GLENGARRY’S six-goal second term was enough to establish a match-winning lead against Traralgon Tyers United in North Gippsland football.
Very little separated the two sides throughout the opening quarter of the round 17 contest; but it was the Magpies’ six goals to two second term which paved the way.
Both sides struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard after half-time, with three goals scored in the third term before the sides went goal-for-goal in an even final quarter.
Glengarry’s Shaun Barnes was the leading forward on the ground booting six goals, while TTU’s Sky Hammer finished the match with three majors.
Churchill v Sale City
Two-time defending premiers Sale City was made to work hard for the four points against Churchill at Gaskin Park.
Locked level on 50 points at the main change, the Dogs came out hard in the premiership term, led by best on ground Tim McMillan and Jake Schuback.
The visitors lifted their intensity to boot 5.3 for the quarter to set up a two-goal lead at the final change.
The Cougars outscored the Dogs in the final term, with experienced duo coach Tim Darby and Brendan Holt, who scored eight goals between them, leading the charge.
However, the home side found themselves just short of claiming the points, losing 16.8 (104) to 14.13 (97).
Cowwarr v Gormandale
COWWARR has firmed its hold on fifth position on the ladder following a 20-point victory over Gormandale, 15.14 (104) to 12.9 (81).
The charge was led on the scoreboard by Chris Stasinowsky with a bag of seven before he left the field injured.
However, the talking point was a seven-goal final term from the Tigers.
Up until that point the Tigers had only managed to score five majors, two of which came in a tough opening half.
But it was a different outfit that emerged from the three-quarter time huddle.
Led by best on ground Kevin Heenan and Luke Hegarty the side ran rampant while holding their more fancied opponent to two goals in 30 minutes of play.
Rosedale v Boisdale/Briagolong
Ladder leaders Rosedale did not have it all its way early in the contest against Boisdale/Briagolong, but it did not take long for the Blues to click into gear and record a 111-point victory.
Boisdale/Briagolong opened the scoring with the first major of the contest through Danny Pratt but from that point on the contest belonged to the top of the table Blues.
Slamming home four unanswered majors in a fast 10 minutes of play, the visitors, through Ross McDermott, Andrew Flanagan and Brad Caldwell, caused headaches for a stretched Bomber backline.
Kaleb Scalter stemmed the tide scoring the Bombers’ second, before Luke Hedger registered another to the Bombers ahead of the quarter-time siren to reduce the margin to 15 points.
Rosedale took control in the second term with seven goals, with Flanagan scoring the first before Caldwell, McDermott, Rohan Diamond and Dale Fleming got in on the action.
The Blues held a commanding 63-point lead at the main change.
Reggie Tait gave the home crowd something to cheer about as he slotted through a team goal in the third term.
But the celebrations were short lived, as the Blues held the Bombers scoreless in the final term as they added five of their own to return to the winner’s list.
Heyfield v Woodside
Led by a stellar individual performance by coach Adrian Cox, Heyfield flexed its muscle against Woodside with a 25-goal victory, 30.24 (204) to 9.5 (59).
Leading from the front, Cox was sublime as he amassed possessions and went about setting up his forward brigade of Michael Delaney and Jesse Leeds.
The convincing win was made even more impressive by the long list of omissions from the third-placed Kangaroos line-up
But it did not halt Heyfield from bringing the Wildcats back down to earth after Woodside recorded its second win of the season last Saturday.
The home side exploded out of the blocks in the second term.
Their solid quarter put the Wildcats 62 points behind at the main break.
Heyfield’s momentum was not halted by the long change, with the side adding 18 more goals in a stellar second half performance, 12 of which came in the final quarter.