FOR the second time this Gippsland League football season, Maffra defeated Moe by three points.
On Saturday at Moe, the Eagles staved off a challenge from the Lions to remain equal on points with ladder leader Leongatha.
The teams struggled to cope with cross breeze, particularly the Lions, who kicked 2.8 during a low-scoring first half. The Eagles kicked 4.3 to lead by seven points at the main break.
The Eagles extended their advantage to 16 points by the final change, before Moe kicked five goals to three in the fourth quarter to almost snatch victory.
With the Lions attacking strongly, Sam Walker, Jack Johnstone and Jarryd Clohesy were outstanding in defence for Maffra.
Alex Carr and Danny Butcher had more than their fair share of the ball in the midfield, working well with Lachlan Channing across half-forward.
The Eagles had nine goal kickers, with Mitch Bennett kicking two majors.
Moe was best-served by full back Charlie Rieniets and onballers Colin Sanbrook and James Blaser.
Parrots end Sale streak
AFTER three wins, Sale’s run came to an abrupt end at Leongatha on Saturday.
The Parrots, who have lost the past two grand finals, were fired up and handled the windy conditions far better than the inexperienced Magpies.
The home side had control of the match by half-time, but the Magpies played their best football during the third term, when but teams kicked two goals. However, the Parrots stormed home, kicking eight goals in the final quarter to win by 105 points, 20.16 (136) to 4.7 (31).
The Parrots had plenty of firepower up forward, with John Ginnane kicking five goals, Chris Dunne four and Aaron Hillberg and Zac Vernon three each.
Jarrod Freeman was Sale’s only multiple goal kicker, with two.
Defender Zac Hurley, who continues to impress during his first season of senior football, was Sale’s best player.
Kane Martin and Adam Wallace worked hard for possessions against a talented opposition.
Jordan Dessent, Mitch Thacker and Kyle Dunkley also played well.
The Magpies will be hoping they can turn things around again in their remaining matches against Bairnsdale and Wonthaggi.
MORWELL has one foot in the finals following its 48-point win over Wonthaggi.
With two rounds remaining, the fifth-placed Tigers are six points ahead of Warragul, while the Power has fallen to seventh place, 10 outside the top five.
The home side led at each break to win 13.8 (86) to 5.8 (38).
The Tigers’ work in defence was typified by full back Ryan Hearn, who was best-on-ground. Brandon McDonald kicked three goals for the winners.
TRARALGON consolidated its hold on third spot with a 70-point victory over Bairnsdale at home.
Leading by 29 points at half-time, the Maroons booted eight goals to one in the second half to win 14.11 (95) to 3.7 (25).
Having avenged a loss to the Redlegs earlier this season, the Maroons are now six points ahead of fourth-placed Moe.
Jackson Hall and Mitch Mustoe were the Maroons’ best players, while Jordan Sandy returned to the side to kick three goals.
WARRAGUL moved into sixth position with a 17.13 (115) to 5.14 (44) victory at Drouin on Sunday.
The 71-point loss came days after AFL Gippsland rejected the Hawks’ application to move to the West Gippsland league.
Brayden Fowler kicked six goals for the Gulls and Nate Paredes four. Brad Scalzo made a welcome return to the side, and was named best-on-ground.