GLENGARRY moved into fourth place on the North Gippsland football ladder with a 58-point home win against Cowwarr.
With the sides going into the match next to each other on the ladder, this was treated as a finals-like contest.
With Matt Cameron playing his 200th senior game, Cowwarr had added incentive to claim their third top five scalp in as many weeks, but it was the Magpies who hit the ground running with Josh King slotting through his first of six goals in the opening minute.
Dean Brooks finished off the hard work of the Magpies’ defenders to register their second major before Josh Piper’s shot rolled through the sticks as the Saints struggles to send the ball forward.
The Magpies’ fourth goal came after Heath Fox chipped the ball up to King, who out-muscled opponent Shane Morgan.
Glengarry coach Ryan Potter felt the impact of Paul Joyce’s hard bump as the physical intensity of the match was second to none.
Cowwarr’s first goal came some 20 minutes into the term through Mick McNulty, with the Saints trailing by 23 points at the first siren.
Cameron slotted through the opening major of the second term following a strong tackle on defender Anthony McMahon.
King got the response for the Magpies, which was followed by a further two majors as the Saints again found themselves out of the contest.
The Saints had their opportunities before a captain’s goal from Luke Cooper at the 17-minute mark settled the side ahead of half-time.
Brad McBride had the Saints’ first goal for the third term before the Magpies added three quick goals.
Goals to Morgan and McNulty got the Saints to within 30 points, before an undisciplined piece of play saw Matt Royal flattened off the ball following his shot at goal with the subsequent free kick resulting in another Magpie major to all-but kill the contest.
The Magpies extended their 48-point three-quarter-time lead to 58 at the final siren, winning 16.8 (104) to 8.8 (56).
Without doubt, the most absorbing duel of the game was the battle between King and Cowwarr’s Morgan, who found himself playing in different positions as he looked to create a spark for the visitors. Shaun Barnes again presented well all game and kicked three goals.
Cooper provided plenty of physical presence in the Saints’ midfield. Joyce won the ruck battle against the Magpies’ rotating ruck stocks of Trevor May and Aaron Winkler. While McBride was prominent in the Saints’ forward line, they sorely missed Chris Stasinowsky’s presence.
ROSEDALE kicked seven goals in the final term to defeat Traralgon-Tyers United, 17.14 (116) to 11.11 (77).
The visiting Blues went into the first change of ends holding a small lead before the Bombers kicked five goals to two to lead by seven points at half-time. The Blues came out strong from the main break to take a 10-point lead into the final change.
Led by the experienced brigade of ruckman Jon Cantwell, who was the Blues’ best, forward Brad Caldwell and captain Chris King, the visitors were sublime in the final term, demonstrating why they will be hard to beat come September.
TWENTY-four goals in the second half helped Sale City record its highest score of the season as the Bulldogs made easy work of Woodside, winning 35.12 (222) to 3.3 (21).
The absence of a number of the Bulldogs’ stars watching from sidelines, including captain Beau Wilson, Abe Schuback, Jake Schuback and Jake Milham, didn’t halt the rampage which unfolded at Stephenson Park with Sean McGrath (11) and Mitchell Evans (10) among the goals.
Conceding seven unanswered goals in the first quarter, the going didn’t get any easier for the winless Wildcats, who fought admirably to halt the run and drive of the Bulldogs. But the Wildcats could do little but watch and admire the performance of their higher ranked opponents, who boasted winners across the ground.
Vice-captain Rowan Bell booted six goals and provided an injection of pace in the centre of the ground, while Trent McMillan also impressed.
THIRD-placed Heyfield had little trouble recording its ninth win of the season, giving Boisdale-Briagolong a 22-goal hiding.
The Kangaroos slammed on 13 goals in a dominant first performance to lead by 66 points behind at the main break before adding further 17 goals during a stellar second half to win 30.19 (199) to 9.9 (63).
Josh Neille was the Kangaroos’ best, with Jesse Bedggood and Nic Dinsdale valuable contributors. Matt Millar and Jesse Leeds booted seven and six goals respectively.
For the home side, Owen Sim led from the front.
BRENDAN Holt booted six goals in his return from injury as Churchill thumped Gormandale by 110 points.
The percentage-boosting win elevated the Cougars to sixth position on the ladder, a win outside the top five.
Leading by 37 points at half-time, the Cougars, lead by Dean Jenkins, slammed home 14 goals to two in the second half to win 23.13 (151) to 6.5 (41).
Michael Di Dio stood-out for the gold and blue, Chris Burke was a focal point around the ground, while youngster Tyson Webb was also among the best.
For the Tigers, Trent Paulet and midfielder Luke Hegarty were stand-outs, while Tim Finch kicked three goals.