Pubished on 30 June 2017
Magpies swoop on top spot

After 11 rounds of the inaugural Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition home and away season, Inverloch-Kongwak finally relinquished top spot on the senior football ladder.

Dalyston held off a persistent, if inaccurate, Kilcunda Bass side by 13 points to slide above the Sea Eagles for the first time.

Goal proved hard to come by all day at Bass Recreation Reserve, but the visitors proved more adept at converting chances into goals and eventually won the day 9.13 (67) to 6.18 (54).

Magpies star Brad Fisher was instrumental once again, while Michael Marotta continued his rich vein of form.

Matt Edwards and Dale Crawford were the standouts for the Panthers.

The Magpies proved too slick on the netball court as well, recording a 76-6 victory.

The biggest win of the weekend, though, belonged to Korumburra-Bena, which broke into triple figures against Garfield.

The Giants were unstoppable in the 103-10 victory.

It was better news for the Stars in the senior football clash, where the visitors recorded a 19-point win that keeps their finals hopes alive.

Ryan Archer and Ned Marsh (three goals) were terrific for Garfield, while Will Jeffs and Jake McMillan fought hard for the Giants in the 7.10 (52) to 4.9 (33) defeat.

Koo Wee Rup tightened its grip on a top five finish and put a serious dent in the hopes of its main rivals at the same time.

The Demons started brightly against Phillip Island, with six goals to quarter-time, and were never headed in the 16.18 (114) to 9.8 (62) win.

Luke Walker led the charge, with Anthony Giuliano and Nathan Voss booting three goals each.

For the Bulldogs, Brendan Kimber, James Taylor and Matt Jackson were prominent and Steven Pimm booted four goals, but the defeat saw the slump from sixth to eighth.

The Island got the crucial win in the A grade competition, with Amber Formosa, Lawri Piera and Nell Chaston impressing in the 40-24 win.

They now sit third and one game clear of the Demons in fourth.

Inverloch-Kongwak’s bye allowed Nar Nar Goon to give itself some breathing room in the top five, which it did with a 45-26 win against Bunyip.

A 15-goal final term added some gloss to the win, with Shannon Johns (29 goals) and Ashley Coombes (16) combining to good effect, as The Goon moved one game clear of the sixth-placed Sea Eagles.

The Goon emerged on top in the senior football as well, with Trent Armour, Brendan Hermann and Robert Cracknell prominent 12.13 (85) to 6.6 (42) win against the still winless Bulldogs.

Lachlan Petch, Michael Whyte and Joel Gibson performed well for the home side.

Nar Nar Goon remains the best of the rest, leading a logjam of sides with five wins, behind a trio with seven.

Photo: Pakenham Gazette