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Cora Lynn notched up a big win over Kilcunda-Bass in their Round 13 match up.

The Cobras had a huge first quarter, kicking seven goals seven. In reply, Kilcunda Bass managed just one major and one behind.

One more behind went to the Panthers in the second term. Cora Lynn added another six goals to their tally, putting them in front by 80 points as they entered the main break.

The Cobras rocketed past the 100-point mark in the third with an additional four goals five.

The Panthers took advantage of several scoring opportunities and booted four goals one. In the final term Cora Lynn added seven majors to their tally, bringing their fulltime scoreline to 24.19-163. Kilcunda Bass finished with 7.5-47.

Best on ground for Cora Lynn was Nathan Gardiner. Jaxon Briggs, Nathan Langley and Travis Woodfield also received honourable mentions. Kilcunda Bass’ best man was Shelton Rosario with Damien Holmes, Jake Joyce, Mitch Tivendale, Thomas Keating and Dale Crawford also made important contributions.

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The Yips have been smashed from pillar to post with injury, particularly in recent times, with upwards of 15 players unavailable for selection across the seniors and reserves on Saturday.

But, on an important day for the club - its Sponsors Day luncheon - the players who did don the guernsey did so with great pride.

Speaking to the assembled audience in the rooms prior to the game, Jones and Clark explained how their senior group felt as they let the Round 6 clash against Koo Wee Rup slip.

It was a game they dropped by just three points, 11.7 (73) to 10.10 (70), and the result could ultimately prove costly come the closing stages of the home and away season when they desperately fight for an all-important top five spot.

The Yips have been found wanting, at times, for consistency - and by Jones' and Clark's own admission, that's what the sides above them have had a little more of.

But with Saturday's result, Bunyip sits sixth on the ladder - a game and percentage behind Koo Wee Rup in that fifth spot.

Entering the game against the Dusties, they knew stopping star midfielder Tyson Bale and experienced gun Shane Brewster would go a long way to securing the four points.

While Brewster was clearly hampered with a lower leg injury - spending the day deep inside 50 - Bale shone.

He booted three of his side's six majors and was in fantastic touch right across the ground.

The smaller, but strongly-built on-baller has a real impact both at the coal-face, and with his running ability out wide - with his second, and even third efforts at times.

And he showcased exactly that on the weekend.

The reality for the Dusties is that, at this stage, they don't have enough weaponry to compete for senior wins against the upper echelon of teams on a consistent basis, but there's plenty to be optimistic about in the years to come. And senior coach Stephen Ryan and the Industrials faithful know exactly that.

On Saturday, the likes of the energetic Will Gibson and experienced ball-user Michael Ablett provided genuine support for Bale - particularly as their side stayed within reach early.

Bale and Gibson were impactful all day, but for Bunyip a vintage performance from favourite son Michael Whyte, along with the dare and ball use of Nathan Allen, and the forward-50 X-factor of Cley Bertoncello proved all the difference for the home side.

Bunyip's midfielders routinely got first use courtesy of the likes of Chris Kelf, while Brad Walker and Jeb McLeod were also particularly consistent.

In his first senior game in almost a month, Shane Smith slotted two majors (including a freakish forward pocket snap) in support of Bertoncello's five, while big man Duncan Proud, Jake Buckingham, and Whyte also snagged two apiece as their side kept the visitors at bay.

Jones was pleased with his side's endeavour at the half - with the group holding a 28-point lead- but there was still an element of frustration brought about by their hesitation both by hand and foot.

Bunyip appeared to drop its intensity slightly at the stoppages late in the second term, but they picked that up - along with their speed of play - in the second half to ultimately storm to the all-important four premiership points.

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The further the West Gippsland season goes, the more apparent it becomes that recent North Melbourne and Melbourne retiree, Cam Pedersen, is in a league of his own.

We saw it for a number of seasons from ex-Carlton star Brad Fisher, who led Dalyston to an elusive premiership in 2015 with his AFL-standard marking ability a hallmark of the grand final that year. Pedersen is the same.

On Saturday against Korumburra-Bena he was again dominant, despite the best efforts of Manny Jakwot in defence, kicking six goals and doing pretty much as he pleased with pack marks, trapping the loose ball and kicking expertly to position.

A mobile, 193cm player, aged 32 and not much below the peak of his powers, he wasn’t the difference on a day when a very talented Island side won by 80 points, against spirited opposition, but he’s a huge asset and great to watch. The Giants made two changes for the match with Jakwot a welcome return down back and Mitch Nicholas on loan from Gippy Power.

The visiting Burra-Bena boys took it right up to the Island in the first term, often limiting the effectiveness of Pedersen and kicking two goals of their own, through Cann and Dixon. And they continued that in the second term, attacking to the scoreboard end with their on-ball brigade led by Fitzpatrick, Dorling, Patterson and co taking it up to the Island and putting on two goals to four; both of them off the boot of Rhys Dixon. Kimber and Pedersen led the Bulldogs’ scoring.

The third quarter opened with Pedersen in the ruck, then forward where he marked for the first goal. Mark Griffin to Zac Vernon for a nice goal from the angle was their second and they were off to the races.

