The young Buln Buln team proved it is on the rise comfortably accounting for highly fancied Ellinbank 13-12 (90) to 8-8 (56).
While the Lyrebirds had their chances in previous matches against higher ranked opponents in the early stages of the season this time they were able to break through for a much-needed confidence boosting win.
The Ellinbank side who entered the season with high hopes of pushing deep into the finals, now find themselves in fifth. With coach Ben Wragg missing for the visitors, Buln Buln matched the output of the Eagles early as both sides entered the first change locked at 4-3 apiece. An arm wrestle ensued in the second term, each side registering just one goal as the Lyrebirds went into the long break with a narrow advantage.
Three goals to one in the third term opened up a handy buffer for the home side. They were able to carry that momentum forward, finishing with five goals to two to cap an impressive victory.
Bryce Monahan and Hayden Baker were key targets in the forward line, each booting five goals Carlton Helliwell, Matt Gray, James Taylor and Jake Pierrehumbert also led the charge.
Shaun Phelan and Adam Cook scored seven goals between them to be the main targets at the other end, while Jake Harper Franc D’Agostino, Lachlan Cove and Brett Masterson also helped keep the visitors in the contest.
Warragul & Drouin Gazette

POOWONG headed to Lang Lang hoping to win two games in a row, something that has not happened since 2011 and the mission was complete, despite a slow start.
The ground was in good condition and the weather was perfect. This is probably the last time Poowong will play at this ground as Lang Lang’s new sporting complex should be open next year. Poowong gained Chris Doria and Josh Harvey but were missing two key forwards in Trevor Hooker (suspended) and Ben Hancock (hamstring). This meant a very small forward line which would add pressure to the team’s chances. Young gun Jai Newcombe played in the Under 18s with the Interleague coming up which he was selected in.
Poowong kicked to the Melbourne end against a very slight breeze but it was Lang Lang that had the first goal on the board from a mark in the square. This was followed up by a down field free kick giving Lang Lang their second with Poowong one man down having Jack Hazendonk sent off for 15 minutes. Lang Lang added their third after a poor defensive kick. Poowong fought back to add a goal late in the quarter to Chris Robinson.
The coach asked for more pressure from the forwards and to concentrate on the ball and it worked with goals to Jayden Sullivan and Chris Doria. Lang Lang responded before Doria kicked his second but a bad kick across goal allowed Lang Lang in for their fifth. Tom Wyatt’s strong tackle was not rewarded but he gathered the ball and kicked a good goal from the forward flank to give Poowong the lead by three points at half time.
Poowong’s pace in the third quarter was starting to tell. Poowong added a goal to Doria, his third, while Lang Lang added a goal from a down field penalty. The Poowong boys were asked to work hard at three quarter time and run the ball. Poowong’s Lachie Green kicked a good goal from the flank and Brad Curtain added another and Poowong were 17 points up but another 50-metre penalty allowed Lang Lang to kick their seventh. Jack Hazendonk added a goal after the siren for a 20-point win.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

WHY not Nyora?
That was the preseason campaign slogan for 2018 and its paying dividends for the Saints who have leapt to six wins on the trot with a five-point victory over Longwarry.
The Saints were on from the get go nailing four straight goals in the opening term at lightning quick pace. Ilan Osman and Ben Schultz were the targets up forward and the mids would look for them at every opportunity. Schultz has been particularly impressive since crossing over from Rosebud, slotting 22 goals in his first six games.
The Saints didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second quarter, adding another five goals to extend their lead to 33 points at the long break. Adam Tagliaferro and Ben Miller were on fire through the midiield and it looked as if the Saints were on for a big win. But a rocket from Longwarry coach Daniel Fry saw the Crows come out firing in the third quarter.
Russell Lehman and Danny Wells led the charge through the midfield as Braydon McHugh slotted a pair of goals. The six-goal lead was trimmed to just six-points at three quarter time and suddenly Nyora’ s backs were against the wall.
The last quarter belonged to the backs, with the Nyora defence foiling nearly all the Crows attempts on goal. And when Schultz nailed his fifth late in the piece it felt as if the Saints had done enough. The ball was bouncing around at the half forward line for the Saints as the final siren sounded and the unbeaten start to the season remained.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Reigning premier Catani again just craped through for victory, this time against a spirited Nilma-Darnum. It has been well documented that the Blues haven‘t been playing their best football, and it took a final quarter burst to see them get over the line, 10-14 (74) to 8-11 (59).

Coming off a loss to lower ranked Poowong last week, albeit under trying circumstances, the Bombers were out to make a good start and headed into the first break with a one point lead.

Three goals to one in the second term opened up a buffer for the home side, an advantage they were able to keep heading into the final change thanks in some part to missed opportunities from the Blues. A return of 2-6 from the Blues had the match in the balance at the final change, as both sides looked for a strong finish to honour their 300 game players in Trent Hughes and Owen Fitzpatan respectively.

While Hughes was celebrating 300 games at club level, Fitzpatrick’s 300 senior appearances was a slightly more impressive feat. The match finished on a similar tone as the Blues stormed home, booting six goals to two to overrun their opposition.

Fitzpatrick celebrated the occasions with three majors, sharing his sides’ goal kicking honours with Wade Haysom. Dale Johnson, Jackson Caddy, Nick Visser, Nathaniel Rodda, Dylan Williams and Thomas Van Diemen also helped the Blues charge home.

Mitchell Dance booted four goals for Nilma-Damum, while Nathan Campbell, Ben Campbell, Jeremy Jarred, Chris Larosa and Josh Deschepper also helped the Bombers threaten to take the match.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Warragul lndustrials were in control from start to finish as they brushed aside cellar dwellars Neerim-Neerim South, 19-14 (128) to 3-9 (27).

The Industrials booted six goals to nil in the first term and were never headed, increasing their lead at every change. The Cats were competitive in a third term that saw both sides register two goals, but couldn’t sustain the effort as their fancied opponents pushed the margin into triple figures with a seven goal final quarter.

Shane Brewster destroyed the Cats, picking up possessions at will and helping himself to seven goals. Joel Crowther chipped in with four majors in his return to the senior side.

Cooper Minichiello, Tye Holland, Joel Morgan, Tyson Bale and Shane Ingram also led the dominance.

Aaron Fawcett, Ashley Lockett. Dean Stringer, Nathan Bayne, Nicholas Castle and Aiden Dibsdale were the better players for the Cats.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

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