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MAFFRA provided a blow to Moe’s chances of making the Gippsland League football finals.
The Eagles comfortably won Saturday’s match at Ted Summerton Reserve 11.17 (83) to 6.2 (38), leaving the Lions eight points outside the top five with three rounds remaining.
Maffra’s defence, led by Sam Pleming and Jarryd Clohesy, cut of the Lions’ attacks while also instigating forward moves for the visitors.
Gippsland Power’s week off allowed Kade Renooy to rejoin the team, who along with Danny Butcher, Kel Porter and Winston Gieschen also used the ball well in the middle of the park and across half-forward.
The Eagles had the lions’ share of the ball throughout the match, and could have killed off Moe’s hopes of victory in the first term, but two goals from seven scoring shots meant they only led by 11 points at the first break.
In a tough day for scoring, the Maffra lead was extended to 20 by half-time before three unanswered goals in the third term saw the Eagles 43 points ahead at three-quarter-time. With the match in the Eagles’ keeping, the teams kicked three goals each in the final term.
Tyson Biggin, Tom Long and Jacob Wood were Moe’s best players, while Mark Engley kicked five of the Lions’ six goals.
With a spot in the top three, and the double chance during finals secured, the second-placed Eagles will host third-placed Traralgon this Saturday in a finals preview.
DROUIN jumped into fourth place on the ladder with a three-point win at Morwell.
Trailing by 12 points at three-quarter-time, the Hawks overran the bottom-placed Tigers with a five-goal to three final term to win 11.15 (81) to 12.6 (78).
With the Hawks managing just three goals in the first half, coach and ruckman Bob McCallum led his side’s second half revival.
Ben Hughes kicked four goals and Steve Ballingall mustered some crucial clearances out of the middle to stave off Morwell’s challenge.
After winning just one of their first seven matches this season, the Hawks’ finals hopes are in their own hands.
WONTHAGGI was unable to close the gap with third-placed Traralgon, as the reigning premier stormed home in the second half to defeat the home side 15.17 (107) to 13.8 (86).
The Power led by four points by half-time before the Maroons lifted in the third term, kicking six goals to take a 26-point buffer in the final term.
The Power out-scored the Maroons in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to claim victory.