The Tigers have a skip in their step after round eight’s journey to Drouin fruited their second win on the trot, 10.8 (68) to 10.6 (60).

Morwell coach Joel Soutar said the back-to-back wins were just reward for a run of “reasonable form”.

“I think the boys have gone on from the first win last week and we just couldn’t get a win on the board before that but I think we’ve got a really good mix,” Soutar said.

“The boys are really cracking in and if we bring that effort each week we’re going to be competitive most weeks, so to win two games in a row has been a real positive.”

Skipper Ryan Tatterson, who Soutar said has “probably been in the best each week” stood up again for the Tigers and kicked four goals while James Jacobsen was a pillar down back.

“We had 22 contributors again and that’s what it’s going to take each week,” Soutar said.

“We knew Drouin were going to be hard and they’ve been improving during the year and we weren’t playing our best in the first half.

“The fact we were down and found a way to get over the line is a real confidence booster.”

Morwell now look forward to consecutive home games starting with Traralgon in round nine.

Drouin will head back to the drawing board and face Wonthaggi on the road.

Will Kennedy was out “crook” for the Tigers at the weekend while Burkeley Macfarlane missed due to Gippsland Power duties.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

As sure as the sun will rise so will Chris Dunne for Leongatha and round eight was no exception with the league-leading goalkicker adding six to his tally to lead his side to victory over Bairnsdale, 14.8 (92) to 5.13 (43).

Parrots coach Paul Carbis admitted his side "had a few things to work on" but said the wrinkles were ironed out well in round eight.

"I was really pleased with our approach and the boys executed quite well," Carbis said.

"I think with our ball use we let ourselves down last week and had to win ugly because of that but we made sure we improved.

"We've been doing that at training and I think we lost our way a little bit and had to put some things in place and they came to fruition."

Carbis earmarked the clash with Bairnsdale as a danger game for the Parrots in the lead-up to Saturday but said things fell into place when they needed to.

"We've been working on [winning] the contested ball and once we've got it use it really well, and if we don't then defend well," he said.

Captain Hayden Browne was key for Leongatha and "really stepped up" in the absence of key midfielder Tom Marriott while Josh Schelling was again a rock down back.

Three Parrots will miss this weekend's headlining match against Sale.

Rhett Kelly, Brok Davidson and Chris Verboon will miss through travel and will be replaced by incomers Ryan Olden and Joel Norton.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

A blistering six-goal-to-none opening term has helped Moe move a game clear in fourth spot on the Gippsland league senior ladder with win number five for the season at the expense of Wonthaggi on Saturday, 15.18 (108) to 9.2 (56).

The Power were left reeling and scoreless at the first break – 41 points in the red after the Lions went in hard with 11 scoring shots.

Moe coach James Blaser said the fiery start was no fluke and set clear expectations for the playing group leading into round eight.

"I was really pleased with the response from the players after I challenged them during the week," Blaser said.

"A few players weren't playing to their potential and taking their spot in the side for granted, so I was pleased that all 22 came out in the first quarter and played some really good footy and to be six goals up at quarter-time was fantastic."

Midfielder Dylan Farrell made a triumphant return from injury and was best on ground according to Blaser and vice-captain Jacob Wood "led from the front all day".

"After that I really could have picked any one of 15 players to be our third best for the day," he said.

Eleven players scored for the Lions in the win with four of them multiples.

"It's always good to have as many goal kickers as you can ... it's not a focus of our game but that's the way things play out sometimes," Blaser said.

Moe have hit promising form ahead of their biggest test yet – Maffra on the road in round nine – but will be near full strength with forwards Harrison Sim and Ash Dugan in the mix to make returns.

Kate Withers

Latrobe Valley Express

MAFFRA overran Traralgon in the second half to maintain its undefeated start to the Gippsland League football season.

Trailing by seven points at three-quarter-time, the Eagles kicked four goals to one in the final term to win by nine points, 9.9 (63) to 7.10 (52).

The Eagles were under pressure early as the home side claimed a seven-point lead after kicking four goals to three in the first term.

The lead was stretched beyond 20 points after the Maroons kicked the first two goals of the second quarter, but the Eagles responded with two of their own to keep the deficit to nine points by the main break.

