre penalty putting Nathan Bayne at point blank range to effectively kill the contest.

Trent Baker took a good mark at centre half forward but his shot in haste missed, the Cats holding firm to concede two late rushed behinds as they held on for a 19-point victory.

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

Yarragon 16.10.116
Nilma Darnum 8.6.54

Yarragon kept its hopes alive with a comfortable win over a persistent Nilma-Darnum, 16-10 (106) to 8-6 (54).

A five goal first quarter saw the Panthers establish an early buffer, but any hopes of filling their boots were quickly dashed as the gallant Bombers refused to be put away.

The visitor booted four goals to six across the second and third terms, as Yarragon turned for home with just a 33-point advantage.

Led by a best afield effort from Sage Tapner, who finished with five goals, the Panthers finally managed to kick away in the final term, booting five goals to two.

Tyler Payroli, Toby Sherer, Lachlan Shaw, Jarvis Wheller and James Harvey were also prominent for the home side.

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

Ellinbank 6.11.47
Poowong 7.6.48
Poowong traveled to Ellinbank for a game which was crucial to both sides finals chances.
Poowong needed a win to consolidate their position and Ellinbank could move to second position with a win, if results went their way.
Ellinbank were first to score with a point, Poowong then took the ball forward for Paddy Harmes to kick the first goal of the game. Both sides were working hard with defences on top, Ellinbank managed four points to go into the second quarter with a five-point lead.
Ellinbank hit the board early with a goal, Poowong came back with a point touched on the line. Poowong were right in the game with Connor Cunningham dominating the ruck, Jack Hazendonk dangerous with his long kicking into the forward line.
The team were exerting a lot of pressure around the ground. This coming quarter they needed to hit the scoreboard early and be sure they were close at the end of the quarter.
It was essential their passes were direct to control the ball and limit Ellinbank’s ability to get the game on their terms.
Coach Chris Doria and assistant Reece Attenborough were doing a good job with the match ups, which was paying dividends.
Poowong were quick out of the blocks, with a goal to Alex Henshall from the forward pocket, then added a point followed a great forward thrust resulting in a goal to Steve McInnes his first.
Poowong’s coaching panel were confident of turning the scoreboard around and set up their match ups they wanted to use to win the game. It was not going to be easy against the breeze but their endeavour and pressure they were displaying showed they could win the game.
Ellinbank went forward for a couple of points, Poowong went forward but Paddy Harmes kick was a minor score, and Jayden Sullivan runs forward led to Poowong’s sixth and the scores were level. Ellinbank went forward for a goal off the ground, the pressure was intense and when there was a scuffle Ellinbank had a player sent off for 15 minutes as the kick for goal was after time on was called the goal was denied, their second attempt went out of bounds.
Play was desperate by both sides and during this Poowong managed a point. Poowong again went forward and a good tackle by Steve McInnes resulted in a free kick for holding the ball. Not much time left when Steve Mcinnes booted true and Poowong in front by a point, from the bounce Ellinbank were going forward when the siren sounded.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times, written by Geoff Wyatt.

Longwarry 8.12.60
Nyora 9.9.63

Nyora scored the upset of the round to put a dent in Longwarry’s finals hopes.

The Saints kicked away to an early lead before holding off a fast-finishing Crows to win 9-9 (63) to 8-12 (60).

The result, along with a Poowong win over Ellinbank, saw the Crows drop out of the top five and sets up a key contest away to the Magpies next week.

It was the Saints who made the stronger start, booting four goals to one to take an early lead into quarter time.

An even contest either side of half time saw a return of four goals apiece and ensured the Crows would remain in touch at the final change.

With plenty to play for the Crows came charging home, booting three of the final four goals to mount a challenge and threaten to steal the four points.

A final quarter steadier proved key for the Saints, who have been building and were rewarded with the win.

Samuel Dixon was the focal point for Nyora with three goals, while Russell Lehmann showed his class to also boot three goals in a best afield effort to lead the charge home.

Hamish Busk, Fintan Fox, Jake Stewart, Bailey Stephens and Ned Ashton were also key players for the Crows.

Standing up to help the Saints hold on were Travis Stewart, Kallon Rigby, Jack Rosenow, Jesse Heylen and Jordan Anderson.

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

Catani 3.8.26
Lang Lang 17.25.133

Lang Lang kept its season on track with a strong win over Catani, 18-25 (133) to 3-8 (26).

