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DARREN Sheen became the first Gippsland League footballer to kick 100 goals in a home-and-away season in 27 years.
The Maffra spearhead kicked the 16 he needed to reach the ton against a hapless Drouin on Saturday.
The last player in this league to kick a century of goals before the finals was Sale’s Shane Loveless during the 1987 season.
On the way to his milestone, Sheen also became the fastest to kick 200 goals in Gippsland League history.
Sheen last season kicked 107 goals, the last 11 coming during the finals.
The feat relegated the match to a sideshow with the Eagles dominating to win 36.15 (231) to 2.5 (17).
The home side kicked seven goals to one in the first term to lead by 40 points at the first break. The Hawks only managed one more goal for the match.
The margin went out past 100 by half-time after the Eagles kicked nine unanswered goals during the second term.
After kicking five goals to one in the third term, the Eagles finished the job in the fourth, booting 14 unanswered majors.
Kel Porter, Winston Gieschen and David Adams dominated proceedings in the midfield, served well by Owen Booth’s ruck work.
Dan O’Brien effective across half-forward, while Jack Tatterson (four goals), Ben Batalha and Jacob Weatherley (three each) supported Sheen in attack.
The percentage boost pushed the Eagles into fourth place, past Bairnsdale, their elimination final opponent this Sunday.
BAIRNSDALE received a scare at home, holding off a determined Moe.
Inspired by legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy, who attended training during the week, the Lions led by eight point at half-time.
The Redlegs had the better of the third term, kicking four goals to one, before the visitors lifted in the final term, only to finish two points short, 13.11 (89) to 13.9 (87).
James Gibbs kicked six goals for the Redlegs, who were well-served by Bayden Ashwood and Jack Vickers.
The Redlegs were missing Dean Jamieson, who last week received a six-game suspension for striking Sale’s Tom Hams in round 15. The tribunal hearing followed a league investigation of the incident, which was captured by a TV news camera.
Moe’s best player was James Blaser, who kicked five goals.
TRARALGON finished a disappointing season on a winning note, defeating Leongatha 12.19 (91) to 9.9 (63) in Paul McCulloch’s final game at Maroons coach.
The Maroons led by 11 points at quarter-time and gradually added to the margin.
Michael Geary and Josh Jennings led the way for the Maroons, while Nick Nagel kicked six goals for the Parrots.
WONTHAGGI defeated a spirited Warragul by 32 points.
Things were looking ominous for the Gulls at quarter-time with the finals-bound Power leading by 33 points, whoever the home side was able to stay with its opponent for the rest of the match.
The Power won 14.14 (98) to 9.12 (66).
Kane McCarthy and Matt Coyne were the Power’s best, with Brad Scalzo the Gulls’ best.
Qualifying final, Saturday at Traralgon:
Seniors: Sale v Wonthaggi Power, 2.20pm.
Reserves: Traralgon v Wonthaggi Power, 12.30pm.
Under 18s: Sale v Maffra, 10.45am.
Under 16s: Bairnsdale v Maffra, 9am.
Elimination final, Sunday at Sale:
Seniors: Maffra v Bairnsdale, 2.20pm.
Reserves: Morwell v Sale, 12.30pm.
Under 18s: Bairnsdale v Warragul, 10.45am.
Under 16s: Sale v Traralgon, 9am.