WEST GIPPSLAND FNC ROUND 5 REVIEW
Playing away from home and against a side whose confidence has been quite high in recent weeks, the Dusties adjusted to the conditions better to win 7.4 (46) to 5.5 (35).
As promised by coach Harmit Singh during the week, the Dusties played harder for longer than their opponents, who were held to just one goal in the second half.
It wasn’t all going Warragul’s way, however, as Bunyip had the better of the first half to lead 4.4 to 2.1 in some wet and wild conditions going into the main break.
They call the third quarter the premiership quarter, and it was the Dusties that used it to perfection. They came out swinging, kicking four goals to one to take a five-point lead into the final quarter.
The last quarter proved to be a tense affair, with neither side willing to give an inch defensively. With the wet conditions making it impossible for highly skilled play, it was a war of attrition.
Ultimately the Dusties would come out on top, managing to kick the only goal of the quarter to claim their third win.
Mason McGarrity was the only multiple goalkicker for the Dusties with two, while Jason Williams kicked two for Bunyip.
The Bulldogs will be left to lick their wounds, having let a real opportunity slip with a difficult away trip to Inverloch-Kongwak looming next week.
Best for Warragul Industrials were Michael Ablett, Will Gibson, Mark Bradley, Nic Visser, Kyle Staples and Mason McGarrity.
Bunyip’s best were William Papley, Aaron Paxton, Jeb McLeod, Ryan Quirk, Daniel Helmore and Jye Keath.
The Giants nonetheless moved the ball well around the wings and flanks, through the likes of Jay Walker, who was burning on his wing, and Joel Cuman and Kodie Walker, with Josh Westerman and Darcy Hargrave holding their own on the ball, supported by Dan Brown and Tyler Newton sharing the ruck.
The second quarter, with the wind and a relatively dry ball, was always going to be the most important one for the Giants and Matt Lello provided the target they need-ed up forward, kicking two of the three goals himself to give the home team the impetus going into half time.
Byron Walker was the other goal scorer in the second term, on a day when the back-men and those prepared to tackle and pressure the opposition were well on top. As coach Leigh Cole stressed at half time, it would be those pressure acts, especially during the third quarter, that would put the locals in a position to bring off an historic win, with the Giants already feeling like they had the higher-rated Stars’ measure.
Again Garfield added two goals with the wind to reclaim the lead but only seven points separated the sides at the last change, and Korumburra-Bena were coming home with a wet sail. The only downside for the home team was the injury to one of their winners on the day, Jay Walker, who coped a broken collarbone late in the third quarter.
The Giants peppered the scoring zone, with the bulk of the possession early in the last quarter, but they were still one point down when Matt Kennewell was tackled without the ball, 20 metres out, earning a crucial free kick. He went back and slotted it through to put the Giants in front but still with heaps of time left on the clock. It was to everyone’s credit that Garfield were unable to score in the last quarter, in fact no one had scored a goal to the scoreboard-end of the ground, and the club had claimed a history-making win.
It was the first time they had beaten Garfield, club that was part of the Gippsland League between 2002-2009, and a powerhouse of the West Gippsland competition.
The Goon were ferocious at the contest, outmuscling their opponents for most of the day to win 11.10 (72) to 1.6 (12).
It wasn’t a terrible start for the visitors, as an early goal to Cory Machaya and some good intent with the ball saw the Cobras kick 1.4 to the Goon’s 2.4 in the first term.
Cora Lynn would manage just two more behinds for the match, however, as Nar Nar Goon’s power around the ball began to take over.
The Cobras also couldn’t contain the prowess of Nar Nar Goon’s forward line, as Troy McDermott kicked three goals while Matthew Homfray, Mitchell Homfray, Kyle O’Sullivan and Dermott Yawney all kicked two each.
The Goon will next meet Dalyston and will be very confident they can go 6-0 to start the season, while Cora Lynn plays Korumburra-Bena in what might be their best chance so far to win their first match.
Nar Nar Goon’s best were Trent Armour, Matthew Homfray, James Cairns, Mitchell Homfray, Brendan Hermann and Aidan Pipicelli.
Cora Lynn’s best were Heath Briggs, Dillan Bass, Chris Johnson, Luke Ryan, Tristan Warkuss and Brady White.
