WOODSIDE proved the North Gippsland football premiership isn’t a three-horse race, upsetting Heyfield by four points on Saturday.
The fifth-placed Wildcats notched their third consecutive victory, winning at Heyfield 12.5 (77) to 11.7 (73).
The Kangaroos were wearing special pink jumpers to raise money and awareness for the Footprints Foundation, which helps local women battling breast cancer.
The visitors began well, kicking four goals three in the first quarter to lead by six points.
The Kangaroos claimed a six-point lead at the main break following a four-goal to two second term.
After both teams kicked two goals in the third quarter, the Kangaroos led by eight points.
The Wildcats finished full of running, kicking four goals to two in the final term.
In his 100th game, Ben Johnson was best-on-ground for the Wildcats, while Cameron Whiteoak kicked three goals.
For the Kangaroos, Michael Coleman and Nic Dowse worked hard to match the Wildcats’ run.
Despite the loss, the Kangaroos cannot be dislodged from the top three spots on the ladder.
Sale City slays Saints
SALE City kept its hopes of claiming the minor premiership alive with a 110-point thumping of Cowwarr.
The second-placed Bulldogs won at Stephenson Park 21.18 (144) to 5.4 (34).
With the finals approaching, the Bulldogs used the game to fine tune their teamwork and skills, moving the ball quickly with accurate disposals.
The Saints also played some good football, working the ball well out of defence but most of their most promising moves did not register on the scoreboard because of the solid City defence.
The visitors kicked just one goal in each of the first three quarters.
By half-time, the Bulldogs were already leading by 60 points.
Chris Kelf dominated the ruck, giving teammates at ground level the chance to slice through the Cowwarr defence and set-up a runaway win.
The Bulldogs had match-winners up forward in Matt Ferguson and Stuart Buckley, who kicked four goals each, and pacy Brendon Rathnow, who chipped in with three.
Ben Chivers and Tom Wilson worked hard for possessions.
Coach David Piasente, Tom Bowman and Justin McLay were also among the Bulldogs’ best players.
Shane Morgan kicked two goals for Cowwarr, with Kyle Stamers, Braden Johnston and Simon Ferguson among the Saints’ best.
YARRAM took a big step towards the minor premiership, defeating fourth-placed Churchill at home by six goals.
A win over sixth-placed Cowwarr this Saturday will guarantee the Demons the minor premiership. A loss will open the door for Sale City, which has a superior percentage to claim top spot.
The Demons kicked six goals to one in the first quarter before extending their lead to 53 by half-time. That margin was maintained to the final break.
The Cougars finished stronger, kicking the only three goals of the fourth term, but it was too late as Yarram won 11.9 (75) to 6.3 (39).
Chris Bruns, Griffin Underwood and Jake Anderson were best for the Demons, with Josh Swift kicking three goals.
GLENGARRY was too strong for Rosedale, winning by 76 points.
Leading by 44 points at half-time, the Magpies couldn’t kick a goal in the third term as the Blues reduced the deficit to 19 points.
However, the home side put the matter beyond doubt in the fourth quarter, kicking nine unanswered goals to win 18.14 (122) to 6.10 (46).
Chris Wangman kicked six goals for the Magpies and best-on-ground Josh King five.
Corey Beaver and Sam Tudor were the Blues’ best players.
GORMANDALE came agonisingly close to its first win of the season, losing to Traralgon-Tyers United by seven points.
Trailing by 29 points at three-quarter-time, the home team came home strongly, kicking five goals to two, to falling short, 12.14 (86) to 12.7 (79).
Matt Albanese led the way for the Bombers, while Tim Aitken kicked four goals. Joe Colaciello was best for the Tigers, kicking three goals.
– with Kevin Hogan