Home, sweet home

Liam Durkin

ALL five home teams recorded victory during round three of North Gippsland football on Saturday, including Heyfield, which broke away from Sale City in the second half.

The Kangaroos kicked seven goals and kept the Bulldogs to just three points after the main break to win 14.12 (96) to 7.8 (50).

Liam Heasley was the star of the show, kicking seven goals for the victors in a best-on-ground display. Heasley was helped by Adam Wallace and Jack Woodland, who found plenty of the ball.

It was a tale-of-two halves for Sale City, which watched the margin blow out to close to 50 points. Tom Mann, Tom Bowman and Abe Schuback battled manfully for the Bulldogs.

The win keeps Heyfield’s unbeaten start to the season intact, while Sale City has had one of every result so far in 2021 – a win, loss and draw.

THERE was another bag of goals kicked in the match between Rosedale and Gormandale, with Brandon McDonald booting nine for the Blues in their 15.16 (106) to 8.8 (56) win.

Rosedale blew the game open in the second quarter, piling on seven goals to three to take a 38-point lead into the main break.

Gormandale showed good signs in the second half, and was able to take plenty of positives out of the match.

The Tigers got some respectability on the scoreboard thanks to Matt Coutts, who kicked three goals. Coutts was judged best-on-ground, along with Will Flanagan, Jack Burgess and the industrious John Chessells.

Best players for Rosedale were Brad McLay, Luke Stuckey and Sam Bristow.

WOODSIDE maintained its hold at the top of the ladder following a six-point win over Traralgon-Tyers United.

TTU came home with a wet sail, but ran out of time as the Wildcats won 10.8 (68) to 9.8 (62).

Woodside led at every change, doing most of the damage in the first half, where they kicked eight goals to four.

Trailing by 19 points at three-quarter-time, the Bombers kept their opponents to a single behind in the final quarter, but couldn’t quite bridge the gap.

Jayden Cutts, Jacob Albanese and Ricky Cochrane were prolific in a losing cause, while for the winners, Brett Waddell, Jordy Cameron and Ryan Foat played well.

Those in the Bombers camp will be hoping the past fortnight does not come back to haunt them at the end of the regular season, as TTU have gone down by a combined total of 16 points. A major talking point out of the game was the inclusion of Warragul Industrials coach Harmit Singh and reigning Gippsland League best-and-fairest Jack Lipman into the Woodside line-up. Singh was able to play for the Wildcats as Dusties had a game on Sunday, while Lipman was cleared from Sale on Friday night.

Current Woodside coach Michael Duncan played under Singh at Morwell, winning two premierships, and Singh also played a one-off game for TTU in 2019 when Duncan coached the Bombers.

CHURCHILL and Glengarry had an early finish in their match.

The game was called off in the third quarter following a severe injury to a Glengarry player.

Following a half-hour delay and the arrival of an ambulance to Gaskin Park, the match was awarded to Churchill.

Churchill blitzed the Magpies in the second quarter, kicking six goals and taking a 55-point lead into half-time.

From there, the Cougars pressed on, with the final score reading 13.18 (96) to 4.1 (25).

Best players for Churchill were Michael Diaz, Bailey Flanigan and Joe Whykes. Hamish Busk, Tom Harris and Ben Britten put in honest efforts for Glengarry.

YARRAM powered to a huge win over Cowwarr. The Demons never let up, and inflicted the Saints with an 18.19 (127) to 2.2 (14) defeat.

A six-goal opening term set the game up for Yarram, and from there the Demons went on their merry way. Thirds player Kayleb Pearce booted six goals in a performance which could signal his arrival.

Jack Casson, Ben Coffey and Nick Wozniak were best for Cowwarr.

YALLOURN-YALLOURN North had the bye, but were still in the spotlight with the name Keenan Hughes getting cleared back to the club on Saturday from Boulder City in Western Australia. Hughes kicked 84 goals for the Bombers in 2019.