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Cora Lynn easily accounted for Kilcunda Bass at home to remain undefeated.

Gun forward recruit Nathan Gardiner again impressed as he ran rings around the Panthers’ defence to finish with six goals.

It was a relatively close first half, but the likes of Nathan Langley (two goals, playing further up the ground than usual) and Heath Briggs took over in the second half as the Cobras put on eight goals to two.

Kilcunda Bass was led by Riley Cousins and Tom West, but it wasn’t enough as Cora Lynn ran out 14.13 (97) to 5.8 (38) winners.

Pakenham Gazette

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THE Sea Eagles soared to a 40-point win against Garfield at the weekend, with new coach Tom McQualter making his presence known in the league.

After failing to make it to the semi-finals last year, IK well and truly kicked off the season - at Garfield - on the right foot.

The new recruits proved their worth, with Sam Gibbons the top goal kicker for the day after slotting three; while Brendan Lezzi, Callum Beattie-Powell and Cam Roughead all collected one goal each.

During the first term, the teams tried to get familiar with their new set-ups as IK led by 10. It got better in the second term for the Sea Eagles, as they slotted two goals and the equivalent of another in behinds – extending their methods to 26 points.

But it took the Stars a little longer to get comfortable at their home ground. It wasn’t until they had time to recharge and consider their options at halftime that they returned on a mission. The Stars were determined not to lose the second game of the season, returning to slot three goals yet way too many behinds. It helped to reduce the margin back to just eight points, with the Sea Eagles weighing up their options coming into the final term. The win was, for a moment, in the Stars’ sights – but the third term ended up being their most successful one.

Inverloch, after giving the Stars a strong sense of confidence in the third term, tore through them. It was goal after goal, as IK hit the bullseye on average every few minutes to see them double their opponent’s score with a forty point victory. It’s pushed them into fifth spot on the ladder.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times

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Tooradin-Dalmore's third game in the WGFNC - a day in which it held its past players day - resulted in its second win as the Gulls used a barnstorming eight-goal to one first term to defeat Dalyston at home, 16.9 (105) to 8.9 (57).

The home side's forward line was in fine form, with Andrew Dean (four goals), Jake Cronin and Jake O'Donnell (three goals each) helping to immediately put the Magpies on the back foot.

Julian Suarez (two goals) was best afield, while Justin Smaluch also impressed for Tooradin. An improved Dalyston was led by reigning best and fairest Blake Carew (four goals), and Ryan Silver.

Pakenham Gazette

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The Warragul Industrials remain searching for their first win in the West Gippsland Football Competition after finding Bunyip too strong on Saturday.

Only Bunyip’s early inaccuracy kept the Industrials in the match before the Bulldogs kicked away to win 11-13 (79) to 6-3 (39).

Bunyip peppered their forward half in the first term but could only register seven behinds for their efforts as the Industrials made the most of an opportunity to narrow the lead to one-point at the first change.

But the Bulldogs first showed signs of taking control of the contest in the second term, overcoming their earlier inaccuracies to register 4-1 for the term and open a 19 point buffer at the long break.

A further three goals to one in the third term pushed the margin beyond five goals and the Industrials faced a momentous task to peg the Bulldogs back.

While only kicking three goals to three quarter-time, the Industrials would have taken some positives out of the final term where they kicked three goals to match it with the Bulldogs.

But the visitor was ultimately able to respond to the challenges, kicking four goals in the final term to run out 40-point victor.

Michael Whyte, Daniel Mislicki and Cleyton Bertoncello each kicked two goals for Bunyip, while Travis Ogden and Shane Ingham were the multiple goal scorers for the Industrials.

Duncan Proud, Whyte, Aaron Paxton, Nathan Allen, Jeb McLeod and Damien Szwaja helped the Bulldogs control the match.

Leading the way in some final term fight were Shane Brewster, Thomas Commadeur, Michael Ablett and Tyson Bale.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

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THE Giants were at home to last year’s premiers, Phillip Island, who came with a plethora of new talent including Cameron Pedersen from Melbourne AFL and Jason Tomada from Leongatha to add power to the forward line. On the other hand, the Giants have lost five key players who all played forward and it showed with the Giants able to match it with the Dogs in general play but without showing any sign of being able to score early in the match.

