Ryan Lovegrove-Hudson has led Bairnsdale to their third win of the season in round five at the expense of Wonthaggi, 14.18 (102) to 4.7 (31).

Lovegrove-Hudson caused headaches for the Power’s back line and was in ominous form, finishing with a tidy five-goal haul.

Wonthaggi had a tough time in the first term and was allowed a solitary point to head into quarter time 15 points in the red.

The Bairnsdale back line, commanded Brayden Radford and Corey Timms, gave the visitors little leeway in attack and conceded just four goals for the day – three of them in the second term.

Brayden McCarrey helped out on the scoreboard and bagged three goals for the second week in a row while Russell Cowan added two.

Liam Giove was awarded best on ground plaudits for Bairnsdale in the win and was joined on the honours list by Timms and Lovegrove-Hudson.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

MAFFRA overpowered Morwell, winning at home by 76 points to remain undefeated after five rounds of Gippsland League football.

The Tigers restricted the Eagles early, but the ladder leaders kicked away in the second half, winning 14.14 (98) to 3.4 (22).

The visitors had extra players in defence in order to slow the Eagles down, but the patient hosts were willing to move the ball around the 50 metre arc to find an avenue to goal.

While inaccurate kicking for goal was an issue for the Eagles, they made life difficult for Morwell when the Tigers looked to kick the ball back into play.

The Eagles led by eight points at quarter-time and kicked the opening goal of the second term.

Following a string of behinds, it took until the 19th minute for the Eagles to kick their second goal of the quarter, through Daniel Bedggood after Danny Butcher caused a turnover.

A minute later, Andrew Petrou kicked another goal to extend the lead to 25 points.

Dan Musil pegged a goal back for the Tigers when his shot only just cleared the Maffra defence.

Daniel O’Brien set-up Petrou’s next goal late in the term, giving the Eagles a 31-point half-time lead.

Maffra kicked the only three goals of the third quarter to led by 47 points at the final change.

The Eagles ran out the match strongly in the fourth quarter, kicking five goals to one.

Without Jack Johnstone, Michael Coleman and David Adams, the Eagles still dominated in the midfield. Butcher and Kel Porter led the way, linking well with best-on-ground Lachlan Channing and Alex Carr in attack.

Kieran Jones put in another strong performance in the ruck.

Ben Brunt came into the side and kicked five goals, while Petrou finished with three and Carr two.

With the ball predominately in Maffra’s forward half, there wasn’t as much for its defenders to do, but centre half-back Sam Pleming kept Brandon McDonald in check.

Morwell’s better performers were in defence, Ryan Hearn, Tayler Weatherill and James Jacobsen, while Ryan Tatterson, Zach Anderson and Kuiy Jiath worked hard in the midfield.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

Leongatha have enjoyed a welcome return to form in round five after doing away with Moe on Saturday, 13.14 (97) to 9.12 (66).

The Parrots’ back line was at their indomitable best in the first half with the likes of Colin Sanbrook and Chris Verboon making the going tough for the Lions.

Centre half-forward James Lloyd played his first senior game for the season and did so in style, snaring five goals to help Leongatha to a commanding 33-point win on the road.

John Ginnane was given the top gong for best on ground and was joined by Tom Marriott and Sanbrook on the honour roll.

Coach Paul Carbis was buoyed by his side’s win despite losing two players to injury in the first half.

“We were two guys down from half-time on, and only playing with 20 in the second half, so to grind out a win and then extend on that lead was sensational,” Carbis said.

“Jake Mackie did a knee and Josh Schelling hurt his shoulder.”

Carbis highlighted the steely determination of the playing group as key when pressure mounted.

“I think we had a real theme around playing our brand of footy and not go away from that, no matter what the scoreboard was telling us,” he said.

“Our midfield group played really well, especially in the last quarter to give us first use.”

The inclusion of Lloyd from Shepparton was a resounding success for the Parrots and Carbis said having a key target up forward “made all the difference”.

