Bombers answer challenge

BOISDALE-Briagolong answered concerns about inconsistency from coach Daniel Sandeman in its victory over Woodside in round four of North Gippsland football.

The Bombers slotting through the opening two majors before the visitors quickly kicked consecutive majors.

The two sides went goal-for-goal as John Burge and Nicoll Sandison opened their accounts, while at the other end of the ground it was Josh Griffin that put the Wildcats on the board.

Sandison found plenty of the ball early, the forward placing immense pressure on the smaller Wildcats defence as he added a second goal within minutes. It was quickly followed by Luke Hedger who had the Bombers’ fourth.

Boisdale-Briagolong’s Michael White got in on the goal scoring spree, while at the other end of the ground, Ryan Foat was also having an impact in front of goal. Sticking a number of strong marks, he led from the front out playing the Boisdale defence with his pace serving him well on the lead.

The Wildcats rallied in the second term, outscoring the home side as Foat opened the scoring before two late goals before half-time reeled the margin back to a kick at the long change.

The visitors made the most of their opportunities moving the ball quickly through the midfield, led by best-on-ground Max Lane and coach Luke Anedda. But it was the home side’s Nicoll Sandison who had the home crowd on their feet on several occasions throughout the afternoon, his first screamer over a pack of four players saw the key forward deliver the Bombers’ only goal for the term.

It was an energised Woodside which burst from the centre bounce to begin the second half, booting the opening goal before Justin Dingwall got the response to level the scores.

Goals from Danny Pratt and Sandison gave the Bombers a nine-points lead at three-quarter-time.

The Bombers’ lead blew out to five goals in the final term as John Burge and Sandison continued to provide a focal point in attack, but the intensity of the Wildcats didn’t falter, but the home side won 17.8 (110) to 13.9 (87).

Sandison was the Bombers’ best as his aerial prowess, agility and accuracy in front of goal proved telling, Mitchell Stewart and Matt Simmonds also impressed with Burge and White finishing with three goals each.

Rotating between the forward line, ruck and midfield, Foat kicked four goals for the Wildcats. Lane provided plenty of run, while Ben Johnson was a solid contributor.

GLENGARRY has confirmed its standing as a North Gippsland powerhouse after beating the previously undefeated Rosedale by five points.

Very little separated the two sides throughout the contest, the Magpies holding a goal lead at the first change before the Blues took a one-point lead into the long break.

The Blues’ inaccuracy in front of goal halted their run during the third term with the two sides even at three-quarter-time.

Missing a number of key players, including Robbie Cahill, Josh King and Aaron Winkler, a casualty during the contest, it was a spirited effort by the Magpies in the final term as they held on to win a thriller, 13.12 (90) to Rosedale 11.19 (85).

Glengarry coach Ryan Potter led from the front in a stellar individual performance, Dean Brooks and Chris Wangman provided plenty of pace and drive around the ground. Brooks and Shaun Barnes kicked three goals each.

Rohan Diamond impressed for the Blues, while defender Scott Johnstone and Jed Hickey worked tirelessly as they aimed to mark Dominic Keating’s 100th senior match with victory.

SALE City out-played Cowwarr, ruining hopes the Saints had of celebrating Brett Street’s 150th match for the club match with a victory over the reigning premier.

The Saints struggled to counteract the Bulldogs many avenues to goal.

For the second week running, thirds eligible player Nick Grainger stole the limelight in the forward line, booting five goals, matched by Jake Schuback with Jake Milham booting three in the reigning premier’s fourth straight win of the season, 20.16 (136) to 6.2 (38).

CHURCHILL’S early lead served it well as the Cougars defeated Heyfield.

In heavy wet conditions, the Cougars held an 11-point lead at quarter-time. The two sides fought out an even second term with the teams going goal for goal with the heroics similar in the third term.

The Kangaroos weren’t going to let the Cougars have it all their own way, regaining the lead before the Cougars reclaimed it. The visitors continued to dig deep with Mitch Dowse and Daniel Stevens leading the charge in the midfield, while Michal Delaney stood tall in the forward 50.

It was Churchill’s experience campaigners Brendan Mahoney and Dale Patteron who answered the challenge, Mahoney lifting his intensity as he led Chris Williams and Joey Whykes in the midfield as the Cougars held on for their second win of the season, 13.4 (82) to 11.9 (75).

TRARALGON-Tyers United bounced back from its thumping to Rosedale to record its biggest win in several seasons against Gormandale.

A 10-goal second quarter buried the contest after the Bombers led by two kicks at the first change of ends. The home side then cruised to a 30.13 (193) to 5.3 (33) victory.

The Tigers became spectators as Brian Graham (10 goals) and Dylan Loprese (five) lit up the forward line, the pair two of 11 individual goal scorers.