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THE distinctive green and red of the Mighty Tooradin-Dalmore Seagulls hit the paddock at Bass for the first time on Saturday and they came away with wins, not only in the Seniors and Reserves football, but all netball grades as well.

An eight-goal haul from Andrew Dean saw the Seagulls annihilate the Panthers at Bass to the tune of 128 points.

Once again Killy-Bass were no match for the opposition and despite the best efforts of Connor Steel, Sam Watson, Tom West, Jake Smith, James Phillips and Brad Aldwell; who were all good contributors for the locals, they went down by more than 20 goals.

It was a fearful thumping which saw the Gulls improve their record to three wins from four outings to sit just below Cora Lynn and last year’s premiers Phillip Island at the top of the ladder.

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Inverloch-Kongwak’s winning streak continued on Saturday with a six goal win against Bunyip, despite adding to its already telling injury list.

Xavier Hughes went down in the first half, adding to a casualty list that already includes the likes of Josh Purcell, Andy Soumilas, Adam Cross, Daniel Reid, and Corey Casey among others. By the end of the game, they would hardly have had 18 fit players.

Playing at the Bunyip Recreation Reserve, the Sea Eagles were hot from the first siren, booting the first four goals. Bunyip earned one goal for the quarter.

Inverloch-Kongwak remained ahead of the pack for the rest of the game, but Bunyip stepped up and became more competitive during the second and third term. The Bulldogs pegged the deficit back in the second and - by coach Tom McQualter's own admission - the half-time break couldn't have come at a better time.

His group was getting soundly beaten at the clearances, and he called for composure and unselfishness throughout the second half.

Michael Eales stood strong in the backline to restrict Bunyip’s scoring opportunities, backed by Dylan and Rowan Clark. Young guns Hutchinson and Lachlan Scott were vital through the middle.

At three-quarter time, with his side down 31 points, Bunyip co-coach Aussie Jones called for his players to have the courage to stick to their guns.

The Sea Eagles took it up a notch in the last quarter for a convincing winning margin.

While the Bulldogs lost by 35 points in the end, there were still plenty of positive signs to emerge out of the clash for the home side.

Duncan Proud was superb in the ruck in the absence of Chris Kelf, while Will Papley, Jeb McLeod, Rickie Crockett, and Brad Walker refused to take a backwards step.

Lachie Scott, Dylan Clark and Jack Hutchinson were outstanding, meanwhile, for the Sea Eagles in a performance where they showcased the size advantage inside 50 courtesy of three goals to Sam Gibbins and two to Cam Roughead.


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Phillip Island looked every bit the reigning premier on Saturday on its home ground in Cowes defeating Garfield 83 to 29. Following the unfurling of the 2018 Seniors premiership flag by president Chris Ross and 2018 co-president Casey Cleveland with the guard of honour by both teams and the umpires, it was quickly down to business.

Phillip Island looked the stronger team and dominated from the first bounce.

While Garfield did show some promise with some good marking and passages of play in the first quarter the Bulldogs were relentless and former AFL Demon Cameron Pederson seemed to be everywhere, enjoying his fair share of marks and shots at goal. He bagged two for the match with nine other team mates each scoring a goal apiece, contributing to the final score Phillip Island 11 goals 18 points to Garfield’s 4 goals 4 points.

The strong contingent of Phillip Island supporters were feeling confident at the end of the first quarter with the Island 3.8 .26 to Garfield’s 0.2 .2, a handy lead and after a rousing quarter time address from coach Beau Vernon the Bulldogs wasted no time in the second quarter putting on another four quick goals and by the 15 minute mark it was all over red rover.

The Bulldogs were relentless in their attack of their Garfield opponent. Only inaccuracy prevented the Bulldogs from taking a bigger margin, with a wasteful 38 in the first term.

Facing a 38-point deficit at half time, the Stars did show some fight in the third quarter with two goals to one to show some promise. However the Stars couldn’t carry that momentum forward, as the Bulldogs kicked the final three goals of the game to cap a comfortable victory.

