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Rainbow flag to fly in North Gippsland

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Rainbow flag to fly in North Gippsland

Premiership points are still up for grabs but Glengarry and Traralgon Tyers United will be playing for pride when they meet in the inaugural Gippsland Pride Cup next month.

The AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League round 15 fixture on Sunday, 30 July, will be dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in a celebration of diversity and a bid to tackle homophobia in sport.

The event is an adaption of the annual Pride Cup that was established in the AFL Yarra Ranges Football Netball League in 2014 and follows in the footsteps of the inaugural AFL Pride Game between St Kilda and Sydney football clubs last year.

The idea to host a game in Gippsland was raised by AGL Loy Yang general manager Steve Rieniets late last year and endorsed by Pride Cup founder Jason Ball.

The company’s ties to the North Gippsland Football Netball League made for a good fit and the league board was quick to embrace the initiative.

“The opportunity for our league and our major partner AGL Loy Yang to host the inaugural Gippsland Pride Cup is very special and has been welcomed by our board and member clubs,” NGFNL president David Kyle said.

“We understand that we live in a diverse and vibrant community and that our brand should also stand for equality and inclusiveness.

“As with all our project partners we are hopeful this message resonates not only with the member base of the NGFNL but the wider Gippsland football and netball community.”

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The senior football and A grade netball sides will wear specially-designed football jumpers and netball dresses, with lower grade teams sharing in the day with rainbow bibs, socks and armbands.

Both clubs will also participate in education sessions in the lead up to the game, which has been moved to a Sunday to enable the league’s other eight clubs to be involved.

In addition to AGL Loy Yang, Latrobe Regional Hospital and the Gippsland Mental Health Alliance, with the generous support of Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Federal Department of Health, have joined as major partners of the project.

Rieniets said AGL Loy Yang was proud to support the Gippsland Pride Cup as it reflected the messages the company encouraged in its workplace.

“We approached AFL Gippsland and the North Gippsland Football Netball League about the concept of a local pride cup as we know how important it is for leadership in all areas, including business and sport, to openly and proudly promote inclusion and diversity,” Rieniets said.

“I lead Victoria’s largest power station on the premise that everyone is equal and should feel safe, connected and that they belong. The same should be felt throughout our local sporting cubs and the fact that both our NGFNL footballers and netballers are supporting this message is fantastic for our community.

“It’s really exciting for AGL to be part of this collaborative event which supports the LGBTI community and celebrates people feeling comfortable to be their true selves.

“I look forward to watching some great footy and netball on the day.”

A working group has been formed to oversee planning of the project, featuring representatives from the major partners, as well supporting partners Latrobe City, Netball Victoria, Headspace, GippSport, Victoria Police and the Gippsland Rainbow Collective.

AFL Gippsland region general manger Travis Switzer said football and netball was again proving an effective vehicle for promoting social awareness and change in the community.

“AFL Gippsland is proud to play a role in this initiative and we look forward to engaging and working closely with a range of partner organisations to ensure the event is staged respectfully and successfully,” Switzer said.

“Community sport is for everyone and it’s fantastic to see our football and netball clubs and leagues showing leadership in this space.”

An official Gippsland Pride Cup luncheon will take place at Glengarry on game day, with details to be announced soon.

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Hot Pies halt high-flying Saints

Hot Pies halt high-flying Saints

Glengarry condemned Cowwarr to its first defeat of the season, with a thrilling three-point win in round three of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League.

The Magpies were kept goalless in the final term, but five behinds were enough to hold off a fast-finishing Saints, who booted seven goals from eight scoring shots only to fall agonisingly short of a third straight win.

Glengarry led by 22 points at quarter-time, 33 points at half-time, 41 points at three-quarter time and the final score was 15.9 (99) to 15.6 (96).

Travis Patten, Dean Brooks and Cameron Graham led the way for the visiting Pies, with Leigh O’Mara kicking four goals, while Kyle Stamers booted a handful for the home side, which was best served by Jack Heiser, Siaosi Lay-Blake and Ben Regan.

The result leaves the pair among a block of six sides with two wins from their opening three games.

Ahead of that pack and alone at the top of the ladder is Yarram, which recorded a hugely impressive win in the Good Friday showdown with Woodside.

The Demons won every quarter against a side that had also shown great form through the opening fortnight of the campaign, on their way to a resounding 19.16 (130) to 7.9 (51) victory.

Corbin Sutherland took his season tally to a league-best 14 majors, while regular contributors Griffin Underwood and Chris Bruns were outstanding.

Star pair Todd Bryant and Tom Crosby did their bit for the Wildcats, while playing coach Gary Jones booted two goals in his 300th senior game, even if he was unable to celebrate the milestone with a win.

Heyfield bounced back from its round two set-back at the hands of Yarram, with a 31-point triumph over Rosedale.

Talented Roo Jesse Jackway tallied seven goals and was well-supported by Michael Coleman and Daniel Coridas in the 18.12 (120) to 13.11 (89) win.

The Blues, who remain winless through three rounds, showed plenty of fight through the likes of Sam Tudor, Trent Prosser (three goals) and Dale Fleming.

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Churchill set aside some inaccuracy in front of goal to eventually overcome Traralgon-Tyers United at Gaskin Park.

The Cougars trailed at the main change, despite boasting four more scoring shots, but in the end the sheer volume of opportunities created ensured the home side was able to secure the four points.

Joe Whykes led all goal-kickers with four for the day, while Travis Brighton and Brendan Brownscombe were Churchill’s best.

The Bombers’ second term effort was particularly encouraging and they had good contributions from Jacob Albanese, Ricky Cochrane and Toby Bye throughout the game.

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Sale City made it back-to-back wins with a 24.25 (169) to 3.9 (27) victory at Gormandale.

Brad McKay was best to his best with Jacob Schuback and Josh Tollner also prominent, while Jake Evans enjoyed a day out with six goals.

For the Tigers, Alistair Jenkin continued his rich run of form, with support provided by Joseph Colaciello and senior leader Dan Domaille.

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Round four is chock full of intriguing matchups with the clash between reigning premier Sale City and early-season frontrunner Yarram looming as the pick of the bunch.

The Bulldogs won all three meetings between the pair last year, but the margin was closer on each occasion, with the Demons getting within 10 points in the preliminary final at Rosedale.

Yarram has passed every test with flying colours so far, but a win at Stephensons Park would represent a major statement.

Gordon St Reserve also plays host to an interesting matchup with Heyfield welcoming Glengarry to town.

The Magpies have emerged as one of the surprise packets of the season, with their young list – led by the likes of Travis Patten, Cam Graham and Ben Britten – providing plenty for their supporters to be excited about.

The Roos meanwhile have sandwiched defeat to Yarram with solid performances against Sale City and Rosedale and have had a good spread of contributors across their three games.

Cowwarr will be keen to ensure last week’s loss to Glengarry was a minor slip, but will need to respond quickly with Churchill coming to town.

The Saints were made to pay for a sluggish start against a switched on Magpies outfit and coach Brett McMaster will be doing everything he can to ensure his young side learns from that.

The Cougars have been quietly going about their business with wins against TTU and Glengarry and victory on Saturday would represent a solid first month that would lay the foundation for another finals tilt.

TTU and Rosedale will be out to end their winless starts to the season when they tussle at Tyers.

Both clubs have opened the campaign with a tough run of fixtures, with the Bombers facing three of last year’s finalists, while two of the Blues’ opponents also played a part in the 2016 post-season.

TTU has been competitive in every game and the Blues got within eight points of Cowwarr in round two, but Saturday marks the best opportunity either side has had to date of notching four points.

Woodside will get a chance to atone for last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Yarram.

The Wildcats were second best against a red-hot Demons and coach Gary Jones will be hoping for a more even spread of contributors in future big games.

Finding a reliable avenue to goal following the off-season departure of dynamic forward Rob Michaelides is one area the Wildcats will be looking to improve.

Gormandale’s struggles have been well-documented but as long as the effort remains high, the Tigers have something to work with.

Containing the opposition for longer periods and minimising blowouts is the way forward and that will undoubtedly be the aim against a Woodside outfit that likes to get on the outside and run.

Roos grounded by Yarram

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Roos grounded by Yarram

Yarram brought Heyfield crashing back to earth with a stunning victory at Gordon St Reserve in an intriguing round two of AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland football.

The Demons rattled off six goals from 12 scoring shots to the home side’s one from two in the second quarter to open up a 33-point margin at half-time.

Both sides made the most of their chances in a tense and high-quality third term, before the visitors pulled clear again in the last to win 16.14 (110) to 8.7 (55).

Corbin Sutherland booted five goals for Yarram, while young gun Louis Rodaughan, Luke Le Blanc and Matt Clavarino were outstanding in the win.

Daniel Missen was Heyfield’s best, with returning defender Andrew Lambie and Scott Anderson also solid for the Kangaroos.

The Demons were one of three sides to open the campaign with back-to-back wins, with neighbours Woodside also enjoying a perfect start to the new season.

The Wildcats recovered from a goalless opening term to beat TTU by 39 points, with damaging on-baller Todd Bryant booting three goals in an all-action display.

Dan Missen also hit the target three times, with Rowan Missen and Ben Johnson also prominent.

Patrick Harriman, Matt Albanese (two goals) and Brendan Chapman were best for the Bombers in the 12.10 (82) to 6.7 (43) defeat.

Cowwarr also made it two wins from two games by seeing off a determined Rosedale side.

The Saints led by 30 points at half-time and were cruising to victory, only for the Blues, led by skipper Dale Fleming, to lift and haul themselves level by the final change.

However, the visitors responded to the challenge and secured the points with a two-goal-to-one final quarter to win 8.13 (61) to 7.11 (53).

James Todd (two goals), Kyle Stamers and Chris Distefano were standouts for Cowwarr, while Sam Tudor and Joel Bristow joined Fleming in the home side’s best.

Sale City bounced back from last week’s shock humbling to Heyfield with an impressive 58-point defeat of Churchill at Gaskin Park.

Jacob Schuback recovered from a rare goalless outing with four majors in the 17.13 (115) to 7.5 (47) win.

Justin Mclay’s return was one of four changes to the Bulldogs side and he proved his importance with a best-on-ground performance, while Mitch Evans and David Piasente were good.

Brendan Holt booted three goals in a losing side, while Jarrod Broadbent, Chris Kyriacou and Daniel Dunne battled hard for the Cougars.

Nine goals from the boot of Josh King led Glengarry to a 139-point win against Gormandale in the battle for the Lang-Onley Cup on Sunday.

The result was never in doubt as the home side led comfortably at every change on its way to a 25.15 (165) to 3.8 (26) win.

King was awarded the Keith Lang Medal for his efforts, while Alistair Jenkin took home the Bill Onley Medal as Gormandale’s best performer.

Other standouts included Sam Wilkie and Cameron Graham for the Magpies and Joseph Colaciello and Craig Edgar for the Tigers.

The traditional Good Friday clash looms as the pick of the split round three fixtures, with Yarram and Woodside well and truly up and about in the early stages of the season.

The last meeting between the sides was an absorbing elimination final at Tyers and the Wildcats will be keen to reverse that result when they make the short journey to Yarram on Friday.

The ruck duel between Tom Crosby and Daniel Vardy promises to be equal parts crucial and fascinating, as does the midfield battle between new league star Todd Bryant and established champion Griffin Underwood.

The remainder of the round will be played the following Saturday, 22 April, with unbeaten Cowwarr set for its first home game of the season against the campaign’s other early improver, Glengarry.

Churchill hosts TTU, while Gormandale and Rosedale will be out to put their first wins on the board when they take on last year’s grand finalists Sale City and Heyfield.

Netball Victoria Eastern Zone Association Championships 2017 - Player Nominations for NGFNL

Netball Victoria Eastern Zone Association Championships 2017 - Player Nominations for NGFNL

The North Gippsland Football Netball League are calling players for the 15&Under,17&Under and also the Open team to play in the Eastern Zone Association Championships Tournament on Sunday 28th May 2017. 
 
The NGFNL 15&Under and 17&Under teams will also be competing in other tournaments before the EZ Ass Championships.
 
The Netball Victoria Association Championships will be entering their 18th year of competition in 2017 and provide Victoria’s 220 plus Associations an opportunity to compete in 15/U, 17/U and Open Divisions. The Association Championships are a key pathway competition and provides Talent Identification opportunities for Zone Academy and State Team Programs.
 
Eastern Zone Championships will be held at Traralgon Netball Association, Breed St, Traralgon on Sunday 28th May 2017.   
 
Players of all age divisions please register your Name, Club, DOB, Email address and Two preferred playing positions to 0407 862 018 before Saturday 22nd April 2017.
 
Tryouts for 15&Under and 17&Under will be held on Monday 24th April and Monday 1st May 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Rosedale Basketball stadium.

Saints soar in season opener

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Saints soar in season opener

COWWARR set the early pace on the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League ladder, with a thumping opening day win away to Gormandale.

Reliable forward Brad McBride opened his account with six goals, while the likes of Shane Morgan, Ben Coffey (two goals) and Linden Brunt hit the ground running with stellar performances in the 22.29 (161) to 4.6 (30) win.

Gormandale will take positives from the first quarter and recently-installed coach Steve Hazelman will not have been expecting an overnight project.

Alistair Jenkin made a positive return to the side after a year overseas, while reigning best-and-fairest Joseph Colaciello and Luke Hegarty were also good for the Tigers.

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HEYFIELD took an early step towards exorcising demons from last year’s grand final by kicking off the new season with a comfortable win over reigning premier Sale City.

The Kangaroos poured six months of frustration onto a sluggish Bulldogs outfit that lacked the hunger and panache that was such a feature last season.

Jordan Stubbe booted seven goals in the 13.17 (95) to 4.12 (36) win, but couldn’t manage to find his way into the Heyfield’s best, with brother Josh, Nic Dowse and Jack Woodland among the standout performers.

The Roos dominated from the outset and led at every change, but home and away form has rarely been a concern at Heyfield and coach Josh Stubbe will know there are plenty of challenges ahead for his side.

While the result dampened City’s flag unfurling, the home side was without the likes of Harry Kaandorp, Justin McLay and Rowan Bell and premiership coach David Piasente won’t be hitting the panic button just yet.

Chris Kelf, Michael Walsh and Jake Evans joined Piasente in the Bulldogs’ best.

CHURCHILL withstood a stern test from a plucky young Glengarry side.

A six-goal haul coach from Brendan Holt on his coaching debut helped the Cougars overcome a 15-point half-time deficit and record a hard-fought victory, 14.16 (100) to 11.17 (83).

Travis Brighton, Ben Skinner and Chris Williams starred for the visitors, who clicked into gear after the main break.

Returning premiership player Dean Brooks impressed for Glengarry, as did consistent pair Chris Wangman and Leigh O’Mara, with the former booting a senior career-high five goals.

WOODSIDE’S productive off-season paid immediate dividends in the Wildcats’ 17.10 (112) to 9.5 (59) win against Rosedale.

High profile recruits Tom Crosby and Todd Bryant were among the best, while ex-AFL journeyman Justin Murphy was also a notable contributor.

Former DWWWW forward David McKean booted five goals on debut.

For Rosedale, Brad Caldwell played a lone hand up forward, with half a dozen majors in a losing side, while skipper Dale Fleming, Chris Parker and Sam Tudor were also prominent.

YARRAM was made to work for the four points at home to Traralgon Tyers United.

The Demons trailed at the first two breaks, but narrowly led at three-quarter-time as both sides struggled in front of goal, before finding some rhythm in the final term to win 11.17 (83) to 8.14 (62).

Daniel Vardy proved mighty impressive on his return to the club, while dependable trio Chris Bruns, Jarryd Swift and David Coulthard were exactly that.

Dalton Tripodi, Guy Sinclair and Jacob Albanese were best for TTU, while Matt Stolarczyk kicked three goals in a game that should provide the Bombers with plenty of encouragement.

TTU will be out to build on that performance when it hosts Woodside in round two.

Sale City’s bid to bounce back won’t be easy as it travels to Gaskin Park to take on Churchill, while Rosedale welcomes Cowwarr to town and round one winners Heyfield and Yarram clash at Gordon St Reserve.

Rivals Glengarry and Gormandale round out the weekend when they go head-to-head on Sunday.

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League 17&U Representative Team

RVNL NGFNL 17&Under Team 2017

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League 17&U Representative Team

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North Gippsland FNL 17&Under Representative Team

Back LtoR:   Sarah Mayman (Ass Coach), Ava Misfud (TTU), Georgia Hughes (TTU), Lily McDonald (TTU), Emma Grunwald (VCapt) (Rosedale), Cassidy Smith (Capt) (Churchill), Shelby Wilson (Glengarry), Sally Eenjes (Team Manager)

FrontLtoR:  Shirley Fromberg (Coach), Jasmine Schellen (Heyfield), Saskia Eenjes (TTU), Hailey Armstrong (Heyfield), Layla Kosterman (Glengarry), Maddi Sellings (Ass Coach)

Team Coach, Shirley Fromberg said “the 17 & Under team have had a great RVNL competition making it into the semi Final last Friday night.  I have been really impressed with their ability to receive instructions, transferring what they practice at training and putting their skills into the game every time they played and improving every week.  Our final against Gippsland was always going to be a tough showdown with Gippsland undefeated, but the North Gippy girls put in a gallant performance and came out firing to win the first quarter 17 goals to 13. Gippsland fought back hard and it was still anyone’s game with North going down to Gippsland 47 to 58.

I am really proud of the whole team and their efforts, not just during the final but for the entire competition.  They have worked hard and represented the league well.  

A big thanks to assistant coaches, Sarah Mayman and Maddi Sellings, our team manager Sally Eenjes, our scorers and parent’s support throughout the competition”.

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League Open Team

2017 NGFNL Open Netball Team

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League Open Team

2017 Regional Victoria Netball League – NGFNL Open Representative Team

Back LtoR:  Shirley Fromberg (Coach), Maddison Burney (Churchill), Bron Tebb ( Rosedale) (VCapt), Kristy Lucas (Woodside) (Capt), Ebonee Hodgett (Cowwarr), Phoebe Escreet (Heyfield), Traci Grogen (PC & Ass Coach)

Front LtoR:  Megan Barnes (Woodside), Sarah Mayman (Rosedale), Megan Harrison (Rosedale), Sarah Schellen (Heyfield). 

Absent: Darren Fullerton (Ass Coach & Team Manager) & Emg player Kara Wheeler

Team Coach, Shirley Fromberg said “for the first time the North Gippsland Football/Netball League offered the ‘Team of the Year’ netball players an opportunity to come together and compete in this year’s Eastern RVNL.  It has also been a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to coach the best players from within the NGFNL league.  The players have combined really well with great depth, strength, speed and versatility in the team.  The Open girls have won 4 of the 6 preliminary rounds in a lead up to playing off in the Grand Final against the undefeated Gippsland team.  We have proven that we can match Gippsland’s fast paced game and their tall shooting combinations and Friday nights’ Grand Final should be a real show stopper.  The team has also been fortunate to have 2 Assistant Coaches – Darren Fullerton & Traci Grogan who have helped bring the team together and special thanks to our scorers and supporters throughout the competition.  ‘I have been really impressed with how the whole team has committed to this competition and allowed themselves to adapt to different playing styles, which has given themselves an opportunity to play at a more elite level with players they would normally be playing against’.

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League 15&U Representative Team

2017 NGFNL RVNL 15&U Team

2017 NGFNL Regional Victorian Netball League 15&U Representative Team

Back LtoR: Charli Parsons, Hazel Kerrison-Male, Jasmine Beadle (Vice Capt), Natasha Bond (Capt), Jordon Collison, Lily Stephenson, Narelle Parsons (Coach)
Front LtoR: Nicole Bond (Team Manager), Monee Poole, Kirra Walker, Chloe Finn, Georgia Finch & Emily Finch
 
Team Coach, Narelle Parsons said the season was a tough one with some fierce competitors but the girls never gave up and always giving 100% every week. Each week they played better and better…They really started gelling well as a team and the flow down the court and passages of play were great to watch. There were a couple of close games. Such a lovely bunch of girls on and off the court. Fantastic effort girls.

2017 season fixture released

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2017 season fixture released

Sale City and Woodside will hoist the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League senior football and A grade netball premiership flags on the opening day of season 2017.

Both clubs will launch the defence of their titles against the teams they overcame in last season’s grand finals, when they host Heyfield and Rosedale respectively.

The home and away season kicks off on Saturday, 1 April, with Yarram taking on Traralgon-Tyers United, Glengarry facing Churchill and Gormandale lining up against Cowwarr in the remaining round one matchups.

Other highlights of the fixture include the traditional Easter weekend clash between Yarram and Woodside and night matches between Churchill and Sale City in round two and Sale City and Yarram in round four.

A league-wide has been scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and a split round 14 in mid-July.

The finals series begins on the weekend of 26-27 August and concludes with grand final day on Saturday, 16 September.

League president David Kyle said all early indications pointed to an exciting season, on and off the ground.

“We are fortunate to have a competition which delivers many close games and we regularly see game day results which surprise our seasoned patrons,” Kyle said.

