Roos claim minor premiership

HEYFIELD claimed bragging rights in the top of the table clash against Traralgon-Tyers United.

The four-goal victory saw the Kangaroos seal the North Gippsland football minor premiership.

Trailing at quarter-time, the Kangaroos came out strong in the second quarter to turn the tables and take a two-goal lead into the main break as their engine room began to impose its supremacy.

Kangaroos coach Adrian Cox was well-held by Callum Laurie-Rhodes, but still found plenty of the ball with Mitch Dowse and Jack Woodland magnets to the ball.

The visitors built on their lead in a low-scoring second term, with Brett Szabo a prominent figure in their forward 50.

A couple of early majors from the Bombers in the final term kept them in the contest, however as they had done all day, the Kangaroos continued to wear down the home side to run home comfortable winners, 9.15 (69) 6.9 (45).

Boost for Magpies

IN a boost for its claim for a top three spot, Glengarry came from behind against Rosedale.

The Magpies won 10.16 (76) to 6.14 (50), for their third straight victory.

On a day where goals were hard to come by, Glengarry forward Josh King registered five, with Mark Engley kept to just one despite having numerous shots for goal.

The Magpies made their match-winning move in the third term, turning a two-point deficit into a 22-point lead by the final change.

The visitors kicked five goals to one in the third and kept the ball locked in their forward half for most of the quarter before the Blues were gifted their only major for the term following a 50 metre penalty.

Rosedale began the contest on the front foot, booting the opening major of the clash between third and fourth. Glengarry had little impact on the scoreboard early before strong defensive pressure by its forwards and midfield saw play contained within the Magpies’ 50 metre arc.

The Blues registered the first goal of the second term as the Glengarry went goal less, despite peppering away at the sticks.

In what shaped as an enthralling midfield battle, the momentum swung in the Magpies’ favour with coach Ryan Potter leading Lochie Little, Chris Panayiotou and Robbie Cahill stand-outs.

Ben Truin amassed possessions as he consistently cut-off Rosedale’s drive out of defence, with Dean Pearce named best-on-ground.

Ryan Carpenter worked tirelessly in the Blues defence to hold the Magpies potent forward line, while Jordy Aucote and Luke Stuckey created play around the contests.

Andrew Flanagan presented well across half-forward and finished the contest with three goals for the Blues.

Underdogs win

SALE City established its match-winning lead against Gormandale in the third term.

Leading by 10 points at half-time, the Bulldogs came to life in the third quarter creating a lead they would fail to concede.

Not having won since round 11 and meeting a Tigers’ side coming off a victory, Sale City went into the contest as underdog.

In a competitive opening term, spectators witnessed a tight physical contest, which continued in the second quarter as the Tigers kept with the Bulldogs.

Gormandale could do little to counteract the hardness and running of Sale City who built on its half-time lead with a five-goal to two third term, which guided the visitor to a 27-point victory, 17.15 (117) to 13.12 (90).

Ruckman Matt Lutze continued his impressive form in a best-on-ground performance for Sale City, Mitch Bennett was explosive in front of goal, booting four, while the experienced pair of coach Joel Brayshaw and Brad McKay showed why they are quality players.

Wildcats too classy

WOODSIDE proved too classy for more fancied opponent Cowwarr as it continues to make a late run towards securing a finals berth.

Establishing an eight-point lead at the first change, the Wildcats’ second term extended the lead out to 23 points at the long change.

The game swung the way of the home side in the second half as the Saints used the conditions to kick six goals and reel the margin back to under two kicks.

Led by Justin Staley, Rob Michaelides and Brett Kerr in front of goal, the game swung the Wildcats’ way as they owned the final term, holding the Saints goal less.

The 14.13 (97) to 10.13 (73) win draws the Wildcats equal on points with fourth-placed Churchill and Rosedale.

Michaelides led the charge in the Wildcats’ midfield with Tom Love and coach Chris Pettitt flexing their muscles.

Cougars too strong

A 12-GOAL second half from Churchill held it in good stead against Boisdale-Briagolong.

The Cougars won 19.14 (128) to 10.10 (70).

The Cougars took a term to settle into the contest before slamming home six majors to none to set the tone for the remainder of the match.

Leading by more than 30 points at the long change, the Cougars kept going in the second half, however were equally matched by the Bombers, who booted eight goals.

Brandon Mahoney was a tireless workhorse; Tyson Webb provided plenty of spark and Chris Burke was his ever reliable self. The Cougars had nine goal kickers.

Bomber Adam Helmke firmed his hold on the club’s best-and-fairest award with another best-on-ground performance, with forwards John Gooch and John Burge the pick of the goal kickers with two apiece.