The Blues remained in the contest early, assisted by some inaccuracy from the Tigers, before conceding six goals in the second term saw the visitor take control of the contest.

The Tigers increased their lead again after the break, booting three goals to one as the Blues again showed competitive patches.

Six goals to one saw the Tigers deliver the big win it needed as it continues to chase the teams fighting it out for the top five.

With no Daniel Lewis it was Sean Dwyer and Josh Collie stepping up, each booting three majors. Other prominent players were Brett Kirkham, Rhyce Harvie, Brock Duggan, Daniel Vela and Jesse Hand.

Showing glimpses of form for the Blues were Jack Hobson, Thomas Keily, Nicholas Cullen, James Williams, Lachlan Seppings and Lachlan Free.

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

Bairnsdale 5.8.38
Maffra 18.14.122
The Eagles broke away from Bairnsdale after an even first half, running away with the match in the end to win 18.14 (122) to 5.8 (38).  Maffra kicked five goals to one in the last quarter to see the margin bleed out to 84-points.
Very little separated the sides at quarter time at Baimsdale City Oval, with Maffra only one point ahead. The Eagles did most of their groundwork in the second, adding five goals to one, which set them up for the resumption once the respective sides re-entered the field of play.
Maffra successfully put the stops on Redlegs livewire Brayden McCarrey, who was held goalless for just the third time this season. The Eagles defence of David Adams, James Read and James Huts seem to know how to play McCarrey well, as he has not kicked a goal on both occasions against Maffra this season. Hudson Holmes was again best on ground for the victors, and received good support from partner in crime Kade Renooy. Others to play well were Lachlan Channing, Ben Brunt, Ryan Auld and Danny Butcher.
For Bairnsdale, Kieran Vickery, Logan Austin, Andrew Nelson, Simon Deery, Daniel Preston and Charles Mein battled manfully.
Match review via Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin.

Leongatha 13.4.82
Sale 9.10.64
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Moe 13.6.84
Morwell 13.16.94
Morwell emerged as a genuine finals contender after defeating Moe. The Tigers got the better of the Lions, winning 13.16 (94) to 13.6 (84) at Ted Summerton Reserve.
A relatively even first half saw Morwell go into the main break with a slender two point lead, before gaining a crucial psychological edge in the third. The edge was psychological due to the fact the Tigers were kicking into a stiff breeze toward the scoreboard end, and still won the inside 50 count 17 to 11. A long range goal from Berkeley Macfarlane on the stroke of three quarter time proved telling, and judging by the reaction, it was at that moment Morwell had genuine belief they could win the game coming home with the wind. Come home they did, as the Tigers were able to keep the Lions at bay for the first half of the final term. Ill-discipline certainly hurt Moe, who gave Morwell consecutive shots on goal from 50 metre penalties. After cooling their jets, the Lions clawed their way back into the game, and cut the margin to under a goal. As the clocked ticked over to red time, it became a case of ‘next goal wins’. The final play of the game saw Cody Macdonald hit Brandon McDonald inside 50, who duly went back and sealed the deal.
Morwell coach Denis Knight said he was pleased his side was able to deliver in what may prove to be an eight-point game.
“It was important for both teams, to beat a team that is ahead of us is good,” he said.
“I thought we competed really well, pretty good team effort. Ryan Hearn was really good on Declan Keilty which was huge for us.
Boyd Bailey kicked two telling goals in the last quarter, and was among the best players, along with Hearn, Brandon Mcauliffe, Tristen Waack, Brandon McDonald, Cody Macdonald and Dan Musil. For Moe, the side found solid contributions from Trent Baldi, Grady Cocksedge, Justin Morrow, Ben Morrow, Declan Keilty and Brock Smith.
Match review via Latrobe Valley Express, written by Liam Durkin.

Wonthaggi 21.9.135
Warragul 5.4.34
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Traralgon 14.19.103
Drouin 7.5.47
Traralgon remained a game clear in third after easily accounting for Drouin. The Maroons did as most predicted, stretching their lead to a 14.19 (103) to 7.5 (47) victory at the finish. Coach Jake Best and captain Dylan Loprese each kicked four in the win, and had good support from Conor Little, Liam Farley, Tom Schneider, Mark Collison and Luis D’Angelo. Outgoing Drouin coach Jordan Kingi was best for the Hawks.
Match review via Latrobe Valley Express, written by Liam Durkin.