“At our recent annual general meeting all clubs reported strong recruiting prospects across both our football and netball codes so we look set for another exciting year.

“Several clubs have also advised of facility upgrades that are at various stages of completion and I know our member clubs and their hardworking volunteers will be proud to unveil these improvements to all and sundry at the start of the season.”

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Dogs and Cats have their day

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Dogs and Cats have their day

Five AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League clubs tasted premiership success on grand final day 2016.

Sale City was the big winner, securing two of the three football premierships on offer, as well as the D grade netball flag.

Rosedale claimed the B grade and C grade netball crowns, while Traralgon-Tyers United showed its future is bright by taking out the 17 and under and 15 and under netball flags.

Woodside capped a sensational season with an A grade netball flag, following a thrilling grand final victory against reigning premier Rosedale, while Yarram won its maiden NGFNL flag with success in the thirds football decider.

More to follow.

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Dogs banish Demons to book date with Roos

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Dogs banish Demons to book date with Roos

Minor premier Sale City has survived a major scare to book a place in the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League grand final.

The Bulldogs led Yarram by 53 points at half-time of Saturday’s preliminary final at Rosedale, but could only manage one goal for the second half as the Demons stormed back into contention.  

Time proved City’s saviour, as they held on to win 10.12 (72) to 9.8 (62).

After being part of the Bulldogs team knocked out of last year’s finals series in straight sets, Sale City coach David Piasente was relieved to avoid the same fate again this year.

“I wasn’t thinking about it until the last two minutes when I thought ‘gee it looks like we might hang on here’,” Piasente said.

“This time last year we were up against Churchill by 40 points and they came back and beat us so it’s a good sign that we hung on.

“Credit to the players, credit to Yarram for not giving up the fight and we get to play in a grand final which everyone is excited about.”

Light rain left the ground soft under foot and Sale City’s composed ball users, bigger bodies and more direct style appeared better suited to the conditions.

The likes of Brad McKay, Josh Tollner, Jacob Schuback and Justin McLay dictated play and controlled the tempo as City broke the game open after quarter-time.

A 21-point lead quickly ballooned to 53 on the back of second quarter goals to Tom Wilson (two), Jake Milham, Bohdi Walker and Tollner.

All that changed at the main break, as the Demons finally got their run going.

Michael Pettitt got on top in the ruck and Yarram got busy at the stoppages.

Mercurial forward Corbin Sutherland rewarded his midfield’s increased output and quicker ball movement, with three third quarter goals to help reduce the margin to 17 points at the final change.

The Demons continued to surge, with early goals to Louis Rodaughan and Sutherland closing the gap, but time and energy was against them.

An inspired piece of ingenuity from Tyler Chisholm to snap a loose ball out of mid-air through for a goal dragged the Demons back within eight points at the 20-minute mark of the final term.

However, that was as close as they got and City held on to win by 10 points.

Piasente was pleased to make it through but said there was plenty to work on ahead of the grand final.

“It felt like we were in control of the game but to Yarram’s credit they kept coming with their hardness and their work around stoppages,” Piasente said.

“I don’t think it was mindset we just weren’t getting our hands on the ball and in the first half we were playing instinctive footy, giving that first option and kicking it long.

“There’s a lot of things we need to work on as a group if we want to win next week (but) we said at the start of the year we wanted to have the thirds, reserves and seniors all there and that’s happened so well done to the club.”

Jack Sellen was given a run-with role on prolific Yarram ball-winner Griffin Underwood and his efforts were key to the victory.

Starved of time and space, Underwood was unable to generate the run and carry off half-back that Yarram has used to such devastating effect this season and precious few of his disposals were forward of centre.

But perhaps Sellen’s most significant contribution was in the final quarter.

Underwood pushed deep forward and isolated Sellen one-on-one, but despite being outsized, the young Bulldog kept his feet, brought the ball to ground and laid a strong tackle to deny a goal scoring opportunity.

McLay and fellow backmen Mitch Evans and Barry Parsons were also among the Bulldogs’ best.

Demons midfielder Chris Bruns found plenty of the ball all day, while Rodaughan’s ability to spread from stoppages and break the lines was key to generating the run Yarram needed in the second half.

Yarram coach Chris Pettitt was proud of his side for the second half comeback but rued giving the Bulldogs such a head start.

“It was one that when we reflect on we’ll probably be happy with but not so much now,” Pettitt said.

“It was good to fight back and show a bit of ticker but it was just such a disappointing first half.

“We just changed plans… we had to go long and strong and had nothing to lose in the second half which changes the game a lot when you’ve got nothing to lose.

“I think we showed in the second half we’re good enough to do it and we thought we could beat them for sure so we weren’t here just to make up the numbers.”

Sale City now has a week to prepare for what is certain to be a physical grand final battle with Heyfield.

In the reserves, Cowwarr shaded a low-scoring preliminary final with Heyfield 3.8 (26) to 3.3 (21) to stun the minor premiership-winning Kangaroos and move into the grand final against Sale City.

Sale City will also contest the thirds grand final, after defeating Glengarry 9.12 (66) to 7.7 (49) and will meet Yarram in next week’s decider.

In A grade netball, reigning premier Rosedale will take its title defence to the final day, after beating Heyfield 39-26 in Saturday’s preliminary final.

The Blues avenged their qualifying final defeat to the Kangaroos in front of their home fans to book a grand final date with minor premier Woodside.

The Blues also won through the season decider in B grade and C grade, with Heyfield, Sale City and Traralgon-Tyers United the victors in the D grade, 17-and-under and 15-and-under preliminary finals.

Dogs face up to Demons

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Dogs face up to Demons

This year’s AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League finals series has not been kind to premiership front runners and Yarram is out to continue that trend in Saturday’s preliminary final.

With the top two sides on the ladder still to win a game in three finals outings, the fourth-placed Demons take plenty of heart into the battle for a grand final berth with minor premier Sale City.

Within minutes of last Sunday’s first semi-final win against Churchill, Yarram coach Chris Pettitt had turned his attention to the task of bringing down the heavily-fancied Bulldogs.

“The one thing about Sale City is they’re really even across the ground,” Pettitt said.

“(David) Piasente’s still not playing and he’s a key player for them then you’ve got your (Jacob) Schubacks and all their guns but their depth is so good their bottom players are still really good so it’s hard to focus on any certain players.

“They move the ball really well and they defend really hard so they’ve got a lot of strengths to their game and we’ll definitely have to be on our best to beat them.”

Yarram was forced to make three changes to the side that overcame Woodside in the elimination final, but inclusions Michael Pettitt, Jari McDonald and Michael Lush all key contributors in the win against the Cougars.

The Demons have ruled out Ryan Underwood, with Dylan Rash unlikely and Justin Staley still to prove his fitness, but even if the pair are available Pettitt will be wary of changing a winning formula.

While Heyfield may have provided the blueprint to beating Sale City, the Demons don’t possess the same weapons as the Kangaroos and will have to rely on their own strengths to do the job.

“I thought Heyfield used their talls to their advantage which they did against Churchill as well but they have blokes that can take contested marks.

“For a side that has to use the ball a bit better we’re not a big marking side. We can defend a marking side but we don’t play that way.

“We have to focus more on what we’re trying to do. We always try to defend hard and we always try to attack hard so if we can still stick those things and if we can be up on contested ball we can be right in it but if we fail in one of those areas they can get away quick.”

After seeing the only side to beat his Bulldogs in the home-and-away season sent packing in straight sets last week, Sale City coach David Piasente said his team faced the same fate if it does not respond to the set-back and the challenges ahead.

“There will be changes,” Piasente said.

“We put it on a couple of guys before the game that they needed to perform and we didn’t get what we needed.

“We probably only had four individual winners for the day and we need at least 15 to be able to put their hand up and say they won their position to make sure we win.”

Piasente is a 50-50 chance to return from injury, while the likes of Kerrod McGregor-Davies (nine goals), Simon Jackson and Beau Bennett were among the best in the Bulldogs’ second semi-final win in the reserves.

Brendan Rathnow was the other senior regular to miss last week’s defeat through injury.

The Bulldogs claimed the points in both meetings during the home-and-away season, but the Demons got within two goals in round 17 and could pose a threat with their run and dash off half-back.

Sale City has been the best team all year with its slick ball movement and ability to win the ball and spread hard from stoppages.

The Bulldogs remain the team to beat, but Yarram has momentum, ensuring this clash has all the ingredients of a fascinating duel for the right to take on Heyfield in this year’s grand final.

 Preliminary finals – Saturday, 3 September – Rosedale Recreation Reserve

Seniors – Sale City v Yarram

Reserves – Heyfield v Cowwarr

Thirds – Sale City v Glengarry

A grade – Heyfield v Rosedale

B grade – Heyfield v Rosedale

C grade – Rosedale v Yarram

D grade – Heyfield v Rosedale

17 and under – Sale City v Rosedale

15 and under – Traralgon-Tyers United v Sale City

Williams claims Burley Medal

Cel Burley Medal winner Chris Williams (Churchill) and Burley's granddaughter Danielle Dickins

Williams claims Burley Medal

The Williams name is synonymous with success at Churchill Football Netball Club and is now etched in North Gippsland Football Netball League folklore, following Chris Williams’ win at last night’s Cel Burley Medal count.

The 22-year-old Cougars captain polled 25 votes to win the senior best-and-fairest award from Sale City midfield-forward Jacob Schuback (21) and Yarram on-baller Griffin Underwood (19).

Williams’ late father David “Crocka” Williams won two senior premierships with Churchill and his uncle, Greig, three, but neither achieved the league’s ultimate individual honour.

“There’s a few flags there prior to me (but) no league medals in the family,” Williams said.

“My old man might have come runner up one year in a low count but I’m the first.

“I thought Schuback and (Woodside’s Rob) Michaelides would take it out, those goal-kicking midfielders, so it’s a massive surprise.”

A promising junior, Williams bolted through the ranks at Churchill and made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in 2011.

Despite his tender years, the gutsy ball-winner and silky ball-user was quickly identified as a future leader and handed the captaincy of the Cougars’ senior side in 2013.

He led the club to premiership glory in 2014 and is already a three-time club senior best-and-fairest.

Williams proudly wears the number 13 jumper in honour of his father, who played 223 senior games and was awarded the best-on-ground medal in the 2002 grand final, before passing away suddenly in 2011, aged 35.

He said winning the medal was “bittersweet” given his side’s disappointing end to the season, but was proud of the achievement.

“As much as it is a good achievement it’s all about winning finals footy and we weren’t able to do that this year,” he said.

“I’m still stewing on that a little bit and pretty dirty on the fact we got knocked out in straight sets so we’ll have a big pre-season with the boys and we’ll be back bigger and better next year.

“I’ve grown up around the club watching the footy from two years old until now so the club means everything to me. The people there and everything about it is my whole life pretty much so success at that club means a lot to me and my family.”

Woodside goaler Andrea Foat won the A grade best-and-fairest award, after polling a staggering 51 votes from a possible 90 to finish 15 clear of Rosedale’s Ella Bertacchini.

Heyfield’s Josh Neille claimed the Lloyd Schacht Medal as reserves best-and-fairest, while teammate Dylan Bolton won the leading goal-kicker award.

Jacob Davis from Yarram took out the George Bland Medal as third best-and-fairest, with Heyfield’s Jay Woodland collecting the leading goal-kicker award.

Heyfield’s Amanda Tyquin was the B grade best-and-fairest and Rosedale’s Caitlyn Passalaqua scooped the C grade award.

Kelly Smithson from Glengarry won the D grade award, Rosedale’s Emma Grunwald and Yarram’s Chloe Finn were the 17-and-under and 15-and-under winners.

Rosedale full forward Brandon McDonald was the senior leading goal-kicker, while Rookie of the Year awards went to Glengarry netballer Emily Whitty and Woodside footballer Cameron Whiteoak.

Chelsea Smith from Yarram was the Netball Umpire of the Year and Sale Umpires Association’s Chris Malone was named the Jim Hood & Family Football Umpire of the Year.

Senior Football Team of the Year:

B: Jarrod Broadbent (Churchill), Guy Sinclair (TTU), Ben Chivers (Sale City)

HB: Pat Tainsh (Cowwarr), Daniel Stevens (Heyfield), Allan Chandler (Churchill)

C: Ricky Cochrane (TTU), Chris Williams (Churchill), Joseph Colaciello (Gormandale)

HF: Josh Tollner (Sale City), James Beha (Heyfield), Corbin Sutherland (Yarram)

F: Ryan Foat (Woodside), Brandon McDonald (Rosedale), Rob Michaelides (Woodside)

Ruck: Aidan Fitzgerald (Woodside), Jacob Schuback (Sale City), Griffin Underwood (Yarram)

I/C: Dale Fleming (Rosedale), Harrison Kaandorp (Sale City), Michael Diaz (Glengarry), Bradley McBride (Cowwarr)

Captain: Chris Williams (Churchill)

Vice-captain: Jacob Schuback (Sale City)

Coach: David Piasente (Sale City)

Thirds Football Team of the Year:

B: Lachi Langford (Rosedale), Jesse Biemans (Yarram), Alex Clemens (Sale City)

HB: Jye Neilson (TTU), Justin Little (Glengarry), Will Bodman (Yarram)

C: Tristan Turpin (Churchill), Jake Frith (Glengarry), Ajith Achiek (Rosedale)

HF: James Saliakos (Yarram), Connor Hughes (Sale City), Tahi Davidson (Glengarry)

F: Jay Woodland (Heyfield), Kyle Wyett (Yarram), Joel Safstrom (Sale City)

Ruck: Ben Britten (Glengarry), Harrison Evans (Sale City), Jacob Davis (Yarram)

I/C: Sam Shingles (Heyfield, Liam Farley (Yarram), Thomas Glenn (Woodside), Jarrod Walker (Glengarry), Daniel Websdale (Cowwarr), Mason Shields (TTU)

Captain: Jake Frith (Glengarry)

Vice-captain: Harrison Evans (Sale City)

Coach: Andrew Miller (Sale City)

Netball Team of the Year:

Defence: Maddison Burney (Churchill), Bronwyn Tebb (Rosedale)

Centre court: Sarah Schellen (Heyfield), Rachael Loechel (Churchill), Sarah Mayman (Rosedale)

Goalers: Andrea Foat (Woodside), Ella Bertacchini (Rosedale)

I/C: Kristy Lucas (Woodside), Phoebe Escreet (Heyfield), Megan Harrison (Rosedale), Megan Barnes (Woodside), Carly Jennings (Gormandale), Ebonee Hodgett (Cowwarr)

Coach: Kristy Lucas (Woodside)

Roos bound into decider

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Roos bound into decider

Heyfield will contest a fifth straight AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League grand final, after stunning minor premier Sale City in Saturday’s second semi-final at Gordon St Recreation Reserve.

After trading blows for three quarters, the Kangaroos raised the bar in the final term, kicking three goals to none against the breeze to break the natural flow of play and the Bulldogs’ resolve.

The 14.16 (100) to 10.12 (72) defeat was just Sale City’s second for the season and Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe praised his side’s concentration and endeavour.

“It was an even contest but we were able to hold our intensity longer than they did,” Stubbe said.

 “Sale City came at us, especially in the third but we stood up to the pressure.”

Heyfield made the most of the wind in the opening term to open up a handy quarter-time lead.

Sale City hit back with five goals to one in the second to take a two-point lead into the main break, but could have made more of their opportunities.

The second half started in much the same vein, with the Kangaroos opening up a 15-point three-quarter-time margin, but the home side found another gear to reverse the trend in the final term.

Stubbe was surprised at Sale City’s inability to respond to the challenge, but would not be taking that for granted as he prepares his side for another tilt at the flag.

“It was pretty physical. Sale City attack the ball well and it was always going to be a quick game,” he said.

“We have been on a roll but we’ll go through our paces with a training session next Saturday and a couple of sore bodies will appreciate the week off.

“We can enjoy the win and enjoy where we’ve got to, but there’s still one game to go.”

Wingman Daniel Missen starred for the Kangaroos, using his speed and clean skills to take the game on.

Mobile marking forwards Jesse Bedggood and Jesse Jackway booted three goals each, while Mitch Dowse, Daniel Stevens and Shane Birss were also prominent.

Bulldogs coach David Piasente, who missed the game and remains a 50-50 starter for next week’s preliminary final, said his side did not have enough individual winners on the day.

Justin McLay, Ben Chivers, Harrison Kaandorp, Jack Sellen and Barry Parsons were named in the best in a disappointing performance.

“For the first time this year our boys weren’t up for the fight,” Piasente said.

“As a midfield group we weren’t prepared to run back the other way which was very disappointing.

“We were panicking in the last quarter and instead of taking control of the game and realising we had 30 minutes left we were rushing and burning kicks inside 50 and shots at goal.

“Our players were shattered after the game but the beauty of finishing on top is the second chance and it was good for them to see Heyfield celebrating so they can use that (as motivation).”

Piasente flagged the probability of changes for the preliminary final, with the club’s grand final-bound club’s reserves side providing plenty of options, but said the likes of McLay, Jacob Schuback and Mitch Evans would be better for the run after time out through injury.

Demons down Cougars

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Demons down Cougars

Yarram has sent Churchill tumbling out of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League premiership race, with a 48-point win in Sunday’s first semi-final at Glengarry.
The Demons’ run and carry from defence, hardness at the contest and at times precise delivery inside 50 paved the way for the 19.16 (130) d 10.22 (82) victory.

It was the first time Yarram had defeated Churchill since joining the league in 2013 and the Demons savoured the occasion.

“(Churchill) were saying it out there and they knew it… but now we’ve never lost to them in a final as well so that’s a beautiful thing,” Demons coach Chris Pettitt said.

“They were letting us know ‘here they go they will stop again’ but that’s why we keep attacking and playing the way we want to play. We used to get in front and defend but you can’t win footy games defending so it was good to see us keep attacking and pile a score on.”

Pettitt was forced into three changes to the side that beat Woodside, with Justin Staley, Dylan Rash and Ryan Underwood sidelined with injury and replaced by Michael Pettitt, Jari McDonald and Michael Lush.

McDonald and Lush booted two goals each and were among six multiple goal-kickers, led by Corbin Sutherland with three.

On the other hand, Churchill welcomed back league medallist Travis Brighton, Dean Degroot, Rob Wilkie and Jayden Hawkins in place of Sam Mazou, Daniel Dunne, Kurt Holt and Brad Brereton.

Churchill made a bright start but Yarram grew into the game and controlled much of the first half by asserting scoreboard pressure at nearly every opportunity, leading by 20 points at the main break.

The Cougars made their move midway through the second term and immediately after half-time, but failed to convert their chances into goal and allowed Yarram to regain their stranglehold on the game.

On-baller Griffin Underwood was outstanding once again, Chris Coulthard was excellent in defence and Chris Pettitt gave a good account of himself in the ruck.
Sutherland, David Clavarino and Tyler Chisholm were other good contributors, but Pettitt was pleased with the evenness of the performance.

“We’re sticking to our guns and the way we want to play,” he said.

“We’re not going out in the first quarter saying we’re going to play a certain way and in the last quarter changing it up again.

“We go in with a plan and we always stick to it, but it doesn’t work unless 22 blokes buy into it.”

Churchill coach Allan Chandler said being eliminated from finals in straight sets was a disappointing way to end a promising season.

“We cost ourselves in the first half, we had the majority of play and didn’t capitalise on the scoreboard,” Chandler said.

“We tried to flip the board around and do a few different things but they probably beat us with the spread and their use of the ball and they took their chances.”

Michael Santo booted five goals, Brendan Holt presented well and skipper Chris Williams and Joe Whykes were typically committed in their attack on the footy, but the Cougars struggled to get the best out of many players.

“We weren’t quite body-right for this time of year,” Chandler said.

“You want to be hitting everything running and we had too many blokes coming off injures or playing through injuries and you can’t do that come finals time.

“Our hand was forced because of other injuries blokes with niggles that have done the right things and managed their bodies to get it right for game day and you would back that injury in the season but you just need that bit extra come finals time and we didn’t have it.”

Tim Darby was chaired from the ground after announcing his retirement, while the game was Chandler’s last for the Cougars.

Darby goes out a multiple premiership player with the Cougars and Yinnar, while Chandler led Churchill to the ultimate success in 2014.

Chandler said Churchill’s future was bright regardless.

“It won’t take much… they’ve got a great group and they are so close they just need a few tinkers and maybe a new look coming in,” he said.

Yarram now meets Sale City in the preliminary final at Rosedale on Saturday.

A-grade netball
Minor premier Woodside moved straight into the grand final with a convincing second semi-final win against Heyfield, 51-29.

The Wildcats will face the winner of next week’s preliminary final between the Kangaroos and Rosedale, after the Blues defeated Churchill in Sunday’s first semi-final, 50-33.

Grand final spot up for grabs

Grand final spot up for grabs

AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League minor premier Sale City’s sights are firmly set on securing the first spot in this year’s grand final when it meets Heyfield in Saturday’s second semi-final.

