The first half was evenly-matched on the scoreboard with just two points in it at quarter-time and four at half-time.
Goals continued to flow in the third quarter with three to Cowwarr, however, five majors to Sale City put the visitor in prime position.
The Saints were held to two goals in the fourth quarter, while the Bulldogs put a further six on the board to run out a 43-point winner, 18.13 (121) to 12.6 (78).
Josh Barton led all-comers with six goals for Sale City, followed by Jacob Schuback and Nicholas Grainger with three each.
Brad McKay and Joel Hutchins were the Bulldogs’ best players.
Shane Morgan put in a strong performance in front of goal for the Saints, kicking five, with Patrick Tainsh their best.Gippsland Times
Churchill opened their account in fine form with a strong win, 20.8 (128) to 9.9. (63) over Traralgon Tyers United.
The Cougars established their dominance over the Bombers early on at Gaskin Park, racing out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter while holding TTU goalless.
TTU got on the board with two goals in the second quarter but Churchill had already closed the gate with a 53-point half-time lead. By three-quarter-time the differential had blown out to 73 although a four goal to three final quarter saw the Bombers close the gap slightly to 65 at the final siren.
Churchill were led in goal kicking by Ben Skinner (5) and Brendan Holt (4). Also making their mark on the scoreboard were Ryan Lowrie, Noah Deubel and Christopher Williams with two goals each while singles were scored by Brendan Mason, Luke Brereton, Cain Iorangi, Travis Brighton and Benjamin Kearns
Skinner, Williams and Holt were named in the Cougars best along with Jordan Fenech, Lucas Towns and Bradley Tyas.
Goalkickers for TTU were Jack Brown, Bill Morrison, Hayden Willaton and Michael Duncan with two each while Jye Neilson slotted one through the big sticks.
TTU’s best on ground were Jacob Albanese, Dougal Williams, Brown, Willaton, Guy Sinclair and Morrison.Latrobe Valley Express
A HIGH-scoring final quarter saw Heyfield run away with the win against Glengarry, 16.14 (110) to 10.8 (68).
Glengarry took the first quarter honours, but Heyfield had kicked itself back into the match with a three-goal to two second term.
The visiting Magpies responded after the main break with a four-goal quarter which took them into the final period with a two-point buffer before the Kangaroos bounced into action, holding Glengarry to just two points in the final quarter, while adding 7.4 to run out 42-point winners.
Jack Woodland was outstanding in the midfield for the Kangaroos, working well with Matt Bedggood.
The Kangaroos had plenty of winners in the forward line, led by Nick Woodland and Jesse Bedggood, who kicked five and four goals respectively.
In his first match for the Magpies, Jay Neagle kicked four goals. Colby Morley and Ben Truin were the Magpies’ better performers.Gippsland Times
In a weekend of big wins, the biggest of all went to Rosedale who thrashed Gormandale by 93 points, 20.23 (143) to 7.8 (50).
Rosedale came out of the gates strongly, booting five goals in the first quarter to carry a 30-point lead into the first break. They increased their lead to 47 at half-time and then pushed out to an indomitable 89-point lead at the final break.
Gormandale were held to just two goals in the first three quarters and while they managed to add five more in the fourth quarter, Rosedale marched on to a solid 93-point victory to get their season underway.
Eight players contributed to Rosedale's 20 goal tally with Ben Jones (7) and Frazar Brouns (5) leading the way. Doubles went to Matt Royal and Dale Fleming while Jake Suter, Will Logan, Brandon McDonald, Blake Willebrand each added singles.
Best on ground for Rosedale were Jones, Tom Anderson, Rohan Diamond, Rohan Hildebrand, Fleming, and Brouns.
Gormandale had just one multiple goal-scorer in Jarryd Garlick with three. Nathan DeMaria, Shannon Edwards, Lewis Ferguson and Steven Burgess all kicked one each.
Gormandale's best were Jaryd Gilroy, Mitchell Jones, Tim Northe, Nathan Teale, Ryan Burns and Ferguson.Latrobe Valley Express
REIGNING premier Yarram was too strong for Woodside, winning 17.15 (117) to 5.10 (40).
The visitors skipped out to a 28-point lead at quarter-time.
A slightly better showing by the Wildcats in the second quarter narrowed the margin to 25 points at the long break, but it was blown out to 40 points by three-quarter-time and 77 at the final siren.
The Demons spread their goals among 10 players, with Tyer Chisholm and Zach Richards kicking three each. Jesse Field, Liam Bentley and Liam Farley were Yarram's best players.
Tom Crosby and Gary Jones led the way for Woodside.Gippsland Times
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Cowwarr v Sale City, Heyfield v Glengarry and Woodside v Yarram match reviews published by Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here
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