Dogs' finals hopes buried by Demons

Yarrams Liam Farley gets tackled by Sale Citys Jake Evans-Boulter.
Yarrams Liam Farley gets tackled by Sale Citys Jake Evans-Boulter.

SALE City's hopes of making the North Gippsland football finals were killed off on Saturday, when the Bulldogs were thumped at home by reigning premier Yarram.

The Demons kept the Bulldogs goal-less in the second half, winning by 124 points, 22.16 (168) to 3.6 (24).

While the Demons remain a chance of claiming the minor premiership, just a win off top side Churchill, the Bulldogs are two wins outside the top five with two rounds to play, but have a vastly inferior percentage compared to Rosedale and Heyfield.

The home side went into the match on the back foot, making nine changes from the previous weekend.

Coach Jacob Schuback, leading goal kicker Nick Grainger, Bohdi Walker and Josh Tollner were among the absentees.

Demon Jack Moore kicked the first of his five goals for the day in the opening minutes of the match.

The Bulldogs got back on level terms straight away - a centre clearance from Mitch Evans resulted in Jamie Campbell kicking a goal.

Minutes later, a 50 metre penalty helped Chris Bruns kick a goal for Yarram.

The Demons had repeated entries into their forward 50 metre arc, as they prevented the Bulldogs from getting the ball past the wing.

The visitors were eventually rewarded when Wellesley Jenkins goaled following a free kick, giving the Demons a 16-point lead midway through the first quarter.

Liam Farley, Bruns and Moore added to the Yarram goal tally, as it took a 35-point lead into quarter-time.

Yarram remained in control, kicking five goals for the second term as Joel Safstrom and Evans kicked the Bulldogs' final majors of the match.

The Demons' 54-point lead at half-time stretched to 95 by the final change, as they kicked eight goals and kept the Bulldogs goal-less.

Sale City added just four behinds to its tally during the final term, while Yarram kicked 5.3.

Moore was supported in the Demons' forward line by Ben Vardy and Louis Rodaughan, who kicked four and three goals respectively.

The Demons got plenty of drive from its onball division, with best-on-ground Griffin Underwood, Bruns, Farley and Dan Vardy rarely giving the Bulldogs a sniff.

For the undermanned Bulldogs, the efforts of Troy Carstairs in defence and captain Ben Chivers in the midfield could not be questioned.

HEYFIELD ended a week in which it was stripped of four premiership points on a high, by defeating Cowwarr.

The penalty from the league put a question mark on the Kangaroos' participation in the finals, but Saturday's 83-point win has ensured their season will continue post-round 18. The Kangaroos hit the ground running, kicking five answered goals in the first term to lead by 36 points at the break.

A five-goal to two second term extended the visitors' lead to 54 by half-time.

The Kangaroos kicked seven goals to three in the second half to win 17.15 (117) to 5.4 (34).

Veteran Adrian Cox stood out for the Kangaroos, Charlie Driffield troubled the Cowwarr defence, Nick Dinsdale provided quality ball use along the wing, while Jack Woodland was again solid in the midfield.

Nick Woodland kicked six goals for the Kangaroos, while Jesse Jackway booted four.

Mat Leicester and Josh Marshall were Cowwarr's best players.

ROSEDALE was tested by Woodside at home, but a strong second half gave the Blues a 79-point victory.

Trailing by five points at half-time, the Blues kicked 14 goals to one to win 15.10 (100) to 3.3 (21) and ensure a finals spot. The Wildcats were held score-less in the second half.

Riley Atlee stood-out for the Blues on the ball, making the most of Jake Pawley's ruck work, while Tom Anderson worked well on the wing.

Sam Tudor was part of a rock solid Rosedale defence.

Frazar Brouns kicked four goals and Brad Scott three.

Woodside's best players were Dylan Madden and Josh Kennedy.

FOR the second week in a row, Traralgon-Tyers United recorded a big victory - this time, the victim was Gormandale.

The Bombers won by 100 points, 18.26 (134) to 5.4 (34).

Heyfield's points penalty means the Bombers have the edge in the battle for third place on the ladder, four points ahead of Rosedale and the Kangaroos.

Guy Sinclair and Zach Kilgower were the Bombers' best players, while coach Michael Duncan backed up his haul of 12 goals against Glengarry by booting seven on Saturday.

CHURCHILL demoralised Glengarry, winning by 224 points.

Ben Kearns kicked 13 goals and Blake Slater six in the Cougars' 36.23 (239) to 2.3 (15) victory.

It was the third consecutive week the Magpies have lost by a triple-figure margin.

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