Star utilities Justin McLay and Jacob Schuback, midfielder Brad McKay, backmen Mitch Evans and Brad Parsons and small forward Rowan Bell are all on track to return for the clash at Gordon St Recreation Reserve.

Heyfield’s strong run of form and impressive qualifying final victory against Churchill has won the Kangaroos plenty of admirers, but the Bulldogs have no interest in relinquishing their title of flag favourites.

“It’s good to have the opportunity to play finals footy and I would be very disappointed if we don’t turn up to play this weekend,” Sale City coach David Piasente said.

“This is why we put our bodies on the line all year and we don’t want to finish on top then go out and get beaten.

“We’ve set a strong culture of hard work and reward for that work so we’re looking forward to it.”

After winning 17 of their 18 home-and-away games, the Bulldogs go into the game full of confidence and refreshed following last week’s rest.

Piasente was aware of the threat Heyfield posed, particularly in the form of Shane Birss, Josh Stubbe and Beha brothers, Jesse and James, but not concerned about the home-ground advantage.

“We don’t care where it is or what type of day it is we’ll just turn up and play,” he said.

“It was good to have the week off and we covered a lot of ground at training.

“We trained on Saturday and worked through our structures and zones and went over our game plan.”

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe said he was happy to keep rolling with the momentum that has seen his side rocket into serious flag contention over the past 10 weeks.

The qualifying final win was built on the back of clean hands, composed ball use and disciplined defending.

“The balance of our side is really good at the moment,” Stubbe said.

“We’ve got those couple of tall guys that can take a good overhead mark and really strong pack marks and that’s really important for us especially when we get stuck we can afford to go down the line because we’ve got that option and know they are at least going to put up a contest and bring the ball to ground.

“That versatility we’ve got to be able to throw guys forward or into the mid or back and three or four that can go through the ruck is so important come finals time because if we need to make a change we’ve got that ability.”

With balance the strength of both teams, the one-on-one battles, particularly at the centre clearances, are likely to be crucial.

Second semi-finals – Saturday, 27 August – Gordon St Recreation Reserve, Heyfield

Seniors – Sale City v Heyfield

Reserves – Heyfield v Sale City

Thirds – Yarram v Sale City

A grade – Woodside v Heyfield

B grade – Glengarry v Heyfield

C grade – Rosedale v Sale City

D grade – Sale City v Heyfield

17 and under – Sale City v Traralgon-Tyers United

15 and under – Heyfield v Traralgon-Tyers United

Demons set sights on Cougars scalp

Demons set sights on Cougars scalp

Fresh from its maiden AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League finals victory, Yarram has set its sights on another historic scalp when it lines up in Sunday’s first semi-final at Glengarry.

The Demons are yet to beat Churchill in six attempts since joining the competition in 2014 and coach Chris Pettitt said his side was ready for that to change.

“If there was ever a time to beat them a final would be beautiful,” Pettitt said.

“We drew with them last time so at least we haven’t lost to them every time now and that’s a stepping stone.”

Pettitt was at Yarram last Saturday to see the Cougars soundly beaten by Heyfield in the qualifying final, but expected to face a very different Churchill in Sunday’s first semi-final.

“They definitely don’t play the same game against Heyfield as they do against us,” he said.

“They’re a running side and they had a couple out that they’ll bring back in so they’ll be a different side again.”

Last weekend’s elimination final was a draining contest, with few stoppages resulting in a high-tempo game.

The rivalry with Woodside ensured it wasn’t short on physical clashes either, but Pettitt was confident in his players’ ability to be ready for Churchill.

“We play this style of footy every week and these guys are getting pretty good at looking after themselves,” Pettitt said.

“They’re always going to be sore when we’ve played well and played the way we want to play but they’re getting better at recovering from it as well.

“At least we get a seven-day break from this one… Churchill get the extra day but we’ll pick the fit blokes we’ve got and we’ll be fine.”

Mike Pettitt, Jari McDonald and Michael Lush will come into contention should Yarram look to make any changes.

Churchill will need to get more out of its talented forward line, which struggled to generate scoring opportunities against an organised and at times crowded Heyfield defence last weekend.

Cougars coach Allan Chandler admitted his side was second best in just about every area against the Roos and would need to regroup quickly to avoid being bundled out of the premiership race in straight sets.

“They’re a pretty proud group so I would expect them to bounce back,” Chandler said.

“We had a bit of trouble with (Heyfield’s) big blokes, they kicked a few goals and they were all over us from almost the get go and we weren’t able to get going.

“We’ll have Travis Brighton and Dean Degroot back to toughen us up and hopefully we can put in a better performance than we did (last week),” Chandler said.

“When you’ve got the double chance you get to probably not roll the dice (but) we don’t get that choice (this week) so they’ll be right.”

First semi-finals – Sunday, 28 August – Glengarry Recreation Reserve

Seniors – Churchill v Yarram

Reserves – Cowwarr v Traralgon-Tyers United

Thirds – Glengarry v Rosedale

A grade – Rosedale v Churchill

B grade –Sale City v Rosedale

C grade – Woodside v Yarram

D grade – Rosedale v Glengarry

17 and under – Churchill v Rosedale

15 and under –Sale City v Yarram

Demons send Wildcats packing

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Demons send Wildcats packing

A fast-finishing Yarram celebrated its maiden AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League finals appearance with a 40-point win against Woodside in Sunday’s elimination final at Tyers.

The Demons effected a 49-point turnaround after half-time to run out 17.13 (115) to 10.15 (75) victors against their local rival and book a first semi-final date with Churchill.

It was a gruelling contest from the outset, with the first half full of momentum swings as both sides fought desperately to gain the upper hand.

Stoppages were in short supply and turnovers plentiful throughout the day, but the Demons improved their ball use after half-time and were able to apply scoreboard pressure, much to the delight of coach Chris Pettitt.

“In finals footy you don’t get it gifted to you and we knew it was going to be tough especially because it was a local rivalry you always get that build up,” Pettitt said.

“We sat behind the ball too much in the first half and tried to defend scores and when we got back to taking the game on it actually gave our forwards a chance one-on-one.

“You’re never going to have momentum for a whole game so if you’re going to have it at one stage you might as well have it late.”

Yarram kicked the first two goals of the game, but Woodside quickly gained control and dominated the inside-50 count, if not the scoreboard.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern and the Wildcats found themselves 10 points up at the main break.

The game turned on its head after half-time, as the Demons piled on five goals to none to turn a nine-point deficit into a 22-point lead.

Woodside threw everything at it in the final term and twice got within 15 points – firstly via two goals in 30 seconds from Lionel Ogden following a down-field free kick – but Yarram had an answer for every challenge.

Griffin Underwood was relentless and outstanding for Yarram, along with leader Chris Bruns and half-forward Luke Le Blanc, while Corbin Sutherland (four goals), Ryan Coulthard (three) and Ryan Underwood (three) provided avenues to goal.

Ogden finished with four goals for the Wildcats, who were best served by coach Gary Jones, Rob Michaelides and Keegan Dingo.

The Demons now turn their attention to Churchill.

“It was good to make finals, but I didn’t think it was a pass mark to make it,” Pettitt said.

“The boys spoke about that and really wanted to win one and then you give yourself another chance and that’s what we’ve got.”

Jones said his side would learn plenty from the defeat.

“At the end of the second quarter we thought we had them on the ropes a little bit and we would be able to open them up and get a bit of momentum from that but they came out and took the game away from us in the second half,” Jones said.

“A few of the younger blokes were a bit nervous playing finals… so it’s good experience for them.

“We won 11 games this year, plus seven from last year, and brought a few smiles to a few people that do a lot of work around the club and that’s what it’s about.

“Hopefully next year we can keep the team together and build on it. The only problem now is we’ve lost elimination finals so we’ve just got to finish third to get away from that.”

Netball

Heyfield stunned Rosedale 29-28 in Saturday’s A-grade netball qualifying final at Yarram.

The Kangaroos finished this on the ladder, but knocked off the second-placed Blues to book a second semi-final clash with minor premier Woodside.

The Blues will now meet Churchill in the first semi-final, after the Cougars defeated Cowwarr 41-29 in the elimination final.

Kangaroos skip past Churchill

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Kangaroos skip past Churchill

Heyfield has sent a clear message to the rest of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League competition, with a 60-point demolition of Churchill in Saturday’s qualifying final at Yarram.

The Kangaroos continued their upward trajectory since the halfway mark of the season by keeping the Cougars and their dangerous forward line to one goal after half-time on their way to an impressive 14.14 (98) to 5.8 (38) victory.

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe was thrilled with his side’s application and execution from the get-go. 

“That first quarter was perfect for us and exactly what we asked from the boys,” Stubbe said.

“We were slow to start last week but they came out and were on their game from the first bounce and their attack on the ball and want to not let Churchill get anywhere near it was spot on.

“It’s a long road if you lose and go to the elimination first semi-final so to get that first crack at Sale City and a spot in the grand final is huge for us and exactly what we wanted.”

The Kangaroos kicked with the wind in the first term and were quickest to adjust to the tricky conditions.

Jesse Beha set the tone for the day, with a towering pack mark and measured set shot that put his side three goals to the good before Churchill could trouble the scorers.

The Cougars grabbed two late goals to keep in touch at quarter-time and a Brad Brereton goal at the 19-minute mark of the second quarter closed the margin to 11 points.

However, that was as close as they got, with Brendan Mason’s late consolation with virtually the last kick of the day Churchill’s only other goal for the game.

Jesse Jackway booted five second half goals but couldn’t find his way into Heyfield’s best, such was the abundance of outstanding contributors.

Hard nuts Shane Birss and Jack Woodland worked hard at the coalface, while James and Jesse Beha, Jesse Bedggood and Shaun Humphries impressed with their overhead marking across the ground throughout.

For Churchill, Brad Knowles showed he still has an appetite for the contest with two goals in a committed display, while skipper Chris Williams and veteran Tim Darby were others to

Cougars coach Allan Chandler wasn’t sure what to put the poor performance down to and said his side would need to regroup quickly ahead of next week’s do-or-die first semi-final.

“We got smashed in every aspect so full credit to (Heyfield),” Chandler said.

“They outworked us, they were smarter with the ball… any balls in the air were plucked by them and we were pretty ordinary on the ground too. We made a number of fumbles and mistakes and we need to improve quickly otherwise it will be all over red rover.”

Elimination final

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Elimination final

Familiar foes meet in an unfamiliar setting, when Yarram and Woodside contest an historic elimination final clash at Tyers on Sunday.

The match is Woodside’s third final since joining the league in 2008 and the Demons’ first since its move from the Alberton Football Netball League in 2014.

Despite the rivalry adding another dimension to an already meaningful stoush, Demons coach Chris Pettitt wasn’t buying into the hype.

“I know it’s going to be a big build up because of the local rivalry but people can get ahead of themselves and we’re just excited to get out there and have a crack,” Pettitt said.

“It wouldn’t matter if we were playing Heyfield or Rosedale our approach would be the same.”

Yarram takes strong form into the game with only one defeat in its past six matches and will add key defender Dave Coulthard (concussion) and forward Justin Staley to the mix.

With a full squad to pick from, Pettitt faces a tough week at the selection table, but was not complaining.

“I said a while ago that given how even the competition is it could come down to who has the fittest list,” he said.

“(Woodside) have a few injuries but it definitely won’t be easy. Their midfield is strong and they have probably the best ruck duo in the league.

“That’s not a bad combination and when they get momentum they can score very quickly.”

The free-flowing football has been somewhat lacking for Woodside in recent weeks, but returned in fits and spurts in last week’s vital win against Rosedale.

Tom King is in line to return, while Lionel Ogden and Keegan Dingo are expected to join Dylan McLachlan in making the trek from the Northern Territory.

Unlike his opposite number, Wildcats coach Gary Jones was embracing the occasion and preparing for a physical battle.

“The Good Friday game was built up as the biggest of the year but I said at the time it shouldn’t be because that’s what finals are,” Jones said.

“I feel sorry for whoever loses because a lot of the guys know each other and live around here but it’s good for the area and adds to it.

“Yarram have big bodies and will use the intimidation factor… our strength is our fast play and we have to use that.

“Our form hasn’t been great but that can turn around pretty quickly in finals.”

With one win apiece throughout the season, Saturday’s contest could go either way.

Elimination Finals (4 v 5) – Sunday, 21 August – Tyers Recreation Reserve

Seniors – Yarram v Woodside

Reserves – Traralgon-Tyers United v Churchill

Thirds – Rosedale v Heyfield

A grade – Churchill v Cowwarr

B grade – Traralgon-Tyers United v Rosedale

C grade – Glengarry v Yarram

D grade – Glengarry v Cowwarr

17 and under – Rosedale v Heyfield

15 and under – Yarram v Glengarry

Qualifying final

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Qualifying final

A free shot at minor premier Sale City awaits the winner of Saturday’s AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League qualifying final between Churchill and Heyfield at Yarram Recreation Reserve.

The Cougars were the only team to beat the premiership frontrunner in the home-and-away season, but they fell short against the Kangaroos at both attempts.

The pair are no strangers when it comes to the postseason and this weekend marks their fourth encounter in the space of three finals series.

Heyfield has won two of the previous three and while Churchill will always point to the one in between, Cougars coach Allan Chandler said the most recent had not been forgotten.

“We like to remember the 2014 grand final but last year we had two good battles before they smashed us in the preliminary final,” Chandler said.

“It would be nice to get one back.”

Churchill will regain skipper Chris Williams, with onballer Travis Brighton (injury) and swingman Tim Darby (suspension) also likely starters.

The Cougars warmed up for finals with a 120-point mauling of Gormandale and Chandler enjoyed the opportunity to fine tune his side’s attack.

“You can only play who you play in round 18 but Gormandale still have some top players and it was a good offensive hitout without being a finals-type contest,” he said.

“Heyfield have quality players everywhere so it will be a battle of the midfields on Saturday.”

After an impressive nine weeks, Heyfield’s smooth finals preparation hit an unexpected bump against Traralgon-Tyers United in the final round.

“From our point of view we couldn’t go up or down the ladder and we were a bit flat,” Stubbe said.

“I couldn’t fire the boys up and we took a while to get going but credit to TTU they came out firing.

“It was a good wake up call.”

Heyfield eventually recovered and went on to win the game, but will welcome back experienced pair Shane Birss and Nick Dowse (hand) this weekend.

“It’s an important game because we know how important it is to go through to the second semi-final and not go into a do-or-die situation,” Stubbe said.

“Churchill have a strong midfield and it’s going to be an arm wrestle but we’ll go man-on-man and back ourselves in.”

On paper at least, the Roos boasts a meaner defence, while the Cougars possess the more potent attack, and with both coaches favouring one-on-one contests, there promises to be fascinating matchups all over the ground.

Qualifying Finals (2 v 3) – Saturday, 20 August – Yarram Recreation Reserve

Seniors – Churchill v Heyfield

Reserves – Sale City v Cowwarr

Thirds – Sale City v Glengarry

A grade – Rosedale v Heyfield

B grade – Heyfield v Sale City

C grade – Woodside v Sale City

D grade – Heyfield v Rosedale

17 and under – Traralgon-Tyers United v Churchill

15 and under – Traralgon-Tyers United v Sale City

Wildcats end Rosedale reign

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Wildcats end Rosedale reign

Rosedale’s premiership reign is over, following defeat to Woodside in Saturday’s battle for the fifth and final spot in the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League finals series.

The decisive round 18 clash lived up to the pre-game hype, with the Blues rallying from nearly five goals down in the final quarter to take the lead, only to succumb to a late burst from the home side.

Goals from coach Gary Jones and Tom Love ensured the Wildcats clung on to a finals berth with a thrilling 16.13 (109) to 14.16 (100) win.

Jones said the result was a relief and exorcised some ghosts of past opportunities.

“As I said to the boys after the game it’s better to win ugly than lose pretty,” Jones said.

“A few of the boys played in 2013 when Woodside lost to TTU with pretty much the last kick of the day to get kicked out of finals, so it’s good for the club to move on and feel a little bit better about that.”

Indicative of both clubs’ seasons, Woodside made five changes to the side that fell short against Heyfield last week, while Rosedale made four from the team that overcame Glengarry.

The Blues were without playing coach Sam Bristow (hamstring) and senior regulars Chris Sutton (hand) and Jake Main (quadriceps), while Woodside lost Tom King to prior commitments.

Brad Scott returned from injury alongside premiership teammate Craig Bourne, who played his first game of the year following his return from Canada.

Wildcats tall Corey Whiteoak was available after serving a one week suspension, while King and Dylan McLachlan proved key inclusions.

The home side kicked first three goals of the game before Rosedale took control, dominating the remainder of the quarter, but only managing two goals from 11 scoring shots.

Woodside threatened to kick away throughout the contest but Rosedale kept responding and when the Blues reeled off five goals in a row, suddenly the game was turned on its head.

However, the Wildcats had time for one more push and they managed to resurrect their season and avoid a fifth straight defeat.

The key moments were clear for Bristow.

“You look at the first quarter and we kicked two goals nine… we were playing well we just couldn’t execute,” Bristow said.

“We hit the front (in the last quarter) and I thought that was it, but it was too early.

“The usual suspects for Woodside, Rob Michaelides and Gary Jones, started getting their hands on it and we couldn’t stop them.”

Jones, McLachlan and Shane Kilgower were best for Woodside, while Scott, Frazar Brouns and Matt Royal performed for Rosedale.

Blues forward Brandon McDonald’s three goals took his season tally to 74 and secured him the league’s leading goal-kicker award.

Bristow said it had been a tough season, but hoped to contend again next year.

“It’s a very competitive league and everyone can beat everyone so you’re only ever one or two players away,” he said.

 “We’ve had a lot of turnover from last year to this year but hopefully we can hold on to a few and forge ahead next year.”

TTU v Heyfield

Heyfield survived a scare to defeat an inspired Traralgon-Tyers United by two points at Tyers Recreation Reserve.

The Roos went into the game on the back of a four-game winning streak, but were made to work have for number five, as the Bombers booted five goals to none in the opening term.

The visitors fought back to lead by two points at half-time and stretched the margin to 15 at the final change, but had to hold off a late surge from the home side to win 11.17 (83) to 12.9 (81).

James Beha (two goals) was best-on-ground for Heyfield, with Jesse Bedggood and Cameron Garrett also prominent.

Jye Neagle booted four for TTU, with Jayden Steers, Ricky Cochrane and Patrick Harriman among the best.

Heyfield finished third on the ladder, with the Bombers eighth.

Sale City v Cowwarr

Sale City rounded out a dominant home-and-away season with a 64-point defeat of Cowwarr.

Tom Wilson bagged eight goals and Tye Morrison four in the 17.13 (115) to 7.9 (51) victory.

Jacob Milham and Harrison Kaandorp were standouts for the Bulldogs, while Shane Morgan, Linden Brunt and Pat Tainsh battled hard for the visiting Saints, who ended the home-and-away season in seventh place.

Sale City will have a week off before tackling Churchill or Heyfield in the second semi-final.

Churchill v Gormandale

Churchill’s multifaceted forward line warmed up for finals with a 120-point humbling of Gormandale.

Michael Santo finished with seven goals and Brad Knowles and Hamish Towns four apiece in the 29.18 (192) to 11.6 (72) win.

Brendan Mason and Brad Brereton also impressed for the qualifying final-bound Cougars.

Liam Kurrle, Josh Kurrle and Justin Fulton stood tall for the Tigers, who collected the wooden spoon with one win for the season.

Glengarry v Yarram

Yarram warmed up for an elimination final showdown against rival Woodside with an 81-point win away to Glengarry.

It was an impressive win for the Demons, who overcame a sluggish start to keep the in-form Magpies to one goal after half-time in the 15.17 (107) to 3.8 (26) win.

Matt Clavarino, Trek Davis and Griffin Underwood led the way for Yarram, while Chris Wangman, Travis Patten and Leigh O’Mara rounded out good individual seasons for the Glengarry.

Netball

Woodside ensured its status as A-grade flag favourite, with a 43-37 win against second-placed Rosedale.

 Sixth and seventh-placed Glengarry and Yarram played out a 46-all draw, Cowwarr beat Sale City 52-34, Heyfield defeated TTU 49-27 and Churchill cruised by Gormandale 71-23.

Finals arrive early for Blues, Wildcats

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Finals arrive early for Blues, Wildcats

Woodside coach Gary Jones says his side is determined not to let a rare AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League finals appearance slip from its grasp when it hosts Rosedale on Saturday.

The Wildcats have been in the top five since the opening day of the season – spending much of that time in the top three – but have lost their last four games to plummet from third to fifth.

They now face reigning premier Rosedale in a final-round showdown, with the Blues’ superior percentage ensuring victory would be enough for them to leapfrog Woodside into fifth spot.

The Wildcats have only played finals twice since joining the league in 2008 and Jones said his side would be doing everything in its power to keep its season alive.

“We’ve been there all year and it will be disappointing and a bit embarrassing if we drop out now,” Jones said.

“(Rosedale) have had a pretty bad year with injuries and we’re in a similar situation right now.