Fish Creek 9.12.66
Stony Creek 10.8.68
There was more than just pride on the table for both teams, with the annual Jack Charlton Trophy up for grabs.
Fish Creek looked to take the game on early, pushing the Stony defence hard in the opening minutes of the game.
In what was shaping up to be a very tight and flowing contest from both sides, Fish Creek were showing early they had a little more finesse and better ball usage than Stony on the home deck.
But they were unable to capitalise that due to some heavy lifting from Matt Brown and Julian Stone, sitting very strong in defence. A little toe poke at the other end of the ground saw the umpire waving both flags, with Fish Creek taking a precious one-point lead into the huddle.
The opening of the second saw a marked difference from the first, with a few quick inside 50 entries from Stony allowing for Ossy Brennan to kick true to put them up for the first time in the day. However, Fish Creek were not going to just roll over, and a couple of quick goals towards the end of the quarter cut the deficit down to just eight points at the main change.
In what was shaping up to be the deciding quarter, Stony Creek started off poorly, with some lapse of judgement kicking out from full back gifting a goal to Fish Creek, to cut the margin down to just a single point.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the away side, with a quick response to keep the Roo’s at bay. This worked in the favour of Fishy, having an extra four scoring shots for the quarter.
Confusion reigned a few times with large packs forming at the goal line for Fish Creek, with both teams asking the umpire to see it their way, but with the third quarter time siren blaring, four points wasn’t going to be a large lead for Stony to hold.
Fish Creek opened the account for the quarter early, with Adam Bright kicking one of his four for the day within the opening five minutes, to put the home team in front and spur crowd support. With scores level halfway through the term, it was the away sides turn to try and put the game beyond any doubt, kicking goals, and putting themselves 14 points ahead with only five to go.
However, Fish Creek weren’t just going to let the win go that easy, kicking true to push the score to an eight-point game, and then following it up just minutes later to make it a second strong kick to cut the final deficit to just two points. However, Stony held strong in the dying seconds to hold that two-point lead, to the jubilation of the crowd.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Hill End 9.6.60
Morwell East 9.16.70

The math was simple in this contest. The winner was guaranteed to climb a rung or two, maybe even three, on the MGFNL ladder, whilst the loser would suffer an inevitable fall from grace.

The Rovers had responded well to the building pressure just seven days ago with a win over the in-form Yinnar. On the weekend they expected an even fiercer fight from Morwell East, and that is exactly what they got. They went down to a more disciplined, organised Hawks side 9.6-50 to 9.16-70.

The loss is a reality check for Hill End, with aspirations for a top two finish under real pressure.

“We were beaten by a more disciplined side on the day,” Hill End coach Mike Santo said. “They deserved the win and we need to be better at controlling our emotions. We gave away seven 50-metre penalties in costly positions which was punishing.

“They played a really contested brand of footy and credit goes to Devon (Soutar) for that,” he added. “We just need to be more locked in for four quarters.”

Morwell East coach Devon Soutar had been searching for that same four quarter effort from his selected 21 team. On the weekend, he edged a little closer to being satisfied.

“We knew the enormity of the challenge we were facing, but we also knew it was an opportunity to make a statement.” Soutar said. “A strong second quarter against the breeze put us in good shape and thankfully we were able to withstand a late charge. Our leaders were strong in their message all week, and getting the points in an important game will only build more belief within that we are on the right path.”

Make no mistake, the jostling for prime positions within the league’s top six is far from over. What the Hawks achieved on the weekend has certainly placed them in an ideal position from which to launch another assault on a few teams above.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Meeniyan Dumbalk United 12.9.81
Foster 10.13.73

Having quietly going about doing what needs to be done, Foster fell when they could least afford to.

A desperate MDU side winning the contest, 12.9-81 to 10-13-73.

MDU coach Peter Harris said it was an uplifting win for the group after a tough month.

“The boys showed a lot of character to fight back after a poor start, and then hang on late when Foster kept coming,” Harris said. “I really couldn’t ask for any more as a coach.”

Credit where credit is due, the Demons were playing for pride. However, the result was disappointing for Foster who were playing for their finals.

