Korumburra-Bena travelled away from home to take on Cora Lynn on Saturday, going down 119-37 after being completely outdone.
The Giants took a very young side to this one, with 16 players under 20 years of age.
The youthful Korumburra Bena was up to the task in the first quarter, only recording nine points but holding the Cobras to the same.
The home side then started to take over the game though, booting quick goals in the second term to take a quick lead. A late goal to Dixon for Bena cut the lead going into half-time, which was 4622. The third quarter was a replica of the second, with Cora Lynn hitting their targets up forward, leading to a further three goals.
The Giants could not stop the bleeding and continued to turn the ball over, giving the home side countless opportunities to hit the scoreboard. The score stood 66-30 at the final break.
The Giants attacked early in the final quarter, with Snooks scoring a quick goal and coming close again just after, hitting the post.
This was a promising sign from a very young side, and they continued to turn the heat up on the home team’s defence. The Cobras soon bounced back though, and completely overwhelmed Korumburra, providing more variety in attack and winning the ball in the contest regularly.
Gardiner and Monckton took over completely for Cora Lynn and helped their side boot a total of eight goals in the final term. When the dust settled the Cobras came away 82-point winners, in what was a resounding display of pressure and offensive creativity. The Cobras will have a week off this round, having a much-deserved bye after their impressive win. For the Giants, a good chance to bounce back will present itself when they take on a struggling Dalyston side at home.The Great Southern Star
In one of Inverloch-Kongwak’s better performances of the year so far, they have proven they can run with the best.
Not giving in to the relentless Phillip Island pressure, the Sea Eagles were beaten by 13 points. From the middle, the name that unnerves every club, Cam Pedersen, was opposed by I-K ruckmen Connor Cunningham and Sam Gibson, who both did well sizing up on the versatile ruck.
Although it is hard to miss Pedersen, the build of the whole team is a group that shares responsibility, relying on all players to be accountable; their spread of talent is impressive.
Tackling the Island intensity was focussed by returning I-K onballer Corey Casey. His power at ground level and pace was hard to match.
Marcus Wright has been playing a senior role for the Island, directing much of the midfield traffic his discipline and courage leads many of the younger players.
The small forward, in-form Billy Taylor continues to impress, his movement and effective disposal was like second nature. I-K ’s Stuart Kilsby had his work cut out for him playing full back and kicking out, his return was penetrating and often effective. From the wing and swapping into the middle, Oscar Toussaint’s clean hands were utilised in multiple forward-50 entries. Inverloch held tight for the whole game, however a short period in the third term saw three fast goals mount when their concentration dropped. Phillip Island’s Daniel Bourke and Alex Redmond were reliable all day, playing an intense game of football that was hard to beat. Inverloch’s resolve to reduce the lead from 23 down to 13 points to finish shows their commitment and very positive signs as the mid-point of the season is passed.
Stand-in I-K captain Dylan Clark was versatile and committed around the ground. With the intensity of Adam Cross valuable going either way. Without the usual captain Tom Wyatt who will likely return next week, the side will move forward looking positively towards their finals’ campaign.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Warragul Industrials fought hard to keep Daylston without a major score in their first quarter. They kicked just four behinds, although Dusties’ one goal two was hardly stand-out stuff.
Dusties continued to double the points of their opponent in the second. They finished with 34 points in before heading to the main break; Daylston was on 18.
The gap widened even more in the third with Warragul pushing their tally out to eight goals six. Dusties led by 30 points at the beginning of the final term.
Both sides kicked two majors in the fourth, but the damage had already been done for Dalyston and they walked off 5.8-38 to 10.9-69.
Shane Brewster was best on ground for the away side, kicking seven goals in Warragul’s victory. Travis Ogden, Tyson Bale, Michael Ablett, Will Gibson and Scott Lindsay also received honourable mentions.
Daylston’s best on was Corey Wakefield. He was backed up by the efforts of Jack Legione, Ryan Silver, Clay Tait, Darcy Brosnan and Tylah Osbaldeston.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Koo wee rup had an emphatic win over Kilcunda Bass with 140 to 31 the final score.
Kildcunda had a very slow start with just three behinds on the board at the end of the first term.