“They have played and won grand finals so they have that experience, but if we turn up and play the way we did in the first quarter (on Saturday against Heyfield) we’re certainly good enough.

“If we can’t win we don’t deserve to play finals.”

Three of Woodside’s recent defeats have been against the top three teams and Jones was hopeful home ground advantage and a few key inclusions could help get his side back on track.

Northern Territory-based players Keegan Dingo, Dylan McLachlan and Lionel Ogden – who has been struggling with a sore hamstring – should be available, while Corey Whiteoak is set to return from suspension.

Stopping league leading goal-kicker Brandon McDonald will be key for Woodside, with Rowan Missen or Gavin Stevenson likely to get the job, leaving the other to monitor Jack Tatterson when he plays forward.

McDonald was held to one goal when Woodside downed the Blues by 40 points in round nine, but he booted a season-high 10 goals last week and looms as a major threat.

Blues coach Sam Bristow said recent results had reenergised his playing group and the finals experience at his disposal would be invaluable.

“Straight after the Sale City game everyone was pretty flat for half-an-hour or so until we realised we still had a chance,” Bristow said.

“This week feels like a final and even though it’s technically not we have to play like it is because there is no tomorrow for us if we don’t win and that’s how we’ve been playing for the past month.

“If we’re good enough we’ll be playing finals next week. We haven’t changed our methods, it’s just whether we execute.”

The Blues will be forced into at least two changes, with Mitch Bradley one of two players injured against Glengarry, and will be sweating on the fitness of premiership players Sam Tudor, Luke Stuckey and Brad Scott.

Bristow rated the latter as the most likely and a “70 per cent chance” to play, but said the early exchanges would be crucial, regardless of the personnel.

“I think (Woodside) will be nervous,” Bristow said.

“We’ll really try to lock it down because one thing we know about them it once they get on top of teams they tend to run away with it. If we can make the game go four quarters I’m confident we’ll win.

Elsewhere, the top four meets the bottom four, with Sale City hosting Cowwarr and Churchill hosting Gormandale, while Yarram and Heyfield travel to Glengarry and Traralgon-Tyers United.

The top three positions will not change and Yarram cannot finish lower than fifth, with TTU the only side in the bottom five able to climb the ladder.

Heyfield rising as Wildcats falter

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Heyfield rising as Wildcats falter

Heyfield has sealed a top-three finish and given reigning AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League premier Rosedale one last shot at playing finals, by defeating Woodside at Gordon St Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

A seven-goal-to-two second term broke an otherwise tight contest wide open and the visiting Wildcats were unable to recover enough to have a chance of winning the game, eventually going down 16.9 (105) to 8.8 (56).

The Roos, who have contested the past four grand finals, have won seven of their eight games since the turn of the season to climb from sixth to third and a guaranteed second chance in finals.

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe said the defeat to Woodside in round eight was a turning point.

“We got a couple of guys back and things have really fallen into place,” Stubbe said.

“We’ve got one game to go and taking good form and maybe even a mental edge into finals means a lot to us.

“The second chance is invaluable in the grand scheme of things.”

James Beha continued his rich vein of form and was well supported by mobile big man Jesse Bedggoood and hard-at-it midfielder Ryan Bean, who has taken his long-awaited opportunity for senior football with both hands in the past month.

Stubbe spent time forward and finished with four goals as he continues to add flexibility and unpredictability to his side’s repertoire.

Kodie Woodland and Daniel Saunders returned for the home side in place of Matt Phelan and the unavailable Mitch Dowse, while Woodside’s tough run with injury and unavailability continued.

Corey Whiteoak was handed a one-match suspension at the tribunal on Friday night, before Darwin-based pair Keegan Dingo and Dylan McLachlan missed their first flight and had a second cancelled.

Hank Norman, Mat Nelson and Aidan Fitzgerald were among six inclusions for the game, but Wildcats coach Gary Jones said his side couldn’t afford anymore set-backs.

“Take a few out of our side and it makes a real difference,” Jones said.

“Basic skill errors really let us down. A couple of times we came in-board and turned it over and Heyfield went down the other end and kicked a goal and that hurt.

“Our focus going into the game was on our mindset because no one really turned up against Glengarry and to go to Heyfield who have only lost one in nine and then have the Friday and Saturday incidents and still come out and have a good first quarter is a positive we can take out of it.”

Ben Johnson and Rob Michaelides (four goals) were once again standouts, while the performances of Tom Glenn and Reuben Haustorfer was encouraging.

All eyes now turn to Woodside Recreation Reserve, where the Wildcats host the Blues in a final round head-to-head battle next Saturday for the last place in this year’s finals series.

Rosedale v Glengarry

Ten goals from league-leading goal-kicker Brandon McDonald helped Rosedale hold off a hungry Glengarry and keep their premiership defence alive.

The Blues led by 34 points at quarter-time and 29 points at three-quarter-time, and while the visiting Magpies rallied on the second and fourth quarters, they finished 11 points short, 15.9 (99) to 13.10. (88).

Along the McDonald, skipper Dale Fleming, Joel Bristow and Jake Main were key contributors for Rosedale.

In-form duo Travis Patten and Leigh O’Mara, as well as Gary White (three goals) and Jake Read (two) were best for Glengarry.

Yarram v Sale City

Minor premier Sale City was sternly tested by finals-bound Yarram, but ultimately prevailed 17.15 (117) to 16.9 (105).

Bulldogs forward Rowan Bell made it 10 goals in two games since his return to the side, while Jack Sellen, Simon Jackson and Jacob Milham (two goals) also impressed.

Corbin Sutherland booted four goals and Jay McDonald, Chris Pettitt and Griffin Underwood were standouts for the Demons, who showed they will not be easy beats in finals.

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Cowwarr v Churchill

Second-placed Churchill overcame Cowwarr at Cowwarr Recreation Reserve.

Brendan Holt and Hamish Towns kicked three goals apiece in the 13.9 (87) to 7.6 (48) win.

Jarrod Broadbent, Lucas Towns and Billy Wight led the way for the Cougars, while Linden Brunt, Shane Morgan and Bill Phelan were the Saints’ best.

Gormandale v TTU

Traralgon-Tyers United defeated Gormandale to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Matthew Stolarczyk was best-on-ground while Lincoln Albanese and Guy Sinclair booted three goals each in the Bombers’ 15.13 (103) to 12.8 (80) win.

Kodie Owen, Jordan Sandy and Liam Kurrle were best for the Tigers, who fought hard all day.

No splitting Cougars, Demons

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No splitting Cougars, Demons

Churchill and Yarram were left shaking heads as well as hands after playing out an incredible draw in round 16 of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League at Gaskin Park on Saturday.

A thumping goal on the run from marauding Yarram half-back Jay McDonald levelled scores at 16.12 (108) apiece with 15 seconds to play and earned the Demons a share of the spoils.

Both sides were in positions to win the game at various stages and neither coach was sure how to react to the result.

“It was a bizarre game,” Cougars coach Allan Chandler said.

“They belted us at times and we were better than them at times so it was probably a fair result in the end.

“We played a poor last few minutes where we made a number of mistakes and weren’t doing what we were supposed to structure-wise but hopefully we can use that as a learning tool for the rest of the season.”

Yarram coach Chris Pettitt was similarly torn.

“In the end it was two points gained, but after the start we made it was two points lost,” Pettitt said.

“Our run was really good in the first quarter and our spread led to a lot of one-on-ones and easy scoring opportunities because of how hard we were working, but that dropped off in the second.

“There were a lot of positives, but the best part of the result was how we came back after going behind in the last quarter.”

Yarram raced to a 30-point quarter-time lead, with an eight-goal opening term, including four from returning defender-turned-forward Jarryd Swift.

Churchill gradually worked its way back into the game, getting within two goals in the second quarter and drawing level in the third, only for the Demons to kick away again on both occasions.

The pair traded blows throughout the final term and when Hamish Towns kicked his third goal to put Churchill seven points clear, the Cougars looked to have snatched victory.

However, a Swift behind opened the door for McDonald to pinch back two points.

Swift finished with five goals, as did Corbin Sutherland, while first-year senior player Chris Coulthard impressed alongside proven performer Griffin Underwood.

Nic Campbell (three goals) played his best game for two months, with skipper Chris Williams and midfielder Dean Degroot Churchill’s most consistent contributors for the day.

Churchill remains the only side Yarram has not beaten since joining the league in 2014, but the draw assured the Demons a maiden North Gippsland finals berth.

Both sides are finding form at the right time and after the return of Swift, Trek Davis and Jack Moore against Churchill, Pettitt was looking forward to welcoming skipper Chris Bruns, Michael Pettitt and Jake Anderson back into the fold next week.

Glengarry v Woodside

Glengarry produced arguably the upset of the season to stun Woodside 15.10 (100) to 11.18 (84).

Four goals from Hayden Britten and stellar performances from Chris Wangman, Travis Patten and Jonathon Bell inspired the Magpies to victory.

Ben Johnson, Corey Whiteoak and Rowan Missen were best for the inaccurate and injury-affected Wildcats, who must now regroup and win one of their two remaining games to secure a finals berth.

Sale City v Rosedale

Sale City emphatically snatched the title of minor premier from holder Rosedale with a 24.20 (164) to 4.14 (28) win at Stephensons Park.

Tye Morrison booted six goals and Rowan Bell five in his first senior game of the year, with Josh Tollner and Barry Parsons among the Bulldogs’ many standouts.

Rosedale’s Brandon McDonald added three goals to his league-leading tally, while Sam Tudor and Dale Fleming were the Blues’ best.

Woodside’s shock loss to Glengarry was some consolation for the Blues as it left the door ajar for them to sneak back into the finals fold.

Should Rosedale overcome the Magpies and the Wildcats fail to beat Heyfield next week, their clash on the last day of the season will be a head-to-head battle for fifth spot.

TTU v Cowwarr

Five goals from Dalton Tripodi led Traralgon-Tyers United to a morale-boosting 14.9 (93) to 12.12 (84) win against Cowwarr.

Luke Miller (four goals), Rhys Martin and Scott Zuehlke also impressed for the Bombers in their fourth win of the season, as the club marked its Hall of Fame celebration with a win.

Pat Tainsh, Shane Morgan and Sam Moran best for the seventh-placed Saints.

Gormandale v Heyfield

Heyfield moved into the top three, with a comfortable 28.23 (191) to 12.6 (78) win against Gormandale.

Mitchell Dowse (six goals) and Jordan Stubbe (five) headed a list of 13 individual goal-kickers for the Roos, while James Beha and Jack Woodland were among the best.

Daniel Domaille, Ryan Burns and Toby Bye battled hard for the Tigers, while Joseph Colaciello finished with five goals.

Netball

Cowwarr took a major step towards A-grade finals netball, with a 49-27 win away to TTU.

The win moved the Saints one game clear of sixth-placed Glengarry, which fell to ladder leader Woodside 49-66.

Churchill defeated seventh-placed Yarram 42-32, while Rosedale beat Sale City 55-26 and Heyfield overcame Gormandale 52-46.

Defending champs' hopes sinking fast

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Defending champs' hopes sinking fast

Rosedale’s hopes of defending its AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League crown are in deep water, following defeat to Churchill in a dramatic round 15 of competition.

Saturday’s arctic conditions contributed to an extraordinary final scoreline of 4.9 (33) to the Blues’ 1.12 (18) at a sodden Rosedale Recreation Reserve and left the reigning premiers two games outside the top five with three rounds to play.

Realistically, the Blues must now win their final three games – including tussles with ladder leader Sale City and top three hopeful Woodside – and rely on results of multiple games involving the Wildcats, Heyfield or Yarram going their way if they are to play any part in finals.

Goals understandably proved a rare commodity throughout the day, with Churchill registering the only major of the first half in the opening term and leading by that margin at the main break.

Four of the game’s five goals arrived in the third term, with the visiting Cougars bagging three of them from six scoring shots, while Rosedale could only manage one from five.

The home side won the final term, but only by four behinds to two.

Ben Skinner starred for the Cougars, who had plenty of contributors, including Dean Degroot, Joey Whykes and coach Allan Chandler.

Rosedale playing coach Sam Bristow set the example for his side, with Sam Tudor, Brad Caldwell and Rohan Diamond providing plenty of support.

The win all but cemented Churchill a top three finish and coveted double chance in finals.

Woodside v Sale City

Ladder leader Sale City showed its flag bid was back on track, with a classy 9.16 (70) to 3.3 (21) win against Woodside.

Playing coach David Piasente celebrated the birth of his third child with four goals on his return to the side, with Jacob Schuback also slotting four.

Josh Tollner, Harry Kaandorp and Justin McLay were best for the Dogs, while Ben Johnson, Brent Kerr and Daniel Missen fought hard for the Wildcats, who slipped outside the top three for the first time since round six.

Yarram v TTU

The weather defeated both teams at Yarram Recreation Reserve, but the home side won the battle for premiership points against Traralgon-Tyers United 4.7 (31) to 1.1 (7).

The game was abandoned midway through the third term due to several players displaying symptoms of hypothermia, with the Demons leading by 24 points.

Chris Pettitt, Jay McDonald and Justin Staley were Yarram’s best, while Mark Stolk, Guy Sinclair and Rhys Martin stood out for the Bombers.

Heyfield v Glengarry

Heyfield continued its late charge towards finals with a 45-point win against Glengarry.

The Kangaroos had seven single goal-kickers in the 7.13 (55) to 1.4 (10) win and were best served by Ryan Bean, James Beha and Nick Dowse.

Leigh O’Mara booted the Magpies’ only goal of the game and was joined in the best by Travis Patten and Chris Wangman.

The game was part of AFL Gippsland Mental Health Round, with Bean awarded the Alliance Medal for his performance.

Cowwarr v Gormandale

Cowwarr didn’t let the conditions stop it from recording a big win against Gormandale.

Kyle Stammers (four goals), Ben Coffey and Brett Street (three each) did much of the damage in the 16.12 (108) to 5.8 (38) victory.

Sean Alexander, Braden Johnston and Shane Morgan led the way for the Saints, while Ryan Burns, Josh Kurrle and Chris Potalej worked hard for the Tigers.

Netball

Woodside bounced back from its first loss of the season, with a 47-41 win against Sale City in round 15 of the AGL Loy Yang A-grade netball competition.

The Wildcats remain four points clear of reigning premier Rosedale, which overcame Churchill 39-29.

The battle for fifth spot rages on, with Glengarry (fifth) losing to Heyfield 34-24 and Cowwarr (sixth) falling short against Gormandale 36-40, while Yarram (seventh closed with two points with a narrow win against TTU.

Roos hold firm against rising Saints

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Roos hold firm against rising Saints

Patience was key for Heyfield on Saturday, with the Kangaroos made to work hard for their win away to their old AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League foe Cowwarr.

The finals football-chasing Roos trailed by three points at quarter-time and two points at half-time against their less-fancied opponents, but rose to the challenge and ultimately emerged with a 39-point win.

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe said the main break was a time for cool heads, not frustration or panic.

“(At half-time) I just reiterated that we knew it was going to be a tough contest that we were standing up well and just had to keep applying pressure and take our opportunities,” Stubbe said.

“We battled on and took it up another level and did break them in the end.

“Credit to Cowwarr, their season’s over but they’re battling on and are a solid side that really pose a threat to the top sides.”

James and Jesse Beha and Shaun Humphreys booted four goals each and were among 10 individual goal-kickers for the Roos.

Jack Woodland put in his body on the line all day, winning plenty of contested ball and using it well, while Nick Dowse and Jon Dewsbury were also prominent.

Dewsbury was one of three changes to the side that narrowly lost to Sale City two weeks ago, with Daniel Saunders and Ryan Bean also called up in place of David Kelly, Josh Neille and Daniel Stevens.

Cowwarr full-forward Brad McBride made it four straight games with three or more goals – all against sides in finals contention – with six for the day, while Brett Street chipped in four of his own.

Pat Tainsh, Bill Phelan and Sean Alexander were other good contributors for the Saints.

The 20.15 (135) to 15.6 (96) win lifted Heyfield back into the top five ahead of reigning premier Rosedale with three rounds to play.

Gormandale v Yarram

Goal umpires and scoreboard attendants got another major workout at Gormandale Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Gormandale and Yarram registered 76 scoring shots between them, with the visiting Demons doing the greater damage to win 27.19 (181) to 18.12 (120).

Corbin Sutherland (six goals), Keifer, Griffin Underwood and Tyler Chisholm (four each) all enjoyed a day out for the Demons, while Chris Potalej (six) and Luke Francis (four) did likewise for the home side.

Louis Rodaughan joined the goal-kickers in Yarram’s best and the Tigers were well-served by Antonio Colaciello, Ryan Burns and Kodie Owen.

The win maintained the Demons’ hold on fourth spot and gave them a timely boost in percentage, which could be crucial in the ongoing race for finals.

Netball

Heyfield dealt Cowwarr’s finals hopes a blow with a thrilling 42-40 win in the A-grade netball.

Yarram also won a close affair, defeating Gormandale 49-47 to round out the split round 14.

Cougars hold Wildcats at bay

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Cougars hold Wildcats at bay

AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League powerhouse Churchill had all the answers at Gaskin Park on Saturday.

A second-quarter statement was backed up with suitable replies to all the follow-up questions Woodside could pose in a furious-paced and high-quality round 14 contest.

The Wildcats led early before the home side reeled off seven straight goals, including the last two of the opening term, to take a 38-point lead into half-time.

The visitors hit back to win the second half, but every time they built some scoreboard pressure, Churchill responded with a goal of its own and eventually won the battle 17.15 (117) to 13.18 (96).

“The second quarter was definitely our best and it put a bit of a margin between us until the final siren,” Cougars coach Allan Chandler said.

“It was a real battle of the midfields. At first it was even, then in the second quarter and the start of the third we dominated and after that they did but we were still able to take our opportunities.”

Sam Mazou and Nic Campbell returned for Churchill in place of unavailable pair Brad Knowles and Billy Wight, but ruckman Dillon Leys and forward Hamish Towns continued their quest for match fitness with another week in the reserves.

Woodside made four changes to the side that downed TTU in round 13, with Hank Norman, Ethan Stevens, Dale Hanratty and Blake Reed returning in place of and Mathew Nelson, Tom Glenn, Tim Hendricken and Keegan Dingo, who missed his flight from Darwin.

Woodside coach Gary Jones was left to rue a missed opportunity to cement a top three spot.

“In the second half we had a lot of run and a lot of the footy but our basic skills let us down,” Jones said.

“We missed some simple shots to bridge the gap and couldn’t get a run on.

“Being six goals down at half-time I was worried our blokes might drop the bundle a bit but to their credit we battled it out.

“We are right there, we just need to work on our skills under pressure at training and hopefully we can still finish in the top three.”

Goals from midfield proved vital, with Churchill skipper Chris Williams twice delivering a captain’s goal when it was needed, to go with three from fellow on-baller Travis Brighton.

Cougars forward Michael Santo finished the day with three goals from eight scoring shots and Chandler two.

A late hamstring injury aside, Wildcats ruckman Aiden Fitzgerald impressed with his follow-up work and mobility around the ground, while Cameron Whiteoak’s six goals kept Woodside in the contest and earned him the best-on-ground medal as part of Indigenous Round.

Churchill’s Jarrod Broadbent and Dean Degroot and Wildcats Rob Michaelides (three goals) and Rowan Missen were other standout performers.

The win moved the Cougars one game clear of Woodside in second spot, while the third-placed Wildcats remain two ahead of Yarram, Rosedale and Heyfield, with the former and the latter holding a game in hand.

TTU v Rosedale

Rosedale piled the pressure back on Heyfield and Yarram, with a comfortable win away to Traralgon-Tyers United.

Brandon McDonald booted eight goals in a best-on-ground performance as the reigning premier romped to a 16.12 (108) to 9.5 (59) win on the back of a 10-goal-to-three second half.

The win was enough move the Blues back into the top five, pending results from the second half of the split round next weekend.

Rosedale leaders Dale Fleming and Sam Bristow were also prominent, while Rhys Martin, Lachlan Pollard and Guy Sinclair were among the Bombers’ best.

Sale City v Glengarry

Fresh from back-to-back thrillers against Churchill and Heyfield, Sale City resumed usual proceedings with a 114-point thrashing of Glengarry.

Six goals from Jacob Schuback and standout performances from Justin McLay, Ben Chivers and Alex Isailovic led the Bulldogs to a 19.16 (130) to 2.4 (16) win.

Andrew May, Chris Wangman and Ben Truin battled hard for the Magpies.

Round 14 concludes next weekend, with Cowwarr hosting Heyfield and Yarram on the road against Gormandale.

Netball

Churchill dealt Woodside its first A-grade loss of the season.

The third-placed Cougars edged the ladder-leading Wildcats 46-42 in a thrilling contest.

Elsewhere, Sale City upset Glengarry 47-35 to keep its finals hopes alive, while Rosedale downed Traralgon-Tyers United 66-18.

