Warragul Industrials emerged with the points from a tough slog against rivals Buln Buln.
Consecutive goals to finish the first half proved key in a match where consistent rain and darkness tumed the match into a real arm wrestle. Indeed the Industrials kicked the only goal of the second half to win 6-5 (41) to 2-3 (15).
The Industrials dominated the first quarter but couldn’t take many of their opportunities to score, having just a seven-point advantage to show at the first change. The Industrials went forward first but the kick had too much on it for Shane Ingham to trap as it bounced out of play. A handball released Tye Holland but he blazed away with no one home, and Buln Buln were able to clear. Holland soon redeemed himself to find Jack Blakey on the lead, who kept his kick low to score from long range and have the first goal on the board. James Taylor sent the ball long for the home side, but the Industrials were able to clear with the advantage of numbers. The Industrials worked forward from the scoreboard side but Blakey missed his long shot. Matt Gray cut off an Industrials attack but it would only be a matter of time before the Industrials would break through. A strong mark from Ingham set up Blakey on the lead, who made no mistake in converting from a similar spot to his earlier goal. Buln Buln could only create three meaningful entries for the quarter but made the most of their third chance as Jake Pierrehumbert snapped a goal late in the quarter and reduce the margin to seven points at the first change.
The Industrials snuck in a goal from the pocket to begin the second term but the Lyrebirds hit back immediately from a free kick to Bryce Monahan, with a 50 metre penalty to make it certain. Blakey went long but hooked his kick, only for the lndustrials to have their turn at some fortune with a free kick in front of goal gifting their fourth. A hip and shoulder from Gray saw Josh Peterson come from the ground and while each side traded forward 50 entries, only minor scores resulted. Consistent rain was impacting on ground conditions as Luke O’Brien took a long shot for the Industrials, only for his shot to sail out on the full. The match was beginning to become a real slog as Cooper Minichiello played the territory game with a long kick. Conditions were beginning to frustrate players and spectators alike as scuffles broke out around the ground. With most other players preoccupied Steven Ballingall looked to take advantage as he had a clear run at ground, only to pull the kick to put it out on the full, much to the delight of the home ground. A checkside from the pocket produced goal of the day for the Industrials and a handy 17-point buffer given the conditions. Blakey continued to relish the conditions after the break, showing good pace but unable to gather clean possession in the slippery conditions. Buln Buln’s chance to reduce the gap came after Shane Brewster deliberately out it out of bounds, but the shot missed.
Only minor scores resulted in a torrid third quarter, the Industrials best chance of a goal cruelly beaten by the siren after Ingham had sent the ball long to a two on one inside forward 50. A hacked kick forward set up the Industrials for their sixth goal early in the final term as the match petered out in difficult conditions. O’Brien, Ballingall, Minichiello, Holland, Joel Morgan and Brewster were the key players in securing the points for the lndustrials.
Mitchell Park, Trent Baker, Gray, Taylor, Pierrehumbert and Jake Baker battled hard for Buln Buln in what was a real scrap.
Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Catani also consolidated its position in the top five with a comfortable victory over Lang Lang, 12-8 (80) to 5-9 (39).

The Tigers were difficult to shake early, entering half time trailing by just 14-points and giving themselves every chance of causing an upset.

The Blues put to bed any hopes with four goals to one in the third term to create a handy buffer before controlling the final term kicking three goals to one.

Owen Fitzpatrick booted five goals, while Tom Keily chipped in with three majors. Dylan Williams, Paul Pattison and Nicholas Visser also helped the Blues kick away in the second half.

Joseph Dalgleish, Jake Dwyer, Stuart Casey. Josh Brown and Aidan Nooy led a gallant first half effort from the Tigers.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Longwarry consolidated its position in the top five with a big win over Nilma-Darnum, 24-17 (161) to 5-6 (36).

Playing in front of its 1968 premiership heroes and no doubt looking to repeat that history some 50 years on, the Crows were dominant from the outset with a six goal to one first term laying the foundation for a big win.

The Bombers responded with four goals in a competitive second term, but the Crows were still able to extend their lead with another six goals giving them a comfortable 46-point buffer.

The visitor could only manage two behinds from that point as it got ugly, with Crows coach Daniel Fry feasting on the Bombers defence to finish with a bag of 12 goals.

