Rosedale came away with almost the narrowest winning margin of all over a valiant Churchill outfit, 9.18 (72) to 10.10 (70) on Saturday.
Rosedale coach Sam Bristow praised the efforts of the Blues’ younger chargers in the two-point win and said it was difficult to pinpoint just a handful of the better players.
“The younger players really stood up, and really the whole group played well … it was really hard to define a top six and it was a really good even spread,” Bristow said.
With 18 behinds on the scoreboard and nine majors, Bristow said goal-kicking was nearly the Blues’ undoing.
“Our goal-kicking didn’t go our way again so that’s something we need to work on, but Churchill are a really quality side,” he said.
“They hit the front in the last quarter and we stood up and got it back on the board, which was really pleasing.”
Bristow applauded the efforts of centre half-forward Brad Scott, who scored four goals in the win, as well as Isaac Love and ruckman Frazar Brouns.
For Churchill, Kurt Holt, Ben Kearns and Chris Kyriacou were among the best.
Rosedale take on Heyfield in round six while Churchill is on the road to Woodside.Kate Withers
BUOYED by an injection of experience, Heyfield returned from Gormandale with a 50-point victory.
The Kangaroos included AFL premiership players Leigh Brown and coach Mark Stevens, who kicked four goals in the 14.10 (94) to 6.8 (44) win.
Brown, Stevens and another former AFL player, Adrian Cox, gave the Kangaroos a very experienced forward line.
Leading by one point at quarter-time, the visiting Kangaroos kicked four goals to one in the second term to lead by 18 points at the main break. After an even third term, with the 18-point margin maintained, Heyfield kicked away in the final quarter, booting six goals to one.
James Beha was a towering presence at centre half-forward, Kodie Woodland was good off half-back and Matt Bedggood controlled the play in the midfield. Playing on the wing, Will Kelly booted three goals.
Brayden Duve was the Tigers’ best player, kicking two goals. With two wins from their past three matches, the Kangaroos are now in seventh spot on the table, moving above the Tigers, who have lost their past four games.David Braithwaite
Glengarry have sealed a crucial win over Cowwarr at the weekend to secure their first of season 2018, 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79).
The Magpies boasted a handy 32-point buffer at three-quarter-time and appeared to have the game in the bag until a spirited five-goal-to-none fight back from the Saints had the visitors rattled.
Four final-term behinds was all Glengarry could manage as they stumbled over the line by two points.
Glengarry is faced with a tough ask in round six when they host undefeated Yarram while Cowwarr travels to play reigning premiers Sale City.Kate Withers
SALE City saw off a challenge from Woodside, winning by five points.
The Wildcats led by 14 points at half-time, before the visitors kicked three unanswered goals during the third term to take a seven-point advantage into the final quarter. The Wildcats kicked five goals to four in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Despite winning one quarter, the Bulldogs won the match 11.14 (80) to 11.9 (75) to remain in fifth position on the ladder.
Chris Kelf was strong in the ruck for the Bulldogs, while their midfield, missing coach Jacob Schuback, was led by Josh Tollner. Stuart Buckley kicked three goals.
Tom Crosby was Woodside’s best player, with Cameron Whiteoak kicking three majors.David Braithwaite
Yarram have emerged the toast of the North Gippsland league senior competition after doing away with Traralgon Tyers United to stand as the only undefeated side in the competition, 11.15 (81) to 11.6 (72).
The Demons led at every break with the biggest buffer of 18 points standing at half-time.
Four players bagged multiple goals with Tyler Chisholm, Daniel Vardy, Corbin Sutherland and Jarryd Swift all scoring two majors.
Josh Segond did the most scoreboard damage for TTU in the loss with three goals while Lachlan White and Tim Aitken scored two each.
Yarram coach Matt Scholz had a blinder and was awarded six votes for best on ground.
He was ably assisted by Griffin Underwood, Jack Moore and Chris Bruns.
"It was a pretty hard-fought contest for four quarters and TTU never gave up," Scholz said.
"They've got some very good players and it was pleasing to see that we had a few our of our top 22 but still managed to get the job done."
Missing from the Demons' starting line-up were Louis Rodaughan, Liam Farley and Jacob Davis, but Scholz said list depth helped "fill the gaps".
"We had Jeremy Babb and Lukas Jenkins, so we had some bigger bodies come in and the guys like Griffin Underwood and Trek Davis again played really well," he said.
"Kicking inside forward 50 was helped with the big bodies, but altogether I think our midfielders around the contest made them earn every possession and got in and under really well."
Yarram travel to Glengarry in round six while TTU return home to face Gormandale.Kate Withers
Match reviews taken from articles written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express and David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. For original articles visit the following:
Latrobe Valley Express: http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5384850/blues-trump-churchill/?cs=1588
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