Cat fight for top three advantage

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Cat fight for top three advantage

The claws will be out at Gaskin Park on Saturday as Churchill and Woodside go head-to-head in a clash that all but guarantees the victor a top-three finish.

The pair are locked on 40 points on the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League ladder and face the prospect of ending the split round 14 two games clear of fourth place.

Conversely, a loss could be costly, particularly for the Wildcats, who arguably have the toughest run home of any finals contender.

While both sides are almost certain to play finals regardless of Saturday’s result, there is plenty left to play for with a double chance in finals up for grabs for those able to finish in the top three.

“That’s certainly the way we’re looking at it,” Woodside coach Gary Jones said.

“A lot would have to go wrong from there for us to miss out, so from a coaching point-of-view we’ve certainly had this one and the next one against Sale City in our sights for a while.

“A win would consolidate our position and it’s also a chance to see how we go against the top teams, whether we’re contenders or pretenders.”

The reverse fixture in round four was a 35-goal shootout, with eight goals from Nic Campbell eventually sealing a 17-point victory for the Cougars.

Campbell has missed the last two weeks and could return to form a fearsome forward line alongside Brendan Holt, Brad Knowles, Allan Chandler and mercurial recruit Michael Santo that has only featured once previously this season.

The Wildcats have also had little trouble scoring this season, with Rob Michaelides (45 goals), Ryan Foat (32), Cameron Whiteoak (29) and Adrian Fazioli (24) among the competition’s top 20 goal-kickers.

“I don’t want a shootout but it tends to be that way when we play,” Jones said.

“The key area will be the midfield and whoever can get their hands on the ball first.

“Traditionally Woodside has struggled at Churchill, but they beat us at home so we’re pretty keen to return the favour and it’s also an opportunity to get a psychological edge if we do go on and play each other again in finals.”

The Wildcats will regain hard-running midfielder Hank Norman, giving them an almost full strength line-up.

Cougars coach Allan Chandler faces a tough week at the selection table.

Premiership ruckman Dillon Leys has arrived back at club after a stint at Trafalgar and having made his return through the reserves last week, could be in line for a senior call-up.

Leys’ inclusion would take some of the pressure off makeshift ruckman Lucas Towns and allow him bolster the Cougars’ back line.

Hamish Towns booted 10 goals in the reserves last week in his second game back from ankle surgery, to press his case for a return to senior football.

One player certain to return is Sam Mazou, who started the season strongly but has been sidelined since round 10 with a hamstring injury.

Chandler echoed Jones’ sentiments of making the midfield battle and a top three finish Saturday’s priority.

“I was coaching from the bench last time we played them and it was great to watch, with plenty of goals,” Chandler said.

“Shutting down Rob Michaelides will be key for us and hopefully Travis Brighton, Chris Williams and Joey Whykes can keep getting it out of the middle for us.

“(Top three) is what we’re after and a win this week will definitely help that cause, so hopefully we can notch up the win and keep our fate in our own hands.”

The match coincides with NAIDOC Week and both clubs will be wearing specially-designed football jumpers and netball dresses and there will also be a welcome to country performed by Christine Johnson, followed by a traditional smoking ceremony led by Churchill footballer Luke Johnson.

In other games this weekend, Sale City hosts Glengarry and Traralgon-Tyers United faces Rosedale.

The split round 14 concludes the following weekend when Gormandale meets Yarram and Cowwarr takes on local rival Heyfield.

Bird lifts Dogs to thrilling win against Roos

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Bird lifts Dogs to thrilling win against Roos

A clutch set shot from Sale City’s Daniel Bird broke Heyfield hearts in a pulsating AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League encounter at Gordon Street Reserve on Saturday.

Bird was awarded a free kick 30 metres out from goal with scarcely a minute to play, following a trademark Sale City transition from Brendon Rathnow and coach David Piasente.

The Bulldog held his nerve to kick the goal and hand his side a four-point win, 10.8 (68) to 9.10 (64).

“It was a pressure situation and to his credit he looked calm and kicked it well,” Piasente said.

“Jacob Schuback had an opportunity three or four minutes earlier that we didn’t take, so it was really pleasing to get the points at the end of the day.”

Sale City was without four regular starters, with Troy Carstairs, Mitchell Evans and Evan Johnson unavailable and Tom Wilson a late withdrawal.

Piasente took the opportunity to blood some young players and praised Harrison Evans, Kerrod Macgregor-Davies and Joel Safstrom – the latter given his senior debut in place of Wilson – for their efforts.

Heyfield hit the ground running and led by 16 points at the first change.

The visitors hit back to lead by six points at the main break, as the game ebbed and flowed, with 14 of the 19 goals kicked at the western end of the ground despite a westerly breeze.

The Bulldogs kicked three goals to one after three-quarter-time to snatch the victory and Piasente said it was important his side bounced back quickly after last week’s defeat to Churchill.

“If we hadn’t won we would be in a bit of a position back in the pack,” he said.

“We knew Heyfield was playing some good football and the game was well played by both sides.”

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe said the loss was a “tough one to swallow”.

“We had one rotation left for the last 15 minutes and that probably cost us the game,” Stubbe said.

“City is a tough opponent and our guys battled all day. It gives us a good indication of where we’re at and we were right there with them, which was pleasing.”

An injury to Daniel Stevens proved costly in more ways than one, with his direct opponent Schuback kicking three of his goals after Stevens left the ground.

Ben Chivers, Harrison Kaandorp and Brad McKay were standouts for Sale City.

James Beha, Justin Cox and Scott Anderson were best for the home side, while Jesse Beha impressed with two goals and strong hands in his first senior game for the club.

The defeat was a blow to Heyfield’s hopes of a top-three finish, but the performance gave the ladder-leading Bulldogs and the rest of the competition a timely reminder they remain a team to watch.

Yarram v Cowwarr

Yarram regained fourth spot on the ladder, with an 18.16 (124) to 10.17 (77) win against Cowwarr.

The Demons led at every change and were worthy winners, even if the margin was inflated by the visitors’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

Ryan Underwood finished with six goals and Corbin Sutherland four, with Matt Clavarino and Jay McDonald among the other standout performers.

Brian McBride played a lone hand up forward for the Saints with five goals, while Shane Morgan, Simon Ferguson and Pat Tainsh were in the best.

Woodside v TTU

Woodside celebrated NAIDOC Week and the role of Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place and Indigenous people within its club and community, with a 61-point win against Traralgon-Tyers United.

Five goals each to Cameron Whiteoak and Rob Michaelides led the Wildcats to a 21.16 (142) to 12.9 (81) win.

Keegan Dingo, Ben Johnson and Gavin Stevenson also impressed.

Jesse Krekelberg, Brad Hough and Jacob Albanese were best for the Bombers.  

Rosedale v Gormandale

Reigning premier Rosedale found some form when it crushed Gormandale by 136 points.

Despite being vandalised earlier in the week, Rosedale Recreation Reserve was declared fit for play after a power of work by club volunteers and the home side showed their appreciation with a 21.22 (148) to 1.6 (12) victory.

League leading goal-kicker Brandon McDonald booted six goals and Jack Tatterson four, while Rohan Diamond, Matt Royal and Richard Ingrouille dominated for the Blues, who kept in touch with the top five.

Tyson Kavanagh, Jack Rankcom and Jarryd Garlick battled hard for the Tigers.

Glengarry v Churchill

Returning forward Michael Santo led Churchill to a comfortable victory against Glengarry.

The former Warragul Industrials goal machine bagged a handful in his second senior appearance of the season as the Cougars defeated the Magpies 15.23 (113) to 8.14 (62).

Travis Brighton, Chris Williams and Lucas Towns continued their stellar recent form, while Luke Brereton also performed well for Churchill.

Travis Patten booted three goals for Glengarry, with Jake Frith, Chris Wangman and Ben Truin prominent.

Netball

Cowwarr moved back within percentage of the A-grade top five, with a 36-32 win against Yarram, with fifth-placed Glengarry dropping points against Churchill, 52-58.

Unbeaten ladder leader was never likely to be troubled by Traralgon-Tyers United, which continues its search for a first win of the season after a 64-33 defeat.

Rosedale was another comfortable winner against Gormandale 46-28 and Heyfield came out on top against Sale City 43-28.

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Indigenous Round - jumpers to tell the story at Woodside

Wildcats senior coach Gary Jones, netballer Raylene Kee and reserves coach and manager of Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place Shaun Braybrook show off their Indigenous Round jumpers and netball bibs which they will wear for this weeks clash against TTU.

Indigenous Round - jumpers to tell the story at Woodside

WOODSIDE Wildcats will be wearing specially-designed jumpers and netball bibs this Saturday when they take on TTU for their NAIDOC game.

The jumpers are a symbol of a nine-year unique partnership with Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place.

Wulgunggo Ngalu is run by the Victorian Department of Justice. It was built on the old Won Wron Prison site and opened in 2008. It is a place for Koori males to rehabilitate and reconnect with their culture while connecting with the wider community.

The Wulgunngo Ngalu/Wildcats partnership after the commenced in late 2007/early 2008 when the hand of friendship was extended to the manager Shaun Braybrook and the participants to come on down to the club for a ‘run around’.

In 2008 Woodside and District reformed their club and were accepted into the NGFNL and looking forward to a whole new beginning of which they wanted Wulgunggo Ngalu to be a part.

Shaun signed on as a player and since that first season, the club has proudly flown the Australian Aboriginal flag to celebrate NAIDOC week.

In 2012 Shaun took on the role as coach. Shaun’s coaching credentials were impressive, he had led the Fitzroy All-stars to victory over many years at the Indigenous Carnival held in Melbourne each year.

Since Shaun took on the coaching role the reserves players have celebrated NAIDOC week with a special dance and didgeridoo playing in the rooms before their match.

This year with sponsorship from East Gippsland Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group they are able to showcase the clubs partnership with Wulgunggo Ngalu and other Indigenous players who now play for the Wildcats.

Shaun designed the jumpers to celebrate, not just Indigenous Round and NAIDOC but the significance of their partnership with the football netball club.

Before presenting the jumpers to the players, Shaun explained the significance of the design and outlined the events that would take place on Saturday.

“The day will commence with a flag raising ceremony before the thirds match,” Shaun said.

“Just prior to the reserves match we will have Jamie Thomas in the rooms with us give a talk. Jamie helped with the celebrations at the MCG during the ‘Dreamtime’ match and this will be followed by some didgeridoo playing broadcast over the PA system.

“At 2pm we will have a country smoking and dancing ceremony which the netballers and footballers will be involved in before the matches start.

“Wulgunggo Ngalu and Woodside Wildcats have a very special bond, a bond we want to celebrate during Indigenous round,” Shaun said.

Throughout the day there will be Wulgunggo Ngalu staff members will be looking after the indigenous barbecue in front of the clubrooms, with crocodile, kangaroo and emu sausages on the menu.

At half-time of the seniors match the Wulgunggo Ngalu members will be doing a traditional dance on the oval.

After the match best-on-ground awards will be presented to footballers and netballers.

The Wildcats will get to wear their jumpers the following week as well as they help Churchill celebrate Indigenous Round on their home ground.

Heyfield ready for rebounding Dogs

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Heyfield ready for rebounding Dogs

Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe is expecting to feel the full force of Sale City’s attack when the Bulldogs visit Gordon St Reserve on Saturday.

The ladder leaders suffered their first defeat of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League season away to Churchill last weekend and Stubbe said his side would be prepared for an immediate response.

“I’m expecting (Sale City) to bounce back after their first loss and to come out firing,” Stubbe said.

“We’ll go with the same game plan we’ve had all along, go man-on-man and try to match them physically. City are at their strongest when you don’t man them up and get out of the zone and run.”

While the fortunes of premiership contenders is always of interest, Heyfield has its own situation to focus on.

The Kangaroos remain locked in a battle for a spot in the top five and any win against a side above them – such as last week’s narrow victory against fellow finals hopeful Yarram – will be crucial.

After a slightly lacklustre start to the season Heyfield has kicked into gear in the past month and now sits two games clear of sixth-placed Rosedale.
Stubbe said the return of players such as Jesse Bedggood and the re-emergence of former captain Dave Kelly, who started the year in the reserves, had made a major difference.

“We’ve shown some good form of late and we’ve got some key players back which has helped us,” Stubbe said.

“We’re playing some good team football at the moment and having some different options up forward helps with the confidence.”

Sale City’s interchangeable midfield-forward duo of Jacob Schuback and Justin McLay loom as key one-on-one matchups for the Kangaroos to get right, as does fit-again midfielder David Piasente.

Speaking after last week’s defeat to Churchill, Bulldogs coach Piaesente said wet weather footy was one area his side would look to improve on the back of the winning streak being broken.

“The first half of the season was sensational weather-wise so it was a bit of a hard adjustment with so many stoppages,” Piasente said.

“Training this week will likely be wet again, so we’ll have a chance to work on it.

“I’ve lost enough games in my career to know how it feels so I would have been happy to keep winning. The next few weeks will show us where we’re at and whether we’re happy to cop it on the chin and move on.”

Elsewhere, Woodside hosts Traralgon-Tyers United in the second of four Indigenous respect fixtures taking place across the league this season.

The Wildcats will be wearing specially-designed jumpers and netball bibs as a symbol of a nine-year partnership with Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place.

In other matches, Rosedale takes on Gormandale, Glengarry meets Churchill and Yarram faces Cowwarr.

Cougars end Dogs' unbeaten run

Cougars end Dogs' unbeaten run

Churchill and gruelling conditions conspired to bring Sale City’s unbeaten run to an end in round 12 of AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League competition on Saturday.

With Gaskin Park already heavy under foot from recent rain, a half-time downpour ensured the second half was a battle of attrition.

A Tim Darby major at the 12-minute mark of the final term proved the final goal of the game, as the Cougars hung tough to deny the visiting Bulldogs a 12th straight win, 9.8 (62) to 8.8 (56).

Churchill coach Allan Chandler was pleased with the way his players responded under pressure.

“The ball was more than 50 per cent in their forward half in the last quarter and the last 10 minutes especially we tried to batten down the hatches and stop them from scoring,” Chandler said.

“We had to battle for four quarters and it gives us a bit of confidence and belief.

“It was nice to redeem ourselves after last week’s loss to Heyfield and being the first side to knock off Sale City is a feather in our cap as well.”

Sale City shaded a tightly-contested first half, in which both sides registered 11 scoring shots, but scoring dried up after the main break, with the Bulldogs only managing one goal to the home side’s three.

Midfielders Chris Williams (two goals) and Travis Brighton shone for the Cougars, while Jarrod Broadbent and Jordan Fenech held firm in defence – the latter holding Jacob Schuback to one goal.

Harrison Kaandorp and Josh Tollner maintained their good form for Sale City and Tom Bowman kept Churchill star Brendan Holt to one goal.

Matt Lutze got through his return from long-term injury unscathed, while coach David Piasente got another game under his belt after a two-month layoff.

Piasente conceded his side was second best on the day.

“Watching the reserves you could tell it was going to be one of those days when you try not to go too wide, come through the corridor and limit possessions,” Piasente said.

“We didn’t make the most of our opportunities and gave away some early goals from our kick-outs, but we while we lost we didn’t raise the white flag. The attitude and effort we showed was still good.”

Piasente would happily have continued winning, but said defeat showed the health of the current competition.

The Bulldogs remain two games clear of Churchill and Woodside at the top of the ladder.

Heyfield v Yarram

Heyfield moved ahead of Yarram with a narrow win at Gordon St Reserve.

On a day when both clubs paid their respects to Indigenous culture, it was the Kangaroos that got the job done on the scoreboard, winning 8.7 (55) to 5.12 (42).

Nick Dowse, Scott Anderson and Jack Woodland were the home side’s best performers, but Jesse Jackway’s three goals proved crucial in the low-scoring contest.

Playing coach Chris Pettitt, and leaders Griffin Underwood and Chris Bruns were battled hard for Yarram.

Cowwarr v Rosedale

Rosedale kept its finals hopes alive with a much-needed 24-point win against Cowwarr.

After three see-sawing quarters, the Blues tightened the screws in the final term to secure a 15.7 (97) to 11.7 (73) win and keep within one game of the top five.

Jack Tatterson booted four goals and Brandon McDonald and Frazar Brouns three apiece, while skipper Dale Fleming and Luke Stuckey led from the front.

Pat Tainsh and Simon Ferguson and stood tall for the Saints and Vincent Johnston and Brad McBride finished with three goals each.

TTU v Glengarry

A blistering final term led Traralgon-Tyers United to a 39-point win against Glengarry.

Trailing by a point at the final change, the Bombers upped the ante with six goals to none on their way to a 14.12 (96) to 8.9 (57) win.

Ricky Cochrane, Jay Neagle and Nick Albanese booted three goals each, with Brendan Chapman and Jayden Steers other notable contributors.

Usual suspects Chris Wangman, Leigh O’Mara and Ben Truin were best for Glengarry.

Gormandale v Woodside

Gormandale Recreation Reserve played host to another goal-fest, as the home side continued its attack-first approach against Woodside.

The visiting Wildcats made the most of the open ground to pile on 25.12 (162) to Gormandale’s 11.16 (82).

Adrian Fazioli (seven goals) and Rob Michaelides (five) did the damage, with Tom Glenn, Aidan Fitzgerald and Cameron Whiteoak (four goals) among the other standouts for Woodside.

Joseph Colaciello starred with five goals for the Tigers, who were well served by Matt Griffiths, Luke Francis and Sam Marks.

Netball

Glengarry moved one game clear inside the top five on the A-grade netball ladder, with a 51-28 win against Traralgon-Tyers United.

Sixth-placed Cowwarr fell short 36-51 against high-flying Rosedale, while Sale City remained seventh following a 53-30 defeat to Churchill.

Heyfield beat Yarram 59-32.

 

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Heyfield and Yarram celebrate Indigenous culture

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Heyfield and Yarram celebrate Indigenous culture

Heyfield and Yarram football netball clubs will square off this Saturday at Heyfield in an Indigenous respect fixture.

Both clubs will don specially designed Indigenous outfits and there has been a special medal struck for the best-on-court and best-on-ground for each game.

Prior to the senior match an official welcome to country and brief address will occur after which Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing will toss the coin.

The initiative is supported by Wellington Shire, Harriet Shing and Deadly Sport Gippsland and is the idea of Heyfield coach Josh Stubbe, a proud Jadawa man, with both clubs getting behind the concept.

“The day aims to show our clubs respect and to acknowledge the many hurts that our Koorie community have endured,” Stubbe said.

“We are saying that we acknowledge these wrongs and that we want to pay our respects to this amazingly rich culture that has existed for over 40, 000 years.”

Yarram Club President Gerald Finn said the two clubs aimed to make it an annual event

“It’s a worthy initiative and we are right behind it,” Finn said.

Click here to see a promotional video for the event.

Round 12 preview

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Round 12 preview

Churchill will be out to remind Sale City that this year’s AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League premiership race is far from run, when the sides do battle at Gaskin Park on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have been the clear standouts of the season so far, recording 11 straight wins, including a 66-point defeat of the second-placed Cougars in round three.

Top spot may not be up for grabs this week, but Cougars coach Allan Chandler was keen to show his said can match it with the premiership frontrunner and build belief among the playing group.

“(Sale City) haven’t been beaten yet and we would like to be the first to do it,” Chandler said.

“We’ve got to redeem ourselves for last week. Heyfield outplayed us and we need to bounce back.

“The second half of the year it’s really important to put yourselves in contention and show you’re capable of beating anyone if and when you come up against them in finals.”

Lock-down defender Jordan Fenech could get the job on Bulldogs leading goal-kicker Jacob Schuback should he spend time forward, but with 10 individual goal-kickers for 13 goals last week, subduing one player is unlikely to stop the Bulldogs.

“They have a nice squad and they probably have a few in the reserves team that can come in and fill a role as well,” Chandler said.

“They smashed us in round two. It was probably too early in the season to really see what they were doing, but they have a lot of players to watch and monitor closely.

“We need to put scoreboard pressure on them as well, which is something we didn’t do against them last time and they made us pay for it.”

Bulldogs coach David Piasente was well aware of the threat posed by the Cougars.

“I’ve kept an eye on them the past month in particular and they’re very strong,” Piasente said.

“They got done on the weekend against Heyfield but I’m not looking too much into that, I rate them very highly.

“They play their ground fairly well, it’s bigger and they’re used to it, but as long as we make sure we have enough chances to score we’ll be in the game.”

Despite their dominance of the competition so far, Piasente was wary of complacency and said finding new ways to break teams down was the next step for his side.

“We will try a few things soon. We don’t want to flirt with danger, but we’ve got some guys we might try in different positions and look at the way we move the footy,” he said.

“A few sides have been pushing players back and making it hard for us to find options inside 50, so we need to find a few different ways to goal.”

Evan Johnson (head knock) and Bohdi Walker (hamstring) are likely to miss for the Dogs, opening the door for players that have been pressing their claim with good form in the reserves.

Churchill looks set to regain Jayden Hawkins, who missed last week through injury.

Elsewhere, Heyfield and Yarram will square off at Heyfield in an Indigenous respect fixture.

