SALE CITY’S chances of maintaining their coveted spot in the top five on the North Gippsland table took a hit at the selection table prior to the weekend’s clash with Yarram, when Sam Davidson (hamstring injury) and Ben Chivers (knee) were unable to be considered.

Yarram too was missing a few players, but they seemingly had the superior line-up available, and that is precisely how the game played out, with the Demons winning 17.11 (113) to 9.7 (61).

A five-goal to one first term and four-goal to two second term saw the travelling Demons enter the long break with a more than healthy five goal plus lead.

On the back of Dan Vardy’s dominance, teammate Corbin Sutherland reporting that the ruckman won virtually every tap out, Yarram were able to get the ball forward at will, and with Josh Swift (six goals) having a day out in front of the big sticks, things got harder for the home side after half-time.

Sutherland himself slotted three from a wing, and with Boadie Motton hitting the scoreboard to go with what Sutherland suggested was at least 40 possessions, the game was done by the last change when Yarram led by north of 50 points.

Ben Brett, Jack Heywood and Mitch Evans managed multiple goals for the tri-colours, but it was too little, too late when they managed to match Yarram on the scoreboard in the last.

For anyone who’d forgotten, clearly Yarram are a better side than they have shown for large parts of this year, and while they sit fourth now, the top three sides won’t need to take too many peaks in the rear view mirror to see the perennial powerhouse looming large in another finals series.

For Sale City, they now know the standard required to complete with the finalists. Having secured a win over third-placed TTU, we can be sure that their best is good enough, but with only three games to go and a few significant injuries, it might be tough for them to sneak back into the five before the end of the season rolls around.

SITTING between City and finals is Woodside.

The Wildcats, according to coach Michael Duncan, found some of their best form on Saturday, playing their “most complete game since round one” when they steamrolled Glengarry by a huge 116 points, 22.20 (152) to 5.6 (36).

A whopping 10 Wildcats kicked majors, with Bailey Tatnell and David Waddel slotting three apiece, while Zac Richards booted a career-best five.

For Glengarry, only Spencer Poulton managed multiple goals with two, in an effort that must leave the coaching panel scratching their heads. The Pies’ best has proven to be competitive for large parts of games with sides in and around the top three, so how they could cough-up 152 points to the league’s sixth-best side while only managing five goals themselves must be frustrating beyond belief.

THINGS looked somewhat easier for Gormandale when Yallourn Yallourn North skipper and gun full-forward Dean MacDonald was not listed in the team Thursday night;

However come Saturday, D Mac pulled on the jumper and set about kicking the lazy 10 majors. Ably assisted by his wingman Keenan Hughes, who slotted seven, the Jets managed to run away 229 point winners, 37.14 (236) to 1.3 (9).

The Jets held Gormandale to just one goal for the day, and kept them scoreless in both the second and final terms in what was a complete one-sided affair.

For Gormandale, Kodie Owen continued his excellent recent form with another best-on performance, but with Isaac Copland the only goal scorer, there was little to be positive about for the Tigers.

SITTING a relatively comfortable five percentage points in front of Gormandale in second-last place is Cowwarr.

They too were soundly beaten Saturday, but managed to at least hit the scoreboard a few times when going down to TTU by 130 points, 24.16 (159) to 4.5 (29).

Kade Duncan was named best-on for the Bombers for his efforts on the wing, while midfield weapons Mitch Mustoe and Michael Jacobsen joined Hendricken, rounding out the Bombers’ best four players.

For the Warr, it was all singles with Jack Casson, Wayne Swan and Matt Bourke listed as their best.

THE final clash of the round saw Heyfield blow Rosedale out of the water early, and then maintain a healthy break across the next three quarters to run out 44-point winners, 16.6 (102) to 9.4 (58).

With Leigh Brown and Wayne Knight dominant up front – the duo finished with seven between them – the Kangaroos were never seriously challenged.

For Rosedale, Declan Barnett and Frazar Brouns kicked two each, but after the first quarter it was all academic.

Rohan Diamond joined Barnett as the Blues best pair on the park for the visitors.

CHURCHILL had the bye.

NORTH GIPPSLAND SCOREBOARD WILL APPEAR IN FRIDAY'S ISSUE