In a season-defining clash for both clubs, Moe emerged triumphant against Drouin on Saturday, 16.19 (115) to 11.6 (72).
The game lived up to the hype in the early stages with the home side nudging ahead with a four-point lead at the first break before Drouin fought back and edged into the lead by a solitary point at half-time.
The Lions kicked into gear in the third, piling on six goals and five behinds to the Hawks’ two goals and two behinds, to set themselves up with a handy 26-point buffer heading into the last term.
The final quarter was all Moe. Their 11 scoring shots turning out another four majors to secure an impressive 43-point win.
Club stalwart James Blaser was among the best in game 150 for the Lions and finished with two goals, as did Ash Dugan, Dylan Farrell, Josh Galea, Hayden Prestidge and debutant and former SANFL and WAFL product Tristan Gum.
For Drouin, Tom Barr kicked three goals while Bob McCallum again led the way among the best on ground.
Maffra was barely troubled at home by Wonthaggi, conceding only five goals in a 114-point victory.
The Eagles won 23.15 (153) to 5.9 (39) to keep the pressure on Gippsland League football's top side Sale, ahead of their Battle of the Birds clash on Sunday.
The Maffra forwards had a day out, with Daniel Bedggood kicking five goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Andrew Petrou, who kicked four goals, was also damaging.
Ben Brunt also troubled the Power's defence, while Jarryd Clohesy contributed four goals and Mitch Bennett three.
The Eagles' forwards had plenty of supply, with Hudson Holmes, Danny Butcher and Lachlan Channing part of a dominant midfield.
The Eagles' prowess in attack was highlighted by each of their five goals coming from different players - Bedggood, Butcher, Clohesy, Bennett and Petrou. The Power kicked one goal for the term as it trailed by 23 points at the break.
The Power made inroads when it kicked the first two goals of the second term through Josh Schulz and Tom Davey, but the Eagles took their opponent out of contention by kicking the next seven goals (including two each from Bedggood and Petrou) to lead by 52 points. A goal from Harrison Dawson reduced the deficit to 47 by half-time.
The Power managed just one goal for the second half, as the Eagles left it in their wake, booting 11 majors. Maffra's 71-point lead at three-quarter-time became 114 by the final siren.
With plenty of work to do, half-back Tom Davey was Wonthaggi's best player, with Mitch Betson and Aiden Lindsay also making good contributions under pressure.
Eight goals from James Lloyd proved the difference for Leongatha in their away clash with Warragul on Saturday, the Parrots taking the points, 19.12 (126) to 10.8 (68).
The defending premiers were in a spot of bother against the last-placed Gulls at half-time, down by 11 points, but a five-goal third term while holding Warragul to a single point, helped them heading into the last change with a 21-point lead.
The Parrots' experience and run pulled them home in the last, their seven goals to Warragul's one enough to secure an impressive 58-point win.
In addition to Lloyd's bag of eight goals, Chris Dunne contributed three and John Ginnane, Brok Davidson and Aaron Turton two each, while singles went to Nick Nagel and Brodie Easton.
Gippsland League football ladder leader Sale defeated Bairnsdale by 31 points on Sunday.
The visitors were greeted by pristine conditions and a vocal home crowd, as they were forced to make a late change when rookie onballer Jack McLaren failed a final fitness test. This gave Nathan Whitford a senior debut.
Experienced wingman Tom Hams was also a withdrawal on Friday because of a back spasm.
Sale began the match well, showing composure and running well through the middle of the ground to isolate key forwards Jarrod Freeman and Brad Dessent.
The pressure exerted around the ball forced mistakes from the Redlegs and the Magpies were quick to capitalise, kicking four goals to one for the quarter.
It was again all the Magpies in the second term, with their forwards looking ominous, forcing Bairnsdale to make changes to their structure.
Again, Sale's controlled ball use and ability to create space for each other was the difference.
The Redlegs were creating opportunities but shots for goal were going wide, while forced turnovers hurt the home side as Sale turned these into scoring opportunities.
The Magpies led by a healthy 48 points at half-time.
The story was slightly different in the third quarter as the Redlegs brought an extra bit of determination.
The Redlegs' seven-goal to two quarter was on the back of their speed away from the contest and perhaps the Magpies slightly changing their game style.
The Sale forwards were not getting the space or delivery they wanted, as the Redlegs forced errors and looked to score from transition.
The Magpies kicked a late goal, but the three-quarter-time margin had been cut to 29 points.
As the final quarter began, the Redlegs kicked a goal from the first clearance.
A strong mark by Nathan Dennison brought the margin to under four goals.
As the quarter progressed, the Redlegs were throwing everything at the Magpies, who were resilient under pressure.
Two later goals to Freeman and Brad Dessent sealed the game as the Magpies'.
Jack Lipman's work in the middle for the Magpies was fantastic. His ruck duel with Ethan East a great contest.
The work of Mitch Dowse and Jordan Dessent inside, but also through general play, was excellent.
Mitch Bown on a wing looked dangerous early, while sticking to his role and the support and individual efforts of Kane Martin (despite a heavy tag), Will Leslie and Nic Dowse were also good.
Down back, Chris Laverty controlled the play, while veteran Jamie Sweeney took some telling marks in the second half. Under 18 player Ethan Dyer showed good defensive awareness, while Declan Barnett continued his good run of form.
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Drouin v Moe and Warragul v Leongatha match reviews published by Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online click here.
Maffra v Leongatha match review written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.
Bairnsdale v Sale match review written by Sam Anstee reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.