Defending premiers Leongatha have well and truly made up for a goalless first term against Warragul in round six by stacking on 21 majors to march to a 103-point win, 21.21 (147) to 6.8 (44).
An explosive 11-goal second term gave the Parrots a 55-point advantage at the main break and ballooned to a match-winning 69 at three-quarter-time.
Coach Paul Carbis drew confidence from the polished performance and poured praise on the Parrots’ playing group.
“We had 22 contributors on the day and it was just a really good team effort,” Carbis said.
“We played some really selfless footy and the fact that there were no individual standouts was just fantastic.”
Half-forward Chris Dunne put in his best performance of the season and led the way for the Parrots in front of goal with five majors.
In just his second game for the club, James Lloyd looked right at home at centre half-forward and snared three goals on the back of five last weekend.
“James has just slotted into the side and fitted in really well with the playing group and the things he does takes pressure off the other forwards,” Carbis said.
“If he’s not kicking goals then he is giving us first use of the ball, so he has just been fantastic.”
Luke Bowman was awarded best on ground plaudits for his work commanding the Parrots midfield and was ably assisted by Ben Willis, who had “another outstanding game” according to Carbis.
Gulls’ danger man Nathaniel Paredes was given six votes for best on ground but his impact was limited by the shut-down efforts Ryan Olden.
The win takes Leongatha to third spot on the Gippsland league ladder with four wins, one shy of Sale in second and two shy of Maffra in first, while Warragul are in seventh.Kate Withers
The round six clash between Morwell and Moe promised plenty and Saturday's game delivered with the Lions edging out their archrival to seal their fourth win of season, 7.15 (57) to 7.11 (53).
The Tigers – winless so far in 2018 – were 12 points in the red heading into the final term but came at the Lions in the dying stages only to fall four points short.
Moe coach James Blaser said "there was not a lot to be pleased with" after his side's win but admitted he was "just pleased to get the four points".
"Our ability to grind out the win against a team that were pretty desperate and pretty good on the day was good," Blaser said.
"It's hard at the moment in this competition and there are no easy games and we found that out against Morwell – they haven't won but probably deserved to [on Saturday]."
Blaser earmarked the efforts of Mitchell Stanlake and Tyson Biffin as standouts in the four-point win but said the playing group was "a little bit tired and heavy after a few solid weeks".
He also said the interleague break came at a "great time" for Moe and said rest and recuperation was on the cards.
Joel Bragagnolo was missed for the Lions and will be up for selection in round seven, as will Hayden Prestige and Dylan Farrell who missed the match with a broken finger.Kate Withers
A six-goal final term has helped Traralgon run over the top of a buoyant Drouin outfit in round six, 16.10 (106) to 14.10 (94).
The Hawks looked set to seal their second win of the season heading into the last quarter with a 19-point lead, but the home side kicked into gear and snared a 12-point win.
Jackson McMahon was electric through the midfield for the Maroons and was given six votes for best on ground and Bailey Cameron was pivotal in the backline and earned five votes.
Rohan Hildebrand led the way for Traralgon in front of goal and kicked five while Chris Urie and Will Broadbent kicked three each.
Ed Morris was among the best for Drouin and bagged four goals while backman Brendan Dower was the standout.
Traralgon sit in sixth spot on the Gippsland league ladder with three wins and Drouin is in ninth, ahead of a winless Morwell.
Traralgon have Moe after the break while Drouin are home to defending premiers Leongatha.Kate Withers
SALE consolidated second place on the Gippsland League football ladder with a gritty 19-point win at Wonthaggi on Saturday.
Without injured captain Kane Martin, the Magpies won Sale 14.10 (95) to 11.9 (75).
Despite heavy rainfall during the week, ground conditions were good and in expected fashion the bigger Wonthaggi side looked to exert its size to the advantage by pressing up and competing hard.
Beginning well, the Magpies matched Wonthaggi in tight contest. Brad Dessent was isolated up forward early, his three majors for the quarter gave the Magpies an 11 point lead at quarter-time.
