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Longwarry was in brutal form against Lang Lang at the showgrounds on Saturday as favourite son Tye Holland ripped the game to shreds up forward.

Holland had an absolute field day and finished with 10 goals as the Crows demolished the Tigers in the second half to run away with a massive 124-point win, 21.18 (144) to 2.8 (20).

With Holland doing as he pleased, Russ Lehman, Nathan Fry and Jedd Serong (four goals) also got plenty of the ball, while Luke Collie, Lachie Barwick and Will McGindle battled manfully all day for Lang Lang.

The Crows are now the only remaining undefeated team in the EDFL.

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Neerim-Neerim South staked finals’ claim with an important win over Catani.

In cold and often wet conditions Neerim-Neerim South pressed its case with a comprehensive win over 2018 finalists Catani – 11-8-54 to 45-29. With both teams entering the round on two wins the victory in the “eight-point game” propelled the Cats to third on the ladder.

Taking advantage of a slight breeze Catani led at quarter time by five points but after a goal at the five-minute mark of the second term, Neerim-Neerim South were never headed as the Cats took advantage of the breeze by putting on four unanswered goals and setting up a threegoal lead.

Two late goals against the run of play from Catani’s Matthew Barrand kept the Blues in touch – just seven points down at the end of the half.

Following a deluge prior to and during half-time Neerim-Neerim South came out all guns blazing in the third and despite kicking into the wind kicked four goals to none and opened up a 33-point lead.

Two goals in quick succession to Matthew Laskey emphasised the home team’s dominance as the Cats seemed to have numbers everywhere.

Rhys George, Tyler Pratt, Tyssen Morrow, Calum Shiels and Ashley Lockett were all significant contributors across the ground.

Coach Nick Humphrey was delighted with his team’s effort at the three-quarter huddle and encouraged them to enjoy their footy but continue to put their foot down in the last quarter.

While the boggy conditions and fatigue from both teams saw a drop off in the quality of the contest, Neerim-Neerim South kicked a further two goals and only allowed Catani a solitary behind.

Pratt, George, Matthew Laskey, Shiels, Morrow and Lockett were best for the winners with Catani best served by ruckman Jackson Caddy, Brad Adams, Barrand (3 goals), Tom Van Diemen, Dale Johnson and Nathaniel Rodda.

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Better late than never, Nilma Darnum launched a second half attack to fall 26 points short of a first half flogging from the Nyora Saints. Although they weren’t quite the game, a combination of missed shots on goal and a second half ‘siesta’ let Nilma Darnum have a warm up of their forward attack.

Starting with form, Nyora were looking like their best as they led the first half break by almost ten goals.

The Saints were running and carrying the ball with unselfish disposal.

After the weather set in from the latter half of the third and into the final, it seemed to suit the Bombers as they dropped in a seven-goal to one second half.

Nyora recruit Tyler Gard was welcomed to the field as he graced the senior field for his first time. The 6’3” big fella recently moved to the area and was approached whilst watching his partner training at netball.

Turns out he hadn’t played since Under 19s but was interested in the idea of returning to the field. Playing two games in the Reserves, he made his senior debut and kicked a goal. In a second half that was slightly over-represented by the Bombers’ scoreboard, the visiting side was convincing in the forward line and made Nyora pay for their mistakes. Nyora’s Ben Schultz finished with three goals six points in a strong offensive, yet slightly missfiring forward attack. The Saint’s young Lachlan Fievez stood tall as he took on the ruckman responsibility all-day. Nilma’s Mark Engley was impressive in the forward kicking three goals.

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Poowong welcomed Ellinbank to play in a vital match. Recent results have shown this year’s competition is extremely close and every game counts. Poowong have a few injuries and a couple of players unavailable. Saturday’s game was a test for the team with showers around and a breeze blowing to the Drouin Road end.

Poowong kicked to the Drouin Rd end first but it was Ellinbank that opened the scoring with a point, followed by a goal against the breeze. Poowong replied with a goal to Josh Chivaroli from a hand pass followed by a rushed point. With the scores level again, Ellinbank went forward with a point from a free kick and a goal from a mark.

From this point, Poowong made the most from the play with a goal to Trevor Hooker from the bounce and a running goal to Jack Hazendonk from the boundary. Late in the quarter, James Doria goaled, followed by Jai Newcombe. When Hooker kicked a goal off the ground, Poowong opened up a 27 point lead at quarter time 6.5 .41 to 2.2.14.

Ellinbank added five goals six points for the second quarter with three goals coming from free kicks. Poowong failed to add to the score.

At half time, Ellinbank had a nine point advantage. Ellinbank scored two points early before Poowong hit the scoreboard with a point, followed by another great goal by Hazendonk. Ellinbank added a point followed by a great goal by Poowong’s Josh Harvey from off the pack at a boundary throw in. Poowong lost Corey Batt to a knee in the back in a marking contest. Despite this, Poowong was home by 10 points; a great victory for the club against the top side.

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Yarragon chalked up its second win since joining the EDFL this year with a hard-fought victory at home over Buln Buln.

The Panthers kept Buln scoreless in the final term that started with the visitors’ noses in front by three points.

Yarragon’s 2-4 for the quarter saw it take the points 8-8 to 6-7.

The absence of Buln’s best player and dominant ruckman Matt Gray was a big an unexpected loss after he’d been the key to the side winning the previous week.

And he’ll be missing for a few more weeks after coming down during the week with appendicitis.

But that shouldn’t be an excuse and detract from what was a gutsy win by the Panthers.

They really showed their mettle in the tough going in the last quarter as the tiring conditions started to take a toll on players on both sides. The contest was close all day. Yarragon’s four goals to two opening term provided a handy buffer.

Buln Buln came back strongly and at half time led by one behind 6-3 to 6-2.

Intermittent rain showers, including a couple that were heavy, saw the teams slog out a third term that produced little movement on the scoreboard.

The Lyrebirds added four behinds for the quarter, Yarragon two.

The game was up for grabs as it headed it the final stage, Yarragon the one that seized the initiative.

All players battled hard throughout a keen contest that kept the spectators interested until the dying minutes.

Paul Harvey put in a big four quarter effort in conditions not totally to his advantage to be named Yarragon’s best.

Mitch Jolly with three goals that had to be hard-earned was not far behind him and Donovan Pell, Darcy Jones, Trent Gleisner and Brad Wolfe all were key players.

For Buln there was none better than Luke O’Brien.

He received some good support from Trent Baker, Charlie Park, Jake Herbel, Jake Pierrehumbert and Jack Symers.

Hayden Baker, with two, was the Lyrebirds only multiple goal scorer.

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Lang Lang v Longwarry match review written by Hayley Wildes reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original article in full online subscribe to Pakenham Gazette here.

Neerim-Neerim South v Catani and Yarragon v Buln Buln match reviews published by Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to WDG here.

Nyora v Nilma-Darnum match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.

Poowong v Ellinbank match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe to TGSS here.

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