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A boost in player returns saw Leongatha easily dispose of Bairnsdale 128-66 at Leongatha Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Chris Dunne, Pat McGrath, Josh Schelling, James Lloyd and Ben Willis all returned to the side and made a big impact from the first bounce.

Coach Paul Carbis was pleased the returning players could propel the team to their first win in three weeks. “Having guys back was a really good boost and hopefully we’ll continue to get more back soon,” he said. For the first time in four weeks the Parrots led at the first break, boasting a 44-12 lead through strong midfield play and a forward line led by Ginnane and Wright.

“It was just a bit more of a mindset to start the game well this time, making sure we’re mentally prepared,” coach Carbis said.

“They kicked the first couple but we quickly settled into a rhythm and got going after that.” From there on out it was a ‘Gatha domination.

The team’s inside play, spearheaded by Hopkins and Olden, and usage into its forward line, where Wright, who kicked six, Ginnane, Lloyd and Dunne took advantage and overwhelmed their opposition.

By three-quarter time the Parrots led by 38 points, kicking 13.7 . “The key behind our play was intensity and getting our structures right, adhering to those,” coach Carbis said.

“Kicking straight helps too and makes a massive difference.” This accurate kicking continued into the fourth quarter, where ‘Gatha kicked an impressive seven goals one behind. This four-quarter effort combined with their staunch defence, led by Chris Verboon, resulted in the home side coming away with a 62-point win. Coach Carbis was extremely satisfied with his team’s full effort. “We got that consistent effort across four quarters and it was pleasing that we finished the game really well,” he said. The Parrots will now look to back up their big win when they face top side Maffra away from home, an obstacle coach Carbis thinks his team can overcome.

“It’s one of the toughest fixtures you can get and we’ve got a great rivalry,” he said. “We’ve just got to review what we did this week and hopefully if we can repeat that next week, we’ll get the rewards.”

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Maffra kicked eight goals to one in the final term to overcome Traralgon by 25 points.

Trailing by 17 points at three-quarter-time, the sluggish Eagles lifted to win 13.7 (85) to 8.12 (60) and remain in second spot on the Gippsland League football ladder.

Traralgon was the better of the two sides for three quarters, and should have killed off the contest during the third term, but the Maroons didn't make the most of their multiple forward entries, managing just six behinds. The Eagles were reduced to just one point for the term.

The Maroons began the quarter with two behinds, before the Eagles kicked the next five goals to claim a 13-point lead. Mitch Bennett and Jack Johnstone each kicked two of those, with one from John Butcher.

A Cameron Whiteoak major cut the margin back to seven points, but Butcher kicked two quick goals before Johnstone booted the sealer.

Bennett finished the match with four goals, Butcher and Johnstone three each.

Earlier, the Maroons outran the Eagles, who were also plagued by mistakes.

The visitors kicked the opening two goals before Daniel Bedggood set-up Bennett's first goal for the Eagles.

Dylan Loprese mark a long kick forward to restore Traralgon's 13-point lead early in time-on.

Just as it looked liked Maffra was getting more of the ball, Riley Lopreses booted a goal for the Maroons.

Two goals from Bennett cut the deficit to seven points at quarter-time.

The Eagles looked to be in the ascendency when Bedggood kicked a goal in the opening minutes of the second term, reducing the margin to one point, but the Maroons kicked the next three goals.

Tom Jolly's high kick to the forward line was marked by Andrew Petrou, who kicked a goal on the half-time siren, with the Maroons leading by 12 points.

The Eagles had chances to kick goals early in the third quarter, but the term belonged to the Maroons. While the Eagles were solid in defence, the Maroons' kicking in front of the sticks kept the home team in the game, something which they paid the price for in the final quarter.

While he kicked two goals, Petrou was outstanding in the forward line, setting up play.

Kieran Jones had the better of the ruck contests when the Eagles had a sniff of victory, with Danny Butcher and Alex Carr using the ball well in the midfield.

Kade Renooy and Winston Gieschen stood up in defence when required.

Kody Wilson, Ben Johnson and Haydn Hector were among Traralgon's notable contributors, while Whiteoak kicked thee goals.

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Salw marked Chris Laverty's 300th senior game for the club by shaking off a persistent Morwell to win by 24 points on Saturday.

The Gippsland League football leader trailed the host by two points at half-time, before kicking eight goals to three in the second half to win 13.5 (83) to 8.11 (59).

The Tigers stormed out of the gates, kicking three goals to one in the first quarter to lead by 14 points at quarter-time.

The Magpies responded by booting four goals to two in the second term, reducing the deficit to two points.

The momentum continued to swing in Sale's direction during the third quarter, as the Magpies kicked five goals to one to take a 20-point advantage into the final change of ends.

