YARRAM and Woodside opened the North Gippsland football season with home victories on Good Friday.
The Demons defeated Churchill by 52 points, while the Wildcats overcame Rosedale by six.
ROSEDALE’S strong final term wasn’t enough to see it over the line at Woodside.
The Blues trailed the Wildcats by 16 points at three-quarter-time, but inaccurate kicking for goal in the final term cost them victory.
The Blues kicked 1.10 for the quarter, while the Wildcats kicked one goal, enough to secure it victory, 7.8 (50) to 4.30 (44).
Earlier, Woodside began strongly, kicking the only two goals of the opening term, before Rosedale kicked three major to one in the second to lead by two points at the main break.
Will Leslie, Adam Hickey and new coach Todd Bryant were
Woodside’s best players.
Bryant and captain Ryan Foat each kicked two goals.
Adam Diamond stood-out for Rosedale.
YARRAM kicked seven goals to two in the second half to defeat Churchill 14.10 (104) to 7.10 (52).
The Cougars led by 10 points at quarter-time, but the margin could have been greater as they kicked three goals from nine scoring shots.
Yarram claimed an 11-point half-time lead after kicking five goals to two in the second term.
The result was put beyond doubt during the third quarter, when the Demons kicked four unanswered goals to take a 40-point lead in the final term.
The final margin of 52 points flattered Churchill, as Yarram kicked 14 goals from its 34 scoring shots. In the fourth quarter, the Demons kicked 3.6 to the Cougars’ two goals straight.
Jarryd Swift kicked six goals for the Demons, while best-on-ground, new coach Matt Scholz and Griffin Underwood kicked two each. Chris Bruns was also prominent.
Brendan Mason was best for the Cougars.
THE opening round will conclude on Saturday, with Sale City at home against Heyfield, Cowwarr hosting Gormandale, and Traralgon-Tyers United heading to Glengarry.