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

Gippsland Times

“This is your opportunity for 40, 50 years’ time to be able to tell your grand kids that you were part of history part of the very first victory for the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition.
“Who knows what the competition will look like in the future, but you want to be able to say that you were the one who had a part in that first victory.”
They were the final words from WGFNC senior coach Mark Lafferty to his players before they left the rooms and walked out on to the Beswick Street deck at Garfield, and they’re the words that so easily sum up their whole 2018 campaign. Together, they had the chance to be the ones to kickstart the WGFNC’s interleague run after the false start of last year.
They had the chance to improve the WGFNC’s ranking, one that everyone locally thought was far too low and didn’t fairly reflect on the quality of the competition. But words weren’t enough they had to back them up with action to prove they were better than that.
And throughout Saturday’s clash, that’s exactly what transpired with the players, coaches and support staff all working together as one, combining perfectly to achieve their goal in what was, basically, emphatic style. After the game after it was all said and done Lafferty Was full of praise for the group.
“To have two training sessions together (prior to the clash) it wasn’t perfect football but the way you tried to execute it was great,” he said. ‘ “To play that quick (brand of) football with that kind of movement and fast handball we all tried to do it and ran in waves, and did the little things that made a difference on the day and I think the scoreboard probably flattered them in the end. “I just wanted to thank you all for putting your hands up to play interleague footy, and I hope that every single person here today walks away having learnt something, having had a good experience, and wanting to come back next year and do it again.
“That’s the main thing we really want to build this, and for people to continue to put their hands up.” Lafferty had some pointed barbs for Koo Wee Rup, who didn’ t have a single player front up for selection. “Once again, the guys who didn’t put their hands up today, they’re the ones who miss out on the experience, ” he said. “They miss out on representing their


league and playing in a high standard of game. “They’re the ones who miss out not you guys. You’ve all committed and done the right thing, and I hope you all go back to your clubs better for it.”
Russell Bennett

Pakenham Gazette

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.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times


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