Stars top lad­der

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEYOND THE BOUNCE -

Garfield sit atop the West Gipp­s­land Foot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion lad­der af­ter ac­count­ing for ri­vals Nar Nar Goon in win­tery con­di­tions on Satur­day.

With Nar Nar Goon en­ter­ing the sea­son with high am­bi­tions and hop­ing to build on last year’s fi­nals ap­pear­ance, all eyes will now be on the Stars to see if they can repli­cate that form as they look for a me­te­oric rise un­der new coach Hay­den Stan­ton.

The Stars held the edge in the first half, kick­ing the first goal of the con­test and only ma­jor of the first term in what would prove to be a low scor­ing af­fair.

De­spite good con­di­tions at Beswick Street, the weather ham­pered high scor­ing and a tight sec­ond term en­sued, the Stars head­ing into the main break with a three-point lead af­ter both sides man­aged two goals in the sec­ond term.

Fol­low­ing last week’s sec­ond quar­ter lapse, this time the Stars fell away in the third term as the Goon added two goals to hold a valu­able 11-point lead at the fi­nal change.

It has al­most proven costly in both wins this sea­son and coach Stan­ton will be look­ing for a four quar­ter ef­fort to ar­rest that trend.

For­tu­nately for the Stars they fin­ished the stronger team, dou­bling their three-quar­ter-time goal tally to run out vic­tor 6-10 (46) to 5-5 (35).

In con­di­tions not con­ducive to scor­ing, Adam Macgib­bon and Todd Beck each kicked two goals.

Corie Intveen, Tan­ner Stan­ton, Daniel Hel­more, Nicholas Me­cente, Zac Soutar and Blair Smith helped the Stars power home to vic­tory.

Beck, Trent Noy, Jake Rose, Mitchell Virtue and Brent Hughes helped Nar Nar Goon to a three-quar­ter-time lead, with the Savs un­able to fin­ish off in the fi­nal term.

Ea­gles hold on

The match be­tween fourth­placed In­ver­loch-Kong­wak and fifth-placed Koo wee rup promised to be match of the day, and it lived up to its billing.

The reign­ing pre­miers were able to hold on against a much im­proved Demons side who are show­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of push­ing fur­ther up the lad­der.

Scores were locked at 1-2 apiece at quar­ter time as the windy con­di­tions forced the ball out of play on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

The Demons kicked the only goal of the sec­ond term to edge ahead to a five-point lead, but the Sea Ea­gles made their move in the third term to show their class.

Three goals to one handed the Sea Ea­gles a nine-point lead at the fi­nal change and while they were held score­less in the fi­nal term, con­di­tions dic­tated that the lead would be too much to reel in.

Micheal Eales, Corey Casey, Ryan Sparkes, Camp­bell McKen­zie, Lach­lan Scott and Shem Hawk­ing helped the Sea Ea­gles hold firm.

The Demons man­aged three be­hinds in the fi­nal term and would have felt an op­por­tu­nity to cause an up­set slip.

Nathan Voss, Craig Dyker, Troy Dolan, Caleb Milo­je­vic, Tim Miller and Daniel Cal­teri were among their bet­ter play­ers.

Co­bras strike

Cora Lynn com­fort­ably ac­counted for Bun­yip un­der lights on Satur­day, 11-19 (85) to 810 (58).

While the rain had sub­sided, both sides found the night time con­di­tions chal­leng­ing.

The Co­bras would have felt they should have held a greater lead at half time, ru­ing get­table missed shots on goal.

The Bull­dogs showed they will have what it takes to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses, but fail­ing to cap­i­talise on Cora Lynn turnover proved to be a costly dif­fer­ence.

The Bull­dogs would often find them­selves in a good po­si­tion, only to be let down by poor field kick­ing to waste golden op­por­tu­ni­ties to open up the Co­bras.

Jai Rout and Jack­son Dal­ton each kicked three goals for the Co­bras, with Ry­lan Smith, Jay­den Deas, Ryan Spier­ings and Levi Munns also among their bet­ter play­ers.

Ja­son Fisher kicked three goals for a young Bun­yip side.

Damien Szwaja, Trent West­wood, Nathan Allen, Reid Jenkin, Matthew O’Hal­lo­ran and Ea­mon Tom­lin were the bet­ter play­ers for the Bull­dogs.

Bull­dogs bite

Phillip Is­land brushed aside Da­lyston.

Over­com­ing a goal­less first term, the Bull­dogs scored con­sis­tently from that point to build their lead on the way to win­ning 8-14 (62) to 5-3 (33).

Jack Tay­lor, Bren­dan Kim­ber, Mar­cus Wright, Jaymie Youle, Daniel Lars­son and Jor­dan Pat­tulo were the bet­ter play­ers for the Bull­dogs in a work­man like per­for­mance.

Darcy Bros­nan proved the best for­ward on the day steer­ing through three ma­jors, but was un­able to find much sup­port.

Pan­thers pounce

Kil­cunda Bass held off a fast fin­ish­ing Ko­rum­burra/Bena un­der lights, scor­ing 6-3 (39) to 38 (26).

Four goals to nil in the third quar­ter set up an handy buf­fer for the Pan­thers, who held on as the Gi­ants scored all three of their goals in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Tay­lor Gib­son, Mitchell Witham, Ben Arnold, Hay­den Spier­ings, Sean Casey and Ai­den Pa­ton helped the Pan­thers es­tab­lish a com­fort­able lead.

Jake McMil­lan, Beau An­thony, Alex John­ston, Brad Mon­son, Rhys Dixon and Jye Cele­brine led the fi­nal quar­ter charge for the Gi­ants.

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