Eagles come back to earth

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FLYING high after a win at Traralgon, Maffra came back to earth with a 21-point loss at Wonthaggi.

The Eagles kicked just one goal in the second half as the Power won 7.12 (54) to 5.3 (33) in wintry conditions at Wonthaggi on Saturday.

With the defeat, Maffra relinquished second spot on the Gippsland League football ladder, while the Power returned to the top five.

The Eagles began promisingly, leading by nine points at quarter-time. The sides kicked a goal each in the second term, with the visitors leading by seven points at the main break.

The Power surged to the front in the third term, booting three unanswered goals.

Trailing by 11 points at the final change, the Eagles couldn’t cut into the deficit, with the Power kicking two goals to one in the fourth quarter.

In a day when it was difficult to kick goals, Mitch Bennett and Jackson Scott booted two each for the Eagles.

Dylan Alexander worked hard in the midfield for Maffra, alongside Winston Gieschen, who was playing his 150th senior game for the Eagles.

Darcy Gray also made a solid contribution in his senior debut, while James Huts, James Read and Sam Walker were solid in defence.

Michael Kelly and Jarrod Membrey were the Power’s best.

TRARALGON led a brave Warragul side all day on its way to a 11.8 (74) to 6.11 (47) victory at Western Park.

The Maroons regained second spot with a win, which was led by midfielder Danny Campbell, with Lee Stockdale booting four goals.

BAIRNSDALE notched up its third win of the season, defeating Moe 13.7 (85) to 7.2 (44) at home.

Four goals in each of the first two quarters gave the Redlegs a 32-point half-time lead, which they built on in the second half. Link Robinson kicked six goals for the home side.

TOP side Leongatha was too strong at home for Morwell.

Aaron Hillberg and Chris Dunne kicked seven goals each as the Parrots won 25.18 (168) to 3.6 (24).

Back on the bottom of the table, the Tigers were unable to kick a goal in the first half.