DESPITE seven goals from Daniel Bedggood, Maffra was unable to defeat Wonthaggi.
The 15.10 (100) to 13.13 (91) loss at Wonthaggi, and Traralgon’s win over Morwell, pushed the Eagles down to fourth place on the Gippsland League ladder, setting-up a play-off for third place against the Maroons and the double chance during the finals next weekend.
The Eagles appeared set for victory after kicking seven goals to two in the first quarter to lead by 30 points.
The Power was able to wipe out the deficit and then some in the second term, booting 7.2, while the Eagles could only muster a behind. The home side led by 13 points at half-time.
The Eagles were able to stem the flow in the third term, keeping the deficit at 13 points at the final change and were able to out-score the Power in the final quarter, but their poor second quarter proved to be the difference as they lost by nine points.
Bedggood was the Eagles’s best, providing a solid presence in attack with Dan O’Brien also prominent, while midfielders Ben Coleman, Kallan Killoran and Winston Gieschen gave the visitors’ forward good supply.
Captain Ben Batalha did his best to keep the Eagles defence, which lost James Read to a leg injury, together.
Cam Jones, playing his 150th game, was the Power’s best, while fellow defender Nathan Bell and forward Travis Krause also played well.
Krause, Aaron Ware and Earl Shaw kicked three goals each.
A goal-less first term hurt the Eagles’ reserves’ chances of victory, going down by seven points, but most attention has centred on the return from injury of Adrian Burgiel.
In the under 18s, Maffra lost to the finals-bound Power by 95 points, but was too good in the under 16s, winning by 119 with Brad Connelly kicking seven goals.
LEONGATHA recovered from a slow start to defeat Moe by 53 points.
The Lions booted the first four goals of the match, with the Parrots kicking six behinds before their opening goal.
The visitors eventually found their form, taking a 23-point lead into half-time and booting nine goals to four in the second half to win 17.17 (119) to 9.12 (66).
Tas Clingan was the Parrots’ best, with Jake Best and Brok Davidson kicking four goals each. Stuart Robertson kicked five goals for Moe.
DROUIN kicked eight goals to two in the second term to set-up its 15.10 (100) to 4.7 (31) win over Bairnsdale.
Matt Hedley celebrated his 100th senior game for Drouin with a best-on-ground performance, while Damien Carmody and Steven Ballinger kicked three goals each.
TRARALGON led Morwell all day on Sunday, eventually winning by 57 points.
The Tigers had their chances to reel the deficit back in the third quarter but where hampered by inaccurate kicking in front of goal.
Leading by 33 points at the final change, the Maroons made sure of the win booting eight more in the fourth term to win 19.10 (124) to 9.13 (67).
Best-on-ground Jaime Aitken turned defence in attack, while Dan McKenna kicked five goals and Lee Stockdale and Danny Campbell three each.
Daniel Hutchison played a lone hand in attack for Morwell, kicking six goals.