“To have a marking forward is something we’ve been lacking, and if we look at the losses we’ve had we’ve probably had as much of the ball as the opposition but we just didn’t have that target,” he said.

Carbis also praised the efforts of ruckman Ben Willis as well as Chris Verboon and Tom Marriott.

The Parrots face Warragul this week in round six and will be sweating on the fitness of Schelling while Mackie is set to miss.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

SALE made it four consecutive wins, moving to second on the  Gippsland League football ladder by defeating Drouin 18.16 (124) to 4.6 (30) on Saturday.

The Magpies effectively put the game away when they kicked six goals to none in the first quarter.

With the windy conditions at Sale Oval favouring the southern end of the ground, the Magpies got their hands on the football and used that advantage.

Both teams were trying to move the ball to the grandstand side of the ground, which made the forward entries easier, but Sale capitalised on these entries, as Drouin missed a couple of easy opportunities to be down by 36 points at the first break.

Brad Dessent, who had been in good form previously, was looking dangerous in the first half, and when he kicked his fourth goal during the second quarter, there was a sense that he could get a collection of goals.

Finishing the match with nine goals, Dessent’s strong leading and marking were giving the Sale midfielders full confidence when moving forward.

A highlight was the battle of two of the league’s best ruckmen in Sale’s Jack Lipman and Drouin’s Bob McCallum, who were providing an even contest.

Despite this, Jordan Dessent and Kane Martin were getting their hands on the football and Drouin had no answer, only managing one goal for the half as the Magpies led at the main change by 52 points.

Sale had been in a similar position last year when Drouin had been  kept to a small score at half-time before piling on the goals, but unlike that occasion, the Magpies would put their foot down and created plenty of opportunities to limit the Hawks.

The Magpies had 11 scoring shots but could only manage four goals, the tricky wind playing a part. Despite this, the contest was over and when the third quarter finished it was a matter of how much not who.

Sale led by 76 points at three-quarter-time, and as conditions became slightly better, the home side felt it could kick on and get a percentage boost.

As both sides continued to play attacking football, the Sale defenders mopped up any of the Hawks’ loose exits.

Shane Fyfe read the football well and was ably supported by Ben  Jones, who had been moved down back and intercepted a lot of Drouin kicks.

A five-goal final quarter would have pleased the Sale team, which had failed to shake off a determined Morwell the week before.

The score was a reflection of the domination the Magpies had and was played in front of a big group of past players who were celebrating a multitude of previous premiership success.

Kane Martin and Jordan Dessent were the best midfielders on the ground, while Nic Dowse with his strong approach on the ball was again terrific.

The win gave Sale a game break from the four clubs on three victories, with the next game against Wonthaggi a massive fixture for the Magpies’ finals aspirations.

Sam Anstee

Gippsland Times

Warragul led at every break during their round five match against Traralgon at the weekend and recorded their third win of the season, 14.11 (95) to 9.16 (70).

A five-goal haul to Brayden Fowler proved the difference for the Gulls who were propped up by another four multiple goal-scorers in Tyssen Morrow, Kim Drew, Jedd Serong and Matthew Ross.

Ashley Di Ciero was indomitable across half-back for Warragul in the win and was awarded six votes for best on ground while Morrow and Tom Muir were also serviceable.

Lee Stockdale did the heavy lifting up forward for the Maroons and kicked three goals and was helped by multiples from Connor Ambler and Kody Wilson.

Warragul will play their round six clash with defending premier Leongatha while Traralgon will return home to host Drouin.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

Match reviews taken from articles written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express and David Braithwaite and Sam Anstee reporting for Gippsland Times. For original articles visit the following:

Latrobe Valley Express: http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5384837/undermanned-parrots-swoop-on-tired-lions/?cs=1588

Gippsland Times: http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5385474/maffra-menaces-morwell/?cs=1576 and http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5385465/pies-overpower-hawks/?cs=1576

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