Phillip Island brushed aside Dalyston.

Overcoming a goalless first term, the Bulldogs scored consistently from that point to build their lead on the way to winning 8-14 (62) to 5-3 (33).

Jack Taylor, Brendan Kimber, Marcus Wright, Jaymie Youle, Daniel Larsson and Jordan Pattulo were the better players for the Bulldogs in a workman like performance.

Darcy Brosnan proved the best forward on the day steering through three majors, but was unable to find much support.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Garfield sit atop the West Gippsland Football Competition ladder after accounting for rivals Nar Nar Goon in wintery conditions on Saturday.

With Nar Nar Goon entering the season with high ambitions and hoping to build on last year’s tinals appearance, all eyes will now be on the Stars to see if they can replicate that form as they look for a meteoric rise under new coach Hayden Stanton.

The Stars held the edge in the first half, kicking the first goal of the contest and only major of the first term in what would prove to be a low scoring affair. Despite good conditions at Beswick Street, the weather hampered high scoring and a tight second term ensued, the Stars heading into the main break with a three-point lead after both sides managed two goals in the second term.

Following last week’s second quarter lapse, this time the Stars fell away in the third term as the Goon added two goals to hold a valuable 11-point lead at the final change. It has almost proven costly in both wins this season and coach Stanton will be looking for a four quarter effort to arrest that trend.

Fortunately for the Stars they finished the stronger team, doubling their three-quarter-time goal tally to run out victor 6-10 (46) to 5-5 (35). In conditions not conducive to scoring, Adam Macgibbon and Todd Beck each kicked two goals. Corie lntveen, Tanner Stanton, Daniel Helmore, Nicholas Mecente, Zac Soutar and Blair Smith helped the Stars power home to victory.

Beck, Trent Noy, Jake Rose, Mitchell Virtue and Brent Hughes helped Nar Nar Goon to a three-quarter-time lead, with the Savs unable to finish off in the final term

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Sometimes it’s just about winning ugly.

That’s taking nothing away from Inverloch‘s hard-fought win on enemy territory over Kooweerup at Denhams Road on Saturday. In fact, it’s the total opposite. The wintry, at times drenching conditions were never going to lend themselves to fast, free-flowing, high scoring footy.

It was always going to be a slog a hard fought, physical, brutal slog. So for the undermanned Sea Eagles to emerge out of that triumphant by just a goal, 4.8 (32) to 3.8 (26) by fighting to the death, had to please coach Ben Soumilas no end.

By the end of the season, it won’t matter how Saturday’s contest was won but just that the four points were clinched away from home. Inverloch was forced into a series of changes from their first-up, 22-point win over Cora Lynn in the grand final rematch.

Will Hetherington, Clint McCaughan, Josh Purcell and Dylan Clark were all forced omissions through injury on Saturday, but the Demons weren’t exactly at full-strength either with contested ball-winning bull Ben Kerrigan and Speedster Dom Paynter both out. Neither side would be looking for excuses. Instead, for much of the 32-minute final quarter, the ball was locked in Kooweerup’s forward half and all they could add to their three-quarter time score was three behinds.

Inverloch didn’t score in the last, and still held on. Though Saturday was far from a high-scoring affair, it was one with telling turns of momentum.

Three goals in the (lying minutes of the third to Inverloch the first to Tom Wyatt, followed by others to Shem Hawking and Daniel Reid gave the Sea Eagles a vital nine-point advantage with just a quarter to play.

Key defender Michael Eales, hard-nut midfielder Corey Casey (playing through a painful elbow injury), the smooth-moving Shem Hawking, and young guns Lachie Scott and Ryan Sparkes were all vital for the visitors, while the Demons were led well by two players at contrasting ends of the spectrum when it comes to their senior careers Vice captain Nathan Voss, and tireless key defender Craig Dyker.

Skipper Tim Miller also toiled hard right from the outset, as did the likes of big man Daniel Calteri, Troy Dolan and Caleb Milojevic. Their side was superb for the bulk of the contest, except for one or two key, telling stages.

