MATCH REVIEW

Traralgon have bounced back and bolstered their chances of a top-five finish with a win over Drouin on Saturday, 14.15 (99) to 12.14 (86).

Jay Neagle and Chris Urie led the way up front for the Maroons and finished with three goals each while Kody Wilson, Lee Stockdale and Connor Ambler all kicked two.

Liam Axford, Jeb McLeod and David Olsen took care of the scoring for Drouin and finished with two goals apiece while singles went to six others.

Traralgon sit in fifth spot with just 17 percentage points separating them from Warragul in sixth with three games to go for the season.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

MATCH REVIEW

Maffra kicked 14 goals to two in the second half to thump Bairnsdale by 111 points at home to remain on top of the Gippsland League football ladder.

The margin was Maffra’s biggest over the Redlegs in 253 matches since 1901. The previous biggest was 109 in 2016.

The 25.18 (168) to 9.3 (57) victory moved the Eagles level with the Redlegs on the number of wins in meetings between the clubs.

The Eagles dominated the midfield, with Alex Carr, Danny Butcher and Ed Carr superb, linking well with Lachlan Channing and Hudson Holmes across the half-forward line.

Captain Daniel Bedggood and Tom Jolly both kicked five goals, while Andrew Petrou booted three.

The Maffra defence, led by Sam Pleming, was strong, particularly after quarter-time.

The Eagles welcomed back midfielders Kel Porter and Michael Coleman for Saturday’s match, played under sunny skies at Maffra.

The home side kicked the first three goals of the match — two of them from 50 metre penalties — within the opening 10 minutes.

Brayden McCarrey pegged a goal back for the Redlegs, only for the Eagles to reply through a long goal from Josh Davis to end a chain of handpasses.

Under pressure from a chasing opponent, Alex Carr sent to the ball from the boundary to Bedggood, who took a good mark and goaled to give the Eagles a 26-point lead.

Mistakes were creeping into the Maffra game, with Liam Giove booting a goal following a turnover.

A lack of structure in defence was hurting the Eagles, giving the Redlegs opportunities to score.

Goals from Kade Renooy, Channing and Ben Brent settled the Eagles, but McCarrey and Matt Corbett (after the siren) kicked majors to reduce the margin to 25 points at the first break. The Redlegs got to within 13 points early in the second term following back-to-back goals.

Butcher was the beneficiary of another 50m penalty to kick the steadying goal for the Eagles, before Jolly kicked another goal.

McCarrey goaled for the Redlegs and Holmes the Eagles, giving the home side a 29-point advantage at the main break.

The Eagles took control of the contest in the third quarter, kicking nine goals to one. Three goals came from the boot of Bedggood.

The Redlegs struggled to hand a way through Maffra’s tightened defence and pressure from the Eagles’ midfielders.

Leading by 85 points at three-quarter-time, the Eagles kept the foot on the accelerator, adding five goals to one in the final term.

The win boosted the Eagles’ already strong percentage by seven points, which could be crucial in the race for the minor premiership with Leongatha.

The loss leaves Bairnsdale a long shot to make the finals, 10 points outside the top five with four round remaining.

Nick Sing and Russell Cowan worked hard for the Redlegs against the flow in the midfield.

Brayden McCarrey kicked three goals, and, along with Ricky Tatnell and Ethan East, had their good moments in attack.

At the other end of the ground, Simon Deery was solid in defence, but lack support from teammates.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

MATCH REVIEW

Moe have notched their biggest win of season 2018 and firmed as worthy finals contenders in the process with a mammoth 134-point demolition of Morwell in round 15, 30.14 (194) to 9.6 (60).

By half-time the Lions had earned a 10-goal lead and the game was won, but they didn't take the foot off the pedal.

A seven-goal-to-one third quarter blew the margin out past 100 points and pushed the result into demoralising territory for the Tigers.

Twelve players hit the scoreboard for the Lions with Harrison Pepper's five-goal haul the best of the day.

Sam Cougle, Dylan Farrell, Josh Galea all bagged four while Harrison Swim scored three and playing-coach James Blaser, Ryan Farmer and Darnell Grech all grabbed two.

At the other end, Charlie Rieniets started at full-back and commanded the Lions' backline to effect with the help of Jai Massese and Lachlan Rees.

The win cements fourth spot for Moe on the Gippsland League senior ladder and helps keep Traralgon at arm's length a game behind in fifth.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

MATCH REVIEW

Seven goals from John Gooch led Sale to an 100-point Gippsland League football victory over Wonthaggi on Saturday.

The Magpies won at home, 18.14 (122) to 3.4 (22) in a milestone match for two players.

Chris Laverty, captain of the Magpies’ 2008 premiership side, passed Kane Fraser’s club senior games record, while Andrew Quirk celebrated senior game 150.

