Traralgon-Tyers United bridged the gap between themselves and Rosedale on the ladder with a win in round 14 action at the weekend, 9.6 (60) to 6.15 (51).
The Blues’ goal-kicking woes started early in the piece, their three behinds in the first term to the Bombers’ three goals and three behinds leaving them 18 points in the red at quarter-time.
TTU added just the one straight goal in the second term but it was enough to maintain the lead which was brought back to nine points.
Fifteen points down heading into the last term, the Blues squandered opportunities in front of goal with two goals and seven behinds to let the Bombers run out nine-point winners.
Michael Duncan kicked three goals for TTU in the win while Hayden Willaton and Tim Aitken kicked two each and singles went to Jacob Albanese and Jack Brown.
Among the best were Zach Kilgower, Ben White and Guy Sinclair.
Churchill v Cowwarr
Blake Slater and Ben Kearns combined for nine goals to lead Churchill to the win over Cowwarr on Saturday, 15.9 (99) to 10.11 (71).
The first quarter was a high-scoring affair and the Cougars found themselves five points in front with six goals to Cowwarr’s five.
The Saints were stifled and held goalless in the second term by some impressive Churchill defence while the Cougars’ forwards added another four goals to extend the side’s lead to 26 points at half-time.
Another four goals and three behinds to the Saints’ three goals and three behinds had the margin at 31 points at the last change.
Churchill had chances to blow the game out of the water in the final term but managed just one goal from seven scoring shots to restrict the damage to 28 points.
Slater finished with five goals and Kearns with four for the Cougars while Noah Deubel kicked two and singles went to four others.
Nick Wozniak, Shane Morgan and James Chalmers kicked two each for Cowwarr.
Gormandale v Sale City
Gormandale once again lay claim to the biggest defeat of the round, managing just one goal during a demoralizing 206-point belting at the hands of Sale City, 34.15 (219) to 1.7 (13).
The Tigers’ only goal for the day came in the first term as the Bulldogs wasted no time and piled on seven to lead by 37 points.
The visitors, leading by 137 points at three-quarter-time, saved their best term for last and peppered the scoreboard with 11 goals to complete the rout.
Bohdi Walker reaped the rewards and finished with a bag of 11 goals, Kerrod Macgregor-Davies kicked five, Jacob Schuback and Nick Grainger four each, Josh Tollner three and Jack Seddon and Jake Evans-Boulter two each.
Kodie Own was Gormandale’s only goal scorer.
Among the best for Sale City were Schuback, Tollner and Walker.
Glengarry v Yarram
In the second blowout of round 14, Yarram made a meal of Glengarry on Saturday, 33.17 (215) to 6.5 (41).
The defending premiers wasted no time stamping their authority on the game and enjoyed a 10-goal first term to lead by 64 points at the first change.
The lead blew out past the 100-point mark by half-time before an astonishing 11-goal term from the Demons pushed the margin to 174 points at the last change.
The Magpies came home with four goals and two behinds in the last quarter to draw the term and keep the damage at 174 points.
Jack Moore kicked seven goals for Yarram in the win, Jake Mcfarland kicked five, Louis Rodaughan four and Dan Vardy and Griffin Underwood three each.
Tyler Chisholm, Matt Scholz and Kelly Griffiths also got in on the action and scored two goals each.
Woodside v Heyfield
Heyfield led at every change during their round 14 win over Woodside at the weekend, 10.12 (72) to 4.6 (30).
The Roos led by a slender three points at the first change before keeping the Wildcats goalless in the second and building the buffer to 33 points.
Nick Woodland led the charge for Heyfield and finished with five goals while Jesse Bedggood kicked two and singles went to Jesse Jackway, Sam Shingles and Mark Johnston.
Among the best for the Roos were Woodland, Bailey Escreet and Scott Anderson.