As a clear indicator of the nature of the game, Scott, Casey, and Andy Soumilas combined for 32 tackles between the three of them alone. “I went in to see the boys before the game and said I wish we had a full side in dry conditions and the ground would have been nice, and all the boys looked at me and I said ‘what a load of crap! Who’d be thinking about all of that?’, ” Ben Soumilas said after the contest. “I just told the boys we were going to set ourselves for a tough day at the office and it felt like they did it. ”Having guys out was no excuse. If we’d have lost, there would have been heaps of people saying we had four out, but no. If it’s a final, you’re eliminated. That’s it.”

For Soumilas and his boys, all that mattered was the win. “To win against a challenger, a top contender, is just critical it’s so good for us, ” he said.

“You’ve just get to trap it (the ball) in there and wait and see if you can break one (a goal) free in those conditions but I think it’s a really good win because they’ve obviously set themselves to be one of the top sides and I’m not trying to be arrogant but I’ll make the assumption that we are going to be a top side too, so if they’re going to try and Challenge for one of the top spots, I’d hope we’re in the top three.

“That’s a great win for us.”

Russell Bennett

Pakenham Gazette

Cora Lynn comfortably accounted for Bunyip under lights on Saturday, 11-19 (85) to 8.10 (58).

While the rain had subsided both sides found the night time conditions challenging.

The Cobras would have felt they should have held a greater lead at half time, ruing gettable missed shots on goal.

The Bulldogs showed they will have what it takes to improve as the season progresses, but falling to capitalise on Cora Lynn turnovers proved to be a costly difference.

The Bulldogs would often find themselves in a good position, only to be let down by poor field kicking to waste golden opportunities to open up the Cobras. Jai Rout and Jackson Dalton each kicked three goals for the Cobras, with Rylan Smith, Jayden Deas, Ryan Spierings and Levi Munns also among their better players.

Jason Fisher kicked three goals for a young Bunyip side. Damien Szwaja, Trent Westyvood, Nathan Allen, Reid Jenkin, Matthew O’Halloran and Eamon Tomlin were the better players for the Bulldogs.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

The match between Korumburra-Bena and Kilcunda-Bass, under lights at Korumburra last Saturday was a special occasion for the Gus James Memorial Cup, part of the Beyond Blue Round.
Also both clubs also wore blue armbands to mark the occasion, but with the Giants having a black armband as well, and the flag at half mast, after the tragic passing of Josh Whiteside during the week.
Josh was a current player with the club, a terrific young bloke, well-liked by everyone and he will be very sadly missed.
Both sides and the umpires lined up for a minutes’ silence prior to the main game.
Killy-Bass kicked to the town-end goals which were favoured by gale force winds and they scored two goals. The Giants didn’t score but played well to hold Killy-Bass to the modest total.
Kicking with the wind when their turn came, the Giants were wasteful in front of goal and only managed four points which proved crucial in the final analysis.
Jake McMillan was a standout all night for the Giants, whether relieving in the ruck or doing the big man role front and back. Beau Anthony on ball, Alex Johnston around the flanks, young Brad Monson terrific in his first game, Rhys Dixon in defence and ever reliable, Jye Celebrine on the ball were among those to distinguish themselves.
Killy-Bass came out determined in the third quarter putting on four more goals to have the match in their keeping. The goals were shared around between Smith, Scapin, Holmes, Pugh, Phillips and Calvert but they were running strongly and spreading widely to put the Giants under siege.
To their credit, the Giants made a good fist of it in the last quarter with goals to Celebrine, Cooke and Fitzpatrick to finish full of running; providing coach Ben McGee with plenty of positives to take to training this week.
Ben Fitzpatrick won the medal for the best player, while Jake McMillan, young Brad Monson and Brenton Fritzgerald also rated a mention for the Giants.
Killy-Bass had an even spread of players including Taylor Gibson, Mitch Whitham, Ben Arnold, Hayden Spierings, Sean Casey and Aiden Paton among them.
Several Giants’ players are due back this week but Aaron Hillberg is still several weeks off with injury. They play the Island away this week. Killy-Bass are at home to Garfield.

South Gippsland Sentinel Times

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