Gippsland, Dandenong and Murray were the victors in a country triple-header in Bendigo on Saturday, while Western, Sandringham and Oakleigh also won in TAC Cup Round 3.
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GIPPSLAND POWER 17.15 (117) d BENDIGO PIONEERS 8.5 (53)
After an even first quarter at Queen Elizabeth Oval, the Power (3rd, 2-1) accelerated away from Bendigo (10th, 1-2) with seven goals to two in the second term. They piled on another six majors to one in the final stanza to push the margin out further.
Bottom-ager Sam Flanders kicked four goals for the winners, while 200cm Rylan Henkel (14 disposals, 20 hitouts and six clearances) and over-ager Matthew McGannon (game-high 29 disposals) were also among Gippsland’s best players.
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 20.12 (132) d GWV REBELS 5.5 (35)
Dandenong remains undefeated on top of the ladder after recording a big victory over the Rebels (9th, 1-2) at Queen Elizabeth Oval. GWV was within 11 points at quarter time, but seven unanswered second-term goals from the Stingrays put the match away.
Zac Foot was their leading goalkicker with four majors from his 17 disposals, as ruckman Bailey Schmidt (12 disposals, 17 hitouts and two goals) and co-captain Campbell Hustwaite (25 disposals, six clearances and one goal) also proved influential in the win.
WESTERN JETS 7.14 (56) d EASTERN RANGES 3.7 (25)
A huge last quarter helped the Jets (6th, 2-1) fly away from Eastern (12th, 0-3) in a slogging affair at Williamstown Football Ground. Just four total goals were kicked by both teams up to the last break before Western exploded with five majors in the final term.
Ball-winners Connor Thar (game-high 29 disposals and one goal) and Zak Butters (27 and eight clearances) led the way for the Jets in the middle, with teammate Steven Kyriazis (two majors) the game’s only multiple goalkicker.
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MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 10.17 (77) d GEELONG FALCONS 8.13 (61)
Murray (5th, 2-1) recovered from a slow start at Queen Elizabeth Oval to keep the reigning premiers winless in 11th position on the ladder. The Bushrangers managed just one behind in the first quarter but turned around that early 21-point deficit by the third term.
Laitham Vandermeer (game-high 24 disposals) and Lachlan Ash (21) continued their excellent starts to the season for Murray, while Bailey Frauenfelder booted three goals for the victors.
SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 14.16 (100) d CALDER CANNONS 11.11 (77)
Sandringham (2nd, 3-0) kept pace with ladder-leading Dandenong by storming home against the Cannons (7th, 1-2) at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The Dragons trailed by a goal at three-quarter time in a see-sawing contest, but booted six majors to two in the final term.
James Rendell kicked four goals in the victory with teammates Liam Stocker (21 disposals and two goals) and Kai Owen (20 and one) also among Sandringham’s best players, while Calder co-captain Mitch Podhajski was a standout in defeat with a game-high 28 disposals and two majors.
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 13.22 (100) d NORTHERN KNIGHTS 12.3 (75)
An inaccurate Oakleigh (4th, 2-1) blew a chance to increase its percentage in a win against the Knights (8th, 1-2) at Preston City Oval. The Chargers were impressive in recording 20 more scoring shots than Northern but a 4.13 (37) first half didn’t provide reward on the scoreboard.
Daniel Scala and Matthew Day both slotted three majors for Oakleigh, as Noah Anderson (game-high 32 disposals, 10 inside-50s and two goals) and James Rowbottom (22 disposals, 10 clearances and 10 tackles) knocked up finding the ball in the victory.
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