“Ultimately we cost ourselves the game with poor kicking, goals that we’d kick a majority of times in moments of the game where we were on top,” Foster coach Sam Davies said. “Plenty of decisions went against us, which didn’t help. But credit to Meeniyan for fighting themselves back into the game and winning in the end. It puts us back in a position that we don’t want to be with a massive two weeks before our bye.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Mirboo North 13.13.91
Thorpdale 10.11.71
Mirboo North returned to the winner’s list on Saturday with an out of the jaws of death 20-point victory over Thorpdale, on the first Gippsland Orange Round Day at Tigerland.
Mirboo North also retained the annual Bright / St Ellen Memorial Shield after winning five of seven football and netball clashes between the clubs.
To quote Shakespeare, if the mighty Tigers had gone under, all hopes of them appearing in the 2022 MGFNL finals would have ‘vanished into thin air’.
Both teams hit the ground running and there was no faint-hearted play; each was keen to show the expectant crowd, watching with baited breath, which one was boss.
Going great guns early on for Thorpdale were Daniel Powell, Heath Ferguson and Mitchell Gorman, whilst Hudson Kerr, playing coach Josh Taylor and high-leaping ruckman, Joe Brooks, led the way for Mirboo North.
A sorry sight for Thorpdale fans, however, was star key forward, Trent Gibson, leaving the field permanently with a leg injury.
At the first break, the visiting Blues held a nine-point into-the-wind lead after two of Thorpdale’s four goals came from 50-metre penalties awarded to Joel Monger and Tom Poulton, for indiscriminate come what may indiscretions by the Tigers.
Mirboo North teenage defender, Beau Peters, sporting a recent mushroom cut haircut, was in great touch for Mirboo North — marking everything that came near him in the air and defiantly turning back several potentially-dangerous Thorpdale ground-ball inside 50 forward entries.
Once his legs warmed up, former Essendon 129-gamer, Jason Winderlich — whose dodgy hamstrings these days are tighter than the late Merle Haggard’s Fender Tuff Dog Telecaster electric guitar strings — came into the game with a series of handy marks, classy pick ups and accurate disposals to his Thorpdale teammates.
Although Mirboo North’s hard work helped it wrestle back the lead and kick 12 points clear, Thorpdale halved the deficit with its sixth major just before the half-time siren.
When Taylor addressed the Tigers in the change rooms, he told them to forget the first half mistakes, because what’s done is done and Mirboo North’s second-half effort would decide the game.
It wasn’t until midway through the third quarter that Mirboo North showed the swagger for which it’s renowned, and all of a sudden, Thorpdale was in a pickle.
There were three consecutive goals in as many minutes from Jordan Cummaudo, skipper Damien Turner and the clever Cummaudo again, before a further major by Jonathon Burge — as the home side maximized its strengths and turned wishful thinking into fruitful achievement.
No doubt, Thorpdale’s temporary self doubt forced on it by the Tigers’ pressure cooker coordination, was a precursor to some so-so disposals coming off its flustered players’ boots.
Although Thorpdale recovered its composure with a closing third quarter goal from Mitchell Gorman, and Shannon Pickering slammed through the first major of the final term from 50 metres, the Blues were too far behind on the scoreboard to catch the Tigers.
Features of Mirboo North’s last stanza that finally sent Thorpdale packing were a snapped goal by talented youngster, Harrison Mahoney, that was followed by the match sealer from the Tigers’ four-time senior premiership all rounder, Dom Pinneri.
Match review via multiple publications, written by Rover.

Newborough 7.13.55
Tarwin 10.11.71

If Tarwin was looking for some respite after their first loss of the season, the Bulldogs were never going to allow the Sharks to put their heads on the pillow.

The Bulldogs had long been looking forward to the challenge of taking on the league’s top team, partly so coach Craig Skinner could better identify where his young, developing side stood.

The synopsis? There’s still some work to do. The Bulldogs fell short, 7.13-55 to the top of the table Tarwin 10.11-71.

“We struggled to find any winners early on and were lucky to be still in the game at halftime,” reflected Skinner. “A few changes after the break gave us some life. When we hit the front in the last, we stumbled and the very consistent Tarwin went up a gear, and we couldn’t match it.”

Tarwin coach Troy Hemming praised a couple of players who came up and played their role.

“I thought Ethan Lamers played well today, he’s going to be a great footballer. Our captain Ben Ellen was so composed all day and led from the front. It was a tough finals-like game, and the boys stuck together and responded after last week’s loss,” said the proud coach.

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

Toora 5.5.35
Boolarra 10.12.72

After producing their finest win of the year, Boolarra turned up, not an 100 per cent but at a good enough level, to walk away with the win over Toora.

It was a clash that could have proved dangerous if the Demons just expected to win. However, they did all the things needed to claim success, 10.12-72 to 5.5-35.

