Churchill notched a convincing win over Cowwarr on Saturday in a round of blowouts in the North Gippsland league senior competition, 15.22 (112) to 3.6 (24).

The Cougars were out to a 15-point lead by the first break and had extended it to a whopping eight goals by half-time.

They had opportunities to push the game into thrashing territory in the third quarter but the Saints’ pain was limited as the Cougars managed two goals from 10 scoring shots.

The misfiring continued but Churchill – with another five goals and seven behinds in the final term – romped home to record a 88-point lead.

Usual suspects Blake Slater and Brendan Holt led the way up forward for the Cougars and finished with three goals each while Allan Chandler, Brendan Mason and Nick Celima nabbed two each.

The Saints notched just three goals for the day and one to half-time, with singles going to Mitch McDonald, Siaosi Lay-Blake and Shane Morgan.

The win helps the Cougars move three games clear of defending premiers Sale City with just one game remaining in the home and away season.

Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express


Reigning premiers Sale City have continued on with the form that led them to an upset win over ladder leaders Yarram last week with a resounding win over Gormandale on Saturday, 18.25 (133) to 5.4 (34).

The Bulldogs came out firing from the first bounce and stacked on five goals to the Tigers' one to lead by 29 points at the first break.

Gormandale were effectively buried by half-time as Sale City held them to just two goals and piled on another seven of their own to blow the lead out to 11 goals.

Nick Grainger enjoyed his best day out for the year for the Dogs and finished with five goals.

Playing-coach Jacob Schuback wasn't far behind and added four goals of his own while Stuart Buckley and Mitchell Evans each scored two.

The win helps Sale City move a game clear of Rosedale in fourth spot with just one round to play in the season proper.

Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express


Traralgon Tyers United have flexed their muscle in the penultimate round of the season and notched a massive win over Heyfield on the road, 18.9 (117) to 4.6 (30).

Jacob Albanese led from the front for the Bombers and scored four goals and was helped out by Tyler Mustoe (three goals), Dougal Williams (two goals) and Tim Aitken (two goals).

The visitors saved their best quarter for last and added to their already commanding lead of 44 points at the last break with seven goals to blow the margin out 87 points at the final siren.

The win is the Bombers' 14th for the season and puts them a game clear of Churchill in second spot on the ladder.

Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express


A three-goal-to-none opening term has helped Rosedale off to a flying start in their ninth win of the season at the expense of Glengarry on Saturday, 14.18 (102) to 8.5 (53).

It took the Blues just four minutes to hit the scoreboard through Brad Caldwell and another two majors through Jake Suter and Frazar Brouns had the home side up by 21 points at the first break.

The hurt continued for the Magpies in the second quarter as Rosedale added another four to lead by 31 at the main break.

Brouns finished with five goals – including two in the final term – in a leading performance for the Blues, while Matt Royal kicked three, Joel Suter two and singles went to four others.

The win is critical for the Blues' finals tilt and puts them in fifth spot on the North Gippsland league senior ladder – ahead of Woodside on percentage with Gormandale to overcome in the final round this weekend.

Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express


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It was business as usual for the Demons as they made an emphatic return to the winner's list with a 35-point win over Woodside in round 17.

Yarram president Anthony Rodaughan said the Demons "didn't strike red hot form, but ground out a win" against the Wildcats.

"We were really happy to get through the game with no injuries and with what I thought was a pretty solid win," Rodaughan said.

Matt Scholz was back at the helm coaching after a few weeks off through illness and "got a very warm reception", he said.

Griffin Underwood in his 200th senior and 250th club game for Yarram "put in a typical workman-like performance" while Jesse Field played his second senior game for the year and was best on ground through the midfield according to Rodaughan, while Dan Vardy and Chris Bruns were both "prominent".

"That shows how strong the reserves are, that the bloke gets a promotion and gets named best player, so it adds another dimension of pressure for us," Rodaughan said.

There is pressure building for senior spots from the Demons reserves from players like Josh Swift who has kicked 30 goals from his last three games.

"Chris Pettitt came fifth in best and fairest in seniors last year, so the pressure's on the players and we like that," he said.

While Rodaughan said he "didn't think we played our best footy" on Saturday, he credited Woodside for playing "smart footy".

"Their stronger players shared the ball really well and their game plan was a smart one, so credit to them," he said.

"We're not playing at the level we want to be, but you can't be up to that level all the time, so once we get that sniff of cut grass and finals footy hopefully people will step up.

"I think the loss to Sale City gave us a bit to think about so we need to work hard."

Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express


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