Margins and milestones

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ROUND 14 of the Gippsland League saw blowouts galore.

Moe was too good for Sale, winning 77-37.

It was a shooting masterclass for Lion’s playing-coach Ramayer Gourley, shooting 47 of the Lions’ total score of 77.

Gourley, Olivia Barnett against her old side, and Jordan Pyle were unstoppable in the win, while for the Magpies it was Dee Dee Lambert, Teagan Harrison and Sienna Wynd who starred.

Morwell outclassed Maffra.

The Tigers got the jump on the Eagles early, shooting a whopping 17 to Maffra’s four in the first term.

Not much else changed for the rest of the game, with one-way traffic for the next two quarters. The Eagles made an 11-10 comeback in the last, but the damage was already done and Morwell took away a win 59-26.

Morwell’s Saskia Eenjes, Tanya Budge and Courtney Garth were outstanding, while Maffra’s Natalie Allman, Chloe Proud and Chelsea Allman were awarded the best-on-court.

Leongatha also got the job done against Bairnsdale.

The Redlegs couldn’t compete with the Parrots’ dominance all game.

Final scores were 58-37 Leongatha’s way. The Parrots’ Kayla Redpath, Laura Higgins and Kate Browne dominant in the win, but credit goes to the Redlegs’ Ruby Dunkley, Sophie Bills and Brielle Malady who played well even in defeat.

Wonthaggi couldn’t find the power to get over an impressive Drouin side, with the Power falling short 64-37.

The Hawks had the ball on a string, with Karina Proctor, Kym Diston and Lucy McKellar finding plenty to get in the best for the week.

Wonthaggi’s Annalise O’Halloran, Charlie Berry and Courtney Young were among the best for the Power.

Traralgon is back.

The Maroons will have an extra pep in their step this week after defeating Warragul.

The last time these sides met, the Gulls snuck home with the chocolates. Traralgon determined not to repeat history learned from their mistakes and managed to defeat the home side.

The Maroons’ attacking end in Cassidy Smith and Sophie Leechino worked well together all game. Lecchino, Amy Harrison and Ashlyn Pavey starred for Traralgon, while Mackenzie Minichiello, Sienna Green and Renee Cook were good for Warragul.

Final scores were Traralgon 48 to Warragul 36.


IN North Gippsland, if you’re from Glengarry or Churchill, you might want to check your heart after that high-stakes match.

The clash between the Magpies and Cougars was one of the only competitive games for the round, and held so much significance for both teams.

For the Pies, the win would mean a spot in the finals, but for the Cougars, it gave them a shot for a double-chance come finals time.

As if this game wasn’t elevated enough, Churchill’s Katrina Hutchinson, life member, A Grade’s playing-coach and previous premiership player, played her 300th club game.

And if that still wasn’t enough, Glengarry’s Rachel Kemna played her 250th club game.

From that first whistle, the game had that final feel; both teams had their fair share of monumental moments, yet they remained neck-and-neck throughout the first three quarters.

The fourth term became do-or-die, but after a tumultuous goal-for-goal affair, Churchill managed to control possession and have the final say, winning by only one mere goal in the last 30 seconds of the game. The final score was 51-50.

Heyfield made light work of the bottom-of-the-table team in Yallourn Yallourn North. The Kangaroos defeated the Jets 58-17.

Woodside followed suit, defeating Cowwarr 59-37, the Wildcats asserting their ferocious force.

Rosedale found a win against Traralgon Tyers United, which now locks them comfortably in fifth spot on the ladder.

Yarram found another gear against Gormandale, the Demons still struck by losing to the Tigers earlier in the year, came out firing with all that they had to come away with a three-goal win. The final score was Yarram 39 to Gormandale 36.

Sale City had the bye.


IN Mid Gippsland’s split round, Morwell East proved too strong for Hill End.

To the Rovers’ credit, they managed to score 35 of their own goals to the East’s 86, which is better than what some teams have produced against this quality side.

Mirboo North fell to Toora by 42 goals.

The 2022 grand final rematch did not make for the same competitive match – with the Tigers in poor form, Toora was able to capitalise on every opportunity to win easily 70 to 28.

Yinnar had no trouble either as they steamrolled through the young Newborough side, taking home the win 71-38.

In the other game of the round, Tarwin were too good for MDU, winning 54-34.

Stony Creek, Foster, Fish Creek and Boolarra all had the bye.