Toora coach Matt Ponton said it was a back and forth game, with the wind favouring one end.

“Our boys played good structured, relentless footy all day, but had a lapse in the second quarter which gave Boolarra a 30-point lead and it was hard to claw back,” Ponton said. “Three quarters of breaking even with a finals team, shows we are nearing our first win.”

“We played some good footy in the first half, in the second half we just went through the motions,” Boolarra coach Tony Giardina said. “But, to Toora’s credit, they played some good footy and never let us open up the game.”

Match review via multiple publications, written by Rob Popplestone.

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Sale City 7.8.50
Woodside 11.11.77
Facing a Bulldogs outfit that looks to be among a handful of teams fighting for the right to play in an elimination final, the Wildcats got the job done courtesy of an 11.11 (77) to 7.8 (50) victory.
 The game saw the Wildcats lead from start to finish – although not without a fight from the Bulldogs. Woodside got out to a 20-point lead at half-time, before Sale City clawed their way back to cut the margin to 15 with one quarter to play.
The Wildcats did enough, kicking three goals to one in the last to secure their victory.
Having had two weeks off due to a league wide and scheduled bye, Duncan may well have seen this match as the start of a ‘mini season’.
Josh Scott was best on ground, and received good support from Luke LeBlanc, Rowan Missen, Ryan Foat, Lee Stockdale and Darcy McAlpine.
Best for Sale City was Ben Brett, Sam Davidson, Jontie Gray, Mitch Evans, Brysen, Nottle and Ben Chivers.

Heyfield 6.11.47
Yallourn Yallourn North 21.7.133
The Jets disposed of the Kangaroos with relative ease, chalking up win number nine with a 21.7 (133) to 6.11 (47) performance. The win keeps YYN on top of the ladder, with a percentage still north of 250.
Making the journey to Heyfield, the Jets got going in the second half, slamming on 11 goals to four to run away with the game. Up until half-time it had been fairly even, with both sides having basically the same amount of scoring shots. However, the class of YYN shone through as the game went on, in what became a matter of weight of numbers dragging an opposition down. Dean MacDonald managed to kick more goals than the entire Heyfield side, and was best on ground for the Jets. Others to perform well were James De Virgilio, Keenan Hughes (four goals), Dylan Bentley, Rohan Reid and Jai Massese.
Heyfield found good output from Adam Wallace, Tom Marchesi, Marcus Sundermann, Tyson Birss, Miller Eastham and James Beha.

Rosedale 10.6.66
Traralgon Tyers United 13.20.98
Traralgon Tyers United took another step toward the top three. The Bombers got the better of a determined Rosedale, winning 13.20 (98) to 10.6 (66).
An arm wrestle of a contest ensued in the first half, as both teams managed six goals. It was more of the same in the third, with the Bombers and Blues trading three goals each, although TTU did have nine scoring shots to four. The Bombers were able to break the dam wall open in the last, and went on to kick four goals to one to secure a very important win against a top-five hopeful.
Brad Kelleher had a big say in the result, kicking half a dozen majors for the winners. Captain Jye Neilson was also productive, scoring four to be named in the best alongside Kade Duncan, Rowan Hore, Zach Kilgower and Beau White.
Rosedale found honest contributions from Corey Buys, Dylan Rowley, Joel Bristow, Declan Barnett, Hayden Bell and Rohan Hilderbrand.

Yarram 8.13.61
Churchill 14.7.91
Travelling to Yarram, the Cougars got the desired result, winning 14.7 (91) to 8.13 (61).
The Demons squandered a number of opportunities in the first quarter, having 10 scoring shots to three and putting up 2.8 (20). Churchill then took ascendancy in the second, slamming on six goals while keeping Yarram to just 1.1 (7). The Demons persisted after the main break, and had the game in a manageable position at three quarter time, only 11-points down.
The Cougars however had all the answers, and kicked five goals in the last to sew up a five goal win.
Cain Iorangi played well for Churchill, as did Dillon Leys, Jake Roe-Duggan, Michael Diaz, Chris Williams and Bailey Flanigan.
Yarram was well served by the evergreen Griffin Underwood, along with Jacob Davis, David Coulthard, Kiefer Sutherland, Dan Vardy and Tanner Chisholm.

