Gippsland soundly defeated

Maffra's Daniel Bedggood was one of Gippsland best players.

Maffra's Daniel Bedggood was one of Gippsland best players.

THE result did not go Gippsland's way in Saturday's AFL Victoria Community Championships fixture against AFL Yarra Ranges.

The Gippsland League team was soundly beaten, ultimately going down 16.15 (111) to 6.14 (50) at Woori Yallock.

Coach Harmit Singh said it was the result was disappointing.

"We got jumped early in the first 10 minutes," he said.

"We were up against it after starting slowly."

It didn't help matters that Traralgon key defender Adrian Slottje went down with a knee injury within the first five minutes of play.

Down by seven goals at half-time, the Gippslanders weren't able to get back into the game, registering only three majors for the last two quarters.

"We just weren't able to make good decisions offensively and defensively," Singh said.

Gippsland's unwillingness to attack the ball carrier was a big part of the first-half blowout and lack of a fight-back.

"We only laid nine tackles in the first half of footy," Singh said.

"We clearly didn't put enough pressure on the ball, which is disappointing."

Warragul onballer Brad Scalzo and Bairnsdale's Russell Cowan, a former Yarra Ranges player, were Gippsland's best.

Maffra forward Daniel Bedggood was also among Gippsland's better performers, while fellow Eagle Mitch Bennett and Leongatha's Chris Dunne kicked two goals each.

Jason Savage was Yarra Ranges' best player, while Scott Dwyer kicked three goals.

IT was a different story in the juniors, where Gippsland picked up a solid 39-point win.

Gippsland took a slender three-point lead into quarter-time, but that was closed down and things were even again by the long break.

The Gippslanders went on with it in the second half, kicking away for the 5.12 (42) to 12.9 (81) win.

Morwell senior listed player Anthony Rosato was named best-on-ground.

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