The Maroons remained in front after a goal-less third term, before the Maffra shook of the challenge in the fourth quarter.

Danny Butcher, Michael Coleman and Lachlan Channing were outstanding in the midfield, as was Kel Porter, who pushed forward, while Jarryd Clohesy was solid in defence. Mitch Bennett kicked four goals to take his season tally to 34.

Mitch Mustoe, Jackson Hall and Jacob Vucenovic were best for the Maroons, who are now in fifth place on the ladder.

David Braithwaite

Gippsland Times

IN a tense finish, Sale held off a strong finishing Warragul by the slightest margin to keep its hold on second place on the Gippsland League football ladder.

The Magpies won at Warragul 13.15 (93) to 12.20 (92), with the Gulls narrowly missing a late winning goal.

Sale small forward Jack McLindin was replaced by under 18 player Jack McLaren because of a knock last week. It was a big ask for McLaren, who had featured in the under 18s game earlier in the day.

Sale controlled play early, but its finishing and kicking skills let it down.

For the Gulls, Nat Paredes was looking dangerous, his ability to win the contested ball and get the ball in tight and forward of centre meant that Sale had to use Adam Wallace in a defensive role.

Warragul created scoring opportunities through Sale’s errors, a late goal to the Gulls saw them close the margin to two points at the first break.

Jordan Dowsett was finding plenty of space on the wing while creating forward entries, but the Magpies could not gain a clear shot on goal.

A goal from advantage was denied and Warragul claimed the lead when it took the ball to the other end and goaled.

Sale wrestled back the lead after a strong effort from Brad Dessent, who shrugged a tackle then handballed out to brother Jordan, who snapped truly.

McLaren was showing effort through the middle with good pressure and composure, while the inclusion of Brad Mckay, back from overseas, saw some overrun and lap come into play.

Jayden Allison goaled late, extending the Sale lead to eight points at the main break.

While the Magpies were in front, they were not playing their best football, and coach Shane Fyfe asked the players to lift their intensity and urged them to lay more tackles and hunt the ball.

Mainly through the work of Jordan Dessent, Sale was gaining the advantage in the middle, but the fumbling around the football, and turnovers from forward entries were hurting.

Warragul was playing with purpose, transitioning at times with waves from the backline and trying to take advantage of key forwards like Brayden Fowler, who was in a tough battle with Andrew Quirk.

When Nic Dowse took an absolute screamer outside 50 before sending the ball in deep for brother Mitch to snap a clever left foot goal, it seemed the spark had gone out of the Gulls, as further goals were to come for the Magpies.

Three goals took the Magpies’ lead beyond 30 points.

To its credit, Warragul came back hard, and if not for wayward kicking and smart defending by Quirk, Nic Dowse, Ben Jones, the 22-point margin at three-quarter-time would have been reduced.

Warragul kicked the first two goals and the contest was on, the margin got to seven points before Jordan Dessent drew a free kick and spotted Jarrod Freeman, who kicked truly.

John Gooch again extended the lead to 19 as he goaled smartly on the run from the boundary.

Sale couldn’t capitalise on forward entries, but its pressure was keeping a surging Warragul at bay.

Warragul kicked two more goals, but it was a big block of points that saw the margin come back to nine.

A point and another goal brought it back to two points.

With under a minute left, Paredes, gained another centre clearance, which saw Jedd Serong take a mark on the angle about 40 metres out, the shot hit the post before Ronchi went down the line to Lipman and then Gooch as the siren sounded.

Jordan Dessent was clearly the best Magpie player, his ability to take a mark, get the ball inside and push hard forward showcased his full class.

Adam Wallace and Jayden Allison gained plenty of possession and won the ball in tight.

Gooch kicked a goal in each quarter to finish with four, while the defensive efforts of Quirk and Nic Dowse in the air and on the ground were terrific.

Chris Laverty showed his experience, playing with solidarity and composure as usual.

Despite the hard fightback, Sale would be relieved to have come away with the victory, and what appeared to be a relatively injury free day.

A blockbuster awaits at Sale as the Magpies tackle Leongatha at home in a clash, with second hosting third.

Sam Anstee

Gippsland Times


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