Glengarry 23.14.152
Cowwarr 12.12.84
Glengarry made it back-to-back wins. The Magpies remained unbeaten since the bye, getting up over Cowwarr in a high-scoring match 23.14 (152) to 12.12 (84).
A six goal to two second quarter set up the path to victory for Glengarry, who went on their way from there. The Saints were in the box seat at quarter time, but fell away badly from there.
Spencer Poulton nabbed seven goals for Glengarry to be named best on, and received support from Jesse Lee, Callum Mitchell, Jackson Hall, Alex Birmingham and Jack Burgess.
Matt Bourke, Kyle Stamers, Ben Coffey, Rob Ferguson, Nick Wozniak and Harrison Low were best for Cowwarr.

Lindenow 14.18.102
Paynesville 5.9.39
Second placed Lindenow was too good for an out-of-form Paynesville, converting a 40-point half time lead into a 63-point winning margin, the four points going along way towards securing another finals berth for the Cats in season 2022.
Unfortunately, the game was marred by an on field incident which saw a Lindenow player reported for an alleged incident with a Paynesville player. The alleged incident caused the Paynesville player to sustain injuries which delayed play in the third quarter after Ambulance Victoria were called to the scene. The player was later released from hospital on Tuesday afternoon with a lacerated tongue, the side effects of concussion and some disc damage in his neck.
The Lindenow player was also charged by Bairnsdale police with one count of recklessly causing injury and recklessly causing serious injury. The player will be ineligible to play until the matter is resolved.

Lucknow 22.9.141
Boisdale-Briagolong 8.2.50
Boisdale Briagolong headed into the match with plenty of confidence after defeating second placed Lindenow the previous week by 50 points and many people were of the opinion this may be a danger game for the in-form Magpies. Obviously know one told Lucknow’s Darren Allen.
After an even first quarter, the Pies rammed home seven goals to three in the second quarter to assert their authority on the match. Allen was superb kicking three goals for the term, his clean one-handed pick up on the wing at speed followed by a dashing run and baulk, finishing with with a 55 metre kick that hit young Jackson Smith laces out, was just one moment of magic. It appeared to mesmerise several of the Bombers players as the Magpies kicked four goals in following five minutes to establish a break.
An 11-goal to one second half saw the margin balloon to 91 points, showing why Lucknow could well be the side that snatches the double chance from Stratford and Lindenow in the coming weeks. Allen (seven goals), Dallas Smith (five) and Jackson Smith (four) combined well up for-ward and will cause some headaches for sides if they continue to get it delivered like they did on Saturday from Joel McNamara, Chris Hammond, Joshua Carroll and company.
Jim Reeves was lively early for the Bombers with three clever goals. Paddy Mack, Rhys Johnson and Daniel Johnson tried hard but they did most of work defending, not attacking.
Lucknow coach, Grant Mooney, was delighted with the win.
“Our pressure all day was good, we spread well from stoppages and finally kicked well for goal” Mooney said.
“Any win is a good win, but they are always better when you put four solid quarters together.
Match review via The Bairnsdale Advertiser

Orbost Snowy Rovers 12.9.81
Wy Yung 18.14.122
Top of ladder Wy Yung was too good for an improved Orbost Snowy Rovers.
Humbled by the Tigers in round four at Wy Yung by 114 points, the Blues went in hoping to continue their mid-season improvement and possibly cause an upset. A win was never likely after the Tigers came out running, an impressive six-goal to one in the first term. OSR had no answer to the Tigers’ run off half back, which created numerous scoring opportunities for best on ground Aaron Hanuera (six goals), Harry Kellow (four) and young wingman Tom Stephenson (three). The Blues rallied after trailing by 53 points at half time, outscoring the Tigers by nine goals to seven in the second half, going down by 41 points.
Hamish Nettleton was on fire up forward kicking six goals, relishing the inclusion of big-bodied Wes Russell to share the workload. He was joined in the best by hard-working midfielders Braeden Ross and Gus Rogers.
Match review via The Bairnsdale Advertiser

