SALE City fell out of the North Gippsland Football-Netball League top five after its third straight loss, and second home loss in a row, on Saturday.
For the second consecutive week, the Bulldogs kicked only four goals, losing to Traralgon-Tyers United at home, 12.10 (82) to 4.14 (38).
Heading into the Queen’s Birthday bye weekend, the Bulldogs slipped to sixth place on the ladder, trailing Rosedale and Heyfield on percentage, while the Bombers moved up to third.
City was not helped by inaccurate kicking for goal, recording four majors from 18 scoring shots, but the Bulldogs were left to play catch-up after the Bombers’ six-goal to one first half gave them a 27-point lead at the main break.
The Bulldogs had the better of the third term, kicking two goals to one, reducing the deficit to 24 points at the final change. TTU then put to rest any hope of a City comeback, booting five goals to one in the fourth quarter to win by 44 points.
Jack Brown, Zach Kilgower and Ricky Cochrane were instrumental in the Bombers’ dominant victory, while Jordan Collopy kicked four goals.
Coach Jacob Schuback worked hard to get the Bulldogs back into the contest, as did Ben Chivers and ruckman Elliot Hunt. Jaxsyn Whitehill was the Bulldogs’ leading goal kicker with two.
YARRAM extended its winning streak to five with a 61-point victory over Heyfield.
The Demons’ 17.15 (117) to 8.8 (56) victory at home ended the Kangaroos’ four-game winning streak, and saw the visitors fall from third to fifth spot on the ladder.
Yarram remains in second spot, ahead of TTU on percentage, but two games adrift of top side Churchill.
The Demons controlled the match from the start, kicking seven goals to three in the first quarter. After an even second term, the home side led by 29 points at half-time.
The Kangaroos couldn’t make inroads into the deficit during the third quarter, as the Demons kicked three goals to two to lead by 34 points at the final break.
In the fourth term, the Demons put the result beyond doubt, booting four unanswered goals.
Jarryd Swift booted eight goals for the Demons, as many as the entire Heyfield team managed.
Chris Bruns, Liam Farley and Tanner Chisholm were also dangerous for Yarram.
Kangaroo Jack Woodland kept the fight going against the Demons’ strong midfield, while Charlie Driffield kicked three goals.
SEVEN goals each from Brandon McDonald and Frazar Brouns propelled Rosedale to a 67-point victory over Cowwarr.
The Blues are now in fourth place on the ladder following their 22.2 (134) to 9.13 (67) win at home.
The Blues were accurate in front of goal, beginning with 8.1 in the first quarter. The Saints also kicked straight, but only managed 3.0 to trail by 31 points at quarter-time.
A five-goal to one second term and six-goal to two third quarter gave the Blues a 72-point advantage at the final change of ends.
Both sides kicked three goals in the final term, but the Saints were a little wasteful in front of goal, also recording five behinds.
Kaleb Watson provided support for best-on-ground McDonald and Brouns in the Rosedale forward line, contributing three goals.
Rohan Diamond was outstanding in the midfield, while brother Adam helped keep the Cowwarr forwards quiet.
Kurt Henderson and Nick Wozniak were the Saints’ best players, with Dale Murphy kicking four goals.
After five straight losses, the seventh-placed Saints are still three wins outside the top five.
GLENGARRY produced its second win of the season, defeating Woodside at home by 42 points.
Trailing by eight points at half-time, the Magpies kicked 12 goals to four in the second half to win 16.13 (109) to 10.7 (67).
The victory keeps the Magpies in eighth place, ahead of the Wildcats, who are ninth with one victory.
Andrew May and Tahi Davidson kicked four goals each for Glengarry, with Hayden Britten its best player.
Izahya Speer led the way for the Wildcats, with coach Ryan Foat kicking four goals.
LADDER leader Churchill did what was expected against bottom side Gormandale, winning by 118 points.
The visiting Cougars won 22.20 (152) to 5.4 (34), with inaccurate kicking for goal preventing a bigger blow-out.
Churchill didn’t concede a goal during the first half, while booting 11 of its own to lead by 72 points at the main break.
The Tigers opened their account with a goal in the third quarter, but the Cougars continued their charge with six more majors. The final term was more even, with the visitors booting five goals to four.
Aidyn Sheers kicked six goals for Churchill, while best-on-ground Ben Skinner booted four.