Ellinbank overcame Catani at home on Saturday winning by 19 points.
The Eagles finished the first term in front by more than a goal after kicking four majors and three behinds.
The Blues had responded with three goals two. As they headed into the second term, the Blues were well within reach of the lead.
The home side slotted another two majors and three behinds in the second, with Catani hot on their heels, finishing the quarter with a total of six goals three.
Just two points separated the sides at the main break, the Eagles maintaining their slim controlling margin. But they sped away in the third as the Eagles forwards kicked five majors by the end of the term.
The Blues in comparison had added just one goal to their halftime tally. The score was 11.7-73 to 7.5-47 as they headed into the final quarter. That 26 -point margin was too much for the visitors, but they still put in a gallant effort, booting three goals four before the final siren sounded to bring their final tally to 10.9-69. The Eagles won the day, finishing on 13.10-88.
Jake Harper was best on ground for the victors. He was backed up by the efforts of Steven Ballingall, Mitch Cowan, Tom Robertson, Michael Urie and Ben Wragg.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Lang Lang walked away the victors in their bottom of the table clash with Nilma Darnum at home on Saturday. The Tigers prevailed by 8 points, winning 14.19-103 to 15.5-95.
The Tigers grabbed the lead from opening bounce, putting four goals six on the scoreboard in the first term.
The Bombers did their best to stay in the game, kicking a clean three goals to put them 12 points behind at the end of the first quarter.
Accuracy took a hit in the second term, with the Tigers kicking a sloppy one major and eight behinds.
Nilma Darnum had an easier time finding the target between the posts and added three goals one in that time, bringing the halftime margin to 7 points.
That gap tightened even further in the third term, as the Bomber drew within five points of their hosts, finishing the quarter with an additional four goals three.
The Tigers had also kicked four majors, enough to stay in front as they headed into the final quarter. There was a flurry of scoring in the final term
The Tigers booted five majors and four behinds to crack the 100point mark and finish the day on 14.19-103. Nilma Darnum could not quite make up the difference, despite their five goals effort in that final term. The day ended 15.5-95 for the Bombers.
Best on ground for the Tigers was Kurt Batt. Benjamin Barwick, Anthony Meyer, Aaron Rose and Stuart Casey also received honourable mentions.
Nilma Darnum’s best man on the day was Benjamin Campbell. Travis Dyke, Nick Murray, Casey Thomsen, Tanner Thomsen and Jack Ruddell were also influential.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Second-placed side Longwarry prevailed over Buln Buln in their round 13 clash at Longwarry on Saturday. The Lyrebirds went down by 35 points, finishing the day 7.16-58 to 14.9-93.
It was a close first quarter, with the Crows establishing a slim lead. Both sides had kicked two majors — the difference was an extra six behinds from Longwarry. 2.1-13 to 2.7-19 was the score as the second term began.
The second quarter belonged to the Crows as their forwards finally found the target between the posts and booted a solid seven majors to bring their tally to 9.4-58 at the main break.
Their visitors on the other hand had managed just two more behinds from their firstquarter scoreline, finishing the first half 2.9-21 — 37 points behind their hosts.
As the third term rolled around, the Crows took advantage to their hold on the game and added another two majors one behind. The Lyrebirds tried to make up for the deficit and kicked four goals three to bring the margin to 23 points.
But final term belonged to the Crows. They added to their lead with another three majors on their side of the scoreboard, bringing their final tally to 14.9-93. They were too good for the Lyrebirds, who ended the day 7.16-58.
Troy Lehman was best on ground for the victors. He was backed up by the efforts of Riley Rundell, Russell Lehman, Ben Cuckson, Corey Lenders and Jedd Serong. Best on ground for Buln Buln was Jake Pierrehumbert, Trent Baker, James Fowler, Jack Symes, Mitchell Gray and Jake Herbel.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
WITH a solid 4 quarter effort Nyora have kicked their way to a convincing victory against a young Yarragon side.
The star of the show was Ben Schultz who made his way to nine goals for the second week running.
Gifted a few from team mates including the selfless Ilan Osman, he almost made his way to ten.
Dylan Heylen and Nick Carrigy were two of Nyora’s most influential onballers, both winning the ball and making poised decisions to deliver via handball or foot.
Nyora used the wind well in the first term, but Yarragon worked hard too – kicking two straight their goals were well earnt. Yarragon dropped three back after the first quarter making things harder for the likes of Tim Burns and Adam Tagliaferro. Simon Noy was one of Yarragon’s most influential, his small-style big-impact style coming to light in the good conditions. Nick Carrigy worked hard in the ruck all day flying to many Saints’ centre clearances. The locals were playing attacking football off the half backline moving forward, as they looked for central targets and the straight foot of Schultz.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Poowong overcame a three-point first quarter to grab an important win over Neerim Neerim South on Saturday. The Magpies showed resilience to win 61-58 and hold onto third place on the ladder. The Cats got on top of the home side early, swarming them to win the ball and blocking off any avenues to goal.
Poowong could not register a major in the first term, kicking 0.3.
They were perhaps lucky though that Neerim Neerim South were inaccurate, as they kicked 1.5 to lead 11-3 at quarter-time.
The Magpies began to lift in the second term, winning more of the contested footy and creating opportunities inside their attacking 50. This allowed forwards like Hazendonk, Hancock and Hooker to come into the game and find the ball through their leading and movement. The home side pegged the Cats back in the term and went into the main break down a single point, 22-23.
Both teams were evenly matched in the third quarter, each winning a good amount of the ball and producing multiple chances at goal. Urie and Ward got on the board for the Cats, putting them further ahead before the Magpies surged back.
The home side put together a strong stretch of play through the rest of the third and kicked efficiently at goal.
Their accurate kicking saw them take their first lead into the final break, 41-38. With it all to do in the fourth quarter, Poowong showed their grit, going hard at it inside and using the ball fast and well through the congestion to setup scoring opportunities. Neerim Neerim South were also up to the challenge though, countering well off of half-back and hitting the scoreboard. While the Magpies were efficient in front of goal though, the Cats missed one too many, kicking 3.3 to Poowong’s 3.2 in the term and leaving with a three-point loss.The Great Southern Star
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Ellinbank v Catani, Lang Lang v Nilma Darnum and Longwarry v Buln Buln match reviews written by Will Watson reporting for Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original articles in full subscribe to WDG here.
Nyora v Yarragon match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.
Poowong v Neerim-Neerim South match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe to TGSS here.