Cowwarr recorded an upset one-point victory over Rosedale.
The Saints trailed by 10 points at the final change, but kicked two goals to one in the fourth term to win 8.9 (57) to 8.8 (56).
Out of finals contention, the home side was held goal-less in the first term, but responded to kick four goals to one in the second quarter to take a five-point lead into half-time.
The Blues had the better of play in the third term, kicking four goals to two, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Saints at bay.
Cowwarr could have won by more, having kicked 2.5 in the final quarter.
Braden Johnston, Nick Wozniak and Nick Szabatura stood-out for the Saints, while Shane Morgan and Luke Cooper kicked two goals each.
Adam Diamond was Rosedale’s best player, with Matt Royal booting a pair of goals
The decided mismatch between ladder leaders Churchill and cellar-dwellers Gormandale didn’t throw up any surprises with the Cougars cruising to a 120-point win, 18.20 (128) to 1.2 (8).
The luckless Tigers’ first and only goal for the day came in the opening term while Churchill added four.
The visitors could do little more than watch as the Cougars added six goals in the second term, five goals in the third and another three to close out the game.
Chris Williams, Blake Slater and Ben Skinner enjoyed the spoils for Churchill in the win and finished with three each while Allan Chandler kicked two and singles went to seven others.
Tyson Kavanagh was Gormandale’s only goal scorer for the day.
Williams, Chandler and Travis Brighton were all standouts for the Cougars in the win.
A strong finish was not enough for the Kangaroos, who lost to Yarram at home, 8.12 (60) to 7.9 (51).
The Demons set-up their victory with three unanswered goals in the first quarter.
The sides kicked two goals each in the second half, but the visiting Demons extended their lead to 21 points by the main break.
The margin was stretched to 25 after the Demons’ three-goal to two third term.
Heyfield lifted to kick the only three goals of the final quarter, but the three-quarter-time margin proved too much to overcome, going down by nine points.
James Conway stood-out for Heyfield in the ruck, with Kodie Woodland working hard in the midfield.
Nick Dinsdale wing, Bailey Escreet and Sam Shingles were also solid contributors.
Captain Shaun Humphreys, Nick Woodland and Kodie Woodland kicked two goals each for the Kangaroos. Jack Moore kicked three goals for the Demons.
Griffin Underwood and Liam Farley gave the visitors good use of the ball through the midfield, with Dan Vardy giving Conway a good contest in the ruck.
Ben Vardy was a danger in the forward line, while Jack Weston and Louis Rodaughan played well off half-back
A scrappy wintry mud heap didn’t stop the scoring run of Traralgon-Tyers United on Saturday as the Bombers easily accounted for Sale City, 13.8 (86) to 2.8 (20).
The home side wasted no time stamping their mark on the game, piling on four goals while keeping the Dogs to just three points in an impressive cursor of things to come in the tough conditions.
The Bombers added another four majors in the second term while again limiting Sale City to minor scores to lead by 48 points at half-time.
The visitors finally found the scoreboard for their first major of the day in the third term but the flow didn’t slow at the other end with the Bombers adding another three to their tally to increase the buffer to 61 points at the last change.
TTU added one more in the final term while Sale City also scored a consolation goal to go down by 11 goals.
Guy Sinclair led the way for the Bombers on goal and finished with three while a trio of other – Hayden Willaton, Michael Duncan and Darcy Barnes – kicked two each.
Among the best for TTU in the win were Sinclair, Barnes, Tyler Mustoe and Kade Duncan.
For Sale City, Nick Grainger kicked the only two goals.
Woodside won its second game in three weeks, defeating Glengarry by 118 points at home.
Leading by nine points at quarter-time, the Wildcats added 16 unanswered goals to win 18.21 (129) to 1.5 (11).
Daniel Missen kicked four goals and Gary Jones three for the Wildcats, with Josh Kennedy, Tom Crosby and Frazer Ryan their best players.
The Magpies kicked just one goal for the day, from Nick Quenault in the first term.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 17
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 17
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Cowwarr v Rosedale, Heyfield v Yarram and Woodside v Glengarry match reviews written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.
Churchill v Gormandale and TTU v Sale City match reviews written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online click here.