One of the league’s premier defenders, Quirk has recovered well from a serious knee injury last year.

Beautiful July conditions greeted both sides, which were forced to make late changes.

VFL player Jack Blair was a late exclusion for the Power, while Jack Mapleson pulled up lame from the warm up.

Interestingly, Wonthaggi chose not to replace Blair, while Sale was forced to call upon Ben Jones, who had played three and a half quarters in the reserves.

Despite the result, the game began with a high intensity, with the Power trying to exert its physicality early. Sale adjusted well, with Kane Martin everywhere, working hard through the midfield and forward line — a strong mark off a Brad McKay kick gave Martin his first goal.

Jayden Allison kicked a goal after turning nicely out of trouble to give the Magpies the break they hadn’t had in previous games. It took until the 27th minute for Wonthaggi to kick its first, but the Magpies led by 28 points at the first break.

Recording 24 tackles for the quarter, Sale’s pressure gave it the advantage, creating plenty of space for forwards Gooch, Jarrod Freeman and Brad Dessent to work into.

Most Wonthaggi forward entries were being repelled with ease, with returning coach Shane Fyfe and Zac Hurley reading the ball well.

A strong tackle by Nic Dowse resulted in a big gash in his knee, he would take no further part in the game, but the ensuing play through the midfield ended with a Gooch major to take the lead out to nine goals. Gooch kicked another goal soon after.

The Power responded as expected, making it hard for the Magpie score, despite not hitting the scoreboard itself.

With Jack Lipman out, Mitch Thacker and Brad Dessent played in the ruck. The forward line gained a new dynamic at times, with the Power unable to cover the attacking movement.

Gooch kicked four consecutive goals, a result of some scintillating forward and midfield play.

A defensive effort by Brad Dessent in attack caused the ball to fall to Freeman, who dribbled the ball through for a goal.

The Magpies led 91 points at three-quarter-time.

A big knock to Allison in a marking contest kick began the final quarter.

Forced to work hard, the Sale defence continue playing desperate football.

An example of Sale’s approach to the contest throughout the day, Ben Jones put in a great effort to stop a certain Power goal in front.

The game fizzled out, errant kicking late by the Magpies preventing the margin jumping out further.

The Power kicked a late goal, but it was the Magpies’ day as they won by 100 points.

Allison was again important, his skills on both feet and ability to hit the scoreboard were important.

McKay’s running prowess was on show, gaining plenty of forward 50 entries.

Up forward, it was Gooch’s day with seven goals, his workrate and ability to jump at the football resulted in a great day for the forward, while Freeman’s pressure and willingness to create space for his other forwards was excellent, ending the day with four goals himself.

Normally a defender, Thacker battled hard in the ruck.

Fyfe was excellent across the back line, the cohesion of himself Jamie Sweeney and Jones to work off their opponent and defend as a unit was telling.

Three wins and percentage clear of fourth-placed Moe, the Magpies are pretty much guaranteed a top three finish. A win next weekend at Bairnsdale will lock that in.

Sam Anstee

Gippsland Times

MATCH REVIEW

Defending premiers Leongatha made the trip to Warragul look easy and returned with the premiership points on Saturday, 14.15 (99) to 5.10 (40).

A six-goal-to-none first term set the Parrots up well and a fiery start was just what coach Paul Carbis had in mind pre-game.

"We know Warragul have been playing some good footy and had a good win against Traralgon last weekend, so we had to really concentrate on ourselves and that's what we did," Carbis said.

"That was really important, especially away at Warragul where they're dangerous.

"In our first quarter it was more about how we moved the ball and from the contest we were slick early on, and when they had it we put the pressure on."

Carbis said the Gulls "came back at us" in the second and third terms and reverting to their own game helped the Parrots withstand the pressure.

"At three-quarter-time I said we had to concentrate on ourselves and we did that. We played some good footy and took control again," he said.

Power forward Chris Dunne was back to his menacing best and bagged five goals for Leongatha and was helped out by Cade Maskell's four majors.

"Chris Verboon and Colin Sanbrook down back were terrific," Carbis said.

"Cameron Stone and Sam Forrester on the wing were pivotal for us. Ben Willis in the ruck was fantastic and Chris Dunne and Cade Maskell up forward really stepped up with our two big guys out."

Parrots Julian Lockwood (shoulder) and James Lloyd (finger) were injured but will be in the mix for selection ahead of this weekend's clash with Drouin.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

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Sale v Wonthaggi match review written by Sam Anstee reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article online in full visit http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5555574/magpies-cut-the-power/?cs=1576

Maffra v Bairnsdale match review taken from article written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online visit http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5555467/eagles-excel-at-home/?cs=1576

All other match reviews taken from article written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online visit http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5554744/moe-send-finals-signal/?cs=1588

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