Hill End’s Matt Moseley was the difference in his team’s first win of the season in Mid Gippsland football.
The Hillmen triumphed by 19 points against Thorpdale, with Moseley scoring five goals for the victors.
Hill End went into the match with five changes from their previous match and although trailing at the first break, it recovered by half time to hold onto a nine-point lead.
Callum Robertson and Kris Ayton were prominent for the Hillmen, but it was Thorpdale itching closer with the margin reduced to five points by the final change.
The Hillmen were urged on by the crowd in the final term with Moseley kicking two goals to ease the pressure.
Hill End forged further ahead before recording an 11.5 (71) to 7.10 (52) victory.
Robertson, Dylan Briggs, Ayton and Jared Martin were the pick for Hill End, while Thorpdale was best served by Andrew Gosling, Kris Bedford, Rhys Gieschen and Deen Allen.
Mirboo North v Boolarra
Although behind at the first break by two points, Mirboo North recovered to run over Boolarra by 42 points and record its third consecutive victory.
Tim Traill led the way for the Tigers with six goals, just one less than Boolarra’s total.
By half-time the game was over as Mirboo North cruised to a 20-point lead and by the final break had increased this to a 33-point advantage.
Both teams were in goalkicking mode in the final stanza with seven goals coming in a flurry, but Boolarra could not reel in the margin as the Tigers ran out winners, 13.14 (92) to 7.8 (50).
Traill’s six goals earned him top honours with Shane Peters, Brian Waters and Kellum Nash also among the best.
For Boolarra Jesse Giardina bagged four to be the top scorer and the Demons’ best were James Holmes, Stevie Fox, Troy Auld and Justin Embrey.
Trafalgar fought back from a 22-point half-time deficit to defeat Morwell East by 14 points.
In a dismal day of football, the only real highlight was the new electronic scoreboard, which eventually showed Trafalgar taking the match, 8.10 (58) to 7.2 (44).
At three-quarter-time Trafalgar trailed Morwell East by two points, but the last quarter showed up the Bloods’ strength.
Jace and Klay Butler inspired Trafalgar as it quickly gained the upper hand to add two goals while keeping the Hawks scoreless.
Six of Morwell East’s seven goals came from two players, Luke McGennisken (3) and Shaun Barnes (3), while Trafalgar’s top goalkickers were Matt Swenson and Darcy Brock with two each.
Jamie Hines, Lincoln Weymouth and Darcy Long were also voted among Trafalgar’s best.
The Hawks’ best were Jack Brown, Eric Semmler, Ryan Delaney and coach Paul Henry.
Yinnar v Yallourn Yallourn North
League leaders Yinnar continued building up percentage with a huge win over Yallourn Yallourn North.
Yinnar was powerful, but it took the Magpies 38 minutes before it got firing, after a sluggish start.
An eight goal to nil second term blasted the Bombers out of the park.
Dallas King and Tim Aitken scored five goals each for Yinnar.
By three-quarter-time the margin was more than 100 points and the countdown was on to see if Yinnar would score goals 20 for the afternoon.
They managed to, but YYN fought the game out to kick its one and only goal for the game in the final quarter.
Yinnar won the match 20.16 (136) to 1.7 (13).
For the third consecutive week, James Dowling was in superb form for the Magpies.
Brendan Chapman, Tim Aitken and Jesse Sleswick were standouts for Yinnar, but another half dozen could have figured in its best.
For YYN it was a lesson in wet weather football, but Riley Byrne, Barrie Burnett, Elliot DeCarli and Dale Walsh did their best.
Newborough v Yarragon
Newborough also claimed a percentage booster with an 83-point win against Yarragon.
It was not a pretty sight as the Panthers struggled against a more balanced side.
The Dogs set up their win in the second term after a fairly slow start.
Veteran Darryl Disisto showed great form for the Dogs in the wet conditions with four goals and he was voted among the best.
In the end Newborough were the best team on the park and ran out winners, 18.13 (121) to 5.8 (38).
Apart from Disisto’s four, Rhys Jacobs, Daniel Risol and Mick Gelagotis all bagged three goals, while for the Panthers Mitch Jolly bagged a brace.