Dalyston ticked plenty of boxes in its round 10 clash at Philip Island.
Not only did the Magpies secure victory in the Worksafe Game of the Month by downing a major rival in impressive fashion, but in doing so they gave themselves the opportunity to move to the top of the Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition senior football ladder for the first time.
The bulk of the damage was done in the second and third terms, when the Magpies piled on 13 goals to the home side’s four, on their way to an efficient 22.10 (142) to 10.13 (73) win.
Travis Krause was outstanding and Chris Graham booted five goals, but it was Michael Marotta who stole the show with four goals and a best-on-ground performance to win the Worksafe Medal in just his 30th senior game.
Jarrod Andreatta, Mark Griffin and Matt Jackson were best for the Bulldogs.
The result moved Dalyston level on points with ladder leader Inverloch-Kongwak and with the Sea Eagles having played their round 11 fixture earlier in the season, the Magpies can snatch top spot when they cash in their game in hand against Kilcunda-Bass this weekend.
The news was not as good for the Magpies on the netball court, where their A grade side suffered a one-goal defeat.
Phillip Island’s Chelsea Connell won the Worksafe Medal for best-on-court, while goaler Janelle Smyth shot 23 goals and was outstanding the 37-36 victory that moved the home side within one game of second-placed Dalyston.
Kilcunda Bass shored up its spot in the top five with a hard-fought win against Koo Wee Rup.
The Panthers led at every change, but had to hold off a fast-finishing Demons outfit.
Jason Wells booted four goals for the home side, with Chris Endres and Taylor Gibson the other standouts in the 11.11 (77) to 11.5 (71) win.
Craig Dyker, Jesse Hand and Mitch Leek were best for Koo Wee Rup, which remains fifth on the ladder.
Koo Wee Rup proved too strong on the netball court, winning 58-25.
Spoils were shared at Nar Nar Goon, with the home side taking the points in the netball, 55-23, while Cora Lynn ended The Goon’s run of three straight wins on the football ground, 17.10 (112) to 10.7 (67).
Jaxon Briggs, Jackson Dalton and Nathan Langley (five goals) shone for the Cobras, while Kris Fowler and Trent Armour were best for Nar Nar Goon.
Five goals from Tom Fitzpatrick led Garfield to a 38-point win against Bunyip.
The Stars controlled proceedings from the outset with Saxon Watson and Sam Batson also prominent as the home side claimed the day 18.8 (116) to 12.6 (78).
Nathan Lieshout and Jason Williams battled hard for the Bulldogs, whose search for a maiden win continues.
There was plenty of joy for the visitors on the netball court, though, as Bunyip breezed to a 74-18 win.
Inverloch-Kongwak earned a week’s rest with an expert performance against Korumburra-Bena.
The Sea Eagles kept the visiting Giants to one goal and four behinds to three-quarter time on their way to a resounding 18.18 (126) to 4.7 (31) win.
Andy Soumilas, Shem Hawking and Dan Houston caught the eye, while Tom Bartholomew booted a handful, as Inverloch-Kongwak made it 10 straight weeks at the top of the pile.
Ben Fitzpatrick, John Ayama and Jake McMillan were best for Korumburra-Bena.
It was business as usual for the Giants’ A grade side, which recorded a 46-33 win, bumping the Sea Eagles outside the top five in the process.
The matchup not only pitted the A grade netball leading club against its football equivalent, but featured as part of Orange Round, aimed at raising awareness of, and driving meaningful change in regards to, violence against women and children.