Big finish gives Roos victory

David Braithwaite

A FINAL term surge gave Heyfield a six-point victory over Traralgon-Tyers United.

The Kangaroos trailed at home by 20 points at three-quarter-time, before kicking five goals to one in the final term to win 12.14 (86) to 12.8 (80).

The victory was not enough to keep the Kangaroos in the North Gippsland football top five, as Sale City’s big victory over Woodside boosted its percentage enough to overtake them on the ladder.

Four teams – Rosedale, TTU, City and Heyfield – are level on points, a win behind second-placed Yarram.

For the Bombers, it was a missed opportunity to stay in third place, after leading at each change on Saturday. They led by five points at quarter-time and two at half-time.

The Bombers appeared to take control in the third quarter, kicking six goals to three, but could do little to hold off Heyfield’s strong finish.

Midfielders Jack Woodland and Matt Bedggood were pivotal in the Kangaroos’ comeback win, Brayden Woodland held strong under pressure in defence, and Jesse Jackway kicked three goals in his return to the side.

Hayden Willaton kicked three goals to lead the way for TTU.

SALE City ended a three-game losing run, and returned to the top five, after thumping Woodside at home.

Six unanswered goals in the first term set-up the Bulldogs’ 91-point victory, 23.11 (149) to 8.10 (58).

The Bulldogs continued to pile on the goals to lead by 55 points at half-time and 79 at the final break. Nick Grainger kicked six goals for City, while best-on-ground Jacob Schuback and Kerrod Macgregor-Davies booted five each. Justin McLay and Tom Mann also stood-out for the Bulldogs.

Chris Witchell and Dale Hanratty were Woodside’s best players.

ROSEDALE moved into third spot on the ladder with a 90-point hammering of Glengarry at home.

The Blues won 19.17 (131) to 5.11 (41), with Kaleb Watson and Brandon McDonald kicking five goals each.

The Blues led by nine points at quarter-time before adding five goals to one to lead by 37 at half-time.

The match was put out of the Magpies’ reach during the third term, when the Blues kicked four goals to one to lead by 55. Rosedale added six goals to one in the final quarter.

Brad Scott and Ben Jones led the way through the midfield for the Blues, while captain Adam Diamond led a strong defensive unit.

SHANE Morgan kicked 11 goals as Cowwarr defeated Gormandale by 107 points, ending its run of five losses.

Leading by eight points at quarter-time, the Saints stormed away in the second term, kicking seven goals to one. The home team added 11 goals to two in the second half to win 20.17 (137) to 4.7 (31).

Dale Murphy kicked four goals, while Patrick Tainsh was unstoppable in the midfield.

It was the seventh-placed Saints’ third victory of the season, but they’re still four wins outside the top five.

THE split round began the prevous weekend with Yarram defeating Churchill by 39 points.