The Magpies sealed victory with a three-goal to two final term.

Jarrod Freeman and Brad Dessent provided a valuable one-two punch for the Magpies in the forward line, each finishing the match with three goals.

Best-on-ground Tom Hams set-up a lot of the play in the midfield, and also kicked two goals.

Will Leslie and Jordan Dessent also stood-out in the midfield, with Jack Lipman gaining the ascendancy in the ruck.

Defender Zac Hurley and Shane Fyfe took control after Morwell's strong start.

Dan Musil was a strong defence at centre half-back for the Tigers, Patrick Charles provided good run on the wing, while Cody McDonald booted three goals.

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Moe were unbothered during their trip to Warragul at the weekend, piling on 21 goals on their way to win number six for the season on Saturday, 21.14 (140) to 10.9 (69).

The first quarter was an arm wrestle and Warragul had the lion's share of the ball but squandered opportunities on goal, ending the term with one goal and five behinds to Moe's two goals, one behind.

The Lions made the home side pay in the second term, adding eight goals to their tally to tear out to a 28-point lead at the main break.

Their lead built to 37 at the last change before a seven-goal final term helped them run out 71-point victors.

Dylan Farrell kicked five goals for the Lions in the win while Ash Dugan and Thomas Long kicked three apiece and Bernie Vince and Peter Ainsworth two each.

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Drouin collected another four premiership points on Saturday that were as important as any of the 20 it had earned in the earlier rounds.

The 25-point win at Wonthaggi was the Hawks’ sixth from nine outings and has them fourth on the ladder, equal on points with the second and third teams and, more importantly, two wins clear of the sixth side.

But Saturday’s was a hard-fought victory, the gap at the finish – Drouin won 12-6 to 7-11 - comfortable enough but not a true indication of how tightly the game played out.

Victories are never easy to come by at Wonthaggi and with some key “outs – notably inter-league wingman Tom Barr, key forward Jamie Ferguson and injured defender Nathan Guy – it was a real danger game for the Hawks.

Charlie Bethune was among the “ins” for his first senior match.

Drouin’s winning break came with its dominance of the third quarter.

In what could be described as “the Eddie Morris quarter”, although he did have plenty of helpers, the Hawks stretched a threepoint half time lead to 30 points.

The game looked the Hawks when Morris bobbed up for the first goal of the last term after four minutes.

Morris gets “tagged” every week but it is debatable whether sacrificing a good player/s to try to do that job is worth it.

Wonthaggi did fight back in the last quarter.

Three successive goals got it within 19 points but Drouin held off any further attacks and made the end gap 25 points when Rhys Salter celebrated his 100th senior game with a goal after the siren, his second for the day.

The Hawks started quickly with a snapped goal from congestion by Jackson Kos and another by Bailey Beck capitalising on a good passage of play started in defence in the first five minutes.

It was 3-0 to 0-2 when Bailey Beck got his second goal 20 minutes into the quarter.

Wonthaggi lifted its play but had only five behinds on the board when the quartertime siren rang.

If the third quarter was Morris’ the first was ruckman Bob McCallum’s.

He not only won well in the ruck contests but bobbed up all around the ground winning possessions as well as taking some timely marks in Drouin’s defence.

But there had been other good contributors including Todd Beck who gave plenty of drive from a wing.

Wonthaggi could well have been in front at half time.

It kicked 4-1 in the second term to 2-3 to get within three points but had also failed to score with three “not too hard” set shots at goal.

Power’s run and good delivery by foot set up their chances especially to tall forward Mitch Betson who kicked two of the goals in the term.

It was a much more intense Drouin in the third quarter.

The pressure applied by the Hawks in their forward line kept the ball there and Wonthaggi was only rarely able to get the ball forward.

Goals by Chris Robinson, Bailey and Todd Beck in the first eight minutes were just reward.

It was another 10 minutes of hard, close-in contested play before Bailey Beck got the next, his fourth, and Drouin closed out the quarter when a long kick by Morris to an open forward area enabled Salter to run onto the ball to set up the 30point lead.

Throughout the last quarter and especially after the first goal Drouin seemed to have enough up its sleeve although Wonthaggi certainly didn’t go down without fighting out the contest to the siren.

It had a major setback when one of its best players, Troy Harley, limped from the ground with a hamstring strain only a few minutes from the start.

The Hawks’ key players all stood up in a match where the stakes were high for the side.

Morris and McCallum were superb, centre-half back Liam Anderson great under pressure, and Robinson, Bailey and Todd Beck and coach Jordan Kingi all showed the way by example.

The back line group overall did the job required of them and all players were contributors.

Bailey Beck finished with a well-deserved four goals, Todd Beck and Salter two each and single goals were kicked by Fletcher Robertson-Edgar, Kos, McCallum and Morris.

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