The Dees had rocketed in front and put four goals one on the board. The score and the main break left a lot to be desired for the Dees who trailed the visitors by 38 points.
The third quarter ended with a huge 83 point margin. Kilcuda Bass had added just one more behind to the scoreboard.
Luckily for Kilcunda they managed to put three goals through in the final term, finishing 3.13-31. Korumburra finished the match with 21.14-140.
Rory Connelly was best on for the Dees. Mitchell Collins, Darren Sheen, Jason Wells, Nathan Muratore and Xavier Quigley also put in stellar efforts.
Kilunda Bass’ best man on the day was Jack Rosenow, Jake Smith, Hayden Spierings, Tom Keating, Daniel Mock and Dale Crawford also received honourable mentions.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
in Saturday's game at Spencer Street between the hometown Nar Nar Goon and Bunyip, it was the Bulldogs who came out snarling - teaching their opponents a lesson in finals like intensity and pressure early.
The Goon has been battling for consistency throughout the season so far and has proven to be the WGFNC's Jekyll and Hyde team through the first 10 rounds.
At their best, and they can match it with almost anyone. But if their intensity is off, they can drop away as fast as any side.
They entered Saturday's game without the likes of Troy McDermott and Sam Blackwood (both with hamstring complaints), and of course Jake Smith from his heavy knock earlier in the campaign. But Bunyip was hardly at fullstrength either - missing Ben Ross, Jason Fisher, Aaron Paxton, and co-coach Ricky Clark.
But some of Bunyip's young guns who stepped up to fill the void were absolutely pivotal in their side ultimately walking off the ground with a 20-point win, 10.7 (67) to 6.11 (47).
Nar Nar Goon skipper Brendan Hermann and star on-baller Trent Armour were seemingly in everything early, but some horribly wayward shots on goal meant the side was unable to capitalise on its work further up the ground.
It wasn't until Brent Heus (three majors) and Jason Williams (two) goaled in quick succession late for Bunyip that the deadlock was finally broken.
The likes of the unflinching Jeb McLeod and Brad Walker were proving to have a huge impact on the contest the longer the first term progressed, while the big-bodied Jye Keath and Daniel Mislicki also refused to take a backward step.
It didn't go unnoticed at quarter-time. With his side down 3.1 to 0.6, Nar Nar Goon coach Dean Blake asked a poignant question of his group.
"Are we going to be dictated to by a team that wants it more than us?" he asked.
Of course, the Goon's cause wasn't helped by losing young small Mitch Virtue to a fractured jaw and damaged teeth from a collision late in the term. He left the ground in an ambulance - one of five call-outs to Spencer Street throughout the day for a variety of reasons.
As the physical arm wrestle continued in the second term, Bunyip still refused to back down at the contest.
Their pressure, either real or implied, allowed them to shut down time and space at key stages throughout the clash.
It wasn't until more than 10 minutes into the second term that the Goon had its first goal on the board, courtesy of key forward Matt Stevens.
This wasn't the style of clash where either side was going to significantly gap the other on the scoreboard, and when Stevens slotted his second about a minute later, the Goon was again right there with the Dogs.
Key goals to Williams (Bunyip), Shannon Stocco (Nar Nar Goon), Walker (Bunyip), and Hermann (Nar Nar Goon) ensured the margin was only a point Bunyip's way, 5.1 (31) to 4.6 (30), at the half.
In the rooms at the break, Bunyip co-coach Aussie Jones highlighted a few significant areas
for his players to improve in - namely at the coal face.
"The dominance of the stoppages is really big in this game," he said.
"Whoever wins the stoppage seems to be clear and running free - probably them, more than us. They're hitting the stoppage, and going quick.
"If we don't win it, we're going to get caught out."
Jones urged his players to take defensive positions at the stoppages where needed, and to immediately be on the move if the ball was turned over - in an effort to prevent the Goon's run and carry the other way in transition.
But the visitors still led, despite a number of basic skill errors creeping in throughout the first half. That served as a reminder that they still had plenty more room for improvement.
And in the opening stages of the third, that much was obvious, as they went bang, bang, bang with three quick majors to extend their lead to 19 points.
