Maffra wins in the mud

Despite pressure from his Drouin opponent, Maffra’s Sam Walker gets his kick away.

Despite pressure from his Drouin opponent, Maffra’s Sam Walker gets his kick away.

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MAFFRA overcame Drouin and trying conditions to move the top of the Gippsland League football ladder.

In wet and muddy conditions at Drouin on Saturday, the Eagles won by 61 points, 11.16 (82) to 2.9 (21).

Both of the Hawks’ goals came during the third quarter.

Sam Pleming led the way for the Eagles in defence in a best-on-ground performance.

Mitch Bennett kicked four goals for Maffra, out-scoring the Hawks off his own boot. Bennett has kicked a league-leading 13 goals over the first two rounds.

Daniel Bedggood and Alex Carr also made major contributions across the forward line, linking well with midfielders Daniel O’Brien and Jack Johnstone.

The Eagles led by 10 points at quarter-time, before booting five goals in the second term to take a 39-point advantage into the main break.

Both sides kicked two goals during the third quarter, but Maffra’s lead was extended to 45 by the final change of ends. The Eagles added three unanswered goals in the fourth term.

WARRAGUL turned a nine-point half-time deficit into a 19-point victory at Wonthaggi.

The Gulls extended their unbeaten start to the season with their 10.8 (68) to 7.7 (49) win.

The visitors began well, kicking four two goals to two in the first term, before the Power kicked three  unanswered majors in the second quarter to led at the main break. The Gulls reclaimed controlled in the second half, booting six goals to two.

Half-back Sam Russell and forward Mitch Nobelius were Warragul’s best players.

A SIX-GOAL to two final quarter gave Bairnsdale a 16-point victory over Morwell on Saturday night.

Trailing by seven points at three-quarter-time, the home side overran the Tigers, winning 8.8 (56) and 5.10 (40).

Brayden McCarrey kicked three goals during the Redlegs storming finish.

The match came to life in the final term, with a total of five goals kicked during the first three quarters.

Simon Deery was a rock at centre half-back for the Redlegs, working well with half-back Nick Sing.

Onballer Ryan Tatterson was Morwell’s best player.

TRARALGON out-shone reigning premier Leongatha, also on Saturday night.

The Maroons, missing coach Mark Collison, Jackson Hall and Connor Ambler, won by 31 points, 11.11 (77) to 7.4 (46).

The home side led by four points after both sides kicked only two goals each during the first half.

The teams picked up the slack in the third term, with the Maroons kicking eight goals and the Parrots five, giving the hosts a 23-point lead the break.

The Maroons kicked the only goal of the final term.

Jay Neagle and Harvey Neocleous kicked three goals each for Traralgon, with Hayden Hector outstanding across half-forward.

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