Power too strong for Pies

Sale's Jack Lipman contests the ruck against Wonthaggi's Logan West. Photo: Great Southern Star

Sale's Jack Lipman contests the ruck against Wonthaggi's Logan West. Photo: Great Southern Star

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WONTHAGGI, fighting for a spot in the Gippsland League football top five, was too strong at home for Sale on Saturday.

The Magpies began well, kicking three goals to one in the first term, but the more experienced Power kicked six goals to one in the second to take control of the match, which it won 13.10 (88) to 7.8 (50).

Dom O'Connor and Jack Blair were good up forward for the Power, kicking seven goals between them.

O'Connor, Troy Harley, Jarrod Membrey and Zac Gilmore were Wonthaggi's best players.

Jarrod Freeman, who kicks goals each week, booted two for Sale, while Jack McLinden was also handy around the goals, also kicking two.

Since the loss of Jordan Dessent, the Magpies have lacked firepower up forward. They have lost to Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi while Dessent has been on the sidelines.

Jamie Sweeney and Chris Laverty were solid down back and worked hard against the Power forwards, who used the ball well to get through the Magpies' defence. Ben Jones was another defender who worked hard for possessions.

Lachie Heywood and Jack McLaren were also among Sale's best players.

MOE consolidated its hold on fourth spot with a 14-point victory over fifth-placed Morwell.

The Lions are now eight points ahead of the Tigers on the ladder.

The visitors came back from 33 points down at quarter-time to win 15.10 (100) to 12.14 (86).

After kicking six goals in the first term, the Tigers were out-scored 14 goals to six for the rest of the match.

Ash Dugan and James Blaser stood-out for the Lions, kicking four and three goals respectively.

Ruckman Isaac Abas was instrumental in the Tigers' strong start, while Brandon McDonald booted three goals.

TRARALGON won at Warragul by 69 points to move back to the top of the ladder.

Leading by 20 points at three-quarter-time, the Maroons seized control in the final term, kicking 8.1 to nothing to claim a 17. 11 (113) to 6. 8 (44) victory.

Michael Stockdale led a solid Maroons defence, while Dylan Loprese kicked five goals.

The loss leaves the Gulls level with Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi, all two points outside the top five.

BAIRNSDALE won its third consecutive match, thumping Drouin by 117 points at home.

The Redlegs didn't concede a goal in the second half on their way to a 22.21 (153) to 5.6 (36) victory.

Damien Cupido kicked seven goals, while best-on-ground Rowan Cowan booted four.

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