One of the leaders of the playing group, Jackson Dalton, spoke about controlling the controllables such as effort and intensity at the contest. Fittingly, it was Dalton who led from the front in the third doing just that.
He kicked two mercurial goals in the space of less than a minute at one stage and ultimately booted four of his six total majors in the third term. In running away with the contest, the Cobras had match-winners seemingly all over the ground headed by Dalton, Chris Johnson, skipper Tim Payne, Billy Thomas, and half back Brayden Weller.
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PHILLIP Island caused Inverloch-Kongwak’s first loss for the season on Saturday.
However, it did take the Bulldogs a while to warm up.
Conditions were slippery early, but it was quick to dry up.
The first quarter looked like Inverloch-Kongwak would remain in control of the game, quickly getting a 22 point lead.
Phillip Island only managed one behind for the quarter, and could not match the skill the Sea Eagles demonstrated early.
At the quarter time break, Phillip Island took a moment to focus, and went back out to play its own game.
With a new mindset, Phillip Island began winning a lot more of the ball in the middle, and was leading by eight points at half time.
A few minor injuries saw some Phillip Island players off the ground during the second half, until the Bulldogs only had one left on the bench.
Unshaken, the Bulldogs stood its ground and continued to show its character.
Jack Taylor was a gun key forward for the Bulldogs, kicking four for the day.
Leigh Warne and Will Van Diemen were impressive across half back, slowing down Inverloch-Kongwak’s attempts to hit targets.
For Inverloch-Kongwak, Shem Hawking, Campbell McKenzie, Jarvis Pryor, Adam Cross, Michael Eales and Daniel Reid were named in the best.
Inverloch-Kongwak made one last attempt to get the points in the last quarter, holding Phillip Island to just one goal. It made up a bit of ground, but it was not enough to deny an upset.
Next week, Phillip Island will face Koo Wee Rup, whilst Inverloch-Kongwak takes on new rivals Cora Lynn.
An explosive opening burst of four goals in four minutes ensured Koo Wee Rup would always be in control of its round nine West Gippsland Football Netball Competition match against Kilcunda-Bass.
Having entered the season unsure if he would make a return to the field from injury, Demons utility Anthony Giuliano showed he could still turn it on when it counts with his three goals coming in an explosive three-minute burst to start the match. The Demons soon had their fourth just one minute later and things were getting ugly quickly for the struggling Panthers. The Panthers could register just the minor score while the Demons slammed on seven first quarter goals to take control of the contest.
Although the Panthers fought bravely in the second term, kicking two goals to one, it would be the only quarter they would win as they fell 18-10 (118) to 5-9 (39).
Re-emerging onto the field following the halftime break keen to make the most of their bright start, the Demons were ruthless in the second half as they kicked away to a big win. Four goals to one in the third term extinguished any hopes the Panthers had of containing their opposition, with six goals to two in the final term rounding out a big win.
Josh Smith and Jason Wells each followed on from the early exploits of Giuliano, all finishing with three goals. Another former Cora Lynn player in Nathan Muratore also had a day out, with Tim Miller, Luke McMaster, Rory Connelly and Bailey Galante also among the better players.
Luke Walker made his return to the Demons side and while he registered just the one major, he will form part of a strong combination forward of centre alongside the likes of Wells and Giuliano.
Former Nilma-Darnum midfielder Jean Bezzene was among the better players for the Panthers.Warragul & Drouin Gazette
Cora Lynn v Garfield match review excerpt written by Russell Bennett reporting for Pakenham Gazette. To view original article in it's entirety online visit https://pakenham.starcommunity.com.au/gazette/2018-06-12/cobras-captivate-in-big-win/ (viewability may be subject to subscription)
Inverloch-Kongwak v Phillip Island match review by Sarah Vella reporting for The Great Southern Star. To view original article online visit http://thestar.com.au/blog/bulldogs-upset-the-sea-eagles/
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