Match review of this game can be viewed via South Gippsland Sentinel Times here.
Tooradin-Dalmore kicked the sweep on Saturday – winning 19.22.136 to 2.4.16 over Dalyston.
A seven-goal second quarter was the highlight for the Gulls, who kicked a wasteful 5.13 in the final term!
Brad Butler booted five, and Stewie Scanlon four, while Liam Adams, Piva Wright and Steve Robb were influential figures around the ground.
The Gulls play Garfield this week, before a tougher run of matches will see them hog the headlines against Inverloch-Kongwak, Bunyip, Phillip Island and Nar Nar Goon.
They look a genuine contender do the Seagulls, but by the conclusion of round 10 we will have a much clearer picture of their prospects.
Jack Paravicini held his head high for the Magpies, while midfielders Mick Marotta and Curtis Murfett – and the left foot of Mason Storr – also saw plenty of action.
ELLINBANK & DISTRICT FNL ROUND 5 REVIEW
Cameron McPhan proved a match winner for Buln Buln as the Lyrebirds produced an upset of sorts to defeat Trafalgar.
With the contest hampered by wintry conditions and a strong cross-breeze, McPhan’s sensational final term burst proved catalyst for a come from behind victory.
The Bloods had held the edge in a dour affair that had only realised three goals to the final change.
Enter McPhan, who was able to add consecutive goals to put the Lyrebirds in front to ultimately hold on and win 4-7 (31) to 2-2 (14).
The Lyrebirds hadn’t been without their chances, with a Bob McCallum miss from centre half forward to begin the third term taking their return to 1-6.
McPhan then began his burst, converting to put the Lyrebirds four points to the good.
Buln Buln went forward again and McPhan caught his opponents napping. Baker’s kick towards the square rolled out of bounds and McPhan burst through the stoppage, his left foot snap sailing through to open a 10-point buffer.
Desperation lifted for Trafalgar with the points on the line, but in a blow for the Bloods their best player to that point in Hayden Farrell headed to the bench to ice his hamstring.
The Lyrebirds would again score next. Jake Herbel, who had been providing good drive for the visitor, found James Fowler but his snap faded late to miss.
Trafalgar began to take risks to generate score to get themselves back into the contest, and it would bring about their undoing.
Herbel was able to cut off an ambitious kick into the corridor from Dylan Farrell. He found Adam Rakip, who had stepped up in the absence of injured Sam Langford and kicked the sealer.
Both teams entered the contest with personnel changes. Bryce Monahan came in for Langford and got his hands to the ball in contest, while Flynn Hammond came in for his debut for the Lyrebirds.
Trafalgar also had changes with players in isolation or away at national polocrosse championships, coach Tom Hallinan admitting pregame that it would be hard to be critical of either side until later in the season.
The Bloods began the match kicking with a breeze that may have been worth two or three goals in normal autumn conditions.
Instead the ball spent a lot of time over the boundary scoreboard side of the ground, some delays ensuing as patrons found it difficult to leave the comfort of their cars to assist returning the ball.
Relishing his role in the forward half, Hayden Baker roved a Rakip contest for an opportunistic goal over the back for an important goal into the wind.
Matthew Swenson converted from long range for the immediate response.
The Bloods went searching for Mitchell Smart in space, but he couldn’t collect, while a Mann soccer toward goal was intercepted.
It was Buln Buln who had the most opportunities in the second term, but only had four behinds to show for it.
Samuel Batson, Jack Symes, Sean Symes, Matthew Gray, Thomas Axford and Jake Pierrehumbert were prominent as the Lyrebirds held a slight edge, while keeping Trafalgar in the contest were Jace Butler, Dylan Farrell, David Van Schajik, Mitch Virtue, Blake Slater and Tyson Leys.
A late goal from Klay Butler put the Bloods in front heading into the final change, and next goal would prove telling in the outcome.
McPhan began his final quarter heroics before Rakip delivered the sealer from an opportunistic turnover.
Fittingly the ball finished with man of the moment McPhan as the Lyrebirds secured the points to displace Trafalgar in second on the ladder.
