Sheen adds gloss to Maffra victory

Pies’ fighting win

TEN goals from recruit Darren Sheen helped Maffra begin its Gippsland League football season with a 76-point win at Moe.

As expected, Maffra took control of proceeding in the midfield, led by Ben Coleman and Kelvin Porter.

In defence, Sam Bristow and Ryan Foat stood-out as the Lions were unable to capitalise on their efforts going forward.

Alongside Sheen, Adrian Burgiel was also prominent, while John Saunders kicked three goals.

The Eagles were off target early with the young Lions side leading midway through the first term before goals to Burgiel and Coleman gave the visitors an eight-point lead at the first change.

The Eagles extended their lead to 29 at half-time with a eight-goal to two second term.

The match was put out of the Lions’ reach during term, when the Eagles booted eight goals to three for a 59-point lead at the final break.

The Lions fought to the end, but the Eagles were too strong, winning 24.15 (159) to 12.11 (83).

James Blaser, who kicked three goals, and Leigh Sheehan worked hard in the midfield for the Lions, while Peter Ainsworth did well in defence.

MORWELL was too strong for Wonthaggi, winning a low scoring affair, 9.15 (69) to 4.12 (36).

Leading by seven points at half-time, the visiting Tigers kicked away in the third term with four unanswered goals.

In his return to the club, former Richmond-listed Dean Macdonald kicked three goals. Tom Crosby and Mannon Johnston were the Tigers’ best.

The Power’s best were Jack Blair and Mick Kelly.

LEONGATHA withstood a second half challenge to defeat Bairnsdale by 22 points.

The Parrots led by 33 points at half-time before the home side kicked seven goals to four in the third term to cut the deficit to 14. The visitors held strong in the final quarter to win 17.12 (114) to 13.14 (92).

Returning midfielder Adam Hillbery led the way for the Parrots, while recruit Adam Hillberg kicked five goals and Dwayne Holt three.

Mark Sellings also kicked five goals for the Redlegs, with Luke Dyer their best player.

WARRAGUL claimed local bragging rights against Drouin with a 44-point win on Sunday.

The Gulls kicked away from the Hawks to lead by 52 points at half-time before the visitors fought back with a six-goal to two third term.

The Gulls responded by kicking five goals to three in the final term to win 18.13 (121) to 12.5 (77). It was the Gulls’ first round one win since 2008.