NORTH Gippsland football’s split round began with two one-sided contests on Saturday.
Heyfield moved to the top of the ladder with a 144-point victory over Gormandale, while Churchill won at Rosedale by 68.
The Cougars defeated a disappointing Rosedale 23.18 (156) to 13.10 (88) to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder.
After a high-scoring first term, in which 11 goals were kicked, the visitors led by 19 points and extended their lead to 37 after a six-goal to four second quarter.
The Cougars maintained control in the second half, booting 10 goals to five.
Leigh McDonald kicked seven goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Ben Kearns booted five. Travis Brighton and Billy Wright led the charge through the midfield.
For the Blues, coach Sam Bristow kicked four goals and Corey Beaver three.
HEYFIELD did as expected at home against bottom side Gormandale.
The Kangaroos kept the Tigers goal-less in two quarters in their 24.22 (166) to 3.4 (22) victory.
Injuries left the Tigers without any fit players on the bench in the first quarter, and the Kangaroos kicked 11 unanswered goals.
Twelve Kangaroos kicked goals, led by Jesse Jackway with six and Kodie Woodland with three.
Hayden Burgiel put in his best performance since joining the Kangaroos this season, while another former Maffra player, Michael Coleman also had plenty of the ball through the midfield.
Midfielder Daniel Domaille and half-back Al Jenkin were the Tigers’ best players.
THE split round will conclude next Saturday with Woodside and Yarram at home to Sale City and Glengarry respectively, and Traralgon-Tyers United hosting Cowwarr.