Phillip Island rose to second on the ladder after taking on Cora Lynn on Saturday. This was a blow to the 2017 premiership runners up, that will be out of the finals series if it loses to Garfield this weekend.

Playing at the Cora Lynn Recreation Reserve, the Island came out of the gates on the back foot. The wet conditions made scoring opportunities difficult for both sides. Phillip Island came out of the first quarter two points down.
The evenly matched contest didn’t last long, and Phillip Island stepped it up in the second quarter. Putting four goals on the board, the Bulldogs began to pull away from the Cobras. For Phillip Island, the goal kicking was led by Jordan Patullo and Jack Taylor.
The third quarter was another arm wrestle. However, the Cobras could only manage one behind while the Bulldogs were able to get two more goals on the board, extending its lead.
With one last effort left, Phillip Island was determined to climb the West Gippsland ladder. In an outstanding last quarter, Phillip lsland posted six goals, leaving the Cobras behind. Phillip Island went home with a 53 point victory.
The Bulldogs’ best players were Patullo, Matthew Jackson, Alexander Officer, William Van Diemen, Leigh Warne and Daniel Larsson.
For Cora Lynn, Jaxon Briggs again showed why he is VFL listed, handling the conditions well. Brady White was in and under for most of the game and Tim Payne led the defence well for the Cobras.
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Bunyip scored a consolation victory over Dalyston as the Bulldogs look to next season with some positivity.

Dalyston held its own against Bunyip, but in the end the Bulldogs’ fitness won the day. It was a big day for Dalyston, with Peter Dunlop playing his 150th game.

Kicking four goals early, Dalyston was on a roll in the first quarter. Despite only kicking one in the second quarter, it still managed to keep Bunyip down. In the first half, everything was working in Dalyston’s favour. Its ball movements were on target, the players were finding good positions 0n the ground, and everyone was making strong leads for the ball.

Jack Legione, Kyle Wright and Declan Kelly once again played a consistent game for the Magpies and earned themselves a spot in the best for their work in the middle and towards the backline. On-baller Kristian Butler kept the encouragement up and pushed his team to keep fighting.

Despite trailing throughout the first half, the Bulldogs responded after half time with 13 goals to five to set up a big win, 16-12 (108) to 10-6 (66).

Six goals to two in the third term saw the Bulldogs take the lead in a sensational turn around, before continuing the momentum with seven goals in the final term.

Brent Heus and Jason Williams each kicked three goals, while Rickie Crockett. Brad Walker, Nathan Allen and Damien Szwaja also helped the Bulldogs charge to victory.

For Dalyston, the goal scoring was shared between seven goal kickers; Darcy Brosnan, Matt Rosendale, Tylah Osbaldeston, Butler, Jackson Brooker, Dunlop and Mark Lafferty.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette and The Great Southern Star


Inverloch-Kongwak flexed their muscles heading into the finals with an impressive 87-point dismantling of Kilcunda-Bass on Saturday. Again, it was star forward Toby Mahoney who led the way for the Sea Eagles booting a bag of seven goals, taking his season tally to 54.

The first quarter was a reasonably even battle with the early rain making it hard to score. IK struck first and managed to gain the momentum adding a further three goals. But the Panthers were able to generate some great passages of play ending in goals to Jean Bezzene and Chris McKay. The margin was 12 points at quarter time as the dark clouds loomed over the Inverloch recreation reserve.

The weather never worried the home side as they continued to pile on the goals through Mahoney, McCaughan and Dan Houston. But as the quarter wore on the Panthers gained more and more confidence, switching the ball out of defence and creating some good linking play. Jake Smith was even able to get on the end of a beautiful forward entry from Damien Holmes and add a great goal mid-way through the term. The scoring dried up during the back end of the quarter until Toby Mahoney marked hard on the boundary about 50 metres from goal. After assessing his options, he launched a beautiful kick that sailed straight through the big sticks and gave the momentum back to IK right on the half with a 33-point buffer.

Despite Smith nailing the first goal of the third quarter thanks to an errant kick from IK’s Dylan Clark, the Panthers struggled to muscle their way back into the contest as the Sea Eagles started to power away. Lewie Rankin popped up for a rare goal for the Sea Eagles after a strong mark about 40 metres out from goal, a brilliant reward for some hard-gut running.

