Eagles too powerful

Maffra full back James Huts breaks clear to deliver the ball to the wing.
Maffra full back James Huts breaks clear to deliver the ball to the wing.

MAFFRA was barely troubled at home by Wonthaggi, conceding only five goals in a 114-point victory.

The Eagles won 23.15 (153) to 5.9 (39) to keep the pressure on Gippsland League football's top side Sale, ahead of their Battle of the Birds clash on Sunday.

The Maffra forwards had a day out, with Daniel Bedggood kicking five goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Andrew Petrou, who kicked four goals, was also damaging.

Ben Brunt also troubled the Power's defence, while Jarryd Clohesy contributed four goals and Mitch Bennett three.

The Eagles' forwards had plenty of supply, with Hudson Holmes, Danny Butcher and Lachlan Channing part of a dominant midfield.

The Eagles' prowess in attack was highlighted by each of their five goals coming from different players - Bedggood, Butcher, Clohesy, Bennett and Petrou. The Power kicked one goal for the term as it trailed by 23 points at the break.

The Power made inroads when it kicked the first two goals of the second term through Josh Schulz and Tom Davey, but the Eagles took their opponent out of contention by kicking the next seven goals (including two each from Bedggood and Petrou) to lead by 52 points. A goal from Harrison Dawson reduced the deficit to 47 by half-time.

The Power managed just one goal for the second half, as the Eagles left it in their wake, booting 11 majors. Maffra's 71-point lead at three-quarter-time became 114 by the final siren.

With plenty of work to do, half-back Tom Davey was Wonthaggi's best player, with Mitch Betson and Aiden Lindsay also making good contributions under pressure.

The loss keeps the Power among the bottom four teams, each on three wins.

MOE moved clear in third place after defeating Drouin by 43 points.

Trailing by one point at half-time, the visiting Lions kicked eight goals to four in the second half to win 16.19 (115) to 11.6 (72).

Ash Dugan led the way for the Lions up forward, while James Blaser and Bernie Vince combined well in the midfield.

Bob McCallum was a towering presence for the Hawks, but not enough to help them move into third spot with a win.

LEONGATHA replaced Drouin in fourth spot on the ladder after victory at Warragul.

James Lloyd kicked eight goals to help the Parrots prevail 19.12 (126) to 10.8 (68).

The Gulls had the Parrots measure in the first half, leading by 11 points at the main break, but the visitors lifted in the third term, kicking five unanswered goals to lead by 21 at the final change of ends.

The Parrots continued to kick away in the final term, booting seven goals to one.

TRARALGON and Morwell had the bye.

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