Phillip Island operations manager Scott Huther said coach Beau Vernon was pleased with the win but neither him nor the players were happy with the missed shots at goals, kicking 11 goals and 18 points for the match. “This is something the team will be working on in the lead up to the next match,” Huther said.

Jamie Youle took on the role of captain with Brendan Kimber out for the match and was awarded best on ground. Michael Wallace, Nicholas Macente, Joel Morgan, Leigh Diston, Ned Marsh and Tanner Stanton were the better players for the Stars.

Phillip Island is again looking like the team to beat even though it was missing three of its gun players including Brendan Kimber, Zak Vernon and Leigh Warne who were out with minor injuries but Huther said they are all expected to be back for the grand final rematch against Koo Wee Rup in Cowes next week.

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The Pies’ new look team were ready to put their best foot forward and were determined to match their opponents, a team that itself has been bolstered in the off season with the return of the Hansen brothers.

From the first bounce the defences of each team held tight to repel the early forays. It was fast flowing football but with no dividends paid until 10 minutes in, the busy Trent Armour found his captain Baz Hermann on the lead and the visitors had their first goal.

Dalyston through good teamwork by Tait onto Minahan and into the sure hands of Blake Carew came up with the reply, but this would be their only goal for the quarter.

Despite holding up well early, Dalyston’s defence was tested when Trent Armour set sail long and direct to find his target Lachie Hansen for his first for the day.

And with red time goals in quick succession to Stocco and Stevens, Nar Nar Goon had pinched a 20-point lead at the first break. The second term began with Dalyston missing an early chance through Carew and the Goon scored on the rebound as Virtue and Toussaint chipped forward to find McDermott in goal scoring range.

Damon Hansen found McDermott on the lead again minutes later and the Goon began to skip away with another goal to Stocco.

Dalyston was under pressure and blocked in their back half struggling to find an exit point. Ryan Silver and the Wakefield boys were giving their all, but the ball kept coming back repeatedly. The dominant Goon attack sprayed their next few shots at the sticks to only score behinds.

The Pies held their nerve and were rewarded with Carew scoring his second in the dying seconds of the half. The Goon’s lead now 35 points. With Silver and Corey Wakefield strong again at the resumption, Dalyston held firm until Hansen got on the end of a booming pass from Noy. The Pies tried valiantly and by applying pressure they tied the play into their own forward 50. But for all their hard work these efforts only resulted in multiple points and when Blake Carew came off second best after crashing into the point post the Goon took up the ascendancy once more.

A free kick in the ruck contest, deep forward gave an easy goal to Stevens. And despite Whittaker answering quickly with one for the Pies, the Goon added another when the robust McDermott had the muscle to hold his ground, win the ball and slot his third. With one quarter to play the writing was on the wall, the Goon in control and comfortably leading by seven goals. Ex-North Melbourne homecomer Lachie Hansen showed you don’t have to be at peak AFL fitness to make a statement as his size proved decisive in the last term. A sliding pass from Cal Taylor breaking from the stoppage presented Hansen with his second goal at the three-minute mark. And the big guy found another on the lead minutes later. Dalyston responded with Minahan long to Darcy Brosnan whose long shot was marked by Byron Dryden on the line. But that was it all she wrote for the Pies. Nar Nar Goon held sway for the remaining 15 minutes and added some icing with a goal to Stevens followed by another couple to Troy Mc Dermott who finished with a handful on the day. They were well served all day by Trent Armour, McDermott, first gamer Jake Blackwood, Trent Noy and the Hansen brothers. Dalyston’s best performers were Silver, Darcy Wilson, Harry Wright and Flynn Brosnan.

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For Paul Alger's Giants, it's all about building towards an exciting, sustainable future but on Saturday at The Showgrounds against the Warragul Industrials, the group showed there's plenty to be excited about in the present as well.

In a hard-fought clash all day, the home side prevailed by just two goals in stirring scenes, 13.3 (81) to 10.9 (69).

With the young Giants struggling for wins in recent seasons, the match presented a chance for the Industrials to score their first win but it wasn’t to be as the home side burst out of the blocks.

