Koo Wee Rup moved to top of the West Gippsland football ladder with a comfortable victory over Bunyip in round 16.

The Demons hold top spot for the moment, courtesy of a comfortable victory over a building Bunyip. The visitor kicked four goals to two and was never headed, with seven goals to one in the second term setting up the match winning margin.

The Bulldogs were more competitive in the second half, kicking four goals to five.

Jason Wells extended his lead at the top of the goal kickers list with six majors, while Luke McMaster chipped in with three goals. Jesse Hand, Dominic Paynter, David Collins, Matthew Drommel and Brodie Yapp were other prominent players for the Demons.

Damien Szwaja, Dylan Gallasch, Matt O’Halloran, Brent Heus, Rickie Crockett and Cleyton Bertoncello led a competitive second half from Bunyip.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette


Garfield easily accounted for cellar dweller Dalyston to remain in finals contention.

Dalyston journeyed to Garfield with an air of confidence, happy to have key players Kristian Butler, Kurt Thomas and Shannon Coldebella back in the line up.

The first quarter was a good show from Dalyston. Keeping up with a fierce Garfield, Dalyston proved it's competitiveness out on the field early and held Garfield to just one goal.

While the Magpies hung in to trail by 21-points at half time, a 10 goal to one second half saw the Stars to a comfortable victory, 14-14 (98) to 2-7 (19).

Holding a seven goal lead at the final change, the Stars took the opportunity to add some percentage with a six goal final term.

Daniel Johnson finished with four goals, While Corie Intveen chipped in with three majors. Daniel Helmore, Lachlan Schreurs, Noah Glen and Michael Wallace were the other standouts in a dominant second half from Garfield.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette and The Great Southern Star


The travelling Bulldogs would have been expecting to have another massive win after defeating top tier side Nar Nar Goon last week. There was a strong breeze blowing to the south end at Bass and it was the Panthers who won the toss and took advantage early.
Inside midflelder Hayden Spierings was brilliant all day and got Kilcunda-Bass off to a great start when he slotted the first goal from a set shot. Phillip Island’s Hayden Bruce was also getting plenty of the footy and using his pace to break away from packs. After a costly turnover from Kilcunda-Bass it was Bruce who ran and carried the Sherrin into the 50 and kicked truly to even the scores. Kilcunda-Bass added one more but it was the Bulldogs who responded with two more majors and had a one goal lead going into quarter time.
Now with the strong breeze Phillip Island was determined to take control of the contest and it did so by dominating the midfield battle. The Panthers had no answers for Zak Vernon’s strength and pace and he was an integral part of Phillip Island’s attack. Jarrod Witnish was also getting heaps of the ball in the midfield but it was his stints up forward that proved him to be one of the most dangerous players on the field. Witnish finished with three goals for the day and managed to set up many others. The quarter was all Phillip Island as it booted five goals and did not allow Kilcunda-Bass to register a single point for the term.
Despite being 40 points down at the half, the Panthers were determined not to be embarrassed in front of their home crowd. It was Kilcunda-Bass’ defence that lifted the side in the third term as it allowed just two points to be scored at The Island’s end. Damien Holmes and Jake Smith led the resilient backline and also set up many of the Panther’s attacks. Jake Weightman and Jimmy Phillips were both gaining plenty of possessions out of the midfield for Kilcunda-Bass, but their eiforts often went unrewarded. Poor skills caused the home side to fall down when going forward many times, but a strong lead and mark from Scott Pugh resulted in the only goal for the quarter. Being 35 points down at the three quarter break is not always an impossible task, but now against the wind Kilcunda-Bass had little hope of catching up to its rivals.
Will Van Diemen was another damaging Bulldog frequently using the ball efficiently around contests. Alex Duyker was back to his best, racking up possessions and taking strong grabs all over the ground. His work was rewarded with a goal at the end of the match after a spoiled ball landed in his hands and he launched it through the middle from 40 out. Shortly afterwards the siren sounded and the Bulldogs gained another four points over their rivals.
Sam Watson - The Great Southern Star


Cora Lynn kicked to the town end with the aid of the wind in the first quarter but good defence held them to two goals while the Giants got one back through Zach Walker after a fine tackle. Cora Lynn had a lot of shots on goal but failed to captilise early.
In the second quarter the Giants dominated the attack early and a strong mark by Jake McMillan resulted in a goal to level the scores, only to see the Cobras increase the pressure. Turnovers proved costly and Cora Lynn capitalised with two late goals.
In the third quarter, Cora Lynn goaled early but it was the Giants who came on strong with Matt Edwards dominant down back, Fitzgerald and Dorling in and under and linking up well, Monson on a wing and Besley also in the play. He combined with Jeffs for a goal, and they could have had another soon after but Cobra Darcy Jones touched the ball. But the Giants were certainly right in it even when their opponents kicked a late one to stretch the lead to 20 points. A bit of niggle at the break had both teams hot heading for the huddle.
The last quarter was another even contest with three goals shared around by the Giants but answered with four from the Cobras.
Cora Lynn welcomed back Jaxon Briggs from a stint at Casey, while Kev Vandenberghe was pivotal at centre half back for the Cobras with his intercept marking and run off the defensive 50. Tristan Fernandez-Phillips also had his best game for the club, clocking up more midfield time.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times and Gippsland Footy admin


The Sea Eagles opened up with the wind advantage in the first term but couldn’t make the most of it, with the opening goal of the clash coming at the 21-minute mark.

It would prove to be the only major of the term as the ball spent plenty of time inside the Goon’s forward 50.

Then, in the second, it was Dean Blake’s men who capitalised – stunningly piling on nine unanswered majors to not only snare the lead but a decisive 44-point lead by the main change.

It all started less than 20 seconds into the term as Brendan Hermann exploded from a centre clearance and powered a shot on goal home from outside 50.

Another quick clearance forward gave Tom Dovaston (four goals) a shot on goal from 25 on a slight angle, which he converted.

It was the start of a real purple patch for him as he booted all four of his goals during the second, in addition to giving one off at point-blank range to Troy McDermott.

The Goon’s long, direct, telling kicks inside 50 from forward of the centre continued to pile the pressure on the Sea Eagles throughout the term as they put the foot down with the advantage of the breeze.

Shannon Stocco (three goals), Jake Blackwood, Trent Armour, wingman Jarrod Mills-Franklin, and Sam Blackwood were all making their respective presences felt throughout the term, but the group knew what was to come – the Sea Eagles’ turn to respond with the wind in the third.

Blake delivered a pointed reminder to his men at the half that they needed to truly be switched on down back, and urged them not to watch the numbers on the scoreboard. Meanwhile his mentor Jock Holland preached about the importance of mental strength, and consistent lapse-free footy against such a quality side.

The visitors did peg the margin back in the third, but not by enough as the Goon took an 18-point lead with a quarter left to play and came away with a crucial win in the context of its season, 12.9 (81) to 8.10 (58).

Inverloch, still missing some of its most important players (names including Andy Soumilas, Josh Purcell, and Dale Lawton) was well led by the likes of Shem Hawking, Dylan Clark, and Corey Casey while Toby Mahoney slotted three majors.

Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette


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