It was some time before the Giants could intervene with the likes of Fitzpatrick, Dorling, Johnston, Celebrine, and Walker all in the play. An end-to-end play with a goal to Brad Monson was reward for effort. But goals to Daniel Bourke and Matt Jones stretched the lead. Phillip Island was the better resourced team on the day, with Pedersen the standout, but the Giants stood tall with a competitive effort despite the final result.

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The day belonged to Tooradin-Dalmore in their clash with Daylston on Saturday. Daylston went down to the visitors 136 to 52.

The Magpies put a major on the scoreboard in the first term but Tooradin flew past them to bring their tally to five goals two by the second quarter. Daylston added another three goals three. Tooradion-Dalmore added three goals two, bringing their halftime lead to 20 points.

Tooradin exploded and almost doubled that score in the third, kicking eight goals three and bringing their tally to 15.8-98.

The goals continued to rain for the away side and they finished the day on 21.10-136.

Daylston meanwhile kicked two goals in the final term to finish on 8.4-52. Julian Suarez was best on ground for the victors. Luke McKenna, Adam Galea, Matt Livermore, Lewis Hill and Michael Hobbs also made important contributions.

Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette

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Adam Cross broke the Inverloch-Kongwak senior games record on Saturday, playing in his 311th game.

Cross has never played for the reserves, thirds or fourths at IK, playing all 311 games for the senior side. The team put together an impressive 109-44 home win over Garfield and dedicated it to him.

“Crossy is an Inverloch legend; to play 311 games for one side in today’s footy is a huge achievement,” coach Tom McQualter said.

While the game started relatively slowly for the Sea Eagles with Garfield winning the contest through Stanton and Hobson and capitalising on the scoreboard, it was not long before they dominated play.

Despite trailing by five points at quarter time and shoddy 1.7 goalkicking in the second term, a strong display by midfielders Toussaint and Beattie Powell got the team back on top 33-25 at the main break.

“Toussaint has been fantastic, he’s just so clean and quick with his hands, which opens the game up for us,” coach McQualter said. “Once we got our matchups right, he and others got on top and we dominated the game.”

The home side created more distance between themselves and Garfield in the third term, with players like Mahoney and Van Driel, who had seven goals between them for the game, thriving in the forward line. By the final break, the Sea Eagles had breathing space with a 70-44 lead.

“Our trend of dominance continued in the second half but we were able to hit the scoreboard,” coach McQualter said.
“We also managed to clean up errors as the game went on which was pleasing.”

By the last quarter, IK were clicking on all cylinders.

The home side continued to dominate by winning the contested ball and dealing it to the outside and forward line with great efficiency. They also put strong pressure on Garfield and as a result held them completely scoreless for the term while piling on six more goals themselves.

Coach McQualter was satisfied with his team’s performance in dedication to Cross. “We’re improving each week and that was probably our most complete game of footy so far,” he said. “We were excited to get around the little fella (Cross) and help him celebrate.”

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On Sunday, it was the visiting Demons who shot out of the blocks early and led by 19 points at quarter-time - 5.1 (31) to 2.0 (12).

Their biggest key performance indicators - their defensive pressure, and subsequent tackle count - were right where they wanted them, particularly with Troy Dolan's tight-checking role on Nar Nar Goon standout gun Trent Armour in the engine room.

While the kicking of Luke Walker and Nathan Muratore, and the creativity of Matt Voss stood out throughout the contest, as it wore on the Demons' mistakes continually crept through as the home side's pressure rose.

Troy McDermott was a man on a mission for the home side in his forward half, finishing with five majors and refusing to be outworked, while former skipper Brent Hughes slotted two of the more important goals of his side's season in the space of a minute early in the fourth. Crowd favourites Shannon Stocco and Daniel Galante - uncle of Koo Wee Rup opponent Bailey - also hit the scoreboard with two majors apiece right when they were called upon.

By the time Hughes slotted his second the Goon had transformed an 11-point half-time deficit into a lead by the narrowest of margins - a point - with a quarter to play.

Koo Wee Rup coach Ben Collins asked the hard questions of his side at three-quarter time - about whether they'd rise to the occasion in front of the big stand-alone crowd, with the pressure on them. The answer to those questions? Not quite. In a game that was crucial for both sides in their finals quest, the Goon stood that little bit taller - ultimately winning by three goals, 17.7 (109) to 13.13 (91).

While ill-discipline crept in at times for the Demons - including consecutive 50-metre penalties at stages - the Goon remained calmer, at least it appeared that way.

Sam Blackwood was arguably the day's biggest difference-maker for the home side, while the diminutive Jake Smith was at his creative, influential best - a particularly impressive feat given the games he's missed this season so far to injury. Armour, meanwhile, battled manfully in a physical midfield display.

Ultimately it was the Goon who seemed willing to scrap their way to victory just that little bit longer than the Demons - playing a finals-like brand of football so desperately needed for a seventh-placed side hell-bent on snaring a top five berth.

Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette


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Kilcunda-Bass v Cora Lynn and Dalyston v Tooradin-Dalmore match reviews written by Will Watson reporting for Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to WDG here.

Bunyip v Warragul Industrials and Nar Nar Goon v Koo Wee Rup match reviews written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to Pakenham Gazette here.

Phillip Island v Korumburra-Bena match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online click here.

Inverloch-Kongwak v Garfield match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online click here.

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