Jarrod Mills-Franklin bobbed up with a goal late in the term for the home side to reduce the margin to an even two goals with a quarter to play, but Hermann was another casualty for the Goon - forced from the field during the term with what proved to be a broken collarbone.
He, along with Armour and Jake Blackwood, was again one of the home side's strongest
performers to that point.
At three quarter-time, Jones and his Bulldogs could smell blood.
"I don't know if we can go up a gear, but let's find out," he said.
"This won't come down to kicks and handballs.
"It'll come down to communication, character, direction, and control of the footy from our leaders."
Nar Nar Goon's lone goal in the last came from a set shot by Daniel Galante at about the midway point, and that was testament to the superb efforts of the Bunyip defenders.
While inspirational leader Brad Walker was predictably impactful behind the play, it was young key position defender Reid Jenkin who was undoubtedly the biggest shining light playing one of the more complete games anyone would want to see from a key back.
While the Dogs came away with a 20-point win - less than four goals - they had the bulk of general play on their own terms.
Again, that was not only testament to their leaders, but their more unheralded younger brigade who appear to be standing taller with each game.
"What a tough, tough win hey?" Jones said to his boys in the rooms after they'd sung the song.
"We identified this was going to be an arm
wrestle. What I found was that we dictated it, and we dictated the hardness on the ball.
"They'll be bloody sore (after the game) we hit them hard, relentlessly, all day."
In 17 years of coaching, Hayden Stanton had never experienced a draw in a game involving one of his sides... that is, prior to Saturday.
For the second time in seven days, there was a drawn game in the WGFNC senior competition as this time around Tooradin-Dalmore split the points with the visiting Garfield.
It's another sign of just how hard-fought the competition is, particularly amongst the top eight senior sides.
The Stars got off to a slow start in the first half and found themselves 30 points in arrears - much to the frustration of Stanton.
But they rebounded strongly against the highly-fancied Gulls in the second half and ultimately levelled the scores for good with just five seconds remaining - courtesy of a wayward, yet crucial, snap from Rhys Murphy after Tanner Stanton drew a two-on-one contest.
"I think, realistically, we were fortunate to be only 30 points down at half-time," Stanton said in the wake of the clash, which his side drew with Tooradin-Dalmore 9.9 (63) to 8.15 (63).
"Our first half wasn't good enough - we didn't adjust to the wetness of the ground, we had a 50/50 kick to handball ratio, and we weren't playing the territory game well enough."
But with the second half came a series of key changes - including putting former Seagull Michael Wallace in the ruck, and sending ruckman Corie Intveen down forward.
Garfield was down in a number of key indicators in the first half - such as the clearance, inside 50, and tackle counts - but they all had a marked improvement from half-time onwards.
"Our second half was really good," Stanton said.
"In the first half we didn't play the conditions well and we were second to the ball."
Stanton said the peaks and troughs in his side's form had a lot to do with its relative inexperience - with an average age in the early twenties.
Young Joe Verleg was a real standout for the Stars on Saturday, as was the evergreen Ned Marsh, while James McKellar kept impressive forward Andrew Dean to two goals - despite the amount of inside 50s the Gulls recorded.
Brad Lenders, Waide Symes, Adam Galea, Kris Sabbatucci, and Dean were named among the home side's best.
In summarising the contest, Stanton said: "It was a disappointing first half, but an exciting and promising second half.
"We need to address the areas we were poor in - like our inability to take the easy outs, and conceding goals from turnovers.
"We've got a big challenge this week (against Kooweerup) but we've got the opportunity in front of us at home. It'll be an enthralling contest." And as for Stanton coaching his first draw? "I feel like a proud dad, but disappointed we didn't play the way we wanted to early enough to take the opportunity (for a win)," he said.
"Although a draw is a taste of the pie, it's not the whole pie with the cherry on top."
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Nar Nar Goon v Bunyip and Tooradin-Dalmore v Garfield match reviews written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe here.
Dalyston v Warragul Industrials and Koo Wee Rup v Kilcunda-Bass match reviews written by Will Watson reporting for Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe here.
Phillip Island v Inverloch-Kongwak match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original articles in full online subscribe here.
Cora Lynn v Korumburra-Bena match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original articles in full online subscribe here.