Sale doubles Redlegs

SALE scored one of its best wins for the Gippsland League football season at home on Saturday night.

The Magpies defeated Bairnsdale 12.10 (82) to 5.11 (41).

In a tough, spiteful opening, Sale onballer Tom Hams was flattened by an elbow, with teammates quick to remonstrate with a Bairnsdale defender.

Hams was treated on the ground before being taken to Central Gippsland Health Service by ambulance where he was kept overnight. Hams’ facial injury required stitches.

Sale also lost Kane Martin in the first quarter with a hamstring and when Tye Morrison came off in the final quarter, the Magpies were without any fit players on the bench.

In the game at Bairnsdale earlier this year, the Redlegs kicked away in the final quarter, but this time it was different. Fired up by the Hams injury, the Magpies kicked 5.1 to the Redlegs’ 2.4 to double their score.

In a low scoring first half, Sale by 22 points.

The Redlegs regrouped at half-time, beginning to attack in the third term but got poor reward on the scoreboard, kicking 2.5 with two shots hitting the post. The Magpies got value for forward entries, kicking 3.3 to lead by 25 points.

Sale forward Mitch Davis was pushed out in a marking contest and goaled from the goal square when a Bairnsdale defender threw the ball past Davis, resulting in a 50 metre penalty.

When the Redlegs launched their third quarter fightback, the Sale defence of Joel Wallace, Andrew Quirk, playing his 100th game, Shane Fyfe, Justin McLay, Nick Mason and Jordan Dessent were rock solid with strong marking and smart rebound football.

Jack Lipman was in great touch in the ruck with well directed tap outs and strong marking around the ground. Luke Collins made a welcome return and Mitch Davis was good up forward with four goals.

In the shuffle of positions, Matt Ferguson played well when he went onto the ball. Both John Gooch, who did his usual strong works in the packs, and Collins chipped in with two goals each.

Defenders Andrew Nelson and Stephen Henshaw were Bairnsdale’s best players, while Tomm Bryan, Luke Dyer and Kane Ashwood also played well.

LEONGATHA was too strong for Drouin, only conceding one goal in its 72-point victory.

The Parrots won 13.12 (90) to 1.2 (8).

Lachlan Dumont, Sean Westaway and Tom Marriott were the visitor’s best players, with Nick Nagel kicking four goals.

FIVE unanswered goals in the first term set-up Wonthaggi’s 67-point win over Moe on Sunday.

The Power only conceded three goals over the first three quarters on its way to a 15.17 (107) to 6.4 (40) victory at home.

The Power was led by Aaron Ware, Joel Liddle and Troy Harley.

The win extended the third-placed Power’s lead over Maffra to six points. Maffra will travel to Traralgon on Saturday to complete the split round.