With Dessent in fine form, it seemed the Magpies would inevitably use this to advantage but when he did not return to the field after quarter-time, a reshuffling of the side had to occur.
Adam Wallace was gaining lots of possession through the midfield, this led the Magpies to continue to push deep entries to no real effect. A smart goal to Jackson Glenane off teammates’ quick hands midway through the quarter kept the Power at bay.
Pat Ryan for the Power was looking ominous up forward as Wonthaggi continued to control the play, but Sale’s defence, in particular Andrew Quirk and Ollie Collins, held tight.
A long goal against the run of play by Jordan Dowsett stemmed the Power’s hopes of a lead. A shot on the siren by Jack Mapleson missed, with the Magpies holding on to a two-goal lead at the main break.
Coach Shane Fyfe understood the importance of the game and urged his players to step-up and embrace the challenge. The move of Nic Dowse onto Ryan (who had kicked four goals in the first half) limited Wonthaggi’s main target.
Despite this, the game swayed into Wonthaggi’s favour, Sale could not effectively exit the defensive 50, and when Wonthaggi ran into an open goal off the back of the contest, the lead changed hands for the first time.
The Magpies’ defence held on tight and a brave effort by Glenane to run with the flight of the ball, creating an opportunity for Mapleson, who calmly slotted through the first of three late unanswered goals for the Magpies.
This would open up a 16-point lead by three-quarter-time.
Jarrod Freeman limped off in the fourth quarter and both teams were at the mercy of injuries, with Sale limited to two fit players on the bench.
A combination of tough play, lack of rotations and a strong cross wind in the final quarter meant the game was played between the arcs.
The Power continued to pressure, tackle and look inside but steady play by Jayden Allison, Chris Laverty, Jordan Dessent and coach Fyfe saw Sale control any dangerous Wonthaggi movement.
In a grinding final quarter, goals were hard to come by, but the Magpies walked off victors at Wonthaggi for the first time since 2014.
Jayden Allison was the best Magpie, putting in his most consistent performance of the year in the midfield.
The defensive acts and clean ball movement of Glenane didn’t go unnoticed.
Jordan Dessent continued his great season — playing through the midfield he kicked two goals and hit the post twice.
Defenders were also vitally important, as Collins, Nic Dowse and Quirk showed great poise and maturity throughout the game.Sam Anstee
MAFFRA headed into the interleague break undefeated on top of the Gippsland League football ladder.
On a cold Saturday night in Bairnsdale, the Eagles defeated the Redlegs by 30 points, 8.19 (67) to 5.7 (37).
The Eagles now won their past nine matches against the Redlegs.
The Eagles again had the better of the midfield, led by Alex Carr (was the only multiple goal kicker on the park, finishing with two), Danny Butcher and Ed Carr, combining with Lachlan Channing across half-forward.
The Maffra defence continued its strong start to the season, conceding only two goals for the first three quarters. Sam Pleming and Jarryd Clohesy again led the way.
The Eagles went into the match without Daniel Bedggood, but included Michael Coleman and Sam Walker.
The visitors kicked the only three goals of the first term (from nine scoring shots) to establish a 21-point lead at quarter-time.
The margin was reduced to 18 points by the main break after the Redlegs kicked two goals to one in the second quarter.
Maffra put the match beyond Bairnsdale’s reach during the third term, kicking two unanswered goals to stretch the lead to 35 points.
The Redlegs out-scored the Eagles during the final term, kicking three goals to two.
Ricky Tatnell, Nick Sing and Rowan Cowan were best for Bairnsdale, which fell from third to fifth place on the ladder with the loss.David Braithwaite
Match reviews taken from articles written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express, David Braithwaite and Sam Anstee reporting for Gippsland Times.
To view original articles online, visit http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5399551/tigers-agony-continues/?cs=1588 (Latrobe Valley Express), http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5399656/sale-wins-in-the-south/?cs=1576 and http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5399668/eagles-beat-bairnsdale/?cs=1576 (Gippsland Times)
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