Five goals in the third term had the match in the Crows keeping, and they didn’t let up as they steered through another seven majors in the final quarter.

Riley Rundell and Braydon McHugh each chipped in with three majors, while ruckman Nicholas Redley gave f1rst use to the likes of Josh Bourke,Russell Lehman, Aaron Serong and Danny Wells.

It was a disappointing result for the Bombers, who are looking to improve and move towards the top five under new coach Matt Shorey. Chris Larosa, Nathan Campbell, Ben Campbell, Logan Deschepper, Dylan Cann and Sean Viotto battled against the odds for the Bombers.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

NYORA is solidifying its place at the top of the Ellinbank and District league ladder with another big win, this time over Neerim-Neerim South.
Taking their tally to 10 wins on the trot, the Saints have become the powerhouse of the competition and the raging flag favourites at the midway point of the season.
The miserable conditions made scoring difficult for the whole afternoon but the Saints showed their class outpointing their opponents at almost every contest. Dylan Heylen was impressive in his 100th senior appearance, gathering plenty of the wet and slippery ball.
The Saints struck twice early on, holding a 14-point lead at the first change. But the Cats adapted to the conditions and put up a fight in the second term, with Ben Lockett nailing a beautiful goal. The deficit was 16-points at half time with known Saints goal kicker Ilan Osman stepping up late in the quarter.
Another hard-fought battle ensued 1n the third with the Cats defence only letting through a pair of goals to Ben Schultz and Ryan Spooner. The lead stretched to 30-points at three quarter time, with the Cats defence doing a terrific job at limiting the scoring of the Saints. Unfortunately, the Cats ran out of legs in the final term, allowing the Saints to take a good hold of the game.
Aiden Cumberland and Osman both added their third goals for the afternoon as the Saints ran out big 56 point victors. Nyora will now look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 in a row as they take on Buln Buln at home.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

POOWONG welcomed Ellinbank this week with fifth position on the ladder the prize after a disappointing effort against league leader Nyora last week. Rain started mid morning and hung around most of the day, though there was very little wind. The ground started in good condition and came through well considering the rain and four games of football.
Poowong gained Chris Doria but is still missing Ben Hancock; hopefully he will be back in three weeks time from his hamstring, another big forward will be real handy.
Poowong was intent on showing last week was not its true form and also as a team was more determined to put more pressure on the opposition. Poowong kicked to the Drouin Road end and was determined to get off to a good start as all season it hasn’t kicked the first goal of the game. Poowong started with two points before Trevor Hooker kicked its first from a free kick, after adding another point. Poowong’s second came from a good goal by Jim Doria from a handball. Ellinbank answered with a goal from a mark on the boundary and then added two points from snaps with Poowong adding a late point and a free kick on the siren from outside 50 fell short but it held a seven point lead 2.3.15 to 1.2.8.
The second quarter opened with Ellinbank having a rushed behind before a good goal from Poowong’s Chris Doria from the boundary was followed by a shot landing out of bounds. Ellinbank got their second from a free kick on the boundary. The quarter finished with a point and a kick out of bounds by Poowong and a point to Ellinbank. Poowong leading by a goal at the half time break but it was working hard all over the ground with Tim Hancock, Jayden Sullivan and Jai Newcombe leading the way down back and Chris Sullivan working hard around the ground.
Poowong was hoping for a good start after halftime but it was Ellinbank that levelled with a goal then Poowong came back hard. After some good passes the result was a point and a lost opportunity. Mitch Whiting kicked Poowong’s fourth from the boundary and then Poowong’s Doria boys Alex and Jim added a goal each to give Poowong a 19 point lead. Ellinbank hit back with a late goal and a point with Poowong closing with a point to go into the last quarter with a 13 point break in a very tight game with both teams wanting the four points.
Poowong opened the last quarter with two points before Chris Doria kicked his second goal to give Poowong a good buffer but Ellinbank was working hard. The play remained between the back lines for most of the quarter with Ellinbank missing an easy shot followed by another point. Poowong came back with a point and a snap out of bounds before the siren sounded. Poowong won by 20 points 7.10.52 to Ellinbank 4.8.32, and fifth place on the ladder on percentage.
For Poowong, it was a real team effort with every player lifting their performance from last week’s game and even though the game reached no great heights in the conditions it was a very strong determined effort with plenty of pressure applied especially from the forwards.
The Great Southern Star

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