Stratford 9.13.67
Lakes Entrance 5.7.37
Stratford went a game clear into the top four after defeating Lakes Entrance.
The Swans percentage wasn’t given a huge boost on Saturday, although at quarter time many in the red and white would have been entertaining thoughts of this happening. At that stage, Stratford led by 22 points and had registered eight scoring shots to one.
The Seagulls slowly but surely hit back, and reduced the deficit to just 16-points at the last change. Stratford found enough winners in the finish, and with their home crowd spurring them on, kicked three goals to one to record a 9.13 (67) to 5.7 (37) victory.
Pleasingly for Stratford coach Jarryd Clohesy, his side showed it was not reliant on Haydn Erfurth, Jack Bacon or Rod O’Keefe
doing all the scoring, as the Swans had eight individual goal-kickers. Bacon was among the best players, while the man with the deadly pull shot Ben Channing was voted best of the lot. Others to play well were Regan Tait, Jesse Broadbent, Brad White and Nick French.
Best for Lakes Entrance was Sam Nicldess, Jarred McDonnell, Jake Fisher, Angus McKenzie, Liam Carroll and Tom Duncan.
Match review via Gippsland Times, written by Liam Durkin.

All match reviews via Bairnsdale Advertiser
Bruthen 5.6.36
Omeo Benambra 33.13.211
Omeo Benambra returned to the winners list with a 175-point shellacking of a struggling Bruthen.
Aaron Cameron (11 goals) was the dominant player on the ground with Travis Balmer (six), Cody Graske and Noah Wills (five each) all cashing in. Ray Giddings and Will Matthews tried hard all day for the Bulldogs.

Swifts Creek 10.14.74
Buchan 7.8.50
Swifts Creek controlled the match against a gallant Buchan, winning by four goals.
Jamie Barton was back in form close to goal, bagging four goals, capitalising on the good work of half backs Jesse Hack and Tom King, ruckmen Alistair Commins and the creative Beau Hack. Better players for the Cavemen were James Joiner, Tom Buckley-Kohne (two goals each), Shaun Coleman and Luke Howes.

Swan Reach 11.11.77
Lindenow South 9.11.65
Swan Reach has breathed life into the 2022 Omeo and District Netball League season with an impressive 10-point victory over the previously unbeaten Lindenow South in round 11 action last Saturday.
Swan Reach led all day and withstood every-thing a close to full strength Lindenow South threw at it. The Swans have plenty of options up forward with the league’s leading goalkicker, Brandon Scott, kicking three, while Tyler Hood, Peter Ritchie and Charles Solomon each contributed two each.
An interesting inclusion this week was former Lakes Entrance full forward Lucky Whelan, who kicked one goal, and if fit and firing he could be the wildcard that separates the top four sides at season’s end.
Best players for the Swans were Jesse Guarnaccia, Brendan Bassett, coach Joel Waters, Scott and Jack Wheatfill-Edes.
Better players for the Swampies were Nathan Pollard, Max Solomon (both two goals), Mitchell Neal, Sam Howden and courageous backman Daniel Howe.


Warragul Industrials 8.4.52
Pearcedale 3.7.25

BEST: Carlee Maher, Jessica Kemp, Samara Beaton, Emily Robinson, Sarah Burns, Isabella Brown

GOALS: Sarah Burns Amy Heath 2, Samara Beaton Jenna Robertson Jess Szalek Michaela Williams 1

Bass Coast Breakers 7.11.53
Seaford 2nds 0.1.1

BEST: Sunday Brisbane, Sophie McCracken-Evans, Ahlee Penry, Hannah Mills, Ella Cargill, Jenna Russo

GOALS: Ella Cargill 2, Kelly O’Neill Chelsea Connell Tracey Johnson Tess Wingfield Ahlee Penry 1.

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


Lang Lang 15.11.101
Red Hill 0.0.0

BEST: Bree van Dord, Taylor Dare, Private player, Ebony Whitworth, Nicole Cicciari, Kelly Cerra

GOALS: Kelly Cerra, Ebony Whitworth + unknown player 4, Stacie Clarke Stefanie Harper Brodie Miller 1.

Warragul Industrials Development Team 0.0.0
Cerberus 6.11.47

BEST: Emmerson Taylor, Manon Albert, Sophie Johnston, Bonnie Mahoney, Keryn Galloway, Kathrine Groendahl


Lindenow South 6.4.40
Foster 3.8.24


Lindenow South: Connie Barry, Jasmaie Saunders-Baxter, Jackie Elliott, Shannon Gotthold, Siarra Peters, Eileen Saunders
Foster: Bonnie-Rose Waters, Lois Rodger, Amanda Briody, Rachael Francis, Annabel Davies, Ella Carr


Lindenow South: Connie Barry 3, Siarra Peters Eileen Saunders Teleigha Saunders 1
Foster: Lois Rodger Amanda Briody Rachael Francis 1.

BYE: Moe-Newborough

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