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MAFFRA put on a dominant display to defeat fellow Gippsland League football premiership contender Traralgon by 59 points.
At home on Saturday, the Eagles were too good for the last team to defeat them, winning 17.12 (114) to 8.7 (55).
The victory keeps the second-placed Eagles in second place, behind top side Leongatha on percentage, and now 10 points ahead of the Maroons in third.
The Eagles' pressure was, at times, too much for the Maroons to deal with.
Their midfielders were superb, led by Danny Butcher and Kel Porter. They linked well with forwards Mitch Bennett and Lachlan Channing.
Butcher and Bennett kicked three goals each.
With James Read out injured, the Maffra defence was strong, conceding just eight goals. Captain Sam Pleming was again a strong presence down back, while Jack Johnstone didn't let much get past him.
After Lee Stockdale kicked the first goal of the match for the Maroons, the Eagles made good use of their wind advantage to kick the final six goals of the opening term, including two each from Daniel O'Brien and 150-gamer Daniel Bedggood, to lead by 34 points.
The Maroons found it hard to clear from defence, with the Eagles judging the wind better and sending the ball back forward.
The Eagles continued to move the ball well during the second term, getting out to a 52-point lead after goals from Channing, Bennett and Kade Renooy.
It took until the 20-minute mark for Traralgon to kick its second goal of the match, through Matt Northe after a 50 metre penalty. Some running football led to Stockdale kicking a goal just before half-time, cutting Maffra's lead to 39 points.
The Eagles kicked the only two goals of a dour third quarter to extend the margin to 51 points. But the low point was Charlie Driffield being taken from the ground on a stretcher with a leg injury.
The game opened up in the final term, with the Eagles kicking six goals and the Maroons five.
Best for the Maroons were coach Mark Collison in the midfield and ruckman Ben Amberg, while Stockdale kicked three goals.
Daniel Bedggood played his 150th senior game for Maffra.
Tigers take step towards finals
MORWELL strengthened its hold on fifth place on the ladder with a 21-point win at Bairnsdale.
After their 10.8 (68) to 6.1 (47) win, the Tigers are now six points ahead of sixth-placed Wonthaggi with three rounds before the finals, while the Redlegs top five hopes have been extinguished.
Despite the Redlegs having five more scoring shots, scores were level at three-quarter-time before the Tigers kicked three unanswered goals in the final term.
Brandon McDonald kicked three goals for the Tigers, with midfielders Ryan Tatterson and Tom Wilson their best.
Shaun Mooney was Bairnsdale's best player.
WARRAGUL moved level on points with Wonthaggi, but still behind on percentage, after a 42-point win over the Power at home.
The Gulls held the ascendancy throughout the match, keeping the visitor goal-less in two quarters, to win 13.11 (89) to 6.11 (47).
Trailing by 38 points at three-quarter-time, the Power more than doubled its score during the final term, kicking four goals, but the Gulls extended the margin by booting five.
Nathaniel Paredes and Brayden Fowler kicked four each for Warragul, with ruckman Jack Horstman also standing out.
LADDER leader Leongatha thumped bottom side Drouin by 105 points.
The Hawks led by two points at quarter-time, largely due to the Parrots' inaccurate kicking for goal (one goal from eight scoring shots).
The visitors righted the wrong during the second term, kicking seven unanswered goals to take a 44-point lead into the main break.
In the second half, the Parrots kicked 12 goals to four to win 20.26 (146) to 6.5 (41).
John Ginnane led the Parrots' goal kicking, with five, while Cameron Stone was also prominent in the forward line.