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MAFFRA headed into the interleague break undefeated on top of the Gippsland League football ladder.
On a cold Saturday night in Bairnsdale, the Eagles defeated the Redlegs by 30 points, 8.19 (67) to 5.7 (37).
The Eagles now won their past nine matches against the Redlegs.
The Eagles again had the better of the midfield, led by Alex Carr (was the only multiple goal kicker on the park, finishing with two), Danny Butcher and Ed Carr, combining with Lachlan Channing across half-forward.
The Maffra defence continued its strong start to the season, conceding only two goals for the first three quarters. Sam Pleming and Jarryd Clohesy again led the way.
The Eagles went into the match without Daniel Bedggood, but included Michael Coleman and Sam Walker.
The visitors kicked the only three goals of the first term (from nine scoring shots) to establish a 21-point lead at quarter-time.
The margin was reduced to 18 points by the main break after the Redlegs kicked two goals to one in the second quarter.
Maffra put the match beyond Bairnsdale’s reach during the third term, kicking two unanswered goals to stretch the lead to 35 points.
The Redlegs out-scored the Eagles during the final term, kicking three goals to two.
Ricky Tatnell, Nick Sing and Rowan Cowan were best for Bairnsdale, which fell from third to fifth place on the ladder with the loss.
MOE withstood a final quarter fightback from Morwell to win by four points.
The Lions claimed fourth spot with their 7.15 (57) to 7.11 (53) victory on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors led by 12 points at three-quarter-time, but the win-less Tigers kicked two goals to one.
However it wasn’t enough for the Tigers, as the Lions extended their winning run against their local rivals to six.
Mitch Stanlake and Tyson Biffin stood-out for the Lions in defence.
DESPITE being held goal-less in the first term, Leongatha thumped Warragul by 103 points at home.
The Gulls led by 12 points at quarter-time, but after that were no match for the Parrots, who won 21.21 (147) to 6.8 (44) to move into third place.
An 11-goal to nil second quarter gave the Parrots control of the match.
Leongatha has won its past 10 matches against Warragul.
Onballer Tom Marriott and ruckman Ben Willis combined well in the midfield for the Parrots, while Chris Dunne kicked five goals and James Lloyd three.
Tom Morrow kicked three of the Gulls’ six goals.
TRARALGON extended its run of wins against Drouin to 17 with a come from behind victory.
After three consecutive defeats, the Maroons won 16.10 (106) to 14.10 (94).
The Hawks appeared set to win when they were leading by 19 points at three-quarter-time, but the home side stormed home, kicking six goals to one in the final term.
Lee Stockdale was the Maroons’ best, with Adam Jaensch sold at full back and Rohan Hildebrand kicking five goals.
Drouin’s best player was Ed Morris, who kicked four goals.