In the AFL Victoria Community Championships match at Moe on Saturday, Gippsland led the senior football contest throughout to win by 62 points, 15.19 (109) to 7.5 (47).
Drouin half-forward Eddie Morris was named best-on-ground in Gippsland’s first interleague win since 2015. Morris combined well with captain Cade Maskell and Sale’s Jordan Dessent in attack.
Maskell and Leongatha teammate Chris Dunne kicked three goals each.
Bob McCallum had the better of the ruck contests, while the defence, led by Ty Biffin and Ryan Hearn, conceded only seven goals.
Gippsland edged ahead early, kicking four goals to two in the first term to led by 17 points.
Murray kicked the first two goals of the second quarter before James Blaser and McCallum kicked majors to give the home team a 21-point lead at the main break. The lead could have been more as Gippsland kicked five behind from its seven scoring shots.
The matter was put beyond doubt during the third quarter, when Gippsland kicked eight goals to one. Maskell and Dunne kicked two each.
Beginning the final quarter trailing by 67 points, Murray out-scored Gippsland two goals to one.
Murray’s best player, Alex Hicks, was solid at centre half-back, while full back John Anstee worked hard under pressure.
Bohdi Butts tried to get Murray back into the contest across half forward, while Angus Grigg kicked three goals.David Braithwaite
THE Ellinbank Football League Under 16, 18 and Seniors travelled to Ballarat’s City Oval to play the Horsham Football League, and all recorded wins.
The senior match featured four players from Poowong; Jack Hazendonk, Tim Hancock, Thomas Wyatt and Chris Robinson and three from Nyora, Dylan Heylen, Ilan Osman and Shaun Beecroft – a good local representation and they all contributed to Ellinbank’s win.
Horsham kicked the first goal but Ellinbank came back adding six goals through Matt Gray from a mark, Ilan Osman from a mark after a series of passes, Daniel Fry, Mark Vassett and Thomas Wyatt from a high tackle.
Ellinbank’s defence was on top with Tim Hancock and Dale Johnson working hard to name a couple and with Ellinbank’s pace around the ground also making a difference.
The second quarter was similar to the first with Matt Gray kicking his second followed by goals Mark Vassett and Jack Hazendonk from good clean pickups and kicks resulting in a 39-point lead.
At half time Ellinbank held a 43 point lead 9.3.57 to Horsham 2.2.14 and looked to be in control of the game.
Horsham worked harder and kicked the first goal plus a couple of points but with Ellinbank’s half forward line on top goals started to come.
Tom Mashado from a down field free kick, then goals to Chris Robinson and two to Thomas Wyatt – the first from a good mark and the second from a running snap to have Ellinbank leading 13.5 83 to Horsham 3.4.22 a 61-point lead at the last change.
The last quarter was a battle between the backlines until Horsham kicked the first goal of the quarter, their fourth to be answered by a running goal from Wyatt, Ellinbank’s 14th.
The siren sounded with Ellinbank winning by 60 points 14.7 to 4.7. An entertaining game played in good spirit and well umpired but Ellinbank’s better skills and pace were the difference.
Best on ground went to Thomas Wyatt (Poowong). Other good players were Matt Gray (Buln Buln), Russell Lehman (Longwarry), Danny Wells (Longwarry), Tim Hancock (Poowong) and Nick Visser (Catani) in a team effort.
Goal kickers: Thomas Wyatt 4, Matt Gray 2, Mark Vassett 2, Daniel Fry 2, Jack Hazendonk, Ilan Osman, Chris Robinson and Tom Mashado.
Daniel Fry (Longwarry), the winning coach thanked the players for putting up their hand to play and spoke about the rewards and pride of playing representative football for your league.
Match review excerpt from Murray FL v Gippsland League taken from article written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view full article online visit http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5419579/gippsland-sweeps-murray/?cs=1576
Match review for Maryborough Castlemaine DFNLv West Gippsland FNC taken from article written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original article online visit https://pakenham.starcommunity.com.au/gazette/2018-05-22/marks-boys-get-the-last-laff/ (viewability may be subject to subscription)
Match review excerpt from Horsham District FNL v Ellinbank DFL taken from article written by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view full article online visit http://sgst.com.au/2018/05/triple-treat-ellinbank-clean-sweep-west-gippy/
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