MAFFRA, who opened the season with a win at Sale last Sunday, continued their impressive start to the 2016 season with a big win over Bairnsdale, kicking 19.16 (130) to Bairnsdale’s 7.3 (45), before a big crowd in their night match at home on Saturday night.
Key forwards Andrew Petrou and Daniel Bedggood were on fire up forward, kicking 10 of the Eagles’ 19 goals between them with five each.
Danny Butcher, the Eagles’ best, had the ball on a string, while Same Pleming played his usual consistent game in defence with support from Charlie Driffield.
Kelvin Porter and Lachlan Channing made good use of the ball, making possessions count, and last season’s reserves best and fairest Macklin Raine also played well in the ruck and around the ground.
The Eagles’ David Adams celebrated his 100th game with the win.
James Gibbs and Simon Deery kicked two goals each for the Red Legs, and their best were Tom Brennan in the midfield, Tom Hams on the ball, Brett Waddell, Liam Gove, Andrew Nelson, and Dylan Sommerville.
LEONGATHA opened the season with a big win over Traralgon, and on Saturday its winning margin over neighbour Wonthaggi was 71 points.
The Parrots are playing like a team on a mission after losing last year’s grand final to Traralgon, and kept the Power goalless in the third to rampage to a 10 goal victory
Chris Dunn was good up forward, while Josh Hopkins was outstanding in defence and Aaron Hillberge marked well at centre half forward.
Aaron Coyle and Tom Marriott were also in the best for Leongatha.
For the Power, Cade Waters, Aiden Lindsay in the midfield, Dominic O’Connor, Michael Kelly, and Braeden Mclean impressed.
TRARALGON, smarting after its first round loss to Leongatha, kicked 23.10 (148) to defeat Moe 13.6 (84).
Tim Johnson was good up forward with five goals, and Danny Campbell and Ben Amberg in the ruck helped set up the big win.
Joel Bragagnolo kicked three goals for Moe, and Charlie Renetris and Tom Long were also amongst the best.
DROUIN escaped with victory over Warragul by the skin of its teeth, 13.9 (87) to 11.16 (82).
Ben Hughes kicked four, and was amongst the best on ground, with Brad Scalzo best on ground for the Gulls.