COWWARR broke through to record its first win of the year with an emphatic victory over Glengarry, 15.23 (113) to 4.9 (33).
Saints coach Brett McMaster said the win was a just reward for weeks of hard work.
“It was obviously pleasing to get a win and it wouldn’t have been much fun to go through the season without one,” McMaster said.
“We felt like we played some good footy throughout the year with no reward, so it was a nice acknowledgement for the effort we’ve put in and that was the main message.
“We’ve probably always felt we can be competitive with the better sides, and during games we have been for periods of time but we sort of felt if we play four quarters we’ll get good results and we did that (on Saturday).”
With four games to go in the season, McMaster said the drought-breaking win would give the Saints the shot in the arm they needed to see out 2018.
“In the four games coming up, if we can play the level we played on Saturday there’s no reason we can’t compete,” he said.
McMaster gave ruckman Shane Morgan best-on-ground plaudits for his standout performance that included three goals and said he was “really important” in the win.
Pat Tainsh had a stellar run in the midfield and “got a ridiculous amount of the footy”, while Kyle Stamers booted two goals as an inside mid and “stood out”.Kate Withers
HEYFIELD fended off Gormandale to record a win on home turf.
After coming close to Rosedale last weekend, the Tigers would have thought a win was well within reach this week, and led by 19 points at the major break. However, the Kangaroos kicked seven goals to one in the second half to win 11.11 (77) to 9.6 (60).
Full back Scott Anderson was pivotal in the Kangaroos' fightback, as was James Beha at the other end of the ground.
Josh Neille led the way for the Kangaroos on the scoreboard, finishing with three goals.Kate Withers
A STUNNING run of 10 consecutive goals in the final term helped catapult Churchill to victory over Rosedale.
Rosedale led by 16 points at half-time, but the Cougars chipped away at the deficit in the third term to trail by just a point at the final change.
A goal by Brendan Mason in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter stirred the Cougars and opened the floodgates for a barrage of majors to help the visitors assert their dominance and hang on to third spot with a 17.15 (117) to 10.8 (68) victory.
Cougar Jordan Fenech was best-on-ground, while Mason finished with four goals, coach Chris Williams and Ben Kearns three each.
For the Blues, Frazar Brouns and Isaac Love kicked three majors each, with Nick Twomey their best player.Kate Withers
REIGNING North Gippsland football premier Sale City cantered to a crucial win over Woodside on Saturday.
The 15.12 (102) to 8.7 (55) victory at home saw the Bulldogs match the Wildcats and Rosedale on eight wins for the year, but leapfrog them both into fourth place on the ladder because of superior percentage.
The Bulldogs began strongly, kicking five goals to one in the opening term, but the Wildcats lifted in the second, getting to within 14 points by half-time.
The matter was settled during the third quarter, when the Bulldogs kicked five goals to two. The home side added three goals to one in the final term.
Justin McLay and Josh Barton were outstanding for City, while Bohdi Walker finished with four goals for the Bulldogs, and Stuart Buckley and Nick Grainger kicked three each.
Woodside's goal kicking duties were left to Ryan Foat and Gary Jones, who bagged three each. Ricky Benis was best for the Wildcats.Kate Withers
💥200 senior games 💥 Congratulations to Abe Schuback our senior vice captain on playing 200 senior games. Abe was an important part of 5 premierships throughout his 14 years at Sale City. We commend Abe for his loyalty to the club, 200 games is an achievement that not many have reached. Goodluck today Abe and thank you for your ongoing support to Sale City #scfnc #200 #loyalty #thanksAbe
YARRAM again proved why it was favourite for this year’s North Gippsland football flag after a telling win over second-placed Traralgon-Tyers United on Saturday.
After winning 17.6 (108) to 11.9 (75) at Tyers, the Demons are now all but assured the minor premiership with three games between them and the Bombers with four rounds remaining.
Griffin Underwood stepped up to take on the captaincy duties for Saturday’s game after coach Matt Scholz withdrew through illness, but president Anthony Rodaughan said the Demons were unaffected by the change.
“Griffin really stepped up and our bench operated as normal, and things like that can sometimes unsettle a side but we dealt with it and played very well,” Rodaughan said.
The Demons’ already mighty playing stocks were bolstered by the return of Chris Bruns and Louis Rodaughan, who both “contributed strongly”, Rodaughan said.
Ben Vardy has been another welcome inclusion in the second half of the year and commands a lot of opposition at centre-half-forward.
“Ben’s presence was felt on Saturday and he took a lot of marks. He’s a big addition to our list and can also run through the midfield and can go back. He’s a mobile big man,” Rodaughan said.
Liam Farley took on a different role on Saturday and tagged dangerous Bomber Michael Jacobsen and “did a really good job”.
“We’re still missing a couple but it was a morale-boosting win for us,” the Demons president said.
After making it through 14 rounds without a blemish to their name, Rodaughan said nerves weren’t a factor for the Demons in the run home.
“There is a bit of the old superstition of not losing a game, but we go out every week to win and that’s Matt’s (Scholz) philosophy,” he said.Kate Withers
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