GARFIELD sent a message to their doubters this week, crushing Kilcunda-Bass by 100 points at the Bass Rec Reserve on Saturday.
Losing key players in the preseason was said to be the downfall of the Stars this year, but the young green and gold outfit took the Panthers to the cleaners.
Daniel Johnson was the star of the day with a seven goal bag along with partner in crime Tyler McDonald who slotted four of his own.
But the real strength of the Stars is their spread of quality players across the ground, with the ability to move the ball as clean as a whistle.
Keeping Bass scoreless in the first quarter, by halftime the Stars had 12 goals to the Panthers’ one in a truly dominant display.
Jonathon Sauze and Jayden Goumas were sublime in the midfield hitting up the likes of Johnson and McDonald with case.
For the Panthers it was the work of younger players Sean Casey and Nick Tamburo that showed the way for the more senior types to follow, sticking their head over the ball and showing great intensity around the contest.
The Panthers showed some improved effort in the third quarter only allowing the two goals through while adding one to their own score. But a five goal last term saw the lead stretch to exactly 100 points and a crushing defeat was complete.
Kilcunda-Bass will now look to bounce back as they travel to Bunyip to take on the Bulldogs. while Garfield will host Phillip Island in what should be an excellent game.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

THE Giants travelled over to the Island and they were still missing several players but they welcomed back Ash Snooks for his first game and he immediately made his presence felt with a solid number of contested possessions and ‘one percenters' around the packs.
The Giants kicked to the scoreboard end starting well with a mark and a kick for goal by Rhys Dixon and Korumburra-Bena was matching the Island in general play only to miss targets going forward and this was to prove costly with the home side quite capable through Kimber, Youle, Wright and others up forward to make them pay.
The Islands' Jordie Patullo, previously at Leongatha, took advantage and got the Dogs' scoreboard ticking over with two nice marks and a two goals.
The second of them as a result of creative work by Matt Jackson and a superb pass by Youle. Beau Anthony had a shot without success for the visitors and Brendan Kimber, making his customary dashes through the centre stretched the lead further with another goal.
Ash Snooks, Brock Dorling and Ben Fitzpatrick were among those taking it up to the Island, while mobile big man Jake McMillan was again proving his worth either in the ruck against Higginson or up forward where he bobbed up to mark and goal later in the quarter to keep the Giants in touch.
A goal by Aaron Edwards up the other end continued the Island's ascendency, however and they went to the break up by live goals to two and in charge.
It was an absolutely superb day at Cowes and there was a big crowd in, enjoying both a good contest on the footy field and on the netball court when the Island and the benchmark team of the competition, Korumburra-Bena had started competitively.
The second quarter was a repeat of the first, the Giants good in general play but allowing costly turnovers to creep in and the Island taking advantage with three more goals.
Near the end of the term though the Giants pressure forced some errors from the Bulldogs too and a goal by Michael Cooke near half time was reward for effort.
The third quarter was a tight affair with the Giants’ defence again proving it worth, restricting the Island‘s chances until the last few minutes when they snatched a couple but if a club’s revival is built on good defence, the Giants might indeed be on their way back, once they get a full list.
At the start of the last quarter, the Island promptly stitched up the result with two quick goals but if they took their foot off the accelerator or the Giants just responded, the visitors had a purple patch during which they dominated and should really have had three or more goals to show.
They missed three easy shots before finally goaling and when the Dogs finished with two late goals it was four to one for the quarter but probably not a good indication of how well Korumburra-Bena had played.
In the end it was an easy win to the Island but the Giants were far from disgraced and are continuing to show improvement this year.
McMillan, Dixon, Dorling, Ayama and Edwards were named among the best by our scribe while Warne, Patullo, Officer, Kimber, Taylor and Youle did well in a solid team effort by the Island.
Next week the Giants have a tough assignment at Korumburra against reigning premiers IK but there’s a whisper they may be able to add some late signings to the list ahead of the game.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

THE reigning premiers, Inverloch-Kongwak, completely dismantled Dalyston at Inverloch on Saturday and the chilling concern for opposition clubs is that they can only get better.
On a day that started and finished as a celebration of favourite son Adam Cross’s 300th game, it was also characterised by the emerging young talent in the team, headed by the likes of mobile big man Oscar Toussaint who played his best game yet in the blue and gold.
Why couldn‘t this bloke play league footy? Add to that the first game by young Jack Hutchinson, who turned on the afterburners around the flanks on several occasions, at one stage in the third quarter completing an expansive run down the outer wing with a ‘laces out' pass to the unstoppable Toby Mahoney, who booted seven but could have had 12.
It's a heady mix when you add the likes of the mercurial Andy Soumilas, and Shem Hawking who had an absolute day out on his wing, with the shackles off as Dalyston tried to deal with the opposition's embarrassment of talent.
And you know What? Dalyston weren't even that bad.
In fact their defence, with the likes of the Brosnan brothers playing well, held IK goalless for the first 20 minutes of the third quarter, after, it should be said, they put on 14 goals to three by half time. And it was Toussaint who broke the dead lock at the 19:30 mark with one from close range followed by another to Mahoney.
But Dalyston simply couldn't get reward for effort and failed to score a major for the term.
It was party time for IK in the last quarter, not because they lost concentration. They didn’t. It was Adam Cross who triggered the cheers when he booted three out of five last quarter goals: one at the 1:40 mark after a centrlng pass from Pencil Wyatt, and two late ones at 23:45 and 27:40 to round out a great game by IK.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

Nar Nar Goon kept pace at the top end of the ladder with a big win over a struggling Bunyip, 19-18 (132) to 6-5 (41).
While the Bulldogs got themselves back into the contest with four goals in the second term, they could only manage one goal after half time as the Goon ran away with it.
Troy McDermott kicked six goals for the Goon, while Matthew Stevens chipped in with three majors.
Todd Beck, Trent Noy, Mitchell Virtue and Eamon Trigg were also among the better players.
Brad Walker, Brent Hens. Damien Szwaja, Justin McCleaIy, Trent Westwood and Jordan Wyatt battled against the odds for the Buldogs.
Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Koo wee Rup announced themselves as potential West Gippsland football contenders, thumping Cora Lynn in their annual Anzac match on Saturday night, 20-18 (138) to 87 (55).

The Demons were aided by the inclusion of Anthony Guiliano, who had been cleared to play after it was feared that he may never play again due to a nasty head knock sustained last season.

Sporting a different number than usual in the Demons specially designed Anzac Guernsey for the occasion, it didn’t stop the crafty forward from kicking a trademark goal early in the contest.

Jason Wells also got in the act with a clever roller from the pocket to inspire the Demons to a fast start to lead from start to finish.

Warragul & Drouin Gazette

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