COWWARR caused one of the upsets of the North Gippsland football season, defeating flag favourite Rosedale to mark vice captain Lee Cooper’s 250th game in style.
Making a late charge for a finals berth, the Saints won 15.14 (104) to 9.16 (70), becoming only the third side to topple the Blues this season.
The Saints booted eight goals to two in the first half with Brad McBride leading the charge in front of goal and Pat Tainsh making his mark early in the midfield. Aided by strong performances to Jordon Bourke and Cooper, Tainsh and the midfield brigade made their mark as the Blues’ engine room struggled to make an impact, with their usual power forwards well held by a tough back line, led by Scott Anderson.
The Blues matched the Saints in the second half on the scoreboard, but could do little to eat into the home side’s lead.
Cowwarr’s victory all-but guarantees it a finals berth.
FOR the second time this season, Heyfield defeated two-time reigning premier Sale City, this time at Stephenson Park.
Six points separated the sides after first quarter with the home side extending the margin out to two goals by half-time.
The sides went goal-for-goal in the third term, with the Kangaroos reeling the margin back to three points. However it was the final term which decided the result as the Kangaroos held the Bulldogs goalless while booting three of their own to record their 12th win of the season, 13.16 (94) to 11.12 (78).
Brent Dinsdale stood-out for the Kangaroos, coach Adrian Cox showed why he is a big game player, while Shaun Humphries provided a focal point around the ground and in front of goal.
Jake Schuback led from the front for the Bulldogs, while Tim Hicks kicked three goals.
WOODSIDE won an entertaining battle of the cellar dwellers against Gormandale.
It looked like the match would go the Tigers’ way after they kicked the opening five goals of the match, with four coming from Steve Burgess, before the Wildcats booted two goals late in the first term.
Daniel Missen and Josh Griffen made their presence felt in the second term as the Wildcats added consecutive majors to hit the front by five points late in the quarter.
The Wildcats continued on where they left off in the third term, kicking the first goal as Gormandale struggled to find forward targets before a snap to Wayne Henry against the flow steadied the Tigers.
After losing play maker Griffin to injury, it was Brendan Birch who stood tall with his efforts ensuring the Wildcats didn’t feel the full effect of Griffin’s absence.
The Wildcats booted four majors in the final term to run home nine-point victors, 12.9 (81) to 9.18 (72).
BRIAN Graham was instrumental in Traralgon-Tyers United’s 33-point victory over Boisdale-Briagolong.
With four majors, Graham led from the front as his side dominated the contest early. The match appeared all but over by half-time, however a late quarter challenge by Boisdale-Briagolong provided TTU with a scare.
Taking a 70-point lead into the final change, TTU appeared poised to rebound from last week’s disappointing result with a solid victory, but as they had done on several occasions this season, were left wanting in the final term. Held goalless for the final 30 minutes, TTU conceded six goals by still won 14.13 (97) to 9.10 (64).
Jordon and Guy Sinclair were impressive for TTU, Luke Middleton had plenty of the ball dominating the ruck contests, while Nick Turnbull, recalled to the senior line-up, was prominent in his 300th game for the club.
Billy Marshall was the visitor’s best, Owen Sim toiled hard all day, while Danny Pratt kicked four goals.
GLENGARRY withstood a third quarter challenge to defeat Churchill by 35 points.
Drawing level at the 19-minute mark of the third term, Churchill would have been confident it could claim a big name scalp for the second week in a row and keep its finals aspirations in check. However, after leading by a goal at the final change of ends, the Magpies kicked eight goals to three in the fourth term to win 19.11 (125) to 13.12 (90).
The Magpies were led by Josh King, whose eight goals took him to the top of the league goal kicking. Aaron Winkler stepped up to fill the void when Trevor May left the field injured, while Josh Piper amassed possessions.
With Cougars coach Tim Darby coaching from the sidelines, Brandon Mahoney’s work ethic was superb. Chris Williams worked tirelessly throughout the contest, while Dale Patterson kicked four goals.