Korumburra-Bena came up short by 13 points in a low-scoring game of footy. Both sides could manage only behinds in the first term, Bunyip kicking three and Korumburra-Bena kicking one.
Accuracy did not improve much in the second term either, with both sides adding just another one behind to their respective sides of the scoreboard. The Giants were held to that two-point scoreline after the main break and the Bulldogs added another three behinds, but still no major score.
The only goal for the game came from Bunyip’s Ben Ross who slotted a major in the final term. His other teammates kicked another two behinds, bringing their final tally to 1.9-15.
Korumburra-Bena finished on 0.2-2 after failing to score beyond the second quarter.
Ricky Clark was Bunyip’s best man on the day. He was backed up by the efforts of Jason Fisher, Matty O’Halloran, Robert Hughes, Duncan Proud, and Matthew O’Halloran.
The Giants’ best man was Tyler Newton with Ashley Snooks, Martin Snooks, Bailey Patterson, Nicholas Besley and Ben Fitzpatrick making important contributions.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Dalyston were held to three goals in three quarters by a motivated Cora Lynn on Saturday, losing by 37 points in a one sided affair.
The Cobras were eager for a strong win heading into the finals and managed to control the final three quarters in an impressive performance. The game started even, with both sides struggling to use the ball cleanly and produce clear looks on goal.
With just two majors apiece being scored in the term, it was Cora Lynn who went into the first break up 14-13.
This changed quickly in the second term though, with the Cobras dominating Dalyston in every aspect.
Strong play by Peluso on the ball resulted in multiple opportunities for Langley, who had five goals for the game, and Gardiner, who had three. The pressure from Cora Lynn was also strong, overwhelming the Magpies around the ground and quelling any chance they had with the ball. The visitors held Dalyston to a single goal for the quarter and went into the main break with a 14-point lead.
The dominance continued for Cora Lynn in the third and fourth terms, with forwards Langley and Gardiner giving the Magpies defence headaches with their strong leads and conversion. Peluso, Smith and Erwin were also strong for the home team, providing clean and calm balluse.
Tait and the Brosnan brothers continued to produce some positive footy for the home side, but the Magpies could only muster two majors over the last two terms, ultimately going down 72-35.The Great Southern Star
Determined to avoid the club’s first ever wooden spoon, Kilcunda Bass put in a strong performance against Garfield on Saturday, finishing off the 2019 season with a 14-point victory. Kilcunda Bass got off to a flying start with best on ground Jake Smith slotting three goals in the first quarter, while their hosts Garfield only managed three behinds. The visitors were able to win marking contests and move the ball forward cleaner from the outset, while Garfield were fumbly and either couldn’t find the footy or wasted it when they got it. Garfield had the wind in their favour the second quarter, but Killy Bass managed to hold them back to score just two goals, while adding one more to their own tally.
The third quarter was a pretty even contest and Garfield gave it a decent crack, but Killy Bass’ four goals gave them a firm lead heading into the final term.
Garfield wasn’t without opportunities to even things up in this last quarter, but missed most of them, kicking one goal six. The home team had all the play, but Killy Bass negated that with a strong defence, forcing Garfield over to the wing so that all their scoring shots were against the wind. It was this strategy that probably won them the game, as well as a good team effort and a strong desire not to finish the season on the bottom of the ladder. The club’s happy to have had a good win to finish off the season and looks forward to improving next year.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
The talk at Inverloch was all about that fifth finals spot - despite the hometown Sea Eagles facing off in an intriguing battle against fellow title aspirant, Tooradin-Dalmore. Though that contest didn't have the power to shape the upper reaches of the ladder it did give some insight as to what fans could expect from their sides come finals time.
Both teams were missing some key players who're expected to return in the finals, and both coaches - Tom McQualter and Lachie Gillespie - might well have been holding their cards close to their chest from a strategic point of view.
Regardless, the Sea Eagles were far too strong in a telling opening term - one in which they taught the Gulls a lesson in intensity and thirst for the contest.
They booted 7.1 (43) with the wind to just 0.1 (1) - quite literally blowing the game wide open.
They'd go on to win by 28 points, 9.4 (58) to 4.6 (30) but most of the heat in the game seemed gone soon after quarter-time.
The calm, composed Lewis Rankin once again starred for the home side, while gun midfielder Josh Purcell displayed a rich vein of form exactly at the right time of the season.
Taking their last splash at finals, Nar Nar Goon fought for a spot in the top five but came up short against the unbeatable Bulldogs. In the morning, the ground was surrounded by a moat of water.
As the games went on this became mud and made for tough football.
From the middle, big man Cam Pedersen dominated the ruck contests – his utility was an unbeatable fist that repeatedly gained the visitors 15 metres plus each hit.
This paid big dividends for the Bulldogs, with the explosive ability of Alex Redmond grabbing his fair share of ruck ‘taps’. Redmond ran through the middle with characteristic vigour – showing what it will take to reserve a spot in the Island’s senior side. The Goons were aware of their finals potential and rose after half-time to keep this dream alive.
Their two goals straight in the third term led by Toby Sherer and capitalised by Trent Noy were not quite enough as the resilient focus of the undefeated Bulldogs gained control. Bulldogs saw dominant defender Ben Hamilton and Hayden Bruce sit off from half time. Hamilton faced a heavy knock to the ribs and Bruce with swelling around the knee – though they will both be likely fit for their finals appearance after the week off. Returning to the side for the second week of finals will be the Taylor brothers; Jack returning after 10 weeks off with a hamstring injury and younger brother Billy who missed a few with Achilles tension.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Koo wee rup overcame Warragul Industrials at Western Park. Both sides had an even scoreline in the first term with one goal and two behinds each.
Koo wee rup broke away from their hosts in the second term, adding four majors to their tally to open up a 28-point lead over the Dusties at the main break. Dusties kicked another major in the third term but the Demons responded with two majors of their own, plus three behinds.
The deficit stood at 37 points at the beginning of the final quarter. But Dusties could do nothing to stop the charging Demons, who finished the day with 11.12-78. Warragul managed just 2.4-16.Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette
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Bunyip v Korumburra-Bena and Warragul Industrials v Koo Wee Rup match review written by Will Watson reporting for Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original article in full online subscribe to WDG here.
Dalyston v Cora Lynn match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe to TGSS here.
Garfield v Kilcunda-Bass and Nar Nar Goon v Phillip Island match reviews published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.
Inverloch-Kongwak v Tooradin-Dalmore match review written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original article in full online subscribe to PG here.