After its win over Yarram, Cowwarr is only percentage outside the NGFNL top five. File photo
COWWARR sealed one of its best victories of 2014 against Yarram.
Dark clouds threatened North Gippsland football’s match of the round, with patches of showers and sunshine just as unpredictable as the battle which raged on the ground.
The visiting Demons held the upper hand, registering the opening major through Shem Rendell and holding play within their forward 50 as Cowwarr’s defence felt the wrath of the Demons’ forward structure, which was well served by Corbin Sutherland.
It didn’t take long for the home side to settle and open up its account, it would be the first of four consecutive majors from the Saints as Kyle Stamers and Ben Plozza caused all sorts of headaches for Yarram defenders Ryan Coulthard, Morgan Cleary, David Coulthard and Jake Anderson.
Led by the running brigade of Luke Cooper, Robbie Ferguson and Cory Bannister, the execution into the Saints forward line was sublime. Shane Morgan and Pat Tainsh worked hard to bring the ball to ground for sharp shooters Stamers and Plozza to swoop on and goal.
Ferguson dispossessed Dan Vardy of the ball and then moments later Yarram coach Grif Underwood tackled a Saints opponent to push his side forward ahead of quarter-time.
The second term was an even affair on the scoreboard, with the Saints maintaining their 25-point lead by half-time.
The Demons lifted during the third term, booting eight goals.
Scoring didn’t come easy throughout the contest, however the third term was a blistering affair.
Precision kicking and execution by Tom Holt led to Sutherland booting his first for the term following a strong chest mark in front of defender Brett Grieves. It would be followed by another to Sutherland, powering away from the opposition Sutherland’s snap would be the Demons third unanswered major.
Jari McDonald’s second for the day levelled scores, as the visitors exposed the Saints napping before Plozza pushed forward to score his sides only major for the term.
In a barnstorming performance, Sutherland directed traffic and booting four goals for the quarter to help the Demons turn a 25-point deficit into a 20-point lead at the final change.
With their finals ambitions fading, Cowwarr claimed back the lead during the final term.
Stamers kicked things off, before Plozza added another to his match tally of four. Drawing within a point, McDonald’s second major had the Yarram faithful on their feet before Morgan responded for the Saints.
Held relatively quiet, Brett Street got a sniff and drilled the ball into goal from the boundary before Stamers registered his sixth for the contest from the resulting centre bounce which sealed his side’s victory, 16.8 (104) to14.8 (92).
Stamers was best afield for the Saints, his run and execution in front of goal was a stand-out. Tainsh was a dogged workhorse throughout the contest and kept Yarram’s playmakers in check, while Shane Galea provided a target across centre half-forward.
For the visitors, Anderson was staunch down back, Vardy was key in the ruck when pushing forward and saved a number of majors on the last line of defence, while Sutherland was key to lifting his side in the third term.
DESPITE an inaccurate third term, Rosedale was rarely troubled by Glengarry after quarter-time.
Eight points separated the sides at the first change and that would be as close as the Magpies would get to the third-placed Blues, who booted a further 15 majors to run home comfortable 103 point victors, 19.29 (143) to 6.4 (40).
Best-on-ground Dale Fleming and Brandon McDonald booted four goals each for the Blues.
AN 18 goal to four second half resulted in second-placed Churchill confirming its hold on a top three spot, boosting its percentage by nine points.
The 29.20 (194) to 9.11 (65) victory over Woodside is the Cougars’ sixth straight victory.
Eleven points separated the sides at the first change, with the Wildcats’ defence suffering a blow when coach Chris Pettit left the field through injury.
The Wildcats, through Hank Norman and Shane Kilgower, worked hard to stay in the contest, but found themselves little match against a side who boasted 12 goal kickers.
Hamish Towns kicked eight goals for the Cougars, while father son duo of Brendan and Kurt Holt added seven between them.
FOLLOWING two straight defeats, fourth-placed Sale City made a return to the winners’ list with a 105-point victory over Boisdale-Briagolong.
Leading by 24 points at quarter-time, City piled on seven majors to four in a high scoring second quarter which featured Brendon Rathnow running rings around the opposition.
Amassing possessions, Rathnow stood-out for the Bulldogs along with Byron Shingles and Brad McKay on the ball.
The Bulldogs buried the opposition in the third term, adding a further seven majors with the Bombers struggling to halt the damage. Abe Schuback and Jake Schuback found themselves among the home side’s second half attack, booting three goals each.
The Bulldogs won 21.25 (151) to 6.10 (46).
Alec Munro was the Bombers’ best with Nicol Sandison and Owen Dunn solid performers.
HEYFIELD coasted to its 13th straight victory with an 87-point win over Traralgon-Tyers United.
Led by midfielder Jack Woodland, the Kangaroos boasted too many avenues to goal and a running brigade which troubled the Bombers, winning, 22.11 (143) to 8.8 (56).
Seven majors from Luke Pratt led the highlights reel, Kodie Woodland impressed with Josh Stubbe a solid performer.
Guy Sinclair flew the flag for the Bombers along with ruckman Luke Middleton and midfielder Pat Sharp.
GORMANDALE had the bye.
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