CHURCHILL moved above Sale City into third place on the North Gippsland football ladder after defeating the reigning premier by 47 points at Gaskin Park on Saturday.

Leading by six points at the first break, a seven-goal to two second quarter set-up the Cougars’ 10.14 (134) to 13.9 (87) victory.

The Bulldogs were bolstered by the return of Justin McLay, Chris Kelf, Harry Kaandorp and Matt Gray, but were out-played by the Cougars. Now at two and two, the Bulldogs fell to fifth place on the ladder.

Stuart Buckley stood-out for City, kicking eight goals, while Evan Johnson and Kaandorp also tried hard to get the Bulldogs back into the match.

The Cougars had many contributors, but the work of Chris Kyriacou and Joseph Whykes was notable, while Blake Slater kicked five goals and Chris Williams four.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

Woodside have notched their third win for season 2018 in round four with an impressive on-the-road win over Glengarry on Saturday, 1.14 (98) to 10.7 (67)

The Wildcats led at every change with the biggest buffer standing at 46 points at the three-quarter time.

The away side boasted nine individual goal scorers in the 31-point win with three of them multiples.

Daniel Missen kicked four in the win while coach Todd Bryant and Cameron Whiteoak both kicked two.

Woodside have secured fourth spot on the ladder, behind Churchill on percentage, as one of two sides to have dropped just a single game for the season to date.

The Wildcats now face defending premier Sale City on the back of their loss to Churchill in round four while Glengarry travels to take on Cowwarr.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

YARRAM out-classed Heyfield by 32 points at the Gordon St reserve.

The Demons held the Kangaroos to one goal in the first half, while kicking four of their own.

With the Kangaroos moving extra men into defence, the visitors added four goals to three in the second half to win 8.12 (60) to 4.4 (28).

Trek Davis was good in defence for Yarram, with Chris Bruns and coach Matt Scholz helping the side control the midfield.

The ladder-leading Demons will next weekend host the only other undefeated team, Traralgon-Tyers United.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

Rosedale have capitalised on a dominant first-quarter performance to run over the top of Gormandale at the weekend, 15.10 (100) to 10.9 (69).

The Blues kicked seven goals to the Tigers' one in the first term to set themselves up with a six-goal lead at the first break.

Blues coach Sam Bristow was pleased in the wake of his side's win and said simply taking home the points was promising.

"It was probably just actually [good to] get the win," Bristow said.

"It was the difference between competing well for the whole four quarters, so I was happy with that ... in the first we stuck to our game plan which was also really good."

Bristow highlighted the efforts of several key players across the ground as crucial in the Blues' win.

"We had Frazar Brouns who was really good in the ruck, and Caleb Watson played well down forward and Joel Bristow across half back," he said.

The win places Rosedale in sixth spot on the ladder with two wins and two losses.

"We're finally playing the way we want to play," Bristow said.

Rosedale face an in-form Churchill side in round five while Gormandale will host Heyfield.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

Traralgon Tyers United stand as one of two undefeated sides in the North Gippsland Football League's senior competition after doing away with Cowwarr in round four, 17.9 (111) to 8.6 (54).

Tyler Mustoe and Jacob Albanese combined for eight goals to lead the way for the fiery Bombers while Matt Murphy and Scott Zuehlke were awarded best on ground plaudits.

Coach Michael Duncan said he was pleased to get the win with what was a relatively new-look Bombers side.

"We've only played four games together as a team, and we're a pretty new group so to get the win was pleasing," Duncan said.

For Cowwarr, the goal-kicking duties were shared between Shane Morgan and Dale Murphy, who kicked four and three majors, respectively.

TTU will now face an undefeated Yarram outfit in a top-of-the-table clash in round five while Cowwarr will host Glengarry.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

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