Review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid
Poowong welcomed Yarragon on Saturday on a cold, wet day with a fresh breeze blowing down the ground. The ground was soft from overnight rain and to the credit of our recreation committee, the ground was OK after three games.
Neerim-Neerim South have moved clear in top spot on the Ellinbank District football ladder, overcoming a determined Lang Lang to keep its undefeated record intact.
The Tigers took a narrow lead into half time and at stages looked the better side for the conditions, only for the Cats to show their class and kick away with a six goal second half to win 8-11 (59) to 5-8 (38).
The Cats were made to work had early as Chris Urie pushed as high as the wing to get his hands on the ball. He soon had an opportunity closer to goal, but his shot missed.
Lang Lang went straight through the middle on the kick in and gained territory. The Tigers set up well behind the ball to allow for repeat entries, but the Cats were able to hold up strong in defence.
A pinpoint pass to Daniel Nicholls came off despite a diving attempt to spoil from Kody Wilson. He and Dean Stringer showed good desperation and drive around the ground.
The Cats again went forward but wind was playing havoc with accuracy as kick missed Luke Kinder on the lead.
Urie made a snap on goal with Lang Lang players appealing the ball had been already out of bounds, the decision going in their favour.
The Cats broke through for the first goal late in the term as Kinder made a good run from the wing and finished off his work.
The Tigers hit back early in the second term, Jesse Hand stealing it from a short throw in to find Sean Dwyer for a goal.
The Cats sent the ball deep and converted from the pack as the lead changed again.
The goal for goal nature of the contest continued, the Cats appealing touched for a snapped shot on goal to no avail as the Tigers went into half time with a six-point lead.
The home side scored a long goal as conditions cleared to open the second half in ominous signs for the Cats.
However it stirred a response, as the visitors would put through six of the final seven goals for a comfortable victory.
It turned at the mid-point of the third term as a snap from Tom Gill went high in the air. The Tigers defence attempted to clear, brushing off a tackle only to be caught by Declan Bagot.
Some good follow up work from Gill saw the Cats snap truly from the advantage for a much-needed goal.
Urie found Bambridge on the lead to put the Cats back in front, the Cats then taking it the length of the field from a set shot miss at the other end to find Bambridge on the end of another one.
The Cats had begun to find their range, opening the final term with a long goal and soon added another.
A long shot from Ben Barwick evaded the chasing Cats defence to bring some life back into the contest, only to see an immediate response to see the visitor seal the result.
Wilson led the response for the Cats, with other contributors being Tyssen Morrow, Alexander Johnston, Nathan Bayne, Cooper Clancy and Christopher Charles.
Fighting hard to keep the Tigers in the contest were Bradley Ventura, Joshua Brown, Brad Harding, Barwick, Joseph Dalgleish and Brett Coghill.
Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.
Ellinbank will hope its result on Saturday is catalyst for a return to some of the devastating form displayed in previous seasons.
In a round that saw an early wintry blast with low scores the order of the day, Ellinbank produced the biggest score of the round, managing 12 goals.
It simply did what it needed to do in taking a strong win over Catani to get its season back on track, winning 12-14 (86) to 2-2 (14).
The Bankers scored the important first goal in a tight opening quarter, taking an eight-point lead into the first change.
The home side made the most of kicking to the scoring end, booting six goals to one in the second term to create a handy 43-point buffer at the long break.
The Blues would kick the only goal of the third term as the contest again turned dour, before the Bankers capitalised again to finish strongly.
Five goals to no score in the final term saw the margin out to 72-points, a fine effort given the conditions. Adam Cook was the standout, finishing with five goals.
Other better players in a strong team performance for Ellinbank were coach Ben Wragg, Bryce Joyce, Liam Carolan, Daniel Pratt and Zachery Holton.
Showing glimpses of form for the Blues were James Williams, Dylan Williams, Brett Williams, Michael Ralph, Thomas Keily and Brayden Hall.
Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Davyd Reid.
