INVERLOCH-Kongwak has continued its strong run of form after a 67 point win on the road against Kilcunda-Bass.
The Sea Eagles started the contest well as their midfield took control straight away.
The onslaught of forward entries was difficult for the Panthers to cope with but their efforts spoiling the ball and some poor kicking from IK resulted in only three goals for the term.
KB was able to slow down the tempo and try to control the ball but some poor skills proved costly.
Reigning league best and fairest Andy Soumilas had plenty of the ball in the first quarter and Conor Cunningham was delivering it well to him out of the ruck.
KB’s Riley Scapin battled well in the ruck all day but IK’s class at ground level didn’t allow the Panthers too many centre clearances.
Inverloch-Kongwak started to hit its straps a bit more in the next term.
Dan Houston and Adam Cross were gathering plenty of the ball across half back and on the wing.
The Sea Eagles forward line shared the load beautifully for the day with five players kicking two goals each and another four players chiming in for one.
Down the other end, Taylor Gibson was brilliant again for the Panthers, taking plenty of grabs despite the constant pressure from the defence led by Campbell McKenzie.
KB was able to snag one goal to reduce the margin by half time but the visitors still looked very in control of the contest with a 44 point lead.
The third quarter was much more of the same with IK playing well but the Panthers were doing their best to stop the game from blowing out.
The away side booted five goals for the term as it did in the quarter prior to half time.
KB’s pocket rocket on-ballers Sean Casey and Hayden Spierings fought well in the second half and helped their side convert another goal.
KB was challenged at three quarter time to win the quarter and not fall victim to another 100 point defeat.
The inexperienced Panthers were trying hard all game and they did manage to win the final term.
Ned Bradley and Finn Homer were two of the youngsters who fought valiantly and were involved in lots of link up plays that got the ball deep into KB’s attack.
The end of the low scoring final term left IK the 67 point victor and kept it two wins clear on the ladder.
Next week, KB will face second on the ladder as it travels to Koo Wee Rup and IK will face a tougher test against Phillip Island.

Sarah Vella

The Great Southern Star

DALYSTON have finally secured their first victory for the 2018 season with a 14-point win over the fast finishing Bunyip on Saturday.
Bolstered by the return of captain Blake Carew, the Magpies were on fire early kicking the opening goal through some brilliant work by Darcy Brosnan who set up Jackson Brooker 15 metres out. Midfielder Clay Tait was the first casualty for the Magpies, going down with an ankle injury early in the first term and didn’t return to the game. Bunyip were quick to reply through Tom Blakely who nailed a beauty from 40 metres out but the Magpies were well and truly in the zone booting the next three through Brosnan, Brooker and Tylah Osbaldeston. With Dalyston holding a one goal lead at the first change, a barney broke with almost all players involved. Bunyip coach Aussie Jones gave his team a real serve after things had simmered down suggesting his team should show some aggression at the footy rather than a brawl.
The second quarter started with another injury for the Magpies with star Michael Marotta dislocating his shoulder in the opening few minutes. The Magpies were now two down but still managed to add four goals and stretched their lead to 17 points at the long break.
Bunyip landed the first one of the third quarter through Ben Stewart before the Magpies launched a five-goal run that blew the game wide open. Brooker nailed his fifth for the afternoon with Jimma Rosendale and Osbaldeston kicking their second each.

A 41-point lead at three quarter time was marred by the third Magpie injury for the game with Flynn Brosnan heading for an early shower. Now down to 18 players, Dalyston needed to grit their teeth and try to run out the game. Kristian Butler was superb in the final quarter leading by example along with captain Carew. The Bulldogs could smell blood in the water and started to hit the scoreboard with a flurry of late goals.  A steadying goal from Kainen Schrape mid way through the final quarter settled the Magpies but Bunyip kept coming. Five last quarter goals weren’t enough though as Dalyston held on for a 14-point win.
The bruised and battered Magpies will now take on Nar Nar Goon at home this weekend while Bunyip play Korumburra-Bena.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times