The lead was out to 52-points at three quarter time and the Panthers had just about ran out of gas. IK continued on their way in the last, Mahoney slotted his seventh and the game was all but finished.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times


Garfield kept its season alive with a comfortable victory over Korumburra-Bena, 11-12 (78) to 4-9 (33).

Wet and windy conditions created a more closely contested game with the bigger bodied players forced to do the hard work around the stoppages.

Garfield kicked to the town end in the first quarter with a strong breeze allowing them to control the play in their forward half. The Stars kept the Giants goalless in the first term to race out to a 25-point lead.

A melee involving all 36 players kicked off the second term but the umpires were quick to knock that on the head and get on with the game. It took some effort but the Giants finally registered their first major of the game through big man Michael Cooke. Dylan Muir and Nic Besley followed soon after and at the long break the Giants only trailed by five points.

The rain continued to pour as the players ran out for the second half, the Stars hitting the ground running with an early goal to Tyler McDonald. The third turned into a battle of the defences, with the ball rebounding between the 50 metre arcs until the Stars were able to penetrate and score a late goal through Daniel Johnson. The lead was now 19 points at three quarter time, but with the Giants kicking with the wind anything was possible. But the fitness of the Stars was clear as they asserted their dominance around the stoppages adding another three unanswered goals to blow the game apart. However, it wasn’t all good news for Garfield as ruckman Corrie Intveen needed to be assisted from the ground causing a halt to the game.

Five goals to one in the final term saw the Stars finish strongly and set up an eliminator with Cora Lynn this week.

Tyler McDonald booted three goals, while Jayden Goumas, Michael Wallace, Daniel Johnson, Zac Soutar and Jonathan Sauze also helped the Stars maintain control.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette and South Gippsland Sentinel Times


The chance to finish on top of the ladder and have to win only one finals game to make it through to the 2018 WGFNC senior grand final at Garfield on 15 September - that's effectively what awaited Koo Wee Rup on Saturday. That's what was on the line for a club that hasn't won a senior premiership for nearly 40 years. And that's what was taken from the Demons' grasp by the Goon at Denhams Road.
On Saturday the Goon capitalised on an 11-point quarter-time advantage to continually improve throughout telling second and third quarters and come away with a richly deserved 35-point win, 17.8 (110) to 11.9 (75).
But the truth of the matter is that, despite Saturday's result, the Goon is still searching for its first, genuine four-quarter effort of the season. That's what made the win in a way even more impressive. They seemed to switch off in the final term, but given their efforts over the preceding three quarters that could absolutely be forgiven. Their intensity and appetite for the contest was clear for all to see early, and the efforts of Trent Armour, Brent Hughes, Brendan Hermann, full-back Daniel Battaglin, and Jake Blackwood typified just that. Armour was particularly eye-catching displaying a remarkable combination of strength, ball-winning ability, composure, and nous. Despite his relatively young senior career, he's rapidly forged a reputation as one of the competition's very best players. Up forward for the Goon, Matt Stevens and Troy McDermott continually provided target after target, and they both benefited - McDermott particularly, with six majors.
At quarter-time, Ben Collins urged his men to wake up - particularly defensively. Their trademark defensive pressure wasn't at its usual level, and with that the boys from the Goon were able to capitalise most lethally through the centre. Koo Wee Rup had given up six goals for the quarter an amount that, in Collins' words, was unacceptable. The lead was seemingly down to a combination of the Goon's pressure, and its willingness at the coalface.
A huge second quarter collision between Bailey Galante and Jed Ould - in which Ould came off second best and wasn't able to take any further part in the game - showed what this clash meant to the visitors an unflinching desire to get to the ball first and win it for their team mates, regardless of the personal toll. At the half and with their side leading by four goals Goon coach Dean Blake's righthand man Jock Holland put it perfectly.
"Are we going to go back into lazy habits?" he asked. "They will come at you. This is about mental strength. Let's aim to win this quarter even if by only a point." Blake echoed those sentiments, adding:
"We speak about testing ourselves this is it, this is the test."
Though the four-quarter effort they were after didn't quite come to fruition, the heat seemed out of the game by three quarter-time with the Goon leading by 51 points.
For Koo Wee Rup, former Norm Walker Medallist (SEFNL league best and fairest) Dom Paynter was particularly eye-catching. Long known for his explosive pace on the outside and his ability to dispose of the Sherrin cleanly by foot, Paynter shone all over the ground on Saturday both in and under, and on the outside.
Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette


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