The Giants kicked five goals in the first term to open a 14-point buffer, and the Industrials were unable to bridge the small gap.

A torrid second term followed, with neither side able to score.

Three goals apiece in the third term and it was anyone’s game as it opened up in the final term, with the Giants scoring five goals to four to hold on.

Jamie Cann slotted four majors for the Giants, while Josh Hill, Brad Monson, Bailey Patterson and Ben Fitzpatrick were all influential standouts.

Alger saw it as a positive that his side played against reigning premier Phillip Island in Round 2, despite the eventual losing margin.

Make no mistake about it, the Giants knew - just like the Dusties - how winnable the weekend's game was.

"I said to the boys on Thursday night it was winnable, particularly given a tough draw coming up, but they (the Industrials) would be saying the exact same thing."

Looking back on the clash, Alger said the Industrials should have been in front at three quarter time after his side got about three straight kicks in front before easing off.

"They had the slight breeze in the last quarter, and in the end I was really happy with the way our boys fought it out," he said of the victory.

Impressively, when the Giants were challenged, some of their young charges really stood tall.

Alger spoke of Hill taking a series of telling contested grabs right in front of the grandstand, a particularly impressive feat for a player so small in stature.

The Giants effectively lost their entire starting spine in the off-season, and three players walked out the door just two days before Round 1.

But Alger, and his group, are moving on with a group committed to the cause.

Shane Brewster kicked four goals for the Industrials, while Corey Nickels chipped in with three majors.

Tyson Bale, Russell Ware, Travis Ogden and Cooper Hampton also helped keep the Industrials in the contest.

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Cora Lynn has been the most impressive side of the young season to date, claiming big wins over fellow finals aspirants Tooradin-Dalmore, Bunyip, and Kooweerup so far - in addition to their win over a struggling Kilcunda Bass.

What's been the most telling about the Cobras through their first four games has been the ability of their new-look forward line to fire, and fire often.

But, equally, the side's defense has been particularly adept at not only stopping key opposition forwards and playmakers from scoring, but converting their hard work into creating avenues to attack for their own side.

With his men trailing early on Saturday night, Main was straight to the point in the quarter-time huddle - telling them they'd been beaten around the stoppages, and were too often the last to leave the contest. The side's strong, pressure-based brand wasn't yet evident.

But, impressively, the turnaround in its intensity was almost immediate - leading to a domination of the final three quarters of the game.

When they were challenged early, the Cobras stood up and rose to the occasion.

Nathan Gardiner's form up forward has been one of the biggest talking points of 2019 so far, and his 7.6 on Saturday night would have done nothing to dispel that.

When presented with space to lead in to, or even take on his opponent one-on-one, Gardiner is just like his side was on Saturday night - too fast, too strong, too good.

But the Cobras' forward group fired as a whole on Saturday - with Nathan Langley booting five goals of his own, and Jai Rout another three. Combine that with the selflessness, work rate, and footy IQ of Troy Tharle and Travis Woodfield and that again shows the group's potential to match up with any side.

Chris Johnson and Lachlyn Peluso were particularly influential through the middle of the ground, with Peluso's intensity and pressure at the contest a noticeable standout before he succumbed to a shoulder injury.

Jeremy Monckton's pace and daring out wide was just as telling, as was the quality of young midfield ace Heath Briggs.

Mitch Wallace was a standout in defense for a unit that effectively restricted the Demons' attacking options.

That's what made Jason Wells' seven majors such a talking point for Kooweerup. He was terrific in kicking all but three of his side's goals, while young stars in the making Matt Voss, Mitch Cammarano, and Nick Prowd showed plenty to build on for what will no doubt be long careers in the red and the blue.

Ultimately, the last five to 10 minutes of the second quarter, and the first five to 10 of the third - the period either side of the break - blew the game open for the home side.

Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette


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Cora Lynn v Koo Wee Rup match review and exerts of Korumburra Bena v Warragul Industrials and Bunyip v Inverloch-Kongwak match review written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to Pakenham Gazette here.

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