ROSEDALE upset Churchill in a rare match where the winning team kicked fewer goals.
The visiting Blues notched up their third win in four matches, 9.18 (72) to 10.10 (70), to remain outside the North Gippsland football ladder on percentage.
Little separated the sides throughout the match, with the Blues leading by one point at quarter-time and nine points at half-time. The seven-point margin was maintained to the end of the third term.
In third place after three straight wins, the Cougars kicked three goals to two in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to claim victory.
In an even team effort, Brad Scott kicked four goals, while Isaac Love and Frazar Brouns were also prominent.
Best for the Cougars were Chris Williams, Nathan McRae and Travis Brighton, playing his 300th senior game for the club.
YARRAM is now a game clear on top of the ladder following its nine-point win over Traralgon-Tyers United.
Winning 11.15 (81) to 11.6 (72), the Demons are now the only undefeated team after five rounds.
The Demons led by eight points at quarter-time, then 18 at half-time.
The Bombers had the better of the third quarter, kicking three goals to two, reducing the deficit to 13 points at the final change as the Demons were unable to land the killer blow.
The Bombers kicked four goals during the final term, but the Demons booted three, enough to seal victory.
Trek Davis, Chris Bruns and Tyler Chisholm were best for the Demons, while Guy Sinclair and Jack Brown led the way for the Bombers.
BUOYED by an injection of experience, Heyfield returned from Gormandale with a 50-point victory.
The Kangaroos included AFL premiership players Leigh Brown and coach Mark Stevens, who kicked four goals in the 14.10 (94) to 6.8 (44) win.
Brown, Stevens and another former AFL player, Adrian Cox, gave the Kangaroos a very experienced forward line.
Leading by one point at quarter-time, the visiting Kangaroos kicked four goals to one in the second term to lead by 18 points at the main break. After an even third term, with the 18-point margin maintained, Heyfield kicked away in the final quarter, booting six goals to one.
James Beha was a towering presence at centre half-forward, Kodie Woodland was good off half-back and Matt Bedggood controlled the play in the midfield. Playing on the wing, Will Kelly booted three goals.
Brayden Duve was the Tigers’ best player, kicking two goals. With two wins from their past three matches, the Kangaroos are now in seventh spot on the table, moving above the Tigers, who have lost their past four games.
SALE City saw off a challenge from Woodside, winning by five points.
The Wildcats led by 14 points at half-time, before the visitors kicked three unanswered goals during the third term to take a seven-point advantage into the final quarter. The Wildcats kicked five goals to four in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Despite winning one quarter, the Bulldogs won the match 11.14 (80) to 11.9 (75) to remain in fifth position on the ladder.
Chris Kelf was strong in the ruck for the Bulldogs, while their midfield, missing coach Jacob Schuback, was led by Josh Tollner. Stuart Buckley kicked three goals.
Tom Crosby was Woodside’s best player, with Cameron Whiteoak kicking three majors.
GLENGARRY opened its season account, defeating Cowwarr 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79) at Tyers.
Leading by 32 points at three-quarter-time, victory looked secure for the Magpies, but the Saints came back hard during the final term, kicking five unanswered goals. The Magpies, however, held on.
Hamish Busk and Andrew May kicked three each for the Magpies, with Ben Truin their best player.
Michael Bloss stood-out for the Saints, as did James Pryde, who kicked five goals.