Pubished on 3 July 2017
Race for finals tightens

Nar Nar Goon has stunned rival Koo Wee Rup to break the race for the inaugural Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition finals series wide open.

The Goon only managed two goals to half-time, but the low-scoring affair ensured they remained in the game and the tide turned in the third term.

The home side booted five goals to two to lead by three points, before running away with a 10.11 (71) to 7.12 (54) victory.

Tyler Payroli, Trent Noy and Brendan Hermann, who booted two goals in his 100th senior game, were the standouts for The Goon, who moved within one game of the fifth-placed Demons with their fifth win from the past six games.

Luke Walker, Daniel Calteri and Craig Dyker were best for Koo Wee Rup.

The Goon were also victorious on the netball court, where Shannon Johns (32 goals) and Ash Coombes (24) led the fifth-placed home side to a 56-21 win against the fourth-placed Demons.

Phillip Island was the other big winner of round 12, downing fancied neighbour Kilcunda Bass in impressive fashion.

The Bulldogs led at every change and kept the Panthers goalless in the opening and third terms on their way to a 10.11 (71) to 4.9 (33) win.

Brendan Kimber starred for the home side, while James Taylor and Steven Pimm impacted the scoreboard with four goals apiece.

Daniel Mock, Mitch Whitham and Dale Crawford did their bit for Kilcunda Bass.

The win allowed The Island to keep pace with the top five, while the Panthers remained fourth.

Janelle Smyth dominated proceedings on the netball court, as Phillip Island claimed a 67-27 win.

Ladder leader Dalyston showed no mercy against Korumburra-Bena, keeping the Giants scoreless after half-time in a 23.14 (152) to 4.7 (31) win.

Anthony Bernardo booted six goals and was well-supported by Brad Fisher and Blake Carew.

Brock Dorling and Jake McMillan worked hard for the visitors.

It was better news for the Giants on the netball court, where they stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 49-34 win against their nearest rivals.

Cora Lynn held off a gallant Garfield in the AFL Gippsland Mental Health Round fixture.

Nathan Langley and Ryan Gillis spearheaded Cobras the attack with three goals apiece in the 13.17 (95) to 11.7 (73) win, with Andrew Green and Jason Toan the standout performers.

Lachlan Schreurs, Will Collis and Jarryd Drew slotted three goals each to account for more than 70 per cent of the Stars’ total score, with Adam Macgibbon and Ned Marsh other notable contributors.

The Cobras were big winners on the netball court, with Letitia Herbert leading them to a 77-10 win.

Inverloch-Kongwak picked up where it left off before its week’s rest, with a 38-point win against Bunyip.

It took the Sea Eagles two quarters to find their radar, with four goals from 16 scoring shots to half time, while the Bulldogs similarly struggled, with one goal to show from its nine attempts.

The visitors clicked into gear in the third term and went on to win 14.17 (101) to 8.15 (63).

Goals were shared between Adam Cross, Corey Casey and Tom Wyatt (three each), while Andy Soumilas and Michael Eales were Inverloch-Kongwak’s best.

Bunyip bit back in the A grade clash, shading a spirited contest 41-38.

Sea Eagle Kelly Boyd produced a terrific performance with 29 of the 38 goals in a losing side.