HEYFIELD overcame a slow start to defeat Churchill by 10 points to remain in second place on the North Gippsland football ladder.
The Kangaroos trailed by 38 points at quarter-time, but fought back in the second term before edging the Cougars in the second half to win 14.12 (96) to 13.8 (86) on Saturday.
The visitors were in control early, kicking eight goals to two in the first term. The quarter-time break allowed the Kangaroos to adjust their game plan as they responded to cut the deficit to three by half-time.
The Cougars led by four points after both sides kicked four majors during the third quarter, before the Kangaroos booted four goals to one in the final term to win the arm wrestle.
Nic Dowse was the Kangaroos' best, driving play and combining well with onballer Jack Woodland.
In his first game for the Kangaroos, former Maffra and Sale City coach Hayden Burgiel was also effective.
Jesse Jackway kicked five goals for the Kangaroos, taking his season tally to 20.
Chris Kyriacou was the Cougars' best player, with Blake Slater booting three goals.
LADDER leader Sale City recorded a second consecutive thumping victory, this time over Rosedale.
The visiting Bulldogs won by 165 points, 29.22 (196) to 4.7 (31).
The result was beyond doubt by half-time, when they led by 96 points after kicking 16 goals to one.
The Bulldogs kicked 12 goals in each of the second and third quarters.
Former St Kilda player and Sale premiership coach Matthew Ferguson kicked eight goals in his Bulldogs debut, while Brad Walsh kicked six and Tom Wilson four.
Jacob Schuback continued his outstanding beginning to the season, named the Bulldogs’ player for the second game in a row.
Richard Ingrouille was the Blues’ best player, kicking three of their four goals.
THE inclusion of former AFL player Daryn Cresswell wasn't enough to get Woodside over the line against Cowwarr.
The Wildcats led by 23 points at half-time, but only kicked two goals after the main break as the visitors booted eight to win 15.14 (104) to 13.9 (87).
Linden Brunt kicked seven goals for the visiting Saints, who were best served by James Todd.
Woodside's best player was Todd Bryant, who, like Cresswell, kicked three goals.
Bryant's connection to Cresswell while playing in Queensland and the Ovens and Murray league brought the 244-game Sydney veteran to the Wildcats for a one-off appearance.
YARRAM ended a two-game losing streak to defeat Gormandale by 130 points.
The home side led by 27 points at the first break and didn't look back, winning 23.21 (159) to 4.5 (29).
With three goals, the first quarter was the Tigers' most productive, adding only one more for the rest of the game.
Josh Swift kicked 10 goals for the Demons and Dan Vardy six, with Chris Bruns and Grif Underwood Yarram's best players.
TRARALGON-Tyers United defeated local rival Glengarry by 56 points.
After leading by 10 points at quarter-time, the Bombers added 10 goals to three to record a comprehensive victory, 14.18 (102) to 6.10 (46).
The home side controlled proceedings in the midfield, providing plenty of the ball to its forwards.
Lincoln Albanese kicked five goals for TTU.
The Mapgies' cause wasn't helped by injuries to Jake Frith (hamstring), Andrew May (knee) and Chris Wangman (hand).
The Bombers didn't escape the match unscathed, with Scott Zuehlke having surgery after breaking his arm.