GIPPSLAND LEAGUE ROUND 5 REVIEW
Moe impressed with an industrious 40-point away win against Bairnsdale. The Lions produced a blistering opening term to lead by 28 points at the first change and collected the four points without any major worries. Matt Barrand booted a game-high three goals in the 8.20 (68) to 4.4 (28) success. The 28 scoring shots to eight highlighted Moe’s dominance with Jess McGrath and James Blaser leading a long list of solid contributors. In difficult conditions, Barrand’s three-QOal was worth its weight in gold, while Ham Sim bobbed up with two majors. Bairnsdale battled hard and enjoyed its best period of the match in the final term, booting three goals to one. Coach Logan Austin made a welcome return and worked hard in defence, although Randall Stewart was named best for the Redlegs ahead of the former Port Adelaide and St Kilda tall.
Match review via Latrobe Valley Express/Gippsland Times, written by Gregor McTaggart.
Howling wind played havoc with both sides’ goal kicking throughout the contest and rain fell for much of the day, at times blowing sideways.
Drouin have lost their fourth game of the season, albeit not without a fight, against Sale over the weekend by 20 points.
The Hawks were certainly up for the fight in the challenging conditions, but couldn’t keep up with their more experienced opponents as they lost 7.8 (50) to 9.16 (70).
Kye Quirk was the standout up forward with three goals, while Timothy Hancock controlled the backline for Drouin, repelling multiple attacks.
Sale were well represented by Will and Jack Leslie, whose marking prowess stood out at opposite ends of the field even with the ball being as slippery as it was.
The game was not a great display of high skills, as a combination of the wet weather and a swirling breeze meant that both teams turned the ball over on a regular occasion.
Drouin, as they have done regularly over the last few weeks, started in positive fashion, kicking two early goals to show they were up for the fight.
Sale nailed their own two goals in the early goings of the match to make it a very even contest going into quarter time.
The second quarter saw both sides fall prey to some inaccurate goalkicking, Sale kicking 2.4 to Drouin’s 1.4.
The improvement of the younger Hawks players since the early rounds of the season was clear to see. Despite the conditions, the side managed to put together multiple transition plays from defensive 50 to forward 50 in the blink of an eye.
Facing a seven-point deficit going into the second half, the third quarter saw Drouin begin to tire as the transition they had found in the first half began to fall away and Sale began to dominate the territory battle.
Drouin still managed a goal against the grain of play, but as the Magpies put on 3.4, the three quarter time margin ballooned to 21. It could have been worse if not for some simple goalkicking mistakes by the home side.
Sale would nail the first couple of goals in the final term to push the margin beyond 30 points and seemingly beyond reach of the Hawks, who were still fighting valiantly at the contest.
Once again though, Sale’s inaccuracy prevented them from fully shutting the door on Drouin as they kicked 2.5 for the quarter, and three late goals to Drouin left the final margin at a more respectable 20 points.
Despite not winning the match, Drouin would not have lost many admirers for the effort they put in against a team that is expected to play finals.
Having won their first game of the season two rounds ago, it is clear that this year’s version of the Hawks, as young as they are, are beginning to play more cohesively together and appear a far cry from the side that was utterly demolished in their first two games of the year.
Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Nicholas Duck.
A match review of this game can be viewed online via Warragul Drouin Gazette here.
It wasn’t until the final term the fancied home side was able to shake off the determined Eagles who were just nine points adrift at the last change.
MID GIPPSLAND FNL ROUND 4 REVIEW
Preseason predictions had Foster and Newborough playing a major role at season’s end, Foster because of a long history of success and Newborough on the back of some impressive recruiting by incoming and astute coach Craig Skinner.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times.
Match review via Mirboo North FNC Facebook page, written by Rover.
Fish Creek 6.9.45
The old adage that a week is a long time in football has never been more appropriate than for these two teams.
Morwell East started the season with an embarrassingly poor performance against Yinnar, followed by a form turnaround and more respectable win over Thorpdale.
Fish Creek, on the other hand, started the year with wins over Foster and Toora, only to be held goalless in their loss to MDU.
Just what we were going to get in this round four clash was anyone’s guess, until the Hawks made it clear they were to be a serious contender. They managed to finish in front, 8.654 to 6.9-45 after an impressive 60 minutes of footy.
Morwell East coach Devon Soutar said his team set the game up with a good first half, limiting scoring against the breeze and maximising opportunities with it when their turn came.
“The second half was a ‘hold fort’ scenario and thankfully we were able to do so,” Soutar said.
Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Rob Popplestone.
There is little more satisfying than to witness the improvement built on perseverance by clubs, coaches and players.
These two clubs should be commended and recognised for their start to the season after many years toiling near the bottom of the ladder.
The job is far from done, but the early signs are that both have respect from their opponents, and that is as valuable as winning.
But it’s nice to win as well, and that is what Boolarra did 3.5-23 to 2.3-15.
Boolarra coach Tony Giardina said it was a hard, tough game but felt his side always had control.
“Thorpdale made a contest of it,” Giardina said. “It’s an interesting start to the season, as it seems like anyone can win on their day.”
Saturday was the Demons day but the endeavour of the Blues can’t be questioned.
Thorpdale coach Ray Pickering said despite the extremely harsh conditions, “our boys executed our game plan extremely well”.
“In a great wet weather tough contest, our boys stood up to a strong Boolarra outfit, outscoring them for three quarters,” Pickering said. “But, unfortunately, just falling short. Our boys should be proud of their effort on the weekend.”
That effort will win the Blues games this year. Under the guidance of coach Pickering, there is no side turning up to Thorpdale just expecting to pick up the points, it’s always going to be a battle for the visitors.
Match review via Warragul Drouin Gazette, written by Rob Popplestone.
Stony Creek’s tenacious one-point away win over a confident Yinnar side has the Lions in a strong position, with a 3-1 record to start their campaign.
NORTH GIPPSLAND FNL ROUND 5 REVIEW
In a round of NGFNL where Traralgon Tyers United stamped themselves as genuine premiership contenders with a win over the previously undefeated Churchill, it was the winless Glengarry who stole the headlines.
A Jay Neagle masterclass saw the former AFL listed player snag five majors ans a return to form by Ben Britten, who’d spent a couple of weeks playing in the early game was exactly what the travelling Pies fans had hoped for.
Match review via Latrobe Valley Express/Gippsland Times. Written by Scott Berechree.
EAST GIPPSLAND FNL ROUND 5 REVIEW
There was plenty of excitement and celebration with the Orbost Snowy Rovers winning their first match of the 2022 season last Saturday at Boisdale. In an amazing turnaround in the final 30 minutes of the game, the Blues turned a 21-point deficit into a 19-point win off the back of some sharpshooting from Hamish Nettleton and Max Welsh. Boisdale Briagolong made good use of solid breeze to lead by 15 points at quarter time, the Bombers getting great service from club debutant, the well decorated former Maffra star, Kel Porter. Porter had five consecutive Gippsland League team of the year selections, won two premierships and a league best and fairest while playing with the Eagles.
With the breeze in the second quarter, the Blues faired better with one goal to zero to trail by nine points at half time in a low scoring affair. The Bombers made use of the strong breeze in the third quarter, playing a much more direct brand of football, adding four goals to one to lead by 21 points at three quarter time.
Match review via Snowy River Mail
Paynesville consolidated their place in the top three with an impressive 21-point victory over a disappointing Lakes Entrance. The loss has left Lakes Entrance languishing in sixth place on the ladder, four points and considerable percentage behind Lucknow.
Paynesville won the toss and was afforded the opportunity to kick with the advantage of the significant breeze. the Gulls took full advantage, using their long kicking style to constantly bomb the ball into attack to their grateful forwards, Nick Pincott, Alex McLaren, Zac Kellow and Michael Walsh.
Lakes defended strongly and things were looking promising at the 15-minute mark with Paynesville having only kicked a solitary goal. The next 15 minutes, however, were extremely fruitful for the Gulls and although the delivery wasn’t pinpoint, it was plentiful, allowing the visitors to register six goals and five behinds to Lakes’ nil.
The Seagulls got back in the game with six goals to two, however it was those two Gulls goals into the breeze that would haunt the Seagulls.
The Lakes backline held up well again in the third quarter, despite missing Zac Svetlik who has been been in outstanding form this season.
Jordan Cullen, Jarred McDonnell and Carroll were woking hard through the middle as the Paynesville continued to get plenty of run and carry from McLaren, Lewis Hoffman, Reegan Paterson and Caleb Marsh. Paynesville led by 24 points at three quarter time but the game was far from over.