PHILLIP Island has put in a dominant display over the weekend defeating Cora Lynn by 46 points at home.
The Bulldogs were close to full strength as they took on the Cobras who had been in terrific form heading into the clash. Captain Jaymie Youle was on fire in the opening term setting up the Island’ s first goal with a bullet pass to Brendan Kimber. Youle also set up James Taylor for a goal, before he too got amongst the goal kickers and slotted his first major. Jarrod Witnish had a welcome return to senior football with an impressive performance from start to finish, showing how vital he is to the team’s balance. After a neck and neck first quarter both teams were tied at 27 points apiece.
Inside 20 seconds of the second quarter Kimber had kicked his second goal for the game and the Island were off to the best possible start. An intercept mark to Mark Griffin set up Witnish to kick a major which saw all players getting around the returning man. By half time and the Island had pulled away by 15 points but the game was still in the balance.
The battle continued into the second half until Youle broke the deadlock at the 13-minute mark and again shortly after, making it two in two minutes. A 50-metre bomb to Griffin capped off a terrific third quarter from the Bulldogs and the lead was now 36 points.
The last quarter became simply a formality with Jack Taylor and Youle putting some icing on the cake late in the quarter. Youle played a terrific game with four goals while Will Van Diemen played his best game of the season. Credit must go to the Bulldogs back six who weathered the storm in the first half and set the team up for a strong finish.
For the Cobras, defenders Rylan Smith, Tim Payne and Shaun Sparks tried to lead from the front. Thomas Stiglitch and Chris Johnson battled hard for their team in the midfield and Jeremy Monckton showed speed and drive on the wing.
South Gippsland Sentinel Times and Gippsland Footy admin

If one of the hallmarks of a quality footy side is its ability to bounce back from defeat, then Dean Blake's Nar Nar Goon group is well and truly on the right track.

Over the second and third quarters in Round 7 against the so far undefeated reigning premier, Inverloch Kongwak, the boys from the Goon were taught a seaside lesson in pressure footy. They rebounded in the last to lose by just 14 points, but they were under no illusions or false dawns Ben Soumilas' side faded late. So, on Saturday, Blake's boys had a point to prove against another premiership aspirant in famous rival Koo Wee Rup. And their ability to exert their own pressure would prove vital.

The Demons were undermanned just as the Goon was last week and missed the likes of big man Daniel Calteri, clearance bull Ben Kerrigan, and Speedster Dom Paynter terribly. The Goon got off to a strong start, led by the likes of Jake Smith and Matt Stevens (four goals), who, himself, made a return from injury. Their pressure at the contest, in defence, and even across the forward 50 - was particularly telling while the Demons were too often found back-peddling and seemingly second guessing themselves.

While the boys from the Goon regularly burst forward in waves, the Demons looked reactive and they took a 41-point deficit into the main break. It ultimately proved to be insurmountable as the Goon won 12.13 (85) to 7.7 (49) off the back of starring roles from Sam Blackwood, Trent Armour, and role players Jacob Sweeney and Shannon Stocco.

Jason Wells (three goals) was again strong for Koo Wee Rup from his limited opportunities up forward while young vice-captain Nathan Voss, the hard-headed Troy Dolan, and the veteran experience of Craig Dyker and Anthony Giuliano also impressed for the visitors who, despite a down day on Saturday, will clearly still be right there when the whips are cracking at the business end of the season.

Russell Bennett

Pakenham Gazette

Garfield maintained fourth spot on the ladder with comfortable victory over Korumburra-Bena, 11-18 (84) to 4-7 (31).
The final margin could have been greater had it not been for a wasteful final term, where the Stars registered 2-6.
The Giants entered quarter time with a one-point lead, but the Stars controlled proceedings for the remainder of the match.
Four goals to one in the second term created a handy buffer before three goals to no score in the third effectively put the match in the Stars’ keeping.
Daniel Johnson and Lachlan Schreurs each kicked three goals for the Stars while Jayden Goumas, Tyler McDonald, Sam Batson, Zac Soutar and Jonty Bow were also prominent.
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Kilcunda-Bass v Inverloch-Kongwak match review written by Sarah Vella reporting for The Great Southern Star. To view original article online visit http://thestar.com.au/blog/sea-eagles-continue-strong-campaign/

Nar Nar Goon v Koo Wee Rup match review written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original article online visit https://pakenham.starcommunity.com.au/gazette/2018-06-05/goon-bounces-back-in-style/ (viewability may be subject to subscription)

Bunyip v Dalyston and Phillip Island v Cora Lynn match reviews taken from articles written by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. Original articles can be viewed online by subscription only.

Garfield v Korumburra-Bena match review written by Warragul & Drouin Gazette. Original article can be viewed online by subscription only.

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