The clubs will don specially designed Indigenous outfits and there has been a special medal struck for the best-on-court and best-on-ground for each game.

An official welcome to country and brief address will occur prior to the senior match, which could also prove crucial in the battle to secure finals football.

In other round 12 games, Cowwarr hosts Rosedale, Gormandale travels to Woodside and TTU meets Glengarry.

Clubs unite for responsible gambling

Clubs unite for responsible gambling

Round 11 of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League was dedicated to responsible gambling as part of ‘Gambling’s Not A Game Round’.

Clubs were provided with signage and drink bottles to raise awareness of problem gambling and promote a healthy culture when it comes to sports betting, centred on minimising young people’s exposure to gambling activities and advertising and shifting the focus back to the ‘love of the game’ not the odds.

Five of AGL Loy Yang NGFNL’s 10 clubs have signed the responsible gambling charter – more than any other league in Gippsland.

The fixture between Glengarry and Gormandale was the feature match, with footballers, netballers, umpires and water carriers embracing the theme.

Paul Jeffers captured some of the colour of the day on behalf of project partner Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

 

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Glengarry and Gormandale clash headlines 'Gambling's Not A Game' Round

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Glengarry and Gormandale clash headlines 'Gambling's Not A Game' Round

AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League rivals Glengarry and Gormandale will shine a spotlight on problem gambling, when they battle for four points at Glengarry Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Round 11 of football and netball competition has been dedicated to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Gambling’s Not A Game program and the importance of promoting a responsible gambling culture in community sporting clubs.

The contest also represents a huge opportunity for either side to strike a blow in the battle to avoid this year’s wooden spoon.

Their first meeting of the season in round two was a thriller, with Glengarry withholding a final-quarter fightback to cling on to victory by four points.

Gormandale coach Daniel Domaille said that result gave his side plenty of motivation.

“It’s always a tough encounter against Glen and after the first game against them, we’ve got a bit to get back,” Domaille said.

“(We go in) fairly confident. We started pretty well against Sale City (two weeks ago) and they’re the benchmark of the league.

“We’ve turned it up a little bit at training and we’ll be sticking to the game plan and hopefully it’s enough to roll them.

“It’s always a physical match but always played in good spirits and I’m sure this one will be no different.”

The Tigers welcome back ruckman Justin Fulton from injury, but will need to address a leaky defence that has conceded an average of 24 goals per game.

“We’ve been struggling with a few injuries through the year and there’s no issue scoring goals, it’s just our game is all out attack and we’ve tried to put it in place now to be more defensive in the last half of the year,” Domaille said.

“It’s mainly defensive running, we’ve got a pretty quick midfield, the boys do all the hard work getting it forward, then it’s all about when it turns around we’ve just got to really push hard to get back and help out the backmen.”

Magpies coach Chris Day has been battling a similar problem, but he said continuity was proving beneficial.

“We’ve kept an even bunch of guys together so we’ll be similar to when we beat them the first time,” Day said.

“The week off came at a good time. We haven’t really got anyone back, but we had guys that were 70 to 80 per cent fit that are fresher and fitter than they were two weeks ago.

“We’re wary of Gormandale’s ability to score, so our focus is on containing them and we’re confident we can kick a score.”

Ruckman Jonathon Bell is still serving a suspension, but the addition of midfield-forward Hayden Britten has provided another avenue to goal in recent weeks.

Without an under-18 game, Glengarry will continue to blood the likes of Ben Britten, Justin Little, Tahi Davidson and Jake Frith at senior level.

Day said his young side had shown some good signs throughout the season and the message to his players this weekend would be simply to “reward yourselves with a win”.

In other round 11 games, Rosedale and Yarram continue their fight for a top five finish, as do Heyfield and Churchill, while Sale City hosts Traralgon Tyers United and Woodside faces Cowwarr.

Photo: Ben Truin, Maddi Balcombe, Kirstie Ford and Daniel Domaille

Round 10 review: Demons' day against Woodside

Round 10 review: Demons' day against Woodside

Yarram has regained local bragging rights and intensified the battle for position in the top five, with an 18-point win against AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League rival Woodside.

The Demons made the most of the wet conditions at Yarram Recreation Reserve on Saturday to outclass the bigger-bodied Wildcats, 16.14 (110) to 14.8 (92), and remain in the hunt for a top three finish.

After being soundly beaten in the reverse fixture in round one, Demons coach Chris Pettitt said the opening day defeat was part of the making of his young side.

“We were disappointed with the round one loss and didn’t see it coming,” Pettitt said.

“Looking back it might be the best thing that could have happened to us (because) it meant we had to work harder.

“(Saturday’s win) was just about effort. Given the weather it wasn’t going to be about skills, it simplifies football a lot and that suited us more than it suited them.”
The visitors got the jump on the home side and led by 14-points at quarter-time.

Yarram hit back in the second term, but inaccuracy in front of goal meant they were still trailing by two points at the main break.

That all changed in the second half, as the Demons registered 10 goals from 14 scoring shots – a great return given the difficult conditions.

Young midfielder Louis Rodaughan (two goals) and under-18 half-back Will Bodman continued to impress, while Chris Bruns and Liam Farley were also prominent.

Corbin Sutherland booted four goals on his return to the side from suspension to move within two goals of Rosedale spearhead Brandon McDonald at the top of the goal-kicking charts.
Aidan Fitzgerald, Shane Kilgower and Mathew Nelson were best for Woodside, with Rob Michaelides contributing four goals.

The win was the first of three crucial weeks for the Demons, who face fellow finals hopefuls Rosedale (sixth) and Heyfield (fifth) in the two rounds following next weekend’s league-wide bye.

“It’s one thing to beat Woodside but we have to back that up against other good sides,” Pettitt said.

“Gormandale and Glengarry have showed they can be competitive and a loss against any of those sides can ruin your season.”

Woodside remains third, four points clear of Yarram and Heyfield and eight clear of sixth-placed Rosedale.

Heyfield v Rosedale

Heyfield bumped reigning premier Rosedale outside the top five, with a 10.13 (73) to 5.15 (45) win at Nambrok.

The Kangaroos led at every change and while the Blues rallied late, inaccuracy cost them dearly, as they could only manage three goals from 13 scoring shots after half-time.

Scott Anderson continued his rich vein of form for the home side and was joined in the best by Matt Phelan, David Kelly and Mark Johnston.

Jake Suter, Brandon McDonald (two goals) and Jake Main were best for Rosedale.

The defeat dropped Rosedale to sixth on the ladder, one game behind Yarram and Heyfield.

Cowwarr v Glengarry

A strong final quarter ensured Cowwarr survived a major scare against an improving Glengarry.

The Saints kept the Magpies goalless to quarter-time and maintained a 19-point lead at the main break, before the visitors stormed back to level scores by three-quarter-time.

Cowwarr responded by booting three goals to one in the final term to secure the win, 11.12 (78) to 9.8 (62).

Ben Coffey, Kurt Henderson and Brett Street (two goals) led the way for the Saints, while Shane Kosterman, Andrew May and Chris Wangman were Glengarry’s best.

TTU v Churchill

Churchill shored up second spot with another dominant display against TTU.

Fresh from racking up 31 goals in a 141-point win against Gormandale, the Cougars piled on 24 against the Bombers on their way to a 24.20 (164) to 5.1 (31) win.

Brad Brereton and Chris Williams booted four goals each to lead the dozen scoreboard contributors.

Luke Brereton, Travis Brighton and Dean Degroot were the major standouts.

Bombers coach Jay Neagle was the only multiple goal-kicker for the home side, which was best served by Rhys Martin, Nick Albanese and Guy Sinclair.

Sale City v Gormandale

Nine goals from returning star Jacob Schuback led Sale City to victory against Gormandale.

The flag frontrunner trailed the side at the opposite end of the ladder by four points at quarter-time, as the Tigers became just the second side to kick five goals in a quarter against the Bulldogs this season.

However, that was as good as it got for the visitors, with the home side clicking into gear with 11 goals from 14 scoring shots in the second term on the way to a 27.14 (176) to 10.3 (63) win.

Tom Wilson and Bohdi Walker finished with four goals apiece while Jake Milham and Josh Tollner joined Schuback in the best.

Luke Francis (two goals), Joseph Colaciello and Liam Kurrle battled hard for Gormandale.

A-grade netball

Cowwarr moved into the top five on the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League A-grade ladder, with a 10-goal win against Glengarry, 42-32, while Gormandale claimed its third win of the season, with a thrilling one-goal win against Sale City, 44-43.

Unbeaten ladder leader Woodside beat Yarram 54-25, Heyfield defeated Rosedale 40-37 and Churchill accounted for TTU 55-29.

Woodside shores up top three spot

Rosedale

Woodside shores up top three spot

Woodside has landed another blow in the fight for a top-three finish in the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League.

The Wildcats held off a dogged, but ultimately undermanned Rosedale by 40 points at Rosedale Recreation Reserve to move two games clear of Yarram in fourth place.

The final margin did not reflect the evenness of the contest, but Woodside coach Gary Jones said while the game was hardly his side’s most eye-catching performance of the season, it was an important victory.

“A win is a win, but they had a fair few (players) out so we were a bit disappointed with the way we went about it,” Jones said.

“We got plenty of the ball but we need to spread better from the stoppages. Our disposal and our decision making is really hurting us.

“We’ve still got a fair bit of room to improve but we know when we come up against those teams around us, the Yarrams, Rosedales and Heyfields, we really need to win.

“The last game we played (at Rosedale) we lost by more than 200 points, so we can’t complain too much.”

Woodside led at every change, but the home side got within five points early in the final term, before the visitors kicked away.

Midfielder Dylan McLachlan continued his stellar form – initially at the contest, then with his outside run – while Rob Michaelides and Shane Kilgower were also damaging.

Ryan Foat managed five goals in what Jones hoped was a turning point for his season.

“Ryan’s form has been a bit down, but he took some good marks and did well to finish with five goals,” he said.

Blues coach Sam Bristow said his side was still struggling to string four good quarters together.

“We played some good footy until three-quarter-time and then they just ran away with it,” Bristow said.

“We had a shot five minutes into the last quarter to go in front that went out on the full and they kicked the next seven goals, so that’s definitely something we’ll look at.”

Budding half-back Kaleb Watson was Rosedale’s best player in just his second senior game, while Jake Main and Rohan Diamond were other notable contributors.

The return of skipper Dale Fleming from a month-long injury absence provided a welcome boost ahead of next weekend’s crucial clash with Heyfield.

The Blues remain fifth on the ladder, sandwiched between Yarram and Heyfield on percentage.

Gormandale v Churchill

The free flowing football continued at Gormandale Recreation Reserve, as Churchill piled on 31 goals in a 141-point win against Gormandale.

Nic Campbell, Chris Williams and Allan Chandler shared 18 goals between them in the 31.25 (211) to 10.10 (70) win.

Lucas Towns and Travis Brighton were also prominent for the visitors, while Joseph Colaciello (four goals), Luke Francis and Ricky Jorgensen were Glengarry’s best.

The boost in percentage was enough for Churchill to leapfrog Woodside into second on the ladder.

Heyfield v TTU

Heyfield celebrated Justin Cox’s 300th game, with a 27-point win against Traralgon-Tyers United at Nambrok Recreation Reserve.

The Kangaroos started strongly at their home away from home and held the visiting Bombers at arm’s length at every change, eventually running out victors 14.14 (98) to 10.11 (71).

Scott Anderson, Kodie Woodland and Nick Dowse led from the front, while Jordan Stubbe and Joel Dinsdale finished with four goals apiece, as the Roos moved within percentage of the top four.

There were some encouraging signs for the Bombers, who never gave up the fight, with Brendan Chapman, Nick Albanese and the reliable Ricky Cochrane among the better performers.

Yarram v Glengarry

Yarram returned to winning ways, with a 16.14 (110) to 11.8 (74) win against Glengarry.

Will Bodman and Griffin Underwood starred, as the Demons bounced back from a disappointing fortnight to retain their spot in the top five.

Tyler Chisholm and Jay McDonald booted four goals each to help fill the void of suspended leading goal-kicker Corbin Sutherland.

Hayden Britten was a clear standout for Glengarry, booting six goals in his first game for the club, while Leigh O’Mara (four goals) and Ben Truin were also good for the Magpies.

Cowwarr v Sale City

Unbeaten ladder leader Sale City made it nine straight wins, when it defeated Cowwarr on Saturday.

The Bulldogs kept the Saints scoreless to quarter-time and goalless to half-time on their way to a 15.9 (99) to 3.5 (23) win.

Bohdi Walker helped himself to a game-high four goals, with Simon Jackson, Abe Schuback and Ben Chivers among the best.

Ben Coffey, Marcus Twomey and Kurt Henderson battled hard for the home side.

 

By Jeremy Richards

 

Yarram showed they are the ‘New kids on the block,’ moving into second place on the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League ladder, after defeating Traralgon-Tyers United convincingly in round six.

Rosedale and Woodside were both defeated comprehensively, while Churchill had a comfortable win.

All four teams remain locked on four wins and two losses as the battle for the top five heats up, with undefeated Sale City two games clear at the top of the table on six wins.

Churchill v. Rosedale

Churchill got the jump early in the first quarter on a somewhat undermanned Rosedale, and never looked like losing from there on. The Cougars led by a comfortable margin all day and were never challenged with Allan Chandler, Brendan Holt and Chris Williams all contributing up forward in a purposeful, combined effort.

The major goal kickers for Churchill included Chandler with five and Holt and Williams with three apiece, while for Rosedale Jack Tatterson kicked five and Brandon McDonald kicked three.

The best players for Churchill were Nicholas Celima, Jordan Fenech and Joseph Whykes, while for Rosedale, the best players were McDonald, Tatterson and Jake Suter.

Final score: Churchill 17.12 (114) d. Rosedale 11.13 (79)

Sale City v. Woodside

It must have been Fred’s wedding because Woodside didn’t even turn up to play against Sale City on Saturday.

The Bulldogs were never challenged in the 141-point drubbing, with Brandon Jackson and Jacob Schuback both kicking four.

Best players for City were Schuback, Josh Tollner and Brendon Rathnow.

Final score: Sale City 22.25 (157) d Woodside 2.4 (16)

Glengarry v. Heyfield

It wasn’t the most convincing of wins for Heyfield, but the Kangaroos got the points and that’s all that really matters.

The regular premiership contenders have been a bit hot and cold in 2016, but they did enough to defeat Glengarry by 34 points.

There were some good signs from the ninth placed, re-building Magpies as well, demonstrating they can kick a decent score against a quality team.

The major goal kickers for Heyfield included Jesse Jackway and Joel Dinsdale with three each, and James Beha, Shaun Humphreys, and Kodie Woodland each with two.

For Glengarry, Shae Duncan and Leigh O’Mara both kicked three.

The best players for Heyfield were Woodland, Humphreys and Dinsdale, while for Glengarry, O’Mara, Michael Diaz and Layne Hetherton were best on ground

Final score: Heyfield 16.12 (108) d. Glengarry 11.8 (74)

TTU v. Yarram

Yarram moved up to second place on the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL ladder, defeating Traralgon-Tyers United in convincing style.

The Demons led by 10 goals at half-time and were never challenged.

Corbin Sutherland’s eight-goal haul places him six clear at the top of the goal kicking charts on 35.

It was the Bombers’ fifth loss for the season.

The major goal kickers for Yarram included Sutherland (eight), Liam Farley and Dylan Rash with three each.

The major goal kickers for TTU were Jack Salan and Jay Neagle with two each.

The best players for Yarram were Chris Bruns, Jay McDonald and Sutherland, while for TTU the best players were Guy Sinclair, Rhys Martin and Ricky Cochrane.

Final score: Yarram 22.13 (145) d. Traralgon Tyers United 9.4 (58)

Gormandale v. Cowwarr

It was a big turnaround for the Saints this week, breaking the mystical 200-point barrier on their way to a 90-point win over Gormandale.

In a high scoring shootout, the Saints kicked 10 in the third quarter to blow the game apart.

Linden Brunt starred up forward for the Saints with 11 goals.

Other major goal kickers for Cowwarr were Brad McBride with six, and Kyle Stamers with four.

The major goalkickers for Gormandale included Jordan Sandy with six, and Chris Potalej with five.

The best players for Cowwarr were Pat Tainsh, Brunt and Vincent O’Mara, while for Gormandale, the best players were Luke Hegarty, Josh Kurrle and Jaryd Gilroy.

Final score: Cowwarr 31.19 (205) d. Gormandale 17.13 (115)

NGFNL A-GRADE NETBALL

Woodside and Rosedale are the only two undefeated teams after round six of the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL A-grade Netball competition.

Rosedale hung on to defeat Churchill by four goals, 47-43, while Woodside had a more convincing win over Sale City, winning by 16 goals, 49-33.

The wins put the Cats and the Blues two games clear of their nearest rivals, Glengarry, which sits in third place after being defeated by Heyfield, 60-54, with Churchill and Sale City rounding out the top five.

The lower four sides played one another on Saturday, with Yarram notching up its first win of the season over TTU, 47-33, while over at Gormandale, the Tigers won their first of the season, defeating Cowwarr 46-40.

Round six preview

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Round six preview

 

By Jeremy Richards

 

The top five is beginning to take shape in the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL.

Sale City remains undefeated at the top of the ladder with five wins, while Rosedale and Woodside are on four wins each.

This week’s games see four of the top five teams playing against one another.

Sale City take on Woodside, while Rosedale meets fifth-placed Churchill, so the top five may look very different at the end of this round.

This week will also be a good indication of where the top teams really are at this point in the season.

Churchill v. Rosedale

Second-placed Rosedale will be looking to bounce back after a shock upset to last-placed Gormandale last week.

Fifth-placed Churchill with the home ground advantage will be no easy-beats either.

It’s difficult to pick a winner.

Rosedale by six points

Sale City v. Woodside

Ladder leader Sale City is good this year, but expect third-placed Woodside to take them right to the wire.

Woodside is definitely an improving club.

Both teams still need to prove themselves against quality opposition and this week’s draw gives them an opportunity to do that.

Sale City by six points.

Glengarry v. Heyfield

Heyfield has played all top five teams this year except Woodside.

If the Kangaroos want to play finals, they need to pull their socks up, because two wins from five rounds is nowhere near where last year’s runner-up needs to be.

Glengarry is re-building and will be hungry to defeat anyone, especially a struggling club.

An upset is possible.

Heyfield by 12 points.

TTU v. Yarram

TTU has looked soft over the past few weeks and it doesn’t get any easier as it faces in-form, fourth-placed Yarram.

The home ground advantage won’t be enough for the Bombers who are coming off two losses.

Yarram has won the last three from three and will be hard to beat this week as well.

Yarram by 36 points.

Gormandale v. Cowwarr

Gormandale will take a lot of confidence from last week’s upset win against second-placed reigning premiers Rosedale.

The Tigers have been showing signs and last week the hoodoo was lifted.

Cowwarr on the other hand face an uphill battle after another loss last week.

Expect a close game.

Gormandale by 12 points.

Netball
In AGL Loy Yang NGFNL netball, fourth-placed Churchill hosts undefeated, second-placed Rosedale in the match of the round.

Undefeated first-placed Woodside plays fifth-placed Sale City in what should be another enthralling contest.

Third-placed Glengarry will be looking to bounce back after last week’s loss when it takes on sixth-placed Heyfield and the bottom four teams have a great opportunity to put some much needed premiership points in the bank, with TTU hosting Yarram and Gormandale taking on Cowwarr.

Round three review

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Round three review

 

By Jeremy Richards

 

Gormandale has recorded the most stunning upset of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League season, handing reigning premier Rosedale its first defeat of the campaign.

The winless Tigers staged a remarkable upset, defeating second placed Rosedale at Gormandale Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Despite a five-goal-to-one-behind final quarter charge from the Blues, the Tigers hung on in a nail-biting finish to claim victory by 10 points.

The Tigers led by 14 at half-time, and eight goals to three in the third quarter set up the win for Gormandale.

The Blues were without several key players, including skipper Dale Fleming, but take nothing away from the performance of the home side, which led at every change and booted eight goals to three in the third term.

Jordan Sandy finished with eight goals for the Tigers, but wasn’t even named in the best, so impressive were the efforts of the likes of Jarryd Garlick, Toby Bye and Daniel Domaille.

Ajith Achiek and Brandon McDonald kicked four each for Rosedale, which was best served by Jack Tatterson, Brad Scott and Lachi Langmaid.

Final score: Gormandale 18.10 (118) d. Rosedale 14.24 (108)

Heyfield v Sale City

Sale City asserted its dominance at the top of the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL ladder with a disciplined win over Heyfield.

Sale City has gone from strength to strength, proving they are the team to beat in a comprehensive 51-point victory over Heyfield.

Jacob Schuback was impressive up forward for the Dogs, booting six goals.

In predictable form, the Bulldogs never really looked challenged throughout the match, running out comfortable winners.

Best players for Sale City were Schuback, Tom Bowman and Ben Chivers, while the best players for Heyfield were Kodie Woodland, James Beha (three goals), Daniel Stevens and Jack Woodland.

