MAFFRA fought off a determined Bairnsdale to claim victory at home by 59 points in round 14 of Gippsland League football.
Kel Porter continued his outstanding season, making the most of Brent Connelly’s ruck work, while Gary Jones, Sam Tudor and Dan O’Brien also provided run across the ground.
With Adrian Burgiel expected to miss a few more weeks because of a broken jaw, there were good signs in attack with Daniel Bedggood kicking five goals, Jacob Weatherley and Connelly four each and Porter and O’Brien three each.
The visitors had the better of the play in the first term, kicking seven goals to five to lead by 13 points at quarter-time before being kept goalless in the second term as the Eagles booted seven goals for a 32-point half-time lead.
The Redlegs gave themselves a great chance of causing an upset after kicking four goals to two, reducing the deficit to 16 points at the final change.
As the fourth quarter began, the Eagles quickly erased any hopes the Redlegs had, eventually kicking eight goals to one to win 22.8 (140) to 12.9 (81).
The win maintained the Eagles’ third placing on the ladder.
Paul Bills and Jarrod Matthews worked hard in defence for Bairnsdale, with Jason Waddell providing good ball into the forward line.
The Eagles’ under 18 side was unable to score against a vastly superior Bairnsdale, while the visitors also claimed the under 16 game.
WONTHAGGI blew a good chance to join fifth-placed Traralgon level on points, losing at home to Drouin.
The Power could only kick one goal in the first half, as the Hawks led by 35 points at the main break. Despite a third term fightback, the visitors were able to win 9.14 (68) to 13.10 (88).
The Hawks were led well by Pat McGrath and Gippsland Power player Anthony Tipungwuti. Aaron Guilmartin worked tirelessly in the Power backline.
DESPITE missing key players to injury, Leongatha defeated Warragul by 52 points.
Jake Best and Dwayne Holt combined for 11 goals in the Parrots’ 17.12 (114) to 9.8 (62) win.
Zach Vernon and Tas Clingan were the best for a Parrots’ side which is likely to miss Will Thursfield and David Gourdis for the rest of the season due to injury.
MORWELL proved too strong for Moe, winning 21.15 (141) to 12.8 (80) on Sunday.
The Tigers led by 37 points at half-time and never relinquished the ascendency.
Mannon Johnston and Daniel Hutchinson kicked five goals each for the Tigers and Jack Brown four. Geoff Whelan also booted four majors for the Lions.