Catani are premiers

With master coach Paul Alger back at the helm, the Blues broke through for their fourth premiership in the EDFL, denying the Warragul Industrials who couldn’t break their 21-year premiership drought.  Catani’s Nicholas Visser won the medal for best player on the ground. Other players to help the Blues to the premiership were Owen Fitzpatrick, Paul Pattison, Mitchell Davey, Brett Williams, Dylan Williams, Aiden Cuff, Dale Johnson, John Alexander, James Alexander, Hayden Lownds, Ryan Eaton, Brandon Scammell, Cody Banbury, captain Nathaniel Rodda, Antonio Benvenuto, Luke McFarlane, Thomas Van Diemen, Brayden Kennedy, Wade Haysom and Tim Lonsdale.

Catani held on to win its first Ellinbank District Football League premiership since going back-to-back in 2005. With the Industrials kicking to the scoring end in the final term, the Blues withstood a late charge to hold on to win

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Junior winners

Warragul Blues player Jai Mure gets his handball away under pressure during the under 12 grand final against Drouin Jets.

Perfect football conditions greeted the top performing teams of the Warragul and District Junior Football League for this year’s grand final clash. The three games played on the day at Drouin highlighted the raw talent of the squads across the

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Pain for Bloods

Yarragon’s Sam Mattheson looks to win possession during the reserves match against Mirboo North.

Football is painful at times and there was plenty of pain being felt at Trafalgar on Saturday. One measly behind and a meagre two percentage points have cost the Bloods a spot in the Mid Gippsland league finals that begin

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No certainties in Mid Gippsland

Yarragon's Jake Borsato breaks away from his Morwell East opponent in the reserves game on Saturday.

Plenty is still up in the air in Mid Gippsland league where the final “five” is far from settled. The weekend threw up a few more possibilities with three rounds of home and away games to go. Yinnar, Thorpdale and

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Footy finals’ feel

Warragul star Brad Scalzo is one of Gippsland League’s classiest ball winners but not normally seen as a high flyer; that was at least until Saturday with this perfectly judged jump to mark over a Bairnsdale opponent.

Thrillers, upsets and ladder movements – Saturday added a real finals’ feel in all four district leagues as the homeward run in the home and away rounds gains momentum. Mid Gippsland league is building to a great finish. Four sides

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Determination in WDJFL

Longwarry’s Cooper Brown attempts to dispose of the ball after being caught in a strong tackle during the under 12 match against Bunyip.

Throughout round 11 of the Warragul and District Junior Football League it was the promise of a league under 12 interleague victory that sought to distract the players from seasonal competition. However, nothing could take away the determination of the

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Thrilling ride to finals

Bunyip’s Matthew Ross tries to scoop up a loose ball in the Bulldogs’ battle against Inverloch-Kongwak. The Sea Eagles continued to prove their worth as a West Gippsland premiership contender, while the struggling Bulldogs remain on the hunt for their first win.

The final six rounds of the Mid Gippsland League and the fight for positions in the final “five” promises a thrilling ride after some key results at the weekend. In Ellinbank and District, it is a three-way contest for 5th

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Footy finals ahead

Neerim-Neerim South’s Calum Shiels is brought down in a tackle by Buln Buln opponent Trent Baker.

Four of the top “five” positions in Gippsland, Ellinbank and District and Mid Gippsland leagues look well on the way to being settled. In Gippsland League, Moe overcame Warragul to tighten its hold on fourth spot after its seventh win

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Rivals draw in thriller

Jack Baker, in his first game back for Drouin after injury, has a break on his Maffra chaser in the senior game on Saturday.

A draw and a couple of other tight matches that could shape the make-up of the finals highlighted Gippsland League matches at the weekend. Ellinbank and District and Mid Gippsland leagues had a mid-season holiday for the Queen’s Birthday weekend

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Cats remain undefeated

Ellinbank’s Rick Johnson and Neerim-Neerim South’s Jack Erikson get set to contest in the top of the table EDFL clash on Saturday.

Neerim Neerim South’s claim to early premiership favouritism in the Ellinbank and District League and two one-point results in Mid Gippsland League that could be telling at the end of the season highlighted district football on Saturday. There was also

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