After the previous weekend’s strong win over Kilcunda Bass, Bunyip was hoping to show supporters what they were capable of when they hosted Koo Wee Rup on Saturday.
It was not to be with the Devils showing a return to the form that took them to last year’s grand final.
This season they’ve been in a slump, with just one win from four games but they made that two from five with a nail-biting three-point win over the more fancied Bulldogs.
Koo Wee Rup raced out of the blocks with a four-goal first quarter.
In a low scoring game, they had doubled Bunyip’s score by half time.
The third quarter was all Bunyip’s with six goals to the Devils two to lead at the final change.
Bunyip had all the momentum leading into the final quarter, but the Devils showed composure, first scoring the equaliser then finding another two goals to snatch victory by just three points, 11.7 (73) to 10.10 (70).
Duncan Proud scored four goals for the Bunyip and Aaron Paxton and Jeb McLeod were best on the ground.
The Bulldogs have some home work to do – they have yet to win a home game this season.
Phillip Island kept their perfect record intact against a finals’ contender in Tooradin-Dalmore at Cowes on Saturday but fans saw enough from the visiting Seagulls to suggest that, on the right day, they could be a threat. It was only after half time that the Island could exercise a measure of control over the game, however while they peppered the scoring zone, they didn’t always get value for effort. Jack Taylor worked hard on the forward line to disrupt Tooradin’s defensive efforts and his four goals kept the board ticking over. Zak Vernon had his best game of the year on the ball where he was ably assisted by Jason Tomada, Brendan Kimber and others. In a low-scoring affair they held a 26-point lead at three quarter time but the Seagulls weren’t going away, cutting the lead with three last quarter goals to the Bulldogs’ two.South Gippsland Sentinel Times
The tragic events on the Bass Highway at Anderson near Phillip Island a little over a week ago served as a stark reminder that football simply is not the be all, and end all. At the end of the day, it's just a game. Except in the days since the accident that claimed the life of teenage Dalyston footballer Campbell Ion, the local West Gippsland football community has banded together - with support from their brethren in wider Gippsland footy circles.
Players right across the region donned black arm bands as a mark of respect, while clubs throughout the area posted touching messages of support for the Dalyston community on social media.
This was far more than just token support. This was legitimate. This was genuine. This was heartfelt. Garfield's efforts against Dalyston on the weekend were nothing short of remarkable both in the lead-up to the clash, and immediately following it.
Senior Stars players made the decision to donate the money from their match-day awards to the Ion family.
The reserves, despite going down to Dalyston in a thriller by four points, entered the home side's change-rooms to sing the victors' song.
And the seniors, meanwhile, clapped their Magpie opposition off the ground after their game - a hard-fought win the Stars' way, 7.5 (47) to 7.3 (45) - before opting to not even sing their own song in the wake of the clash.
This all marked an incredible sign of respect in a competition that is only in its third season.
But again - this wasn't about the win or the loss. This was more than footy.
The Stars held on, despite going goalless in a tense final term, to narrowly overcome the Magpies.Russell Bennett - Pakenham Gazette
A low scoring first half saw woe begotten Kilcunda-Bass go toe to toe with strong contender Inverloch-Kongwak on Saturday.
Panther fans were wildly impressed by the promising quarter. Two goals were on the scoreboard whilst the defensive unit held Inverloch-Kongwak to just one point.
The Sea Eagles rallied and came back in the second quarter, no longer resting on its laurels.
Despite this, Kilcunda-Bass continued to fight and rattle the home side.
The ball see-sawed between forward lines but ultimately IK hit back through clever forward Toby Mahoney. From there on, IK’s on-ball unit of Connor Cunningham, Tristan Van Driel, Josh Clottu and Brendan Iezzi started to get the better of the likes of Jake Weightman, Connor Steel and others. Inverloch-Kongwak put on eight goals to two in a better second half from them but it didn’t stop both coaches praising the improving Kilcunda-Bass’ efforts after the game. IK’s Tom McQualter said he was impressed with Killy-Bass’ intensity and tackling pressure and it was only by moving some pace into the forward line after half time that they were able to gain some level of ascendency. Kilcunda-Bass’ Damian Holmes called it a “benchmark” effort by the team, something they could build on in the weeks ahead, despite what appears to be a disparity on the scoreboard.The Great Southern Star
Korumburra-Bena went down by 10 goals to Nar Nar Goon at Spencer Street - 15.16 (106) to 6.10 (46).
By Giants coach Paul Alger's own admission, the first quarter of that clash - where his side kicked a solitary point - was the group's worst of the season.
But, discounting that, there was still plenty for the building group to be optimistic about.
With 16 of its players under the age of 20, their lack of size was clearly exposed.
But in nearly three quarters - from the start of the second term, until about three minutes remaining in the contest, the Giants had kicked six goals to the Goon's seven.
The Giants' execution still needs plenty of work, though. They had the ball in their forward line for the first seven minutes of the third term and kicked three behinds - all from less than 30 metres out.
The Goon subsequently answered that with a goal at the other end - showing the difference in finishing ability between a finals-bound side, and one on the rise but still building.
Not even Warragul Industrials’ dogged defence could hold against the tide of a Cora Lynn side at the peak of its powers on Saturday.
As expected, the Cobras were far too strong, racking up a 79-point win, holding the hapless Dusties to a single goal for the game.
The 13.12 (90) to 1.5 (11) scoreline makes it seven wins from seven games for Cora Lynn with a percentage approaching 200.
Although the win was unbackable, coach David Main was happy with the style in which it was accomplished.
“We not only kicked a good total but the big positive was not allowing the Dusties to score.”
He was full of praise for the way half back Shaun Sparks set the game up by intercepting and marking the ball whenever the Dusties came forward then delivering it efficiently to the Cobra forwards.
“It was probably his best game for the year, which was really pleasing.”
On the wing, Ryan Spierings made his presence felt at the stoppages.
There were five multiple goal kickers for Cora Lynn, including Brendan Pullen, who kicked three after being promoted from the reserves.
Nathan Langley and Nathan Gardiner both kicked two goals and could have had more if they had not selflessly passed to team mates who were in a better position to score.
Although they don’t usually make much impression on the scoreboard, the Dusties are noted for their very physical defence.
There were no injuries to the Cora Lynn players but no doubt a few of them were feeling a little sore after the game, so this week’s interleague bye comes at a good time.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
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Bunyip v Koo Wee Rup and Warragul Industrials v Cora Lynn match reviews published by Warragul & Drouin Gazette. To view original articles in full online subscribe to WDG here.
Phillip Island v Tooradin-Dalmore match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online subscribe to SGST here.
Dalyston v Garfield and Nar Nar Goon v Korumburra-Bena match reviews written by Russell Bennett. To view original article in full online subscribe to PG here.
Inverloch-Kongwak v Kilcunda-Bass match review published by The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online subscribe to TGSS here.