Traralgon Tyers United have taken the points in their first round encounter with Glengarry on the road, holding the Magpies to just five goals on their way to the win, 8.12 (60) to 5.6 (36).
The Bombers’ defence was water-tight in the opening term and conceded just one straight goal to head into the first break with 10-point lead.
Glengarry were lucky to stand within 12 at half-time after some errant kicking from the Bombers had them with four goals from 11 scoring shots.
Their accuracy in front of goal markedly improved in the third term and three majors to Glengarry’s one stretched the lead to 19 at the final break.
The Magpies squandered their chances of a fourth-quarter comeback with some misfired shots of their own, with no goals from five scoring shots to let the line out to 24 points at the siren.
Jack Brown scored his first goal in the red and black after coming across from Morwell in the Gippsland League and made himself right at home in the best-on-ground honours list for TTU alongside fellow new recruit Simon Noy (Hill End), Quinn Sinclair and Scott Zuehlke.
Hayden Willaton was another new face to fit in nicely at the hangar in his first game after coming across from Traralgon with two goals.
Tim Aitken was the only other multiple goalscorer for the Bombers in the win while Travis Patten did the heavy lifting for Glengarry and scored three of their five majors.Kate Withers
Sale City took a half to overcome Heyfield as the Bulldogs began their quest for a third consecutive North Gippsland football premiership, with a 52-point win.
Leading by only five points at half-time, the Bulldogs kicked nine goals to two in the second half to win 15.14 (104) to 7.10 (52) at Stephenson Park.
The young Kangaroos, hit by off-season departures, pushed the Bulldogs, but the premiers took control of the match when they minimised mistakes.
The City midfield, including new coach Jacob Schuback and Josh Tollner, ran rampant during the second half, while captain Ben Chivers was dangerous across the ground.
Matt Bedggood and Jack Woodland stood-out for the Kangaroos in the midfield, while Nick Ierardi displayed energy in the forward line.
The challenge was made early, with goals from Max Gravener and Matt Millar giving Heyfield a 10-point lead five minutes into the match, before back-to-back goals from Schuback put the Bulldogs in front.
The Kangaroos were applying good pressure, and running hard with the ball in the warm conditions.
The visitors missed chances to reclaim the lead. With scores level, Matt Walsh kicked a goal to restore City’s lead.
Ieradi kicked a great goal on the run to cut the deficit to a point late in the first quarter.
Such was the pressure, the umpire showed yellow cards to Chivers and Heyfield opponent James Driffield for a scuffle, giving them both 15 minutes to cool their heels.
Will Kelly was particularly good for the Kangaroos in the midfield.
Leading by a point at the first break, Sale City looked liked running away with the game in the second quarter, only for Heyfield to respond strongly.
A Justin McLay centre clearance to begin the quarter found Stuart Buckley, who kicked his first goal for the day. Four minutes later, the Bulldogs worked the ball around, finding Bohdi Walker, whose goal extended the margin to 13 points.
On the end of a good play down the wing, Jason Garrett kicked a goal for the Kangaroos shortly after.
Buckley’s goal gave the Bulldogs an 11-point lead early in time-on, before Heyfield made the home side pay for a mistake through Brenton Dinsdale’s major.
The Bulldogs led by five points at half-time, but found itself a point down early in the third term after Gravener booted a goal. That would be the Kangaroos’ final goal of the quarter.
Two goals from Walker, and one each from Abe Schuback and Buckley gave the Bulldogs a 26-point advantage at the final change.
The Kangaroos kicked the first goal of the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs kicked away, booting the final five goals of the match.David Braithwaite
After enduring a tumultuous couple of years, Gormandale has notched its first win in the North Gippsland League seniors competition in 707 days at the expense of Cowwarr, 12.12 (84) to 4.4 (28).
The Tigers shone under lights the lights at Traralgon Recreation Reserve and the club song was sung with gusto after the drought-breaking 56-point win.
Coach Steve Hazelman described the first-up win as a “relief for a lot of people” and was optimistic about the Tigers’ future prospects.
“To not only win seniors, but to also win the seconds … it was great and everyone was really excited,” Hazelman said.
“We’ve recruited quite a few players, so we were hopeful ahead of the season.
“Last year we played some games where we weren’t competitive at all, so hopefully we can go and be competitive this year.”
With 2017 runner-up Yarram next on the cards in round two, Hazelman said the Demons were “the benchmark of the competition”.
“I watched them play last week and they’re a really classy outfit,” he said.
“Hopefully we can back it up this weekend, but we haven’t won too many games so we’re not getting too excited.”
Defender Ryan Burns was among the best for Gormandale while Josh Jennings was a standout in the midfield with three goals and tagger Toby Bye was effective.
Joseph Colaciello was the only casualty for Gormandale in the win and looks set to miss this weekend’s clash with Yarram with a hamstring injury.Kate Withers
Match summary excerpts taken from articles written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express and David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. For full articles visit http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5331661/tigers-end-losing-streak/?cs=1588 (Latrobe Valley Express) and http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5331522/bulldogs-overcome-kangaroos/?cs=1576 (Gippsland Times)
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