MAFFRA was made to work hard in heavy conditions at home to defeat Warragul by 21 points.
The Eagles got the jump on the Gulls with a four-goal to one first term, giving them a quarter-time lead of 18 points, which served them well for the remainder of the contest.
The Eagles’ 10.10 (70) to 7.7 (49) win keeps them in fourth place on the Gippsland League ladder ahead of four winnable games.
It was a tough day for both sides, with the eighth-placed Gulls matching it with the Eagles for much of the match.
The Gulls had the better of the second term on the scoreboard, kicking four goals to three before the Eagles booted the only goal of the third term.
Both teams kicked two goals each in the final term.
James Hammill, Jackson Scott, Dan O’Brien and Ben Coleman, back in the side after injury, used the ball well for the Eagles in the difficult conditions.
Ben Batalha and Joel Lambourn set-up play well out of defence.
Darren Sheen and Ben Coleman were the only multiple goal kickers for the Eagles, with three and two respectively. The home side was missing Adrian Burgiel.
With Matt Gray missing with injury for the Gulls, Chris Carey carried the ruck work. Lachlan Petch and Tim Higgins performed admirably in defence, while Luke Thompson kicked three goals.
Strong start from Power
AN eight-goal to one first half set-up Wonthaggi’s victory at Drouin, 13.11 (89) to 7.7 (49).
Trailing by 44 at half-time, the home side did manage to out-score the Power in the second half, six goals to five.
Earl Shaw controlled the clearances and marked well, while Andrew Murray and Travis Krause, who kicked four goals, ran well with the ball.
Darcy Irwin and Jordan Wyatt, who kicked three goals, were the Hawks’ best.
TRARALGON dominated its clash against Leongatha for three quarters, winning 16.13 (109) to 7.16 (58).
The Maroons kicked 11 goals to two in the first half before the Parrots mounted a challenged in the third term, booting five goals to two. Inaccurate kicking for goal prevented the Parrots from getting closer to the Maroons.
The visitors reasserted their ascendency in the final term, kicking three unanswered goals.
Best-on-ground Tim Northe and Michael Geary kicked three goals each for the Maroons, while Cade Maskell kicked four for the Parrots.
Lions come close again
HIGHLIGHTING its improvement since the start of the season, Moe again came close to a maiden victory, this time losing at Bairnsdale by 13 points.
The Lions led by three points at quarter-time before the Redlegs booted four goals to one in the second term to lead by 22 points at half-time.
Following an even third quarter, the Lions out-scored the Redlegs in the final term, but fell short, 11.12 (78) to 9.11 (65).
Kane Ashwood and Stephen Henshaw led the way for Bairnsdale, while Leigh Sheehan and Jacob Wood.