Sale seals top spot

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SALE sealed the Gippsland League football minor premiership after an easy 118-point win at Drouin.

With one round to play, the Magpies are two wins ahead of second-placed Morwell, who they meet this Saturday night at Sale Oval.

After a slow start, the Magpies got their momentum going and were much too good for the Hawks in all departments of the game. The Magpies won 19.26 (140) to 3.4 (22).

The difference in scoring shots tells the story as it was the case of an experienced team versus a much less experienced team.

About half-way through the first quarter, Sale moved into top gear and from then on produced superior ball handling skills.

The Sale duo of Jacob Schuback, playing his 50th senior game for the club, and the reigning league best-and-fairest Luke Collins were in scintillating form.

The game developed into the “Schuback and Collins Show” as these two with well over 30 possessions made outstanding contributions. The former with his marking and kicking ability, and the latter who made plenty of space and ran himself close to exhaustion in the contest.

The Magpies also applied a high tally of tackles with Justin Mitrevski prominent in this department.

The Sale midfielders won most of the clearances and benefited from the ruck work of Jack Lipman, who is having a good year. Lipman excelled by controlling most of the centre bounce hit-outs.

As usual, the water tight Sale defence gave no quarter and starved the opposition of scoring opportunities.

The margin should have been greater for the Magpies but for kicking one last quarter goal from 12 attempts.

The young Hawks side had no answer to the more disciplined Magpie outfit, but to their credit they never gave up trying.

Drouin forward Sean Proctor was their sole goal kicker, with all three goals. Brod Fraser, Daniel Pratt, and Davis Olsen gave a creditable account, but the Hawks generally could not match the pressure applied by the opposition as they registered their second lowest score against Sale, marginally higher than the 3.2 (20) they kicked in 2006.

The only down side for the Magpies was the loss of Lochie Todd with a dislocated finger and Kane Fraser with a leg injury. Both are likely to miss the last home match against Morwell but should be fit for the final series.

Parrots plunder

CADE Maskell kicked 11 goals as Leongatha thumped Moe by 123 points.

The Parrots only conceded one goal in the first half while kicking 13 of their own. The home side led by 75 points at half-time before going on to win 24.18 (162) to 5.9 (39).

Pat Contin and Pat McGrath controlled proceedings in the midfield for the Parrots.

James Blaser was the Lions’ best player, booting three goals.

Redlegs win at night

BAIRNSDALE defeated Warragul 12.14 (86) to 9.14 (68) at home on Saturday night.

The Redlegs began well, booting four goals to one in the first term before the Gulls came back in the second, reducing the margin to 13 points by half-time.

The home side increased its lead in the third term, before the Gulls’ final quarter comeback fell 18 points short.

Shaun Mooney and Kane Ashwood were the Redlegs’ best with James Gibbs kicking five goals.

Josh Helliwell and Sam Russell made solid contributions for the Gulls.

Tigers secure second

MORWELL secured second place with a nine-point win over Traralgon on Sunday.

Both sides used the breeze well in the first half when they had the advantage.

The Maroons led by 24 points at quarter-time before the margin was cut to five by half-time.

The Tigers’ defence held firm during the third term, with both sides booting four goals.

Trailing by nine points and kicking with the breeze in the final term, the Tigers took the ascendancy, booting three goals to one to claim victory 13.11 (89) to 12.8 (80).

Jack Brown led the Morwell defence, while Joel Soutar got more than his fair share of the ball. Dean MacDonald kicked five goals.

Tarkyn Lockyer played for the Tigers but former Collingwood teammate Anthony Rocca was a late withdrawal due to injury. Rocca will need to play against Sale this Saturday to be eligible to play in the finals.

Jordan Symons and Tim Northe were Traralgon’s best, while Lee Stockdale kicked three goals.