Final score: Sale City 16.11 (107) d. Heyfield 8.8 (56)

TTU v. Woodside

Woodside continued its impressive 2016 campaign with a comfortable 42-point victory over TTU.

The Cats sit comfortably in third position on the ladder, with four wins and one loss.

Woodside led from start to finish and never looked challenged, but took its foot off the accelerator in the last quarter, managing only six behinds, which was a slight blemish on an otherwise disciplined performance.

The major goal kickers for Woodside included Mathew Nelson with four, and Ryan Foat and Cameron Whiteoak with three each.

Jay Neagle kicked kicked for TTU.

The best players for Woodside were Whiteoak, Aidan Fitzgerald and Dylan McLachlan, while for TTU the best players were Matthew Albanese, Ricky Cochrane and Lachlan Pollard.

Final score: Woodside 16.16. (112) d. TTU 10.10. (70)

Churchill v. Glengarry

Churchill is shaping up as the quiet achiever of 2016, posting another resolute win to take them to three wins and two losses on the table after round five.

After a closely fought first quarter, the Cougars kicked away in the second with eight goals to four, setting up the win.

Nic Campbell was a stalwart up forward for the Cougars with seven goals.

The re-building Magpies showed they have some kicking power, nailing 13 for the day, but it wasn’t enough; Churchill easily accounting for the Magpies by 45 points.  

The major goal kickers for Churchill included Campbell (seven) and Allan Chandler (four) while for Glengarry Dylan De Hommel kicked three.

The best players for Churchill were Chris Williams, Joe Whykes and Lucas Towns, while for Glengarry the best players were Michael Diaz, Leigh O’Mara and Jason Ford.

Final score: Churchill 20.14 (134) d. Glengarry 13.11 (89)

Cowwarr v. Yarram

Cowwarr snatched a thrashing from the jaws of victory, while Yarram continued its charge up the AGL Loy Yang NGFNL leader board, after posting a 52-point victory over Cowwarr on Saturday.

In a game that could have gone either way, the Demons held onto a two-point lead at three-quarter-time.

However, a 10-goal-to-two flurry in the final quarter saw the Demons tear the game apart to win by 52.

Corbin Sutherland starred for the Demons with 10 goals, with Michael Lush (four), and Griffin Underwood (three) also among the goals for the visitors.

Brad McBride and Kyle Stamers kicked each and Ben Plozza three for the Saints.

The best players for Yarram were Jay McDonald, Griffin Underwood and Corbin Sutherland, while for Cowwarr the best players were McBride, Pat Tainsh and Kurt Henderson.

Final score: Yarram 20.17 (137) d. Cowwarr 13.7 (85)

A-GRADE NETBALL

Woodside and Rosedale are the only two undefeated teams in the NGFNL A-grade Netball, after Glengarry was defeated by Churchill 58 goals to 36 on Saturday.   

Woodside made easy work of TTU, winning 59 goals to 31, while in a thrilling finish, Rosedale defeated Gormandale by four goals, 49 to 44.

Heyfield managed to hold off a determined Sale City by seven goals out at Nambrok – the Kangaroos nailed 41 goals to the Bulldog’s 34 – and Cowwarr had a good win over Yarram; the Saints defeating the Demons 44 goals to 32.

 

 

HOT DOGS WHIP COLD PIES

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HOT DOGS WHIP COLD PIES

Sale City have gone from strength to strength, remaining the only undefeated team on the NGFNL ladder after Round four, with Woodside losing to Churchill in the ANZAC Weekend clash on Saturday.

It could have gone either way in the first quarter, but a lack of structure across half forward made it difficult for the Magpies to score when they got the ball forward.

The Bulldogs capitalised on this taking a 15 point lead into the first break and kicked away in the second term, with eight goals to two, and from there never looked challenged.

Piling on 12 goals to three in the second half, Sale City cruised to a stunning 119-point victory.

“We’ve had a bit of a rough start to the year playing away, so were pleased to get 4 wins on the board. We never took this team lightly and we came here with a strong mindset to play 4 quarters of footy,” Sale City Coach David Piasente said.

The major goal kickers for Sale City included Jacob Schuback and Justin McLay with five apiece and Jacob Milham and Martin Mcdonough with three each.

The best players for Sale City were Josh Tollner, Schuback and Tom Wilson, while for Glengarry the best players were Leigh O’Mara, Andrew May and Zach Mangion.

The final score was Sale 23.21 (159) to Glengarry 6.4 (40).

Heyfield vs. Cowwarr

Cowwarr certainly wasn’t disgraced on the scoreboard, but still wasn’t good enough to overcome local rival Heyfield on Saturday.

In an arm wrestle that was closely fought all day, the Saints held the Kangaroos back to be within two points at half-time; but a seven-goal-to-four second half saw the Kangaroos nudge ahead and carve out a well earned 18 point victory.

The main goal kickers for Heyfield included James Beha (five) and Joel Dinsdale (two) while for Cowwarr Linden Brunt kicked five and Ben Plozza three.

The best players for Heyfield were Beha, Daniel Stevens and Andrew Lambie, while for Cowwarr the best players were Ben Coffey, Brett Grieve and Pat Tainsh.

Final score: Heyfield 13.3 (81) d. Cowwarr 9.9 (63)

Yarram v. Gormandale

After a few opening round jitters, the Demons are finding some mid-season form, while for Gormandale, the woes continue.

Yarram continued its charge up the leader board, notching up a solid 100 point plus victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

Corbin Sutherland kicked five to move to second on the goal kicking table and from there on the Demons were never challenged in an impressive 111-point victory.

In addition to Sutherland’s haul, Jack Moore, Jay McDonald 3, and Ryan Coulthard booted three apiece, while for Gormandale Jordan Sandy and Chris Potalej kicked two each.

The best players afield for Yarram were Dylan Rash, Jake Anderson, Chris Bruns, while for Gormandale the best players were Josh Kurrle, Toby Bye and Kodie Owen.

Final score: Yarram 25.16 (166) d. Gormandale 7.3 (55)

Woodside v. Churchill

It was almost as if the original 1914 ANZAC ghosts were whispering as Churchill kicked 19.14 on their way to a hard fought ANZAC Weekend victory over the Wildcats at Woodside on Saturday.

It was the first loss this season, and a reality check for the Cats.

They dug in deep, posting a respectable score, but were no match for the indomitable Churchill.

The major goal kickers Churchill included; Nic Campbell (eight), Brendan Holt (four) and Kurt Holt (two), while main goalkickers for Woodside included Rob Michaelides (six), Ryan Foat (four) and Cameron Whiteoak (two).

The best players for Churchill were Campbell, Lucas Towns and Chris Williams, while for Woodside the best players were Ben Johnson, Michaelides and Foat.

Final score: Woodside 16.15 (111) lt. Churchill 19.14 (128)

Rosedale v TTU

Rosedale rounded out round four with a thumping win against Traralgon-Tyers United on Anzac Day.

Brandon McDonald and Jack Tatterston led the charge with seven goals apiece, as the reigning premier ran away with the game after half-time.

The margin was an even four goals at the main break and the Blues extended their lead by just three points in the third term, before running riot in the final term to win by 94 points.

Dale Fleming was outstanding for the home side, but had plenty of help from Matt Royal and Sam Bristow, among many others.

Jay Neagle booted four and was among the Bombers’ best, along with Ricky Cochrane,  Matt Stolarczyk and Brendan Chapman.

The win ensured Rosedale kept pace with Sale City at the top of the pile, with four wins from as many outings.

Final score: Rosedale 22.12 (144) to TTU 7.8 (50).

Round 4 preview

Round 4 preview

The official Anzac Day ceremony will take place before the senior football and A-grade netball games at Rosedale Recreation Reserve this Monday.

In the Saturday games, ceremonies will also be held before each match.

Woodside v. Churchill
The undefeated, second placed Wildcats host seventh placed Churchill down at Woodside this week. It will be an uphill battle for Churchill as the Wildcats are in top form and go in as favourites. On the positive side for Churchill, Woodside is yet to play some of the top sides like Rosedale and Sale City. This game should be a good indicator of where both sides are as teams in 2016. Don’t be fooled by early season ladder positions; this game will be a much tighter contest on the ground than would appear on paper.
Woodside by 24 points.

Glengarry v. Sale City
Glengarry is off the bottom of the ladder with one win under its belt, and that’s already one win better than last year. However, the Magpies face perhaps the most difficult challenge of all teams this week as they take on ladder leader Sale City. It’s a tall order, but who knows? There could be injuries, rain, lightning, you name it. The Magpies still have to turn up to play, and there’s always a chance of an upset before a vocal home crowd. They are are an improved team this year, but it’s pretty hard to go past the Bulldogs.
Sale City by 45 points.

Yarram v. Gormandale
It was terrific to see Yarram get a win last week. The Demons’ current ladder position is not an accurate reflection of how good this team is at present, as they have been pitted against quality sides in the opening rounds. They have a good draw over the next few weeks. Expect them to make their charge up the leader board and don’t be surprised if Yarram has five wins and two losses to its name after round seven. Meanwhile for Gormandale, the woes continue. The Tigers showed a lot of spirit against Glengarry in round three, which proves on any day, anything can happen.
Yarram by 30 points

Heyfield v. Cowwarr
This should be a closely fought contest between two local rivals. There should be a bit of feeling too as the Saints travel 10 minutes down the road to the next watering hole. Both teams are currently locked in eighth and ninth position respectively. Somebody has to win and both teams will be eager to put the four points in the bank, shake off the ‘passenger’ mantle and reassert their reputation as genuine finals contenders. One would lean towards last year’s runners-up on paper, but the Roos haven’t fired very well thus far in 2016. Can they bounce back this week?
Heyfield by four points

Rosedale v. TTU
In the ANZAC Day clash, traditional rivals Rosedale go head-to-head with Traralgon-Tyers United. The Blues are looking very good having won three from three, but if Chase Saunders gets his way, look out. He kicked seven against Glengarry last week, while Rosedale full forward Brandon MacDonald also kicked seven last week against Cowwarr. It could be a good old fashioned ANZAC Day shootout at both ends of the ground. TTU is still yet to assert its full potential in 2016 and although anything can happen on any given day, it’s hard to overlook Rosedale this week.
Rosedale by 36.

BLUES CRUISE ON BIG STAGE

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BLUES CRUISE ON BIG STAGE

Rosedale Football Netball Club shone in the spotlight, winning both showpiece games in the Worksafe Game of the Month on Sunday.

AFL legend Danny Frawley and Australian netball champion Sharelle McMahon were on hand at Rosedale Recreation Reserve as the home side won seven of the nine contests, including the senior football and A-grade netball.

The Blues wasted no time flexing their muscle in the main event, piling on seven goals to no score in the opening term.

The Saints were able to hit the scoreboard in each other quarter, but Rosedale still managed to extend its lead at every change to eventually run out a 102-point winner, 21.12 (138) to 6.5 (36).

Brandon McDonald starred with seven goals and was ably assisted by Sam Tudor, Matt Royal and Frazar Brouns.

Sam Moran, Sean Alexander and Brett Street battled hard for Cowwarr.

Over on the netball court, the reigning premiers accounted for the visiting Saints 40-34.

Cowwarr didn’t walk away empty-handed, scoring encouraging wins in the reserves football – 20.12 (132) to 3.1 (9) – and 15-and-under netball 36-20.

 

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR SAUNDERS

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MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR SAUNDERS

By Jeremy Richards

 

Traralgon Tyers United full forward Chase Saunders had a day out on Saturday, booting seven goals in the Bombers’ victory over Glengarry.

Facing the prospect of three losses to open the season, it was time for a hero to step up and Saunders did just that to help TTU register its first win of 2016.

The Magpies have demonstrated a marked improvement this season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bombers, who eventually prevailed in convincing style.

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 were 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).

The major goal kickers for TTU included Saunders with seven and Lincoln Albanese with three, while for Glengarry Leigh O’Mara was the only multiple goalkicker with two.

The best players for TTU were Saunders, Mark Stolk and Ricky Cochrane.

Glengarry’s best were Gary White, O’Mara and Ben Truin.

Sale City v Churchill

The teams to watch in 2016, though, will be undefeated ladder leader Sale City and second placed Woodside.

The former secured another impressive win in a well organised and somewhat predictable rout over the hapless Cougars.

The Bulldogs are proving the benchmark of the competition after three rounds.

The first quarter was a tightly-fought arm wrestle with the Bulldogs holding on to a slender four-point buffer at quarter time.

A six-goal-to-three second term saw the Dogs extend 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, it was Sale City by 66 points, 23.18 (156) to 13.12 (90).

The major goal-kickers for Sale City were Tye Morrison (five) and Jacob Schuback and Bohdi Walker with four apiece, with Schuback, Tom Warry and Josh Tollner among the star performers.

For Churchill, Nic Campbell bagged five on his return to the club after starting the season in the Mid Gippsland Football League with Yallourn Yallourn North, while Lucas Towns and Luke Brereton the other standouts.

Yarram v Heyfield

Yarram finally made it onto the winners’ list in fine fashion, recording a breakout win against Heyfield.

The Demons have arguably had the toughest draw against some stiff opposition in the first three rounds, but such is the evenness of the opening three rounds, Saturday’s win was enough to push them up the fourth on the ladder.

The home side got out to an excellent start, kicking an unassailable six goals to nil to lead by 35 points at quarter time.

A 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).

Jay McDonald finished with three goals, while for Heyfield Jack Woodland and Dylan Bolton kicked two each.

The best on ground for Yarram included Chris Bruns, Matt Clavarino and Griffin Underwood, while Heyfield were best served by Scott Anderson, Woodland and Mathew Stevenson.

Woodside v Gormandale

Woodside continued its unbeaten run, posting a commanding win over Gormandale to register its best start to a season in the modern era and cement second spot on the NGFNL ladder.
Gormandale certainly wasn’t 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 so far in 2016.

The Wildcats started well, leading by nine at quarter time before 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 three quarter time, and maintaining that same margin until the final siren, prevailing 20.1.9 (139) to 14.16 (100).

For Woodside, Trent Arthur led the way with five goals and Mathew Nelson kicked kicked while for Gormandale, Chris Potalej kicked six.

The best players for Woodside were Rob Michaelides, Cameron Whiteoak and Dale Hanratty.

Sam Marks, Joseph Colaciello and Potalej were best for the Tigers.

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Woodside has stormed to the top of the A-grade ladder, notching up an impressive 51 to 24 goal win over Gormandale to join Glengarry and Sale City as the only undefeated sides after three rounds.

The Foat family starred yet again for Woodside in one of the best all round starts to an NGFNL season for the club.

In other games, Glengarry posted a huge percentage boosting win, defeating a lacklustre TTU Bombers unit by 38 goals.

The Magpies dominating in a 73 to 35 goal rout of the Bombers.

In the close game, Sale City hung on in a two-goal nailbiter to come away with the points, 29 goals to 27 against Churchill.

The win puts the Bulldogs clear in third position on the NGFNL ladder.

Sale City and Glengarry have their work cut out for them as they face off next week in what will undoubtedly be the match of the round.

Down at Yarram, it was Heyfield that took home the four points against the home side in a close five-goal encounter, the Kangaroos winning 41 goals to 36.

BOMBERS BITTEN BY DETERMINED DOGS

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BOMBERS BITTEN BY DETERMINED DOGS

By Jeremy Richards

 

It was a dog of a day at the office for Traralgon Tyers United in round two of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League.

In a dogged performance, Sale City held its nerve at the crucial stages of the dog-eat-dog encounter to pip the Bombers at the post, 8.18.66 to 8.8.56.

The win put Sale City at the top of the NGFNL ladder with a very healthy percentage, ahead of Woodside and Rosedale who also have two wins from the first two games.

The Bulldogs’ form looks set to continue when they host Churchill, who were defeated last week at the hands of Heyfield.

In a gritty arm-wrestle in which neither side dominated convincingly until the last five minutes of the match, Sale City managed to hold its nerve in the time-on period of the final quarter and score the last two goals of the game to claim victory.

“We’ve been working a lot on our game plan,” assistant coach Matt Luzti said.

“Tackling is an important part of that and (senior coach) David Piasente has really instilled that kind of toughness into all of our players.  We’ve really tried to concentrate getting the one-percenters right.”

When asked who made the most important contribution to Saturday’s win Luzti said it was “really pleasing to see the way our midfielders moved the ball quickly”.  

Neither team was clearly able to gain the ascendency in the opening quarter.

Fierce tackling and good solid defensive structures at both ends of the ground kept both teams locked in a gruelling stalemate.

Both teams had chances and blazed away at the big sticks, but most efforts were hampered by inaccurate kicking into a swirly breeze.

At the 12-minute mark Matt Stolarczyk took a strong mark but failed to capitalize with the subsequent kick for goal.

TTU tried to play a possessive brand of football, rather than going directly to their forwards, which probably cost them two or three goals.

Thomas Wilson took a strong grab at the 22-minute mark, but failed to convert from 50 metres directly in front.

It wasn’t until after the siren that the first goal was scored, when TTU’s Chase Saunders kicked truly from 30 metres out on a 45 degree angle, giving the bombers a three-point buffer going into the first huddle.

Three minutes into the second term Saunders goaled again and when Dalton Tripodi slotted another at the 10-minute mark, the Bombers had skipped to a 16-point break.

However, at the 15-minute mark, Jake Milham was able to put the first goal on the board for Sale City, and the margin was reduced to within two straight kicks.

Lincoln Albenese countered with a strong grab and when he went back and put TTU’s fourth on the board, the Bombers looked to have all the answers.

Late goals from Tom Wilson and Jacob Schuback eroded the Bombers lead, but a third goal to Saunders ensured the Bombers hung on to an eight-point lead at the main break.

The premiership quarter was a tight struggle and when Beau Bennett nailed one at the five-minute mark the doggies were within a kick.

The scoreboard pressure spurred Sale City on and the Bulldogs began to lift their work rate.

The visitors kept peppering the big sticks, but an unyielding TTU defence forced them wide and unable to consolidate their forward momentum.

At the other end it was a different story.

Saunders kicked his fourth at the 15-minute mark and looked in match winning form.

A minute later, however, a questionable free kick was awarded to Schuback for holding, 15 metres out directly in front, and when he converted the Dogs lea by two points.

Five minutes later Schuback had an opportunity to extend Sale City’s lead when he took a courageous mark on the paint of 50, but failed to capitalise; the Dogs going into the three-quarter-time huddle with a one-point lead.

At the start of the fourth quarter neither team looked to have the ascendency.

10 minutes in, Saunders marked and kicked his fifth for the game in stunning fashion and when City’s Tom Bowman was penalised for overstepping the mark, TTU managed to string a couple together and take an 11-point lead.

When Saunders marked and was awarded a 50 metre penalty after a Bulldogs player back-chatted the umpire, he was within range and looked set to kick his sixth and possibly take TTU to a match winning 17-point lead.

However, the kick skewed-off behind the stick in the swirly breeze.

A second goal to Milham at the 25 minute mark reduced TTU’s lead to just two points and it was anyone’s game from there.

In a nail-biting finish that could have gone either way, Sale City managed to kick the last two goals of the game in time-on to secure a 10-point victory and top spot on the NGFNL ladder.

Churchill v Heyfield

Heyfield bounced back from its round  one loss to Rosedale with a convincing win over the Churchill.

In a fairly evenly poised first quarter, Heyfield managed to secure an 11-point lead.

However, a six-goal-to-four second quarter helped the Cougars go into the main break with a five-point lead.

Heyfield dominated the third term, booting six goals to the Cougars’ three, giving the Roos a handy 17-point lead at three-quarter-time.

A-three-goal-to-one final quarter led the Kangaroos to a comfortable 33-point victory, 17.17 (119) to 13.8 (86).

The main goal kickers for Heyfield were Kodie Woodland and Joel Dinsdale with four apiece while for Churchill, Justin Rogers and Allan Chandler both kicked four.

Best players for Heyfield were Shaun Humphreys, Woodland and Jesse Jackway, while for Churchill the best players were Rogers, Chris Williams and Ben Skinner.

Cowwarr v Woodside

A combined all round effort from the Woodside forward line steered the Wildcats to a comfortable 49-point victory over Cowwarr  at Cowwarr.

The Wildcats’ second win of the season kept them in second place on the NGFNL ladder by percentage and a win over Gormandale next week would put them 3-0, making it Woodside’s best start to an NGFNL season. 

Woodside led by 11 points at quarter time and by half time that lead was extended to 32.

The third quarter was a rout; Woodside kicking seven goals to one to lead by 70 points at three-quarter-time.

But in a stunning reversal of form, the Saints managed to salvage something from the wreck and kick seven goals to three, putting some respectability on the scoreboard.

It wasn’t enough though, with Woodside running out a comfortable winner, 16.16 (112) to 10.3 (63).   

The main goal kickers for Heyfield were Adrian Fazioli (four), and Ryan Foat (three), while for Cowwarr Bradley McBride kicked four.

