WOODSIDE is not done with just yet in North Gippsland football.

The unofficial reigning champs reentered the top five, after defeating Sale City in Round 11 action.

Facing a Bulldogs outfit that looks to be among a handful of teams fighting for the right to play in an elimination final, the Wildcats got the job done courtesy of an 11.11 (77) to 7.8 (50) victory.

Those heading to Stephenson Park for the match may have reflected on just how differing yet similar events of the past few weeks had been for the two clubs.

Both teams had players rubbed out for extended periods for incidences against Churchill, and both clubs also had coaches attached to interesting narratives recently.

Sale City coach Nathan Thomas was re-signed, while Woodside coach Michael Duncan was named coach in a Team of the Decade for a club he is now coaching against.

The game itself at the weekend saw the Wildcats lead from start to finish – although not without a fight from the Bulldogs.

Woodside got out to a 20-point lead at half-time, before Sale City clawed their way back to cut the margin to 15 with one quarter to play.

The Wildcats did enough, kicking three goals to one in the last to secure their victory. Having had two weeks off due to a league wide and scheduled bye, Duncan may well have seen this match as the start of a ‘mini season’.

Josh Scott was best on ground, and received good support from Luke LeBlanc, Rowan Missen, Ryan Foat, Lee Stockdale and Darcy McAlpine.

Best for Sale City was Ben Brett, Sam Davidson, Jontie Gray, Mitch Evans, Brysen, Nottle and Ben Chivers.

The Wildcats and Bulldogs now have 20 points each to their name, although Woodside has recorded one fewer loss, owing to the fact it has had two byes.

CHURCHILL went a game clear of Yarram in the top three.

Travelling to Yarram, the Cougars got the desired result, winning 14.7 (91) to 8.13 (61).

The Demons squandered a number of opportunities in the first quarter, having 10 scoring shots to three and putting up

2.8 (20).

Churchill then took ascendancy in the second, slamming on six goals while keeping Yarram to just 1.1 (7).

The Demons persisted after the main break, and had the game in a manageable position at three quarter time, only 11-points down.

The Cougars however had all the answers, and kicked five goals in the last to sew up a five goal win.

Cain Iorangi played well for Churchill, as did Dillon Leys, Jake Roe-Duggan, Michael Diaz, Chris Williams and Bailey Flanigan.

Yarram was well served by the evergreen Griffin Underwood, along with Jacob Davis, David Coulthard, Kiefer Sutherland, Dan Vardy and Tanner Chisholm.

The result means Churchill remains equal-first with Yallourn Yallourn North, while the Demons are still outright third, but only by a game to Traralgon Tyers United.

Although both clubs are in the top three for now, issues surrounding depth could soon come home to roost.

While the Jets and Bombers reserve grade sides are sitting one and two on the ladder, the Cougars and Demons make up two of the bottom four teams.

For Churchill coaches Jordan Fenech and Tim Darby (who has been forced to play in the reserves this season to help with numbers), and Yarram coach Justin Staley, it could be a case of ‘fingers and toes crossed’ they can stay relatively healthy on the run to finals.

TRARALGON Tyers United took another step toward the top three.

The Bombers got the better of a determined Rosedale, winning 13.20 (98) to 10.6 (66).

An arm wrestle of a contest ensued in the first half, as both teams managed six goals.

It was more of the same in the third, with the Bombers and Blues trading three goals each, although TTU did have nine scoring shots to four.

The Bombers were able to break the dam wall open in the last, and went on to kick four goals to one to secure a very important win against a top-five hopeful.

Brad Kelleher had a big say in the result, kicking half a dozen majors for the winners. Captain Jye Neilson was also productive, scoring four to be named in the best alongside Kade Duncan, Rowan Hore, Zach Kilgower and Beau White.

Rosedale found honest contributions from Corey Buys, Dylan Rowley, Joel Bristow, Declan Barnett, Hayden Bell and Rohan Hilderbrand.

YALLOURN Yallourn North gave Heyfield a reality check.

The Jets disposed of the Kangaroos with relative ease, chalking up win number nine with a 21.7 (133) to 6.11 (47) performance.

The win keeps YYN on top of the ladder, with a percentage still north of 250.

Making the journey to Heyfield, the Jets got going in the second half, slamming on 11 goals to four to run away with the game.

Up until half-time it had been fairly even, with both sides having basically the same amount of scoring shots.

However, the class of YYN shone through as the game went on, in what became a matter of weight of numbers dragging an opposition down.

Dean MacDonald managed to kick more goals than the entire Heyfield side, and was best on ground for the Jets.

Others to perform well were James De Virgilio, Keenan Hughes (four goals), Dylan Bentley, Rohan Reid and Jai Massese, who took the number of times he has been in the best to seven in 10 games.

Watching Massese, one can draw comparisons to Roger Federer, in that he doesn’t do anything overly spectacular, he just does the basics really well and does them over and over and over again.

Heyfield found good output from Adam Wallace, Tom Marchesi, Marcus Sundermann, Tyson Birss, Miller Eastham and James Beha.

GLENGARRY made it back-to-back wins.

The Magpies remained unbeaten since the bye, getting up over Cowwarr in a high-scoring match 23.14 (152) to 12.12 (84).

A six goal to two second quarter set up the path to victory for Glengarry, who went on their way from there.

The Saints were in the box seat at quarter time, but fell away badly from there.

Spencer Poulton nabbed seven goals for Glengarry to be named best on, and received support from Jesse Lee, Callum Mitchell, Jackson Hall, Alex Birmingham and Jack Burgess.

Matt Bourke, Kyle Stamers, Ben Coffey, Rob Ferguson, Nick Wozniak and Harrison Low were best for Cowwarr.

Cowwarr is still searching for its first win of the season, and is surely eyeing off this weekend against Gormandale (coming off the bye) as the best chance it has to do it.

Meanwhile, Glengarry players will be extra cautious to not get too excited after a solid fortnight, especially those who might be a bit superstitious.

A plague seems to be developing in North Gippsland involving teams losing the week after playing Cowwarr. Only once this season has a side won the week after defeating Cowwarr.

Will Glengarry become another victim of the ‘Cowwarr Curse’ when they take on Churchill in a few days?