Blues beat Bulldogs

A SOMEWHAT depleted Rosedale side showed no signs of slowing heading into the mid-season break, accounting for reigning North Gippsland football premier Sale City with relative ease.

The Blues defeated the Bulldogs at home on Saturday, 14.7 (91) to 11.8 (74).

The Blues were missing three of their best 22 in round eight, including Sam Tudor and Adam Diamond, who are both overseas, and Brad Scott who was out with a “leg complaint”.

Coach Sam Bristow led by example and bagged three goals in the win and had plenty of praise for his charges including brother James, who played a key role across half-back.

“We had a young kid, Nick Twomey, who played really well for the second week in a row,” Bristow said.

“I think our midfield were good all day and it was a very even performance from the whole side but everyone stood up when they had to, which was pleasing.”

Bristow went down with a hamstring injury in the third term and said he would “probably miss” the Blues’ next clash, against Woodside, after the mid-season break.

Heading into back half of the season, Bristow was content with where he side was at but admitted predicting results was made difficult by the evenness of the field.

“We’ve been in every game bar one against Yarram and we’ve really been involved and had chances,” he said.

“Across the competition it’s so even and Gormandale haven’t got the results they deserve but they can bob up and beat anyone.

“Heyfield beating TTU proves anyone can take it up to anyone and the only exception is Yarram — we couldn’t get near them and they’ve been the stand-out.”

Stuart Buckley kicked five goals for the Bulldogs, taking his season tally to a league-leading 33, with captain Ben Chivers solid in the midfield.

HEYFIELD delivered Glengarry its eighth defeat of the season with a commanding home ground performance.

The Kangaroos won by 29 points, 9.7 (61) to 4.8 (32).

Brayden and Jack Wo odland, Scott Anderson and Mark Johnston were a few of the better contributors for the Kangaroos in the win, while Adrian Cox and playing coach Mark Stevens did most of the damage up forward, snagging two goals each.

Win number four gave Heyfield two games breathing space in seventh spot on the ladder, a win shy of the top five.

YARRAM added further weight to its outright favouritism for the flag with a complete drubbing of bottom-of-the-table Cowwarr, 26.18 (174) to 8.6 (54).

The Saints began with a score to settle and had the Demons rattled with a four-goal to one opening term, but the glory was short-lived.

Things began to click for the home side in the second term and it piled on 11.6 to all but seal the Saints’ fate.

Coach Matt Scholz didn’t play because of an ankle injury. Scholz was one of six Demons missing in action. Power forward Griffin Underwood was also missing as was ruckman Dan Vardy, David Coulthard, Will Bodman and prolific scorer Jarryd Swift.

The indomitable Demons were unfazed by the absences and Scholz said the incoming few “played their part”.

“Anthony Scott played really well and kicked two goals, Damien Quigley, Jeremy Babb and Clint Staley were also good,” he said.

“The first quarter wasn’t the best we’ve played this year and I really highlighted at quarter-time that the usual ball winners and experienced players aren’t going to be there to take charge and the younger fellas had to step up.”

The Demons were impenetrable up forward and had 30 more scoring shots than the Saints by day’s end.

Best-on-ground Jack Moore did the most damage for the Demons and stacked on five goals, and Chris Bruns added four, and Scholz said watching the dominant performance from the sidelines was difficult.

“It was hard to watch and great to watch at times … I wanted to be out there but we were really clean coming inside forward 50 which was great,” he said.

Yarram will travel to Churchill this Sunday for the long weekend’s only NGFNL match.

RYAN Foat bagged four goals in a leading performance to help Woodside to victory over Gormandale.

The Tigers were in the thick of the action for most of the day and trailed by just nine points at the final change, but couldn’t cut back the deficit, as the visiting Wildcats won 12.8 (86) to 11.12 (78).

Cameron Whiteoak was also big for the Wildcats up forward and scored three majors, while Ben Johnson was their best-on-ground.

The Tigers were led by Daniel Domaille, while Chase Saunders did his best to keep Gormandale in contention and went home with a four-goal haul to take his total to 22 for the season.

TRARALGON-TYERS United consolidated second spot with an impressive win over Churchill.

The Bombers defeated the third-placed Cougars at Churchill 12.22 (94) to 10.6 (66).

The Bombers had no shortage of chances to blow the game open in the final term, but wayward kicking on goal gave them just three goals and nine behinds from 12 scoring shots.

Jye Neilson and Brendan Mason were best for TTU and Churchill respectively.