WHEN sides fifth through eighth, separated by just a single win, meet with around a month of home-and-away footy remaining in the season, you might expect a couple of really close tussles and a shake-up of the ladder.

Strangely enough though, after Round 13 of the North Gippsland Football-Netball League season was run and won, the ladder remained unchanged, and at least one of the games was over before half-time.

Thankfully, another provided an epic finish that will likely be spoken about for many years to come.

WITH both sides still in the finals mix, Sale City stamped their credentials as valid when they ran riot over a disappointing Heyfield.

If things weren’t bad enough for a goalless Kangaroos side at half-time when they trailed 7.9 (51) to 0.4 (4), they were just plain awful at the final break as Heyfield, still yet to register a major, went to the huddle 85-points in arrears.

Even without dominating the scoreboard as he has in the past, Dr Sam Davidson was putting on a clinic for the tri-colours with yet another best-on-ground performance. Jaxsyn Whitehall joined him in the best players list with four majors, while Ben Brett led all comers with a bag of five.

The final scoreboard read Sale City 14.16 (100) to Heyfield 2.8 (20).

Heyfield finally managed to boot a pair of goals, with one each to Jesse Bedggood and Tyson Graham with James Conway and Brayden Woodland named the best for them.

IN the only game of the round that saw two top five sides clash it was mostly one way traffic when Yarram made their first ever trip to Yallourn Yallourn North.

Much has been spoken about Yarram’s injuries this season, and you know things are grim when they are unable to field a reserves side, as happened Saturday.

But when players pull on their Demon jersey there is an expectation of effort, and while they were undermanned, the visitors managed to keep in touch with the ladder leaders for a large portion of the game, before going down 14.10 (94) to 6.10 (46).

Indeed, halfway through the third term the Demons were still in the contest, however it was here that the Jets found a gear, and in the end the home side ran away eight- goal victors.

YYN president Evan Sheekey noted his side had to fight hard for every opportunity and was full of praise for Yarram’s ruckman- cum-key forward Dan Vardy. It was the efforts of the evergreen Griffin Underwood that impressed Sheekey the most though.

Interestingly, Underwood is still being used across half-back, even without several first choice onballers available, but Sheekey was in no doubt he would have picked up another raft of votes in Yarram’s best-and-fairest on Saturday.

Arguably well held by David Coulthard, Dean MacDonald still managed three goals for the Jets, as did Josh Keyhoe. Best-on-ground Keenan Hughes was the chief destroyer with five.

Liam Bentley and Kiefer Sutherland took it in turns to try and negate the high-marking, long-kicking Jet forward, but ultimately it was Hughes who lit the fuse for YYN late in the game, and ensured his side would maintain top spot. A spot they own courtesy of their superior percentage over second placed Churchill.

THE Cougars did their best to bridge that gap with a huge win over Gormandale.

With Ben Kearns returning to the side after injury, it was he again who caused the most damage for the visiting Tiger line-up.

When he slotted his first major inside a minute expectations were high for another big bag and the little big man didn’t disappoint.

Kearns finished with 12, which takes his personal total to 23 for the season against Gormamdale. Thankfully for the Tiger defenders, Kearns was rested for most of the last term.

His absence didn’t stop the onslaught however, with Churchill running out 186-point victors 31.20 (206) to 2.8 (20).

As if it was 2002 and not 2022, the Churchill goal-kickers list saw the name Tim Darby included, with the regular non-playing coach being one of the winners’ seven multiple-goal kickers.

Ryan ‘Chompers’ Lowrie got his teeth into four majors to find himself on the best players list, along with Kearns, but it was Chris Williams who was named best-on for the Cougars in his namesake’s 300th club match.

For Gormandale, Jarryd Garlick and Danny Jago were the solitary goal-kickers, each slotting majors in the last term, while Jamie Bassi, Jai Foulkes and Trent Baldwin were named best.

TRARALGON Tyers United did their best to keep up with the league leaders, and in doing so, cemented third spot on the ladder with a neat 50-point win over an inaccurate Glengarry.

With both sides registering four scores in a tight first quarter, it was only accuracy that saw the Bombers take a near-on three goal lead into the first break.

Unfortunately for the travelling Magpies they fared no better in the second term, and only marginally better in the third, as they registered a woeful 1.11 (17) as their three quarter time score. The Bombers on the other hand managed 8.8 (56) from their 16 shots and had an unassailable break at the last change.

The final margin and score line of 11.14 (80) to 3.12 (30) undervalued the Glengarry effort, but when all is said and done, if you can’t kick the ball through the big sticks you don’t win too often.

For TTU, Beau White and Brad Kelleher managed five and four respectively, with White named the Bombers’ best for the day. Usual suspects Michael Jacobsen and Liam Willaton were also among the better performers for the victors.

For Glengarry, it was a case of what might have been, with only three of their 15 scoring shots raising the dual calicos.

Callum Mitchell, Michael Ryan and Lachlan Patterson were named best on for the Magpies.

COWWARR enjoyed Saturday off courtesy of the bye.