Maffra recovered from a goal-less first quarter to defeat Bairnsdale by 48 points.
On Saturday at Bairnsdale City Oval, the Eagles won 12.19 (91) to 5.13 (43) to stay in second place on the Gippsland League football ladder.
The Redlegs dominated the first quarter, kicking 3.5 to the Eagles’ three behinds to lead by 20 points at quarter-time.
Helped by the Redlegs’ managing only five behinds, the visitors responded with six unanswered goals in the second term to lead by 17 points at the main break.
The Maffra lead was stretched to 24 after a two-goal to one third term, before the Eagles ran out the game better, booting four goals to one in the final quarter.
Danny Butcher, and Ed and Alex Carr proved to be a strong unit in the midfield, while Lachlan Channing, Kade Renooy and Jack Johnstone were also instrumental in the Eagles lifting after a poor first quarter.
Captain Daniel Bedggood kicked three goals, with two from Channing and Andrew Petrou.
Bairnsdale half-backs Nick Sing and Nick Bulmer linked well with midfielders Callan McKeon, Tomm Bryan, Shaun Wyatt and Ryan Halford.
Sale comfortably defeated Warragul during round 11 of Gippsland League football.
A strong breeze was favouring the hospital end of the ground, and when Magpies captain Jordan Dessent won the toss, the ascendancy would have to be on the home side to capitalise, and it did.
With long range goals made to look easy, the overlap and ball movement of the Magpies was opening up Warragul as they slammed home nine majors to one in the quarter.
While the breeze was noticeable, it did not stop the Magpies in the second quarter. The Magpies' pressure on the Warragul players and ability to be composed into the breeze helped them kick six goals to have a 61-point break at half time, ultimately ending any contest.
The Gulls tried to push loose players into the Magpies' forward line in the third quarter, but it was to no avail.
Brad Dessent was on fire kicking five goals for the quarter, while the Magpies' midfielders were running amok as Warragul managed only one point compared to Sale's 11 goals.
To Warragul's credit, it did compete hard around the football and showed greater resilience in the final quarter, but it was Sale's day as it gained another much-needed percentage booster in what looks likely to be a tight finish to the season. The Magpies won by a mammoth 124 points.
Mitch Dowse was clearly best-onground - his dynamic work around the football and spread from the contest was ably supported by other midfielders Jordan Dessent, who was brilliant in tight, and Kane Martin, who showed his class with four goals.
Will Leslie, whose transition into Gippsland League football has been seamless, was again pivotal off half-back.
Tom Hams returned to top form and, despite a tag, was able to out manoeuvre and win his own ball from a wing and half-back.
Jack Lipman was the dominant ruckman on the ground - his tapwork and marking around the ground too much for Warragul.
Mitch Thacker's defensive efforts were solid, while the whole back line worked together to ensure it was well set-up and able to pick off any transition ball from Warragul.
The Parrots flew off the mark against Traralgon, playing out an 81-53 win away from home on Saturday.
The away side got on top in the contest early and used the ball with efficiency, giving them a 28-6 lead at quarter-time, and a 62-15 lead by half-time.
“We responded really well, we hunted them down and gave ourselves opportunities to score which we took,” coach Paul Carbis said.
The Parrots took these chances through efficient delivery into the forward line, getting the ball into ideal forward 50 positions and therefore leading to more accurate goalkicking.
Dunne and Ginnane took full advantage of this delivery, kicking three goals each.
“We practise accurate kicking every training session so it’s good to see when it comes off,” coach Carbis said.
“If we get it forward with entries in good spots, we should usually be pretty accurate.”
Gatha continued their dominance into the second half, holding Traralgon forwards Stockdale and Van Iwaarden well while moving the ball with intent and creating chances of their own.
First gamers Turton, Littlejohn and Kelly also stepped up for the Parrots in what was an important stage of the game.
“It’s a real strength of our footy club to be able to bring through guys who haven’t played for the seniors but can perform,” Carbis said.
“Our senior group lifted for us and then the rest of the inexperienced guys followed them.”
With Schelling and Verboon stepping up in the final term, the result was put beyond doubt.
The Parrots came away with a 28-point win and a happy coach.
“The most pleasing thing was we went out and played a full four quarters,” he said.
“We need to take this into our next three games; we’re not taking them lightly, they’re must wins.”
Morwell overcame a sluggish start against Wonthaggi on Saturday to record a 37-point win on the road.
The Power piled on three straight goals to the Tigers' one goal and two behinds in the opening term to lead by 10 points at the first change, however, Morwell kicked into gear in the second and held the homes side scoreless while adding two goals and five behinds to create a seven point buffer. Turning against the weather in the second term, the home side struggled against Morwell’s suffocating full ground-press.
This formation proved tough to beat for the Power, and gave Morwell a chance to gain a lead and control of the game.
Scores were hard to come by in the third term as both sides added one goal and the margin remained unchanged at the last break. The Power’s forward line was strong with Mitch Betsen, Elliot Staley and Ben Eddy, but moving the ball through Morwell’s press proved too tough.
Power’s Pat Ryan was threatening in the forward until a third term hamstring scare forced him to finish the game on the sidelines.
Holding the Power to just one solitary point in the last quarter, the Tigers charged home with five goals in the their best term of the day to run out victors. Morwell was fielding five young under 18 players, who came in with hunger and motivation, playing a key part in the win.
Joel Soutar and Cody MacDonald finished with two goals each while singles went to Dan Musil, Tyler Hillier, Josh Hecker and Daniel Siddle.
Among the best for the Tigers were Soutar, Hecker, Ryan Tatterson And Anthony Rosato.
Wonthaggi will be disappointed to lose this match, but with the improved form of Jos Bates, Jake Thomas and Tom Davey there are still good signs moving forward.Latrobe Valley Express and The Great Southern Star
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Bairnsdale v Maffra match review written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.
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Traralgon v Leongatha match review published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online click here.
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