WOODSIDE moved into the top five with a 53-point win at Cowwarr.

The Wildcats led by three points after a tight first half, but kicked eight goals to three after the main break to win 13.16 (94) to 6.5 (41).

Ryan Foat kicked five goals for the Wildcats, with Bailey Tatnell their best player.

Patrick Tainsh and Will Runciman were prominent for the Saints, who are yet to win this season.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

Churchill led at every break to put away Heyfield with relative ease in round seven of the North Gippsland senior competition, 12.8 (80) to 7.15 (57).

Blake Slater continued his hot run of form and added three goals to help the Cougars win and takes his season tally to 22 to second spot on the league leading goal-kicker board behind Sale City's Stuart Buckley.

Brendan Mason and Ben Kearns were also serviceable and chipped in with two majors each.

The Roos missed opportunities in the first half and managed just two goals from 11 scoring shots, including seven behinds in the second term, to sit 26 points in the red at half-time.

James Beha did the bulk of the heavy lifting for Heyfield up forward and finished with four goals while Charlie Driffield, Kodie Woodland and Brad Berry scored one each.

The win helps Churchill to third spot on the ladder, a game clear of reigning premiers Sale City, while Heyfield are in seventh, two games off the pace of Rosedale.

The Cougars travel to take on cellar dweller Cowwarr in round eight while Heyfield are faced with a tough ask in second-placed TTU.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

A rejuvenated Chase Saunders-led Gormandale have notched their second win of season 2018 with a win in style with a resounding win over Glengarry on Saturday, 17.12 (114) to 10.7 (67).

Tigers coach Steve Hazelman pinpointed the 45-point win as the first time his side has put together a complete performance this season.

"For the first time I think we had 22 even contributors, and in the other weeks we have maybe had a couple of guys holding us up but it was just a really good team performance," he said

Troy Forrest, Brayden Duve and Jarryd Garlick were all handy contributors for Gormandale in the win and scored two majors each.

Saunders' eight-goal haul for the Tigers proved the difference and Hazelman said the power forward bought more to the playing group than scoring power.

"Chase is obviously a key focal point up forward but he's also really enthusiastic and has the ability to give a really good energy to the rest of the group," he said.

"But I thought our backline really stood up well and our forward line functioned a lot better than what it has in the last month or so."

With "eight or nine" players out of the best 22 through injury, Hazelman was hopeful a number of senior players would return to bolster the side within the next month.

"[Saturday] was actually the first game this year that we've got through with no injuries, which is good," he said.

Gormandale hit the road to take on defending premiers Sale City this weekend and Glengarry will look to bounce back on home turf against Rosedale.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

Traralgon Tyers United have continued their hot run of form to solidify second spot on the ladder with a win over Rosedale on the road in round seven, 10.8 (68) to 7.8 (50).

The Bombers were on song in the opening term and scored five goals straight to the Blues' two from six shots to earn a 14-point buffer at the first break.

The second quarter was a stalemate with both sides failing to convert major scores.

Rosedale kicked in to gear in the third and added four goals to trail by 10 points at three-quarter-time but wind back the deficit.

Tim Aitken continued to be a reliable source for the Bombers up forward and bagged four goals to take his season tally to 14.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

YARRAM kicked seven goals to three in the second half to defeat reigning premier Sale City in a rematch of last year’s North Gippsland football grand final.

On Saturday, the Demons trailed by five points at half-time, but won by 27, 12.23 (95) to 10.8 (68) to remain undefeated after seven rounds.

Running hard to open Sale City’s defence, the home team’s dominance of the second half can be highlighted by its 21 scoring shots to the Bulldogs’ 11.

The Demons led by three points at quarter-time, before the Bulldogs kicked five goals to two to claim the half-time lead.

A three-goal to one quarter put the Demons in front by 10 at the final break, although errant kicking for goal prevented them from taking a commanding lead.

The Demons again had the better of the final term, kicking four goals to two.

Even without Griffin Underwood, Liam Farley, Louis Rodaughan, Olmo Salvatore and Will Bodman were outstanding in the midfield.

Dan Vardy and Bulldog Chris Kelf had a good contest in the ruck.

Josh Tollner and Jacob Schuback were also among the Bulldogs’ best players, while Bohdi Walker kicked three goals.

The Bulldogs remain in fourth place on the ladder, but are only ahead of Woodside and Rosedale on percentage.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

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