Churchill have denied the Saints their maiden win of season 2018 with a come-from-behind victory on the road on Saturday, 13.12 (90) to 10.11 (71).

The Saints looked the part in the opening stages of the game and kept Churchill to just a single goal.

The lead stood at 17 points at quarter-time but could have been considerably larger if not for some wayward kicking at goal which had Cowwarr with three goals from 10 scoring shots.

The Cougars emerged resolute in the second quarter and pinned the deficit back to three points at half-time.

The Saints went into the final break three points up but were quashed in the last quarter to lose out by 19 points at the final siren.

Leigh Mcdonald led the way for Churchill and scored three goals for the day while Ben Skinner, Blake Slater and Nick Celima each snared two.

The Cougars move into second spot on the North Gippsland league ladder with the win, ahead of TTU, while Cowwarr languishes at the bottom.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

An indomitable Rosedale kept Glengarry to just a single goal to three-quarter-time on their way to recording a 72-point win in North Gippsland Football League action on Saturday, 14.18 (102) to 4.6 (30).

The Magpies were listless in the opener and managed one goal and two behinds to sit 14 points in the red at the first break.

Things only got worse in the second and third quarters for the home side as they added a solitary behind to the scoreboard while Rosedale stacked on 10 to lead by 67 points at three-quarter-time.

The only saving grace for Glengarry came in the form of four last-ditch goals in the final term but the damage was well and truly done.

Matt Royal and Isaac Love scored three goals each for the Blues in the win while Kaleb Watson, Brad Scott and Richard Ingrouille scored two apiece.

For Glengarry, Nathan Larkin was the only multiple goal scorer with two.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

SALE City kept Gormandale at arm’s length in its 39-point victory at Stephenson Park.

The Bulldogs’ three unanswered goals in the first quarter set the tone for the match, which the home side won 13.11 (89) to 7.8 (50) to remain in fourth spot.

With Bohdi Walker out injured, Stuart Buckley kicked five goals. Captain Ben Chivers led the Bulldogs in defence, while Kody Richards and coach Jacob Schuback were also prominent.

Daniel Domaille was the Tigers’ best player.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

HEYFIELD produced the upset of the round in North Gippsland football, defeating second-placed Traralgon-Tyers United.

At Tyers on Saturday, the Kangaroos won by 14 points, 9.7 (61) to 6.11 (47).

The victory keeps the Kangaroos in seventh place on the ladder, two wins outside the top five.

The visitors kicked the only goal of the first term, before both sides booted three in the second, giving the Kangaroos a seven-point advantage at the main break. The Bombers cut the deficit to three by the final change.

Thrown a challenge to record their third win of the season, the Kangaroos kicked the only two goals of the final quarter as the Bombers kicked four behinds.

Veteran Adrian Cox led the way off half-back, Jack Woodland was superb on the ball, combining with ruckman James Beha, while Charlie Driffield was effective in the forward line.

Matt Bedggood and Kodie Woodland kicked two goals each for the Kangaroos.

The Bombers fell to third place on the ladder, trailing Churchill on percentage.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

A Griffin Underwood-led Yarram outfit have charged to their eighth consecutive win to remain undefeated atop the North Gippsland league ladder on Saturday with a comfortable win over Woodside on the road, 17.13 (115) to 11.8 (74).

Underwood's four goals were just reward for the hard-working Demons' engine room and coach Matt Scholz had nothing but praise for the playing group.

"With the challenge that was handed to us, especially in the midfield, and the way we adapted and were able to get on top of them at the end ... was really good," Scholz said.

"Chris Bruns played sensationally and Dirk Mulholland was brilliant in the ruck.

"At times Ryan Foat got on top of him but he knuckled down and got the win for us, and around the ground he was really good."

Scholz injured his ankle in the win and will undergo scans to determine whether he will play against Cowwarr in round nine.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express


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