In a round that saw the winless Cowwarr climb off the bottom of the ladder and a premiership contender humbled at home to the tune of twelve and a half goals, it is fair to say there was a bit going on in the North Gippsland Football-Netball League last Saturday.

Throw in last year’s ‘champions’ Woodside dropping their fourth game in five outings, and there has been a serious shake up in the ladder, all except at the top of town where Yallourn Yallourn North and Churchill continue to go about their winning ways.

COWWARR were the victims at the hands of Gormandale when these two clubs met back in Round 1.

This time around it was the Saints who were able to get the job done and in doing so, chalked up win number one for season 2022.

Aside from the win, the biggest talking point from the game was the hour-long delay in the second quarter, which saw a Gormandale player requiring an ambulance after being accidentally tunnelled in a marking contest. The shortened quarter saw only a single point scored in the second stanza and the Saints headed to the rooms with an eight point lead.

In good news the injured player was released from hospital Sunday morning with CT scans clearing him of significant injury.

After the longer than usual long break it was all Cowwarr. Had they been more accurate, their 17 scoring shots to eight would’ve seen them run out much bigger winners than the 24-point margin they saluted by, as the final scoreboard read 9.18 (72) to 7.6 (48). And with just .72 of a per cent separating the sides on the ladder, that inaccuracy might yet prove the difference between 10th spot on the ladder and the indignity of wooden spoon favouritism at season’s end.

But for now the Saints climb one very important spot up the ladder and shuffle the Tigers down to the bottom.

For the winners Rob Ferguson slotted three and Connor Cook two. Kyle Stammers was named the Saints best along with Ben Coffey.

For Gormandale, Jarryd Garlick continued his excellent form across 2022, with the man mountain surely in contention for Team of the Year honours. He added a pair of goals to his season tally, with Kodie Owen and Al Jenkin listed as the Tigers best afield.

AT the opposite end of town YYN maintained premiership favouritism with yet another resounding win over a finals contender.

This time it was Rosedale who were on the receiving end of the ruthless Jets outfit.

After being in touching distance at the first break, it was all one-way traffic as the second quarter commenced, leading YYN to win 17.14 (116) to 4.10 (34).

With Dean MacDonald and Keenan Hughes dominant up forward with five majors each, the Jets suffocated the home side, allowing them a solitary goal across the last three quarters of the match.

Dylan Bath was in everything for the Jets, and when his handy work across the middle of the ground resulted in Hughes slotting his third, the game was all but done at the half.

This Jets side seem to have it all. Even without their third amigo Mitch Luck, who has been unavailable for several weeks now, up front, they have the ability to win a shootout.

But as their defensive efforts showed again on Saturday, they would be just as at home in an arm wrestle. They can play tempo footy as required with their half-back maintaining possession with a chip, mark style of play, or they can slingshot into attack in the blink of an eye.

For all intents and purposes they seem to have the competition at their mercy and rightfully sit atop the ladder, and would be long odds-on to go all the way in season 2022.

A COUPLE of rungs below YYN sit Traralgon Tyers United, who made the trip to Yarram.

Given the recent form of the respective sides, many would have been tipping the Bombers to return with the four points.

Not many, if any, would have been tipping them to run away 75-point victors.

While Yarram may have had up to six first-choice players unavailable, the Demons of old have found a way to get the job done and are incredibly tough to roll on their home deck.

And so it looked at the first break when Yarram held TTU to a single goal and led by 14-points.

Fast forward three quarters though and Yarram had managed to add only two goals to its quarter time score, while the Bombers slammed on 16 majors from their 30 scoring shots to leapfrog Yarram into third spot on the ladder, winning 17.14 (116) to 5.11 (41).

The Bombers had seven multiple goal kickers with even nominal Team of the Year centre half-back Jack Brown strolling forward for a couple of goals.

Zach Kilgower again proved his worth with another best-on-ground performance, while midfield bull Mitch Mustoe and the smooth moving Michael Jacobsen also found plenty of it for TTU.

It was all singles for Yarram with David Coulthard and Dan Vardy named as their best.

With a couple of in-game injuries limiting the Demons ability to rotate, it will be a tough couple of weeks ahead for coach Justin Staley.

He will be desperately looking to get some of his missing players back on the park as things get no easier for his side, who face YYN next week before a local derby with a desperate Woodside.

WOODSIDE missed an opportunity to sure up a finals berth, going down to Heyfield 8.13 (61) to 7.13 (55).

After trailing early at Heyfield, a three goal to one second term had the Wildcats head to the long break seven point leaders and with enough momentum to be confident of victory.

The Kangaroos however had different thoughts on the matter, and went about setting up their upset win in the third. The key wasn’t necessarily Heyfield’s own three goals, but them restricting their opponents to just two behinds during the premiership quarter.

At the last break, all the momentum was with the home team, and they converted their 13-point advantage to a six point win, and in doing so, kept their chances of sneaking into the post-season hopes alive.

For Woodside, it was a case of what might have been, and with sides fifth through to eighth all playing each other next week, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that last season’s champion side might find themselves outside the five with just a month of home-and-away footy to go.

THE final clash of the round saw Churchill knock off Glengarry by 47-points.

A final result of 19.17 (131) to 12.11 (83) might seem fitting of a match-up between second and ninth, but to assume this is to undersell two very important things – one is Glengarry’s improvement and the other is former Churchill coach Chris Williams’ will to win.

At quarter time Churchill looked to have a 100-point win on its hands as it opened up the young Magpie side. The Cougars converted their dozen or so scoring shots into a five-goal plus lead and it looked like a drubbing was in the offing.

Glengarry however are made of sterner stuff it seems this year. They set about doing what they did just a month or so ago, and held a top three side to a single point for a quarter while piling on the goals themselves.

The youngsters played with freedom and dare, the elder statesmen with poise and class. With Jack Burgess and Zac Bezzina among the goals and the defence led by Michael Ryan and Alex Bermingham holding up, the Pies jogged into the half-time break trailing by the single point they had conceded in the second term.

Suddenly, the 100-point hiding that looked on the cards half an hour earlier now looked more like the upset of the year.

Enter Chris ‘Squiddy’ Williams. His four-goal, two-goal assist third quarter spun the game on its head for a second time. The champ finished with seven for the day and would clearly have gotten the votes despite taking a seat for 15 minutes or so.

Young gun Cian Iorangi joined Nick Twomey with three each for the winners, with Angus Mitchell and Jordan Fenech listed among the Cougars best for their defensive efforts.

For Glengarry, it was Bezzina and Burgess with three each that headed the goal kickers list while the evergreen Jackson Hall and half back general Ryan were prominent.

Fair to say it was a crazy kind of day at Glengarry on Saturday.

SALE City had the bye.