A young Buln Buln side came away with victory despite being challenged by Lang Lang.

The Tigers led at quarter time and troubled the Lyrebirds for the remainder of the contest, keeping in touch all the way and going down in an admirable effort, 7.5 (47) to 4.12 (36).

Missed chances in the second half proved costly for the Tigers who finished with more scoring shots.

Matthew Gray, Trent Baker James Taylor, Jake Baker, Simon Dawson and Thomas Park helped the Lyrebirds hold on for victory.

Andrew Thompson, Eden Shepherd, Sam Kendell, Brad Michie, Joseph Dalgleish and Stuart Casey kept the Tigers in the contest.

Warragul and Drouin Gazette

Longwarry showed its desire to be a contender come the end of the season, comfortably accounting for fellow finals aspirant Ellinbank 13.14 (92) to 9.10 (64).

With scores locked at quarter time, the Crows kicked seven goals to four across the next two quarters to work to a handy 20-point buffer at the final change.

A competitive final term ensued, with the Crows kicking four goals to three to respond to any challenges. Daniel Fry kicked five goals, while Cory Lenders and Braydon McHugh each chipped in with three majors. Cole Cook, Danny Wells, Brody Rundell, Riley Rundell and Nicholas Redley were also prominent for the Crows.

Ben Wragg kicked four goals for the Eagles, while Michael Urie, Jake Harper, Lachlan Cove, Mark Vassett and Ash Wallace were also listed among the better players for the Eagles.

Warragul and Drouin Gazette

An inspired Neerim-Neerim South team broke through for its first win of the Ellinbank District Football League season.

Playing in front of former Richmond great Matthew Richardson, who had been guest speaker at the club’s function, and having paid their respects with a minute of silence for the late Paul Gleeson who had been tragically killed in a motorbike accident, the Cats charged home after scores had been locked at three-quarter-time to defeat Nilma-Damum, 8-8 (56) to 7-12 (54).

A goal in the final 30 seconds of the match saw the Cats steal victory from their fancied opponents. With the Bombers entering the match within striking distance of the top five, the loss to the bottom-placed Cats comes as a huge dent in their bid to challenge for finals.

The first quarter set the scene for a competitive match, the Bombers taking a narrow one point lead into the first change.

Three goals to one in the second quarter extended the Bomber lead to 17-points at half time, but the Cats showed great determination in the second half to put themselves back into the contest.

The Cats kicked three goals to one in the third term to level the scores and set up an enthralling finish.

Sensing a rare opportunity to take the points, the Cats pounced with three goals to two in an exciting final term, the young Cats team finishing two points to the good.

Dane Fawcett kicked three goals while Jackson Ward, Harrison Griffiths, Nathan Bayne, Aiden Dibsdale and Tim Beaurain also willed the Cats to victory.

Mitchell Dance booted three goals for the Bombers, while Logan Deschepper, Nathan Campbell, Luke Bartlett, Cody Deppeler and Chris Larosa kept the Bombers in it to the very end.

Warragul and Drouin Gazette

THE final score tells the story of a seven-goal win by Nyora over local rivals Poowong in the latest battle for the Des Rodgers Cup but on a dirty day for football, it wasn’t that easy.
In fact, the home side Poowong provided a good contest for the ball at every stoppage and especially when kicking with the wind, pushed the ball hard up into their scoring zone.
But, whereas Nyora had Ben Hallas kicking three of their four goals to half time, and one more shortly after the restart in the third quarter, Poowong simply couldn’t find a way home throughout the day.
Fia Tootoo had his defensive unit well drilled, dropping back to cover the ball that slipped through the contest, or presenting ‘front and centre’ to crumb the packs or grabbing the chance when the ball fell short.
Jake Hazedndonk got one against the wind in the second quarter for Poowong and Chris Robinson scored a consolation goal in the last quarter but Nyora had the clear edge in talent all over the ground and did all the right things, especially in defence on a difficult day.
It was hard to nominate good players with the gale-force winds and rain turning the match into a rolling maul, and as many as 24 or more players congesting the stoppages, but Ryan Spooner was an absolute standout on the ball for Nyora to half time and he continued to dominate, regularly getting the ball out to a teammate’s advantage from a pack situation.
Poowong were still mathematically in the game at half time, trailing four goals to one and kicking with the wind in the third, however while they often had the ball at half forward, they simply couldn’t get close enough to score against the well-organised Nyora backline who regularly rebounded to attack.
Nyora by comparison was consistent and workmanlike with the way they approached getting a winning score with 2, 2, 2 and 3 goals in each of the four quarters, even when pushing it up into the wind.
And they were enjoying their work too with smiles and encouragement on the bench as players changed over regularly to take their turn in an often fierce contest.
The hardworking onballers got the nod as Nyora’s best players, including the likes of Jesse Heylen and Rhys Bancroft but it was a good team effort again, the hallmark of Nyora’s season so far and they continue to sit on top of the ladder, two games clear of Longwarry.
Nyora hosts Neerim at home this Saturday after the Cats recorded a good win but it won’t be until the end of July that they meet Longwarry.
It’s a very close competition this year but winning form is good form and the Saints are certainly on cloud nine at the moment.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times

The crowd was hoping for another classic between Catani and Warragul Industrials at Western Park on Saturday afternoon, and that's exactly what they got.
In a rematch of the 2017 grand final, which the Blues famously won by a single point, Saturday's game was even closer on another wintery day in Warragul. The Dusties jumped out to an early lead and dominated proceedings in the first quarter. They will rue their missed opportunities though, as inaccurate kicking cost them from building a big lead instead they had to settle for a 3.6 (24) to 1.0 (6) advantage.
The second term was more of the same as the Dusties, led by Tyson Bale and Michael Ablett, built a 28-point lead at half-time. The Blues began to get more contributions in the third quarter as Tom Kelly and Cody Harrison got heavily involved and Catani held Warragul goalless in the term. A 13-point Dusties lead at three-quarter time set up a thrilling final quarter.
With it all on the line, Catani managed to even the scores and from there, neither team was able to break the deadlock. An enthralling draw was the result.
Hayley Wildes

Pakenham Gazette

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