Best players for Woodside were Hank Norman, Fazioli and CameronWhiteoak, while for Cowwarr the best players were Marcus Twomey, Shane Morgan and McBride.

Yarram v Rosedale

It was exciting to see Yarram show some pluck after their round one loss to Woodside.

The Demons went all the way to the wire with Rosedale, but in the end were outclassed by the reigning premier by an extraordinarily slender margin.

It goes to prove the evenness of the NGFNL this year and that any team can win on any given day.

The Demons got out of the blocks well, going to the quarter time huddle with a 17-point lead and to the half time break leading by 15.

Four goals to one in the premiership quarter though, enabled Rosedale take a two-point lead at three-quarter-time.

The Blues managed to hang on in a nail-biter, 11.11 (77) to 10.15 (75).

The main goal kickers for Rosedale were Brandon McDonald (four) and Dale Fleming (two), while for Yarram Corbin Sutherland kicked three and Griffin Underwood kicked two.

Best players for Rosedale were Sam Tudor, Ryan Jacobsen and Rohan Diamond, while for Yarram the best players were Underwood, Jarryd Swift and Louis Rodaughan.

Glengarry v Gormandale

In the big Sunday clash, Glengarry claimed its first win since round 19, 2014, scraping over the line by four points against Gormandale.

After a nine-goal-to-nil first quarter to put the Magpies in front by 57 points at the first break, Gormandale chipped away at Glengarry’s lead and-seven-goal-to-one second quarter kept the Tigers in touch by half time.

The third quarter was even-Stevens and in another thrilling finish for round two, the Magpies eventually prevailed by four points, 18.8 (116) to Gormandale 16.16 (112).

Ben Britten and Dylan de Hommel booted four goals apiece for Glengarry, with Leigh O’Mara and Jack Jenkins among the Magpies’ best.

Jordan Sandy finished with four goals for Gormandale and was joined in the Tigers’ best by Joshua Kurrle and Justin Fulton.

PREMIERS REIGN SUPREME IN GRAND FINAL REMATCH

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PREMIERS REIGN SUPREME IN GRAND FINAL REMATCH

By Jeremy Richards

 

A four-goal haul from Rosedale full-forward Brandon McDonald has helped steer his team to victory in round one of the AGL Loy Yang North Gippsland Football Netball League.

In a repeat of last year’s grand final result, Rosedale easily accounted for Heyfield 13.11 (89) to 7.7 (49).

Prior to the opening bounce,, the 2015 grand final flag was unfurled and after the official formalities, it was down to business.

The Kangaroos jumped from the blocks early, acing a six-pointer within the first 30 seconds.

But as it happened, this was to be the only time they would lead during game.

When Alex Whitehill kicked truly at the 15-minute mark, followed by McDonald one minute later, the momentum swung back Rosedale’s way.

Fierce tackling and good use of the ball paid off for the Blues, and when Jack Tatterson snapped truly at the 20-minute mark, the signs were ominous.

Late goals to Frazar Brouns and MacDonald ensured Rosedale went into the quarter-time huddle with a 23-point lead.

It was a different story at the start of the second quarter as Heyfield mounted a perfect challenge. They held Rosedale up well in the stoppages and started to play possession football which halted the home side’s run.

When Stubbe slotted truly at the 10-minute mark, Heyfield was back within three kicks. However, when Jesse Jackway wasted a valuable opportunity at the 14-minute mark and the Blues capitalised at the other end in a 12 point play, Heyfield’s momentum was shut down.

Jeremy Reid was solid in defence for Rosedale and used his stature to great effect, repelling Heyfield’s forward advances and helping to steer the Blues to a 22point lead at the main break.

The third quarter was an arm wrestle and the westerly breeze blowing across the ground from wing to wing favoured neither side.

However, Rosedale did apply scoreboard pressure and goals to MacDonald and Jake Suter midway through the quarter kept the Blues in front by a comfortable margin.

The Kangaroos started the final quarter well again holding up the Blues in the stoppages and playing the game on their own terms.

Possession football from Heyfield stopped the Blues’ forward momentum and when James Beha kicked his third goal at the 14-minute mark, the visitors were within three straight kicks.

With plenty of time on the clock, the Kangaroos were in with a fighting chance.

But their hopes were soon dashed when MacDonald answered with the quick reply, and from that point on, the cracks began to show.

The fat lady warmed up her tonsils and when Brouns snapped truly on the run extending the margin out to 30 points there was little hope of a Kangaroos revival.

At the 24-minute mark, Matthew Bond put the icing on the cake for the Blues, sealing a 40-point victory and demonstrating why these boys indeed deserve their reigning premiers mantle.

Rosedale coach Sam Bristow said he was pleased with the way the Blues put their bodies on the line, their running game, and the way they controlled the centre corridor, and was enjoying his first season at the helm.

“The boys used the ball really well, especially when they link up with the mid-field,” Bristow said.

“I love the challenge of the new role (and) I really want our club to see success this year.”

Elsewhere, four goals from Dean Degroot led Churchill to a 29-point win against TTU, Cowwarr held on to beat a gallant Glengarry by eight points and Sale City accounted for Gormandale by 145 points.

ANOTHER FOAT IN THE WOODSIDE HISTORY BOOKS

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By Jeremy Richards

 

It was a proud moment for Woodside and District captain Ryan Foat on Good Friday, when he became the first player in the club’s history to reach the 100 games milestone.

And at just 23 years of age, the young ruckman still has a lot of football ahead of him.

Foat, who began his football playing career as a junior with the DWWWW Allies, said it wasn’t difficult to don the old blue and white jumper for the Wildcats.

“I’ve been a Geelong supporter all my life. I always looked up to players like Joel Selwood and Harry Taylor,” Foat said.

“On a local level, Travis Ronaldson and Mark Collison were also a great inspiration to me.”

In the Good Friday seaside showdown, the Wildcats defeated Yarram by 63 points in a blistering performance, with Foat playing a crucial role in the team’s victory.

Foat dedicated the win to his father, Greg, who died 18 months ago.

“It would have been great if he was here. I still wear his number 8 jumper. He was a great bloke.”

Greg Foat played more than 300 games for the former Woodside Football Club, including the 1974 premiership. He also won the best-and-fairest for the club that year.

Ryan, the youngest of six siblings, has taken on the responsibility of managing his family’s 2,500-acre sheep farm.

“My mother Jenny is very active with the Woodside club and four of my sisters play in the A grade Netball team,”he said.

The entire Foat family has been extensively involved with the rebirth of the Woodside and District Football Netball Club and its continued existence.

In 2010, Ryan won the NGFNL under-18 best-and-fairest and was named captain of the Team of the Year.

He has also been named in the senior NGFNL Team of the Year for the past three seasons.

He won the senior best-and–fairest award at Woodside three times, including back-to-back in 2014-2015.

Foat spent two seasons at Maffra in the Gippsland League in 2012-2013 and played in the 2012 grand final, which the Eagles lost to Sale.

The Wildcats have never tasted finals success in the NGFNL, but going by the Good Friday demolition of Yarram, 2016 may just be the year Woodside and District contends for finals glory.

“I’d love to play finals for Woodside,” Foat said.

“We have a lot of quality young players coming through the ranks. It would be great to be there in September.”

North Gippsland Football Netball League partners with AGL Loy Yang

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North Gippsland Football Netball League partners with AGL Loy Yang

The North Gippsland Football Netball League has been given a significant boost with AGL Loy Yang signing a two-year naming rights sponsorship deal.

Steve Rieniets, General Manager AGL Loy Yang, said the $50,000 NGFNL sponsorship would enable local footballers, netballers and umpires to continue to participate in a high level of competition.

“We are excited to enter into this new partnership with the NGFNL,” Mr Rieniets said.

“AGL Loy Yang is an active supporter of the Latrobe Valley community, providing support for a range of community, cultural, sporting and service groups through our community support program.

“Sporting clubs are vital community assets in smaller communities like ours and we’re pleased to support the NGFNL which fosters the development of local athletes and encourages community togetherness.

“AGL Loy Yang is located in the centre of the NGFNL catchment area and many of our employees and their families are involved in NGFNL clubs, making this partnership a great fit for us,” Mr Rieniets said.

NGFNL President David Kyle said the league was thrilled to have secured such a partnership.

“We are pleased to partner with a business such as AGL Loy Yang that shares similar community values to the NGFNL. We look forward to the opportunity to continue developing this partnership,” Mr Kyle said.

“The NGFNL prides itself on local community involvement and a significant sponsorship deal such as this allows the league to develop and drive new projects and initiatives that will help to improve local community and sport.”

The partnership and 2016 AGL Loy Yang NGFNL season was officially launched at the AGL Loy Yang Learning Centre on Wednesday, 3 March, with representatives of AGL Loy Yang joining Kyle, NGFNL vice-president Jackie Bond and board member Gordon Bayley, as well as AFL Gippsland chair Brian Quigley and Region General Manager Travis Switzer at the event.

Collingwood star Brent Macaffer was a special guest at the launch, having played junior football at Heyfield, before his family moved to South Gippsland.

The 2016 AGL Loy Yang NGFNL season kicks off next week with the Good Friday clash between Woodside and Yarram, followed by the remaining round one matches on Saturday, 2 April.

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Regional Victorian Netball League (ERSL) - Tryouts

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Regional Victorian Netball League (ERSL) - Tryouts

Tryouts for the Regional Victorian Netball League (ERSL) are commencing next week for some.  Please pass this onto your talented club players.

The NGFNL are proud to announced that Elissa Klose will coach the 15&Under team and Shirley Fromberg will be coaching the 19&Under team.

We are still searching for an Open coach, so if there is anyone out there that has a little bit of time and would like to develop netball within our League please send the League an email to admin.ngfnl@bigpond.com

Also we are searching for an assistant coach for the 19&Under team.  If anyone is interested please email bondyj2003@hotmail.com

19&Under team tryouts

Monday 23rd November & Wednesday 25th November 2015

Rosedale Basketball Stadium

Cricket St, Rosedale 

6:30pm – 8:00pm

15&Under team tryouts

Monday 30th November & Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Rosedale Basketball Stadium 

Cricket St, Rosedale

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Open team tryouts to be announced.

To register please SMS the players name, age division (15&Under or 19&Under) , NGFNL Club, DOB, two preferred playing positions and contact number to

0407 862 018 asap.

Structure for the RVNL competition 2016

Open Division and 19/U Divisions

Venue: Latrobe Leisure, Churchill

Start Date: Friday 29th January 2016

Finish Date: Friday 18th March 2016

Rounds: 6 rounds plus two week of finals

Timing: 1 hour matches

Structure: 15/U Division

Venue: Sale Netball Association

Start Date: Monday February 1st 2016

Finish date: Friday 18th March 2016

Rounds: 6 rounds plus two week of finals

Grand Final Venue: Latrobe Leisure, Churchill. Friday 18th March

Timing: 1 hour matches 

 

Joan Foat - Heyfield FNC wins prestigious award!

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Joan Foat - Heyfield FNC wins prestigious award!

Congratulations to Joan Foat from Heyfield FNC for receiving the outstanding contribution to coaching award from Netball Victoria at the NV Gala awards night. The presentation was awarded Saturday night at the RACV Club in Melbourne.   Congratulations to Joan for her Outstanding Contribution to Coaching

Joan Foat – Heyfield Football Netball Club

Joan has dedicated her whole life to netball as a player, coach and committee member.

One of Joan’s first jobs was at the Gippsland Grammar School in Sale. Here she also took on the role of Netball Coach and coached this team to State Champions on numerous occasions. She continued her coaching over the years with great success and in 2009 moved to Heyfield where she quickly associated herself with the Heyfield Football Netball Club and took on the A grade coaching position.

At present, Heyfield has six netball teams (2 junior and 4 senior). Joan has been a critical influence on how the club has presented itself both on and off the court. Joan’s involvement at the Club has been crucial to its improving success, she helps parents that coach junior teams and assisted in the delivery of Net Set GO.

Joan attempts to retire from coaching every year but once she finds out the club is short of coaches she puts her hands up and Heyfield Football Netball Club entices her to return. Joan prides herself on good sportsmanship and it is definitely noticed out on the courts when she is present.

U17 NGFNL Netball Rep team Wins Traralgon Tournament!!

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U17 NGFNL Netball Rep team Wins Traralgon Tournament!!

NGFNL 17 & Under – Traralgon Tournament

Lost first game to East Gippsland, Drew one game to MGFNL and won remaining 6 Games.

Defeated MGFNL in the first semi final by 1 goal – very close game indeed.

Defeated Diamond Creek in Grand Final 9 to 2.

The Girls worked hard all day and were rewarded by winning the tournament.

Congratulations girls, great effort by all. Coached by Shirley Fromberg & Amy King.

 

NGFNL U15's Netball Squad - Runners Up!!

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NGFNL U15's Netball Squad - Runners Up!!

The NGFNL 15&Under team ended up in the Grand Final yesterday at the Sale Netball Association Tournament.

Congratulations to coach Sarah Schellen and all the 15&Under players who played competitive netball all day to become Runners Up in the Reserve section 15&Under Grand final. Well done girls!!

NGFNL Under 18 Interleague Carnival - Evans Petroleum Cup

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NGFNL Under 18 Interleague Carnival - Evans Petroleum Cup

A cold and wintery sight is what greeted us as we arrived at the Yinnar Rec Reserve on Wednesday for the Evans Petroleum Under-18 Interleague Carnival with very foggy conditions the order of the morning as the NGFNL boys got themselves prepared for their first clash of the day with the favourite to take the trophy – Gippsland League. The rooms were abuzz as the final instructions were given out to the team from coaches Luke Henderson and Brenton Dinsdale.

The two teams ran out onto a damp and foggy but well-kept oval for the first clash of the day, the North Gippy boys got off to a flyer, kicking the first goal in difficult conditions for fast play and were looking likely early. After a bit of an arm wrestle in the middle of the ground for the first 10 minutes the Gippsland League boys started to get some dominance around the contest and the pill was being banged into their forward line regularly and weight of numbers meant they got to a four-goal lead by half-time with the score being GL 5.2 (32) to NGFNL 1.1 (7).

Luke and Brenton were encouraging the boys after the first half and wanted some more of the same. The second half was an entertaining but a very low scoring affair as our boys fought the game out to keep the Gippsland League boys to a single goal with strong efforts in the back line meaning the contest was centered around the half-back line for the rest of the game. A fantastic effort from the boys meant we finished the game with the scores ending Gippsland League 6.3 (39) to NGFNL 1.1 (7).

Next up after a two-game break we took on the boys from Alberton. The sun had come out and burnt off the remaining fog so the conditions were ideal for fast flowing, link up footy. Both sides worked hard around the contest to take their opportunities and a couple of skill errors meant that we were behind the eight ball at half time with the score being Alberton 4.5 (29) to NGFNL 2.0 (12).

The boys were instructed to use some flair and get the ball moving quickly and this was the order of the second half, with our boys putting in a fantastic 20 minutes of footy, with Zac Kilgower putting in a four-goal last half from full-forward to nearly pinch the game. It took a free kick to Alberton on the 50 metre arc on a 45 degree angle to snatch the win from the boys at the death with the final score Alberton 6.7 (43) to NGFNL 6.1 (37).

Our third game of the carnival was played straight after the Alberton clash with the boys not even leaving the field. After receiving some instruction from the coaches the boys lined up confident they had the measure of the Mid Gippsland boys and were ready to take the win. This did not pan out as expected with Mid Gippy coming out breathing fire and clearly keen to show what they were about. The Mid Gippy boys were hard and strong into each 50-50 contest, leaving our fellas reeling at half-time behind by 25 points with the score Mid Gippsland 4.1 (25) to NGFNL 0.0 (0).

The contest got physical and heated as our boys tried to get the ascendancy in the second half, kicking the first goal through Jake Read, which made for an interesting last half with some very strong attacking at the ball. With one-on-one contests all over the ground it was an arm wrestle with chances to goal coming and being missed, the boys ran out of time after holding Mid Gippy goalless in the second half with the final score Mid Gippsland 4.3 (27) to NGFNL 1.4 (10).

Presentations took place for the winner of the day being the Gippsland League, the best player for the NGFNL was Bailey Escreet from the Heyfield FNC for a stand out performance across all three of the games. He was in the best three for all games and really took the opportunity to shine on the big stage for the NGFNL team. Well done to all the boys for their efforts across the entire three-month period from the first training session to the day of the carnival, you all represented the league with respect and endeavour which is all we ask. A massive thank you to everyone that volunteered their time and efforts in assisting to make this carnival a successful return to representative footy for the NGFNL. We may not have taken a game on the day but the enthusiasm and effort of all involved could not be questioned. To Luke Henderson and Brenton Dinsdale a very big thank you from the NGFNL board for taking this on during an already busy year, I know the boys appreciated it and all the bottom age boys look forward to next year’s carnival. To NGFNL admin Pauline Bayley thank you for all the behind-the-scenes work as always making sure that we are all organised and keeping us all on track. Not a lot of people see all of the hard work that you do for the league and making my job easier was a lot of help for a novice like me.

Thanks to all who offered to help out not only on the day but throughout and a special shout out to Gerard Johnston for assisting with the time keeping duties for the day and also to Kevin Curran from the Gippsland Power Football Club who volunteered his training services for the day making sure the boys were strapped and ready to go. Finally, I would like to say thank you to all who allowed a novice like myself to get involved and support the boys for this carnival and I look forward to seeing the NGFNL boys dominating in the future.

Cheers,

Adrian Koot – Board Director NGFNL.

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NGFNL Umpires Rules Night a Success!

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NGFNL Umpires Rules Night a Success!

A great informative night was had by all that attended the Umpires Rules Night held at the Traralgon West Sporting Complex on Monday Night.

Netball Victoria Umpire Coordinator Anne Castles visited to conduct the evening and ran through some of the rules for all umpires to adapt to.

The night had fantastic attendance as you can see from the picture with one club having 11 representatives attending the information session!

Well done to NGFNL Vice President Jackie Bond and Board Director Kristy Lucas for organising the night and I hope that all the attendees got some valuable information and tools to utilise into the future.

NGFNL - Under 18 Interleague Squad Announced

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NGFNL - Under 18 Interleague Squad Announced

2015 marks the year that the North Gippsland Football Netball League got back into the representative football circles with the decision to enter an Under 18’s squad into this years carnival. We are proud to have Luke Henderson from Gormandale on board to coach and guide the boys through the process of representing the North Gippy Brand with assistance from Brenton Dinsdale and the NGFNL Board. The Boys have been training strongly and we are approaching the pointy end of training with the final squad announced below. It has been great to see all clubs get on board with this and also the enthusiasm of the up and coming generation actively putting their hands up for selection and wanting to show the footy community what the NGFNL Brand stands for. A very big Thank You to all the boys that came to Training and had a crack at selection, your efforts are very much appreciated and if you were not selected don’t get discouraged. There is always next year!

Selected players are required to attend training on the 01/07/2015 at Rosedale and the final training/presentation at Gormandale on Monday the 6th of July.

 Matt Gray

Daniel Stephenson

Nick Miller

Ricky Cochrane

Zachary Kilgower

Cameron Whiteoak

Corey Whiteoak

Dan Telling

Isaac Love

Rowan Missen

Jari McDonald***(Gippsland Power)

Tyler Chisholm

Chris Coulthard

Jake Liversidge

Braden Johnston

Riley Johnston

Jake Read

Travis Patten

Anthony Smith

Brad Berry

Bailey Escreet

Brad Page

Ben Virgona

Marcus Sundermann

Jack McRae

 1st Emergency – Kerrod McGregor Davies

 2nd Emergency – Caleb Stone and Tom Anderson

Lets all get behind the guys and encourage a ripper performance on the day!

Congratulations to all the boys that are listed above, we wish you good luck on the day and we know that you will represent the NGFNL with respect and a team ethos.

Go North Gippy.

Adrian Koot – Board Director NGFNL

NGFNL - Netball Umpires Rules Night

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NGFNL - Netball Umpires Rules Night

The NGFNL are pleased to announce that we are holding an

Umpires Rules night

Monday 29th June 2015

at the Traralgon West Sports Complex

Douglas Parade, Traralgon

starting at 6:30pm.

 

Great opportunity for ALL umpires to attend this session as we have Annie Castles, Netball Umpire Development Co-ordinator from Netball Victoria coming down to run through rules and also to bring some umpires up to speed with what is happening within the circle of umpires.

 

This session is FREE and will not cost anything except your time to learn and adapt a few new rules for some and for others just to brush up on something that you might not be quite sure on. 

All you will need to bring on the night is your questions and a notepad and pen. 

 

In preparation for this night, your training during the week and your games on Saturday it is suggested that all umpires sit down at their computer and do the umpires exam on line and make the most of this time learning more about the game of netball.  Although most of you would of completed that recently anyway….

 

If all club netball delegates can advise the NGFNL of how many umpires are attending that would be appreciated. This can be done by filling in the Contact Form on this Website.

Remember this, the more umpires attending the more we are all on the same page when it comes to decision making and understanding the game.

 

Also this invite is to anyone (coaches etc) that would like to brush up on some rules. 

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