The locals had to make a late change with forward Jamie Cann out sick and James Paterson took his place.

The Giants kicked to the town end, but it was all Phillip Island through Pedersen, Tomada and co who took charge and kicked six goals to nil. The Giants tried hard but their defence was under pressure throughout the quarter and it was to the credit of Ben Fitzpatrick and other onballers that the damage wasn’t more so. Phillip Island goaled first in the second quarter and it looked how far but the Giants under Paul Alger are made of sterner stuff this year and started to fight back. Monson goaled from an impossible angle and when Fitzpatrick kicked two quick goals, the Giants were back. Dohnt and Jahwot were winning the ruck contests and Dohnt scored a late goal with a good mark and a 50-metre penalty. Half time: KB 4.0.24 to P.I. 9.9.63 Three goals to two in the third quarter wasn’t bad but it was the class of Pedersen that troubled the Giants most. In the last, the Dogs booted six more with Pedersen, Tomada, Taylor and co using their experience to kick away from the young Giants but they continued to battle it out. Phillip Island are the testing material again this year so it wasn’t all that bad from the Burra.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times

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Standalone clashes between Kooweerup and Nar Nar Goon, particularly those under lights, always draw bumper crowds and the bulk of the attention of the Gippsland footyloving public and Saturday night's showdown at Denhams Road was no different.

They had 12 scoring shots to just four from the hometown Demons to take a 28-point advantage into the main break.

Toby Sherer and Tyler Payroli were impressive in their key defensive posts for the Goon, but it was the visitors' half-back line that had an immediate impact - particularly given the side was a man down early with a nasty arm injury sustained by impressive youngster Harry Brain.

Troy Toussaint, playing behind the ball, was outstanding for the Goon - surprising some with his intercept marking ability and willingness to stand in the hole.

Jake Smith, meanwhile, was at his damaging best through the middle and forward of the centre, while the returning Matt Slattery had an instant impact in his first game back in the Goon's famous colours.

At half-time, with the Goon enjoying the bulk of the momentum, Dean Blake spoke of how impressive his side's start was.

"It's one half done, but it's such a different feeling," he said to the group, drawing a comparison to their first hit-out of the season against Tooradin-Dalmore.

"It really looks like you're enjoying it out there.

"Little skill errors do my head in, but we've done all the hard work and it's been a pleasure to coach."

The Goon threatened to blow the game wide open at the start of the third, but the Demons had too much quality within their ranks to be steamrolled and they inevitably responded.

At three-quarter time, with the Goon leading by a shade over four goals, they still had work to do to cement the win while the Demons rightfully felt well and truly still in the contest.

A freak snap from Nathan Voss reduced the deficit to 21 points early in the last, but the Goon steadied with a Lachy Hansen response - their only major of the last.

Still, it was enough to secure a hard-earned 23-point win for Blake's men, 8.16 (64) to 6.5 (41).

While Toussaint, Payroli and Slattery starred for the visitors, it was the young quartet of Adam McMaster, Cody Miller, Matt Voss, and Nathan Voss who shone for the Demons.

NNG coach Dean Blake reserved real praise for Toussaint, who was encouraged to free himself up whenever possible. He said, despite his young age, Toussaint was able to wind the clock back somewhat, to his impressive showings at Pakenham.

While the Goon's mids struggled to consistently back up their brethren in defence in their opening game against the Gulls, they rectified that and were impressive in unison on Saturday night. Tyler Payroli was again influential down back on Saturday.

Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette

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Cora Lynn v Kilcunda-Bass, Tooradin-Dalmore v Dalyston and Koo Wee Rup v Nar Nar Goon match reviews written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to Pakenham Gazette here.

Warragul Industrials v Bunyip match review published by Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original article in full online subscribe to WDG here.

Garfield v Inverloch-Kongwak and Korumburra-Bena v Phillip Island match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.

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