SEVEN goals from Darren Sheen helped Maffra defeat Warragul by 82 points, ensuring it remains in second place on the Gippsland League football ladder.
The first half was scrappy, but when play opened up in the second, the Eagles took control, piling on 14 goals to five to win 19.19 (133) to 7.9 (51).
The Eagles did the damage on the scoreboard when they played direct football and minimised mistakes going forward.
Best-on-ground Sheen wasn't the Eagles' only effective forward, with Daniel Beddggood and Tom Jolly kicking three goals each.
Lachlan Channing, Jack Johnstone and Winston Gieschen were tenacious on the ball, while James Huts led a strong defence, which included James Read, who was playing his 100th senior game.
The seventh-placed Gulls, searching for their first win at Maffra in 20 years, were looking to renew their push for a finals place.
But Maffra had more of the ball in the first quarter. The Eagles were applying plenty of pressure, but weren't taking advantage of it as it was taking time for them to adjust to the breeze going across the ground.
After kicking 3.6 to 2.3, the Eagles led by nine points at quarter-time.
The home side continued to have more scoring chances in the second half, adding two goals but also six behinds. The Gulls struggled to go forward, with just two behinds the rewards for their efforts.
The Eagles led by 25 points at half-time, but needed to step-up to stamp out any potential Warragul fightback.
Sheen was integral to Maffra's strong third quarter, kicking three goals and setting up one for Channing.
One of Sheen's majors came after he smothered a Warragul defender's kick.
Before the Gulls kicked their only goal of the term, at the 20-minute mark, the Eagles' lead was 61 points.
Maffra led by 70 points at three-quarter-time, with the margin stretched out to 96 before the Gulls kicked four of the final six goals of the game.
Midfielders Nate Paredes and Brad Scalzo worked hard for the Gulls, as did Matt Rennie in defence. Nick Stevenson kicked his three goals in the final term.
Lions overrun Hawks
DROUIN came close to providing the weekend’s second upset result in Gippsland League football.
The win-less Hawks led Moe by 31 points at three-quarter-time, but the fourth-placed Lions kicked six unanswered goals in final term to win 12.13 (85) to 11.11 (77).
The Lions are now two points behind third-placed Traralgon.
James De Virgilio, Tom Long and Bryce Collings, who kicked three goals, were Moe’s best players.
Best for a gallant Drouin were Liam Axford and Bob McCallum.
LEONGATHA retained top spot on the ladder after overcoming Traralgon at home.
The Parrots won the low-scoring encounter by nine points, 7.12 (54) to 6.9 (45).
The Parrots kicked five goals to two in the first half, before the Maroons booted four majors to two after the main break.
On-baller Luke Bowman and forward Cade Maskell led the way for Leongatha.
For the Maroons, Jordan Sandy kicked three goals, while Jackson Hall was prominent.
SIXTH-placed Wonthaggi is only two points outside the top five after a 10-point win at Bairnsdale.
After trailing by six points at quarter-time, the Power led at the following breaks before winning 12.7 (79) to 10.9 (69).
The Power led by 12 points at three-quarter-time, but the Redlegs got within four points late in the match. The visitors held off the Redlegs’ charge before kicking a goal on the siren.
Jack Blair and Jarrod Membrey were the Power’s best, while Lachie Jones kicked four goals.
The loss keeps Bairnsdale in eighth place, 10 points outside the top five.