Premiers hold off Parrots

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LEONGATHA took it up to Gippsland League football ladder leader Morwell, who held on to win by 13 points, 12.8 (80) to 10.7 (67).

An eight-goal to three first term opened up a handy buffer for Morwell before Leongatha worked its way back into the contest, keeping the Tigers to two behinds in the second term.

Each side managed four goals in the second half, with Morwell keeping the Parrots at bay.

Dean Macdonald kicked three goals for the Tigers and was well-supported by Ashleigh Close (three goals), while Adam and Brandon Bailey were the Tigers’ best.

Marc Truscio kicked four goals for the Parrotts, while Chris Bruns created many Parrott attacks.

BAIRNSDALE showed it means business, coming home from Wonthaggi with a tight four-point win, 11.8 (74) to 9.16 (70).

In a tight contest which ebbed and flowed, the Redlegs overan the Power in the final term with three goals to one to steal it.

Aaron Ware kicked three goals in a best afield effort, and the inaccurate Power certainly had their opportunities to put the Redlegs away.

James Gibbs was best for Bairnsdale, kicking five goals.

MOE did as expected and comfortably accounted for Drouin, 16.16 (112) to 7.8 (50).

The Lions broke away after a tight first term and finished full of running, adding six goals in the final term to stitch up a comfortable win.

Moe had influential players on each line, with Peter Ainsworth defending well, James Blaser winning the ball in the middle and Charlie Rienets booting five majors up forward.

Liam Axford booted four goals to put some respectability into the Hawks’ score.

TRARALGON did as it pleased, thumping cellar dweller Warragul 28.18 (186) to 2.3 (15).

The Maroons kicked seven goals in the first term and didn’t let-up, adding six in both the second and third terms to kill the contest. Warragul scored its two goals in the final term, but the Maroons continued to be ruthless, adding nine majors in the final term.

Traralgon had plenty of contributors with Leigh Stockdale, Jackson Hall, Michael Burge, Tim Johnston and Tim Northe all hitting the scoreboard.

Chris Lee and Brad Scalzo battled hard for the Gulls.