MAFFRA remains the only undefeated side after four rounds of Gippsland League football.

The Eagles were outstanding in the rematch of last year’s grand final, doubling the score of premier Leongatha to win 13.6 (84) to 6.6 (42).

The visiting Eagles led by a point at quarter-time then kicked four goals to one in the second term to lead by 19 points at the main break. Maffra kicked two unanswered goals to extend its lead to 29 points.

Any hope the Parrots had of winning was squashed during the final term, when the Eagles kicked four goals to two.

Mitch Bennett kicked six goals for Maffra, and now has 24 for the season, 10 more than his nearest challenger on the league standings, Leongatha’s Chris Dunne, who was held to one major on Saturday.

Kade Renooy kicked three goals for the Eagles and Jack Johnstone two.

Best-on-ground Alex Carr was a danger to the Parrots in attack.

Danny Butcher and Ed Carr controlled proceedings in the midfield, alongside ruckman Kieran Jones and Hudson Holmes on the wing.

The Eagles’ defence, led by Sam Pleming, was again tight. Maffra is the only side yet to concede more than 200 points in total this season.

Josh Schelling, Colin Sanbrook and Chris Verboon were strong in defence for the Parrots.

Cade Maskell was Leongatha’s only multiple goal kicker, booting two.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

Moe have survived a first-quarter lapse in their round four match-up with Bairnsdale at the weekend to run over the Redlegs, 17.12 (114) to 11.11 (77).

It was all Bairnsdale in the opening term and the away side stacked on five goals to Moe's three and had the lion's share of forward entries with double the shots on goal to lead by 16 points at quarter-time.

In stark contrast to the first term, Moe made the second their own from the get-go.

James De Virgilio goaled in the opening minutes and opened the floodgates for a barrage of Lions goals.

Moe stacked on eight majors to none in the second term to more than make up for a slow opening quarter and led by 33 points at the main break and 37 at the final siren.

Darnell Grech scored three in the second and the first one of the third to make it four for the day while Jayden Van Dyk, Jacob Wood, James Blaser and Thomas Fleming all scored two.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

SALE made it three consecutive wins with a 33-point victory over Morwell during round four of Gippsland League football.

The Magpies won at Morwell on Saturday 11.14 (80) to 6.11 (47).

The Magpies threatened at stages to blow the game wide open, but inaccurate kicking and untidy forward entries kept Morwell’s hopes alive.

With a couple of forced changes from last week’s victory against Traralgon, the Magpies introduced debutant Daine McGuiness, who moved well up forward.

The first goal came courtesy of Jack McLindin, but a late steadier to the Tigers had the visiting Magpies a goal in front at quarter-time.

Much like the first quarter, it wasn’t until the middle reaches of the second quarter that the Magpies could make use of their constant forward entries. Three goals came in seven minutes for the Magpies, but again Morwell’s slingshot play opened up forward opportunities.

In what was proving to be a lacklustre game, the Tigers steadied in the latter stages to reduce the margin at the main break to 15 points.

Despite close attention, Kane Martin began the third quarter on fire, kicking the first goal.

Corey Oliver, playing in his 50th game for the Magpies, ran into an open goal as the Magpies looked clearly on top, opening up a 26-point lead.

Brad Dessent was strong up forward, marking and leading strongly at every opportunity, but again poor kicking was costing the Magpies.

Morwell, through aggressive play, secured two late goals to reduce the margin to 15 points at the final break.

Despite the stillness of the wind and ideal ground conditions, both teams were inaccurate in the final quarter, with Morwell kicking four points and the Magpies five points to go with their three goals.

A strong mark out of defence by Jordan Dessent and smart play by Jarrod Freeman gave Brad McKay the opportunity to stop any chance of a Tiger comeback, the first of three goals for the Magpies sealed a 33-point victory.

The Magpies would be relieved to come away with the four points. Both the ground and team, Morwell, have been more than a stumbling block in the past.

Jack Lipman again showed why he is one of Gippsland League’s premier ruckmen, controlling the stoppages and giving first use to Jordan Dessent, Brad McKay and Kane Martin, who all had good games.

The Sale defence held tight and one-on-one proved to be sound, best-on-ground Mitch Thacker was strong over the football and composed with ball in hand, while Ollie Collins and Shane Fyfe controlled any loose Morwell defensive exits.

Up forward, Brad Dessent continued his strong form and if it wasn’t for his poor kicking, could have had a big bag of goals instead of one. Other multiple goal kickers were McKay, Martin and Freeman, all kicking two.

The win moved Sale to third position, giving them a game break over Leongatha, Bairnsdale, Warragul and Traralgon, while Morwell is the only side yet to register a victory this season.

Sam Anstee

Gippsland Times

Wonthaggi secured a minor upset and their first win of the 2018 season at the expense of Traralgon in round four, 10.10 (70) to 9.6 (60).

Power led all day until a four-goal to one third term in favour of Traralgon turned the tide and had the Maroons up by three points at the final break.

Wonthaggi kicked into gear in the run home and bagged four goals to run out 10-point victors on the way to their maiden win of season 2018.

Troy Harley was key for Power at full forward and scored three majors to earn four votes for best on ground and Lachlan Jones assisted at half-forward with two.

Traralgon's Lee Stockdale kicked two goals in his first game back since a 2017 carry over suspension and while young gun Connor Ambler and Conor Little were among the best for the Maroons.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

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For the first time since the 2016 elimination final, Drouin has tasted senior victory in the Gippsland league, overcoming Warragul by a single point on Sunday, 11.18 (84) to 11.17 (83).

The Hawks nearly gave up a 22-point buffer on several occasions throughout the last quarter but hung on to clinch their first win in more than 600 days.

Liam Anderson's three-goal haul was enough to earn him best on ground plaudits for the Hawks for the second week running while Rhys Salter, Ed Morris and skipper Bob McCallum were also key players.

For Warragul, Tyssen Morrow scored three majors and Nathaniel Paredes and Jedd Serong two each.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

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