SALE City withstood a strong second half from Glengarry to return the North Gippsland football winners’ list.
The Bulldogs defeated the Magpies by 15 points on Saturday at Stephenson Park.
The home side led by 24 points at half-time before the Magpies added six goals to four to go down 11.15 (81) to 10.16 (66).
City had the better of play early, but this was not reflected in the four-point quarter-time margin. The Bulldogs kicked three goals from nine scoring shots.
The Bulldogs led by 18 points at the final change, and kept the Magpies at arm’s distance, despite kicking 1.4 during the fourth quarter. Glengarry, whose better kicking for goal kept it in the match throughout, booted 2.1 in the final term.
For the second consecutive match, onballer Josh Tollner was Sale City’s best player, with Abe Schuback also making a strong contribution. Bohdi Walker kicked three goals, with two each from Clint Counahan and Daniel Byron.
Andrew May kicked five goals for Glengarry, with Michael Diaz and Hamish Busk best for the Magpies.
HEYFIELD opened its account for the season, defeating Cowwarr by seven points.
With upgrades at Cowwarr’s ground not complete, the match was played at Glengarry.
The Kangaroos trailed by five points at half-time, then kicked four goals to one to take a 12-point lead into the final term.
The Saints kicked four goals to one in the fourth quarter, but were only able to take eight points off the deficit, as the Kangaroos won 13.11 (89) to 11.16 (82). The visitors won despite having three less scoring shots than the Saints, who remain win-less after three rounds.
Brayden Woodland, Will Kelly and Matthew Bedggood led the way for the Kangaroos, with James Beha kicking three goals.
Patrick Tainsh and Sam Scammell were Cowwarr’s best players.
YARRAM strengthened its hold on top spot with a 96-point thumping of Rosedale at home.
The Demons dominated proceedings, winning 20.14 (134) to 5.8 (38).
The match was all-but over by half-time, when the hosts led by 53 points, but the Demons kept going, adding 11 goals in the second half while conceded four.
Dan Vardy kicked six goals, with three each from Jarryd and Josh Swift. Louis Rodaughan and Tyler Chisholm were also integral to the Demons’ big victory.
Rohan Diamond and Sam Tudor tried hard to led the Blues.
TRARALGON-TYERS United moved into second spot on the ladder with a 42-point victory at Woodside.
After trailing by 10 points at half-time, the Bombers kicked 12 goals to three in the second half to win 18.11 (119) to 11.11 (77). The Wildcats fell from the second to fifth spot with the loss.
Jacob Albanese and Tyler Mustoe both kicked three goals for the Bombers, with Adam Bailey their best.
Todd Bryant was again prominent for the Wildcats, with Bailey Tatnell booting three goals.
A SEVEN-goal to four first term set-up Churchill’s 90-point win at Gormandale.
The Cougars were too good for the Tigers, adding 17 goals to five in the second half to win 28.8 (176) to 12.14 (86).
In a day-out for the Churchill forwards, Brendan Holt and Chris Williams kicked six goals each, with five from Ben Kearns.
Jordan Fenech was outstanding for the Cougars.
Chase Saunders kicked five goals for the Tigers, with Troy Forrest their best player.