Magnificent seven for Saunders

TRARALGON Tyers United full forward Chase Saunders had a day out on Saturday when he booted seven in the Bombers’ victory over Glengarry.

The teams to watch in 2016 will be the undefeated first-placed Sale City and second-placed Woodside after both posted impressive victories in round three of the North Gippsland Football Netball League.

SALE City staged another four pointer in a well-organised and somewhat predictable rout over the hapless Churchill Cougars.

The Bulldogs proved they are the benchmark of the NGFNL competition after round three.

The first quarter was a tightly-fought arm wrestle with the Bulldogs holding on to a slender four-point buffer at quarter-time, 4.6 (30) to 4.2 (26).

A six goal to three second term by the Dogs extended their margin to 23 by half-time.

Any hopes the Cougars had were dashed in the second half as the Bulldogs kicked away to a commanding lead, more than doubling their half-time score, while Churchill could only manage six goals after the main break.

In a percentage boosting win for the Dogs, it was Sale City by 66 points, 23.18 (156) to 13.12 (90).

The major goal kickers for Sale City were Tye Morrison with five and Jacob Schuback and Bohdi Walker with four apiece, while for Churchill Nic Campbell kicked five.

Looking down a nil-two barrel, it was time for a local hero to step up and Chase Saunders did just that when he bagged seven to help TTU register its first win of the 2016 season over Glengarry on Saturday.

The Magpies have demonstrated a marked improvement this season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the belligerent Bombers.

Both teams were evenly placed in the first term, but the Bombers kicked away in the second with a six goal to one quarter to lead by 31 at half-time.

TTU was never really challenged from then on, leading by 40 points at three-quarter-time before cruising to a comfortable 47-point victory, 17.12 (114) to 9.13 (67).

YARRAM arguably had the toughest draw against some stiff opposition in the first three rounds but broke through for its maiden win over Heyfield.

The Demons’ current win/loss ratio of 1/2 doesn’t accurately reflect how good the team is, and with a long way to go in 2016, expect the Demons to have a genuine crack this September.

Yarram got out to an excellent start, kicking an impressive six goals to nil to lead by 35 points at quarter-time.

Five goals to one second quarter set up a match winning 58 point lead to Yarram by half-time.

From there on it was a rout, with no hope of a Kangaroos comeback; Corbin Sutherland tore the game apart in the second half booting six for the day to help the Dees annihilate the Kangaroos by 84 points, 19.9 (123) to 5.9 (39).

Sutherland’s six was supplemented by three for Jay McDonald.

Woodside continued its unbeaten run by posting a commanding win over Gormandale to cement second spot on the NGFNL ladder.

The victory marked the best start to a season by the Wildcats in the modern era.

Gormandale certainly was not disgraced, kicking 14 goals in a respectable loss to a good team.

The Wildcats on the other hand have a long way to go until September, but should be well pleased with what they have accomplished thus far in 2016.

Woodside started well, leading by nine at quarter-time.

A six goal to three second term extended the margin to 24 points at the main break.

The second half was fairly evenly poised, with the Cats again extending their lead to 39 by the last break and maintained that same margin until the final siren, winning 20.19 (139) to 14.16 (100).

For Woodside, Trent Arthur top scored with five goals.

Former St Kilda-Richmond AFL legend Danny “Spud” Frawley and Melbourne Vixens Netball star Teagan Philip were there to greet the fans at the Moore Street Oval in Rosedale yesterday in the AFL Victoria country match of the round between Rosedale and Cowwarr.

As expected it was one way traffic on the paddock as Rosedale ran away with a 21.12 (138) to 5.6 (36) victory.

Brandon McDonald booted seven goals in the rout.