The last quarter saw Lakes have plenty of opportunities to win the match but they could only add 1.7 to Paynesville’s 1.2. A lot of missed shots for goal came from the dead pocket, where the game spent considerable time in the final quarter.
Paynesville’s defence held up good enough to hold on by 19 points. McLaren, Hoffman and Pincott were prominent day for the Gulls.
Wy Yung got the job done on the road, defeating Lindenow by 48 points.
Stratford’s topsy-turvy start to 2022 continued with a 20.point home loss to Lucknow.
OMEO & DISTRICT FNL ROUND 5 REVIEW
Swifts Creek defeated Bruthen by 150 points with Rob Crellin, Jake Westland and Ivan Hood doing most of the damage near goal.
Nick Sinclair, Beau Hack and Zac Barker were prolific ball winners in an outstanding team performance. Coach Harley Kenner
kicked three goals for the Bulldogs, with Ray Giddings, Rhys Kennedy and Matt Hall trying hard all day in what is looking like developing into a long season for the Bulldogs.
Lindenow South trailed at every break and came from 16 points down at three quarter to time beat a gallant Omeo Benambra.
The Alpine Ranges were only able to add two points in a tight last quarter. Defender Daniel Howe was best afield for the Swampies, while Griffin Sheritt capitalised on the great work through the midfield of captain Will O’Keffe and coach Nathan Pollard.
Cameron Gardiner was dangerous all day for Omeo Benambra, his four goals not quite good enough to get his side home. The Hayward brothers, Jai and Aidan, Riley Taylor and Jake Kellar were all busy for the Ranges.
Match review via Bairnsdale Advertiser.
Swan Reach blew Buchan away with an impressive nine goal first quarter, on its way to a 57-point victory over Buchan.
SOUTH EASTERN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL ROUND 3 REVIEW
Bass Coast Breakers 11.12.78
BEST: Kelly O’Neill, imogen bradford, Sophie McCracken-Evans, Chelsea Connell, Jenna Russo, Tayla Tatterson
GOALS: Imogen Bradford Kelly O’Neill 3, Ella Cargill Kate Caughey 2, Sophie Bolding 1.
THE Bass Coast Breakers were met with windy conditions for their Saturday morning match against Pearcedale.
To their surprise, the opposition won the toss and elected to kick into the wind.
Switched on from the start, the Breakers came out ready to play and made the most of the wind advantage kicking 6.3 to nil for the quarter.
The midfield provided plenty of ball into the forward line, with Sophie McCracken-Evans continuing her good form in the ruck
feeding it down to Jenna Russo, Sunday Brisbane and Tess Wingfield.
Once inside the forward 50, Kelly O’Neill and Ella Cargill marked strongly and Immy Bradford was slick in front of goal converting two first quarter opportunities.
The highlight for the quarter was a textbook chain of play in which Bradford nailed a goal on the run just 10 seconds after the centre bounce.
The Breakers controlled the ball into the wind in the second quarter, but despite dominating possession were only able to kick 5 points.
They, however, slightly extended their solid advantage, again keeping Pearcedale scoreless.
Chelsea Connell, Stacey Poke and Courtney Fletcher helped accomplish that by creating a wall across halfback.
With a strong lead of 6.8 to nil at half time, the second half allowed coach Bianca Hellmuth-Pask to try some players in different positions.
Kate Caughey showed some promising signs converting two goals in the second half.
The Breakers prevailed by 72 points, with Siaan Timoney scoring Pearcedale’s only goal in the final term.
Match review via South Gippsland Sentinel Times.
Warragul Industrials 7.13.55
BEST: Jessica Reilly, Nicole Sheridan, Shanara Notman, Amanda Hines, Michaela Williams
GOALS: Renee Young 3, Samara Beaton 2, Amy Heath Amanda Hines 1.
Lang Lang 14.15.99
BEST: Ashlee Whitehouse, Hayley Heffernan, Hayley Dyer, Ebony Whitworth, Player, Taylor Dare
GOALS: Hayley Dyer 4, Ashlee Whitehouse 3, Hayley Heffernan Ebony Whitworth 2, Layla Bunting 1.
Warragul Industrials Development Team – BYE
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