Ellinbank were triumphant against Buln Buln on Saturday, winning by 14 points in a hard-fought match at Buln Buln.
The Lyrebirds were 10 points up by the end of the first quarter. Buln Buln had kicked a clean three goals to the Eagles’ one goal two behinds. It was a similar story in the second quarter and by the main break the momentum still seemed to be with the Lyrebirds who had kicked six goals one by that point. The visitors had managed three goals four.
But all that changed in the third term. The Eagles stormed out of the blocks from the first bounce of the quarter and kicked five goals three. The Lyrebirds added another two goals one but it was not enough to hold onto the lead. The term finished with the Eagles in front by five points.
The final term saw Ellinbank add another five goals one to their tally bringing their final scoreline to 13.8-86.
The hosts did their best to hang on but finished the last quarter with just three goals more than they had started the term on, bringing their tally 11.6-72.
Adam Cook was Ellinbank’s best man on the day. He was backed up by the efforts of Ben Wragg, Matthew Farthing, Michael Urie, Ben Drew and Hayden Stagg.
Sam Langford was best on ground for the home side. Luke O’Brien, Adam Rakip, Matt Gray, Darcy Nielsen and Mitch Park received honourable mentions.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Nyora has defeated the Lang Lang locals in convincing fashion. The Tigers were competitive early, holding the reigning premiers close until the third quarter when play turned in favour of Nyora’s better football.
Ben Schultz was influential and reliable for Nyora all day, he made his way to seven goals and was a big part in the win, playing well through contested quarters.
Lang Lang worked hard getting the ball forward, but with the interruption of Dylan Heylen, attacking 50 entries were limited.
Nyora’s Sam and Tim Burns both played some of their best football; the two gaining form at the right time of the year.
The Saints’ Lachlan Fievez had his work cut out for him, yet without Fia Tootoo who broke his hand last month.
Fievez moved to the backline where his impact was well noticed.
Taylor Gard has been showing great signs for his first full year of senior football. Standing at well over six-foot, he was an asset in the ruck, his fitness and ability to move around the ground a credit to him. Lang Lang’s first half competitiveness was strong, though it seemed they lacked the x-factor. The locals fitness was good, but when Nyora turned on the heat in the third it was hard to keep up.
The Tigers’ Aaron Rose was put under pressure, restricting the dangerous recruit was a smart tactical decision. He finished with two goals.
The Tigers finished with a fast three goals in the last term to rein in the margin.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
It was Longwarry who took the chocolates on Saturday, winning by 25 points against Catani at home.
A win was always possible for the Blues' but the in-form Crows kept it out of their reach for the whole game. Although coming close, Catani did not lead at any point in the game.
After the opening bounce the Crows grabbed the lead and held on. They finished the quarter with more than double the tally that belonged to their visitors -- 33 points to Longwarry, 14 to Catani.
The second term saw the Blues come closer to a lead. They entered the main break trailing by just seven points.
But the Crows were not going to let their rivals gain any kind of foot hold in the game. The third term saw the home side kick four goals four and bring their tally to 83, 20 points in front of Catani.
The final term saw Longwarry's sharpshooters boot an additional six goals. To their credit, Catani managed a five-goal effort in response.
The final scoreline read 18.11-119 to 14.10-94. The margin might have been greater had Longwarry star Jake Serong not left the field with a shoulder injury.
Nathan Fry was best on for Longwarry. Nicholas Redley, Tye Holland, Kane Oldham, Braydon McHugh and Jake Serong were also influential. For Catani it was Paul Pattison who walked away as his side's best man on the day. Liam Adams, Trent Adams, Jackson Caddy, Dylan Williams and Matt Barrand received honourable mentions. Trent Adams was particularly important in the forward flank.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Neerim Neerim South steamrolled Yarragon in a one-sided affair at Neerim South on Saturday.
The Cats finished the day 15.11-101 to the Panthers' 7.7-49. Neerim Neerim South blew away their opponents from the first bounce. The first term ended with the Panthers putting just one goal one on the scoreboard in response to the Cats' four goals three.
The Cats retained that twenty-point lead at the conclusion of the second term which saw Yarragon add four majors and two behinds. But their first quarter performance hurt them because although they were able to match the four goals the home side booted, they still entered the main break with a lot of catching up to do.
Poor accuracy hurt any chance of a Panthers comeback. They kicked one goal four in the third. The Cats put three majors through the big sticks, with three behinds.
In the final term, Neerim Neerim South continued the four-goals-a-quarter trend and finished with fifteen goals eleven in total.
The visitors put just one more goal on the scoreboard brining their final tally to seven goals seven. Nathan Bayne was best on ground for the Cats. He was backed up by the efforts of Dean Stringer, Tyssen Morrow, Lachie Guy, Matt Laskey and Jeremiah Jones. Tyssen Morrow kicked four majors, Ashley Lockett booted three. Yarragon’s best man was Simon Noy. Jake Cropley, Donovan Pell, Matt Moseley, James Harvey and Darcy Jones received honourable mentions.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
An offensive onslaught saw Poowong easily dispose of bottom placed Nilma Darnum 125-46 at home on Saturday.
The home side got the jump on their opponents early, winning the contested footy in the middle and delivering it with precision to the forward line. Their forwards took advantage and booted four goals through the quarter, giving their team a 27-11 lead at the first break.
This trend continued in the second term, with the Bombers being unable to quell the toughness of their opponent in the contest. Hazendonk and fellow forward Hooker stamped their authority on the game for Poowong this quarter, booting goals between them and helping their side to a 55-26 half-time lead.
The Magpies applied suffocating defence in the third term, holding a physically defeated Bombers team to a single goal. Wyatt and McNally got in on the act for the home team, and Hazedonk and Hooker also continued to make their presence felt in the forward line. Poowong piled on five goals and four behinds as a result of their third term domination, ensuring their opponents would have little chance of a comeback in the fourth quarter, leading 89-32 at the final break.
Hooker capped off his standout performance by kicking his fourth goal in the final term, while Hazedonk also did the same. However, the fact so many players who are not main goalkickers got involved and scored for the home team in the fourth quarter reflected their complete dominance of the game. Chin, who was a positive for the Bombers on an otherwise bleak day, scored his second in the fourth and helped his side to show the bit of fight they had left. This was nowhere near enough though, and the Magpies emerged having achieved a 79-point thumping.The Great Southern Star
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Buln Buln v Ellinbank, Neerim-Neerim South v Yarragon and Longwarry v Catani match reviews written by Will Watson reporting for Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original article in full online subscribe here.
Lang Lang v Nyora match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe here.
Poowong v Nilma-Darnum review published by the Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe here.