By David Nagel
Reigning-premier Phillip Island has laid down an early-season marker to its challengers in the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition (WGFNC) with a stunning 70-point victory over Cora Lynn.
The Bulldogs caught the Cobras off guard with a ferocious attack on the football, turning Sunday’s match of the day into a one-sided show of strength.
A superb second quarter, where the Dogs kicked 5.3 to 1.2 into a stiff breeze, set the foundations for the 15.8 (98) to 3.10 (28) win in blustery conditions at the Cobras home ground.
Max Blake, who kicked four goals to back up his six against Kilcunda Bass last week, triggered the second-quarter dominance with an early goal, after a strong tackle, that typified the Bulldogs intensity.
Cam Pederson booted two goals during the term, including one from a strong contested mark, while Blake and Levi Robinson converted additional majors to have the contest done and dusted by the major interval.
Daniel Pearce and Damien Holmes controlled the back half for the Bulldogs, while Eli Richards added three goals to a solid performance through the midfield.
Bulldogs’ skipper Jaymie Youle was thrilled with his team’s performance, particularly with the pressure applied over four quarters.
“That’s exactly the way we like to play our footy, high pressure, we don’t know any other way,” Youle said after the match.
“I think we just put on a great performance from start to finish today. We were prepared for Cora Lynn to bring the heat and our disciplines and structures really stood up.”
In other games, Blake Grewar provided the individual highlight of the round with seven goals in Tooradin’s 23.20 (158) to 8.9 (57) victory over an inexperienced Kooweerup, while Jason Williams (pictured) kicked three and Ryan Quirk starred for Bunyip in the Bulldogs’ 29-point – 10.10 (70) to 6.5 (41) – win over Dalyston.
And a 5.4 to 0.3 second term saw Nar Nar Goon overcome an early deficit to defeat Korumburra-Bena by 34 points at the Goon’s home ground at Spencer Street. The home side had many avenues to goal with Shannon Stocco, Jake Smith, Troy McDermott and Luke Bettio kicking two each in the 12.12 (84) to 7.8 (50) victory.
And Garfield set up a mouth-watering round two trip to the Goon with a hard-fought 7.8 (50) to 3.7 (25) win over Warragul Industrials. The Stars took a slender lead to each break before kicking three goals to one in the final term to run away with the points.
In netball, reigning premier Tooradin-Dalmore looked magnificent as it started its title defence with a 67-32 win over Kooweerup. The Seagulls looked sharp, with newcomer Chloe Crouch (WA) working wonderfully well with Sara Duncan (C) through the midcourt.
Dalyston had to work hard for its 43-40 victory over Bunyip, while Korumburra-Bena overcame a gallant Nar Nar Goon, and a fierce rain-storm, to record a 40-goal victory at the Goon.
Warragul Industrials were too strong for Garfield, recording a 33-10 win, while Phillip Island looked in good form as it overcame Cora Lynn.
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Bunyip’s Jason Williams celebrates one of his three goals against Dalyston on Saturday.
Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS