CHURCHILL moved above Sale City into third place on the North Gippsland football ladder after defeating the reigning premier by 47 points at Gaskin Park on Saturday.
Leading by six points at the first break, a seven-goal to two second quarter set-up the Cougars’ 10.14 (134) to 13.9 (87) victory.
The Bulldogs were bolstered by the return of Justin McLay, Chris Kelf, Harry Kaandorp and Matt Gray, but were out-played by the Cougars. Now at two and two, the Bulldogs fell to fifth place on the ladder.
Stuart Buckley stood-out for City, kicking eight goals, while Evan Johnson and Kaandorp also tried hard to get the Bulldogs back into the match.
The Cougars had many contributors, but the work of Chris Kyriacou and Joseph Whykes was notable, while Blake Slater kicked five goals and Chris Williams four.
YARRAM out-classed Heyfield by 32 points at the Gordon St reserve.
The Demons held the Kangaroos to one goal in the first half, while kicking four of their own.
With the Kangaroos moving extra men into defence, the visitors added four goals to three in the second half to win 8.12 (60) to 4.4 (28).
Trek Davis was good in defence for Yarram, with Chris Bruns and coach Matt Scholz helping the side control the midfield.
The ladder-leading Demons will next weekend host the only other undefeated team, Traralgon-Tyers United.
TRARALGON-TYERS United defeated Cowwarr by 57 points at home.
Best-on-ground Jacob Albanese and Tyler Mustoe kicked four goals each in the Bombers’ 17.9 (111) to 8.6 (54) victory.
Vincent Johnston was best for the win-less Saints, while Shane Morgan kicked four goals.
A SEVEN-goal to one first term set-up Rosedale’s 31-point win over Gormandale.
The Blues’ opening quarter onslaught proved to be the difference, with the rest of match more even. The Blues won 15.10 (100) to 10.9 (69).
Frazar Brouns was strong in the ruck and also kicked three goals, a return matched by Brad Scott. Coach Sam Bristow and Kaleb Watson were also major contributors.
Brayden Duve helped the Tigers recover from their poor start, while Joseph Colaciello and Doug Grining booted three goals each.
WOODSIDE’S 31-point win at Glengarry moved the Wildcats into fourth spot.
The Wildcats led at each break to win 14.14 (98) to 10.7 (67).
The Magpies found it hard to mark Woodside coach Todd Bryant, Tom Crosby also played well, while Daniel Missen kicked four goals.
Andrew May kicked three goals for the Magpies, with Ben Truin their best player.