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MAFFRA sealed second place on the Gippsland League football ladder surviving a challenge from Wonthaggi.
Leading by just three points at the final change of Saturday’s match at Maffra, the Eagles kicked two goals to one in the fourth term to win by 10 points, 9.12 (66) to 8.8 (56).
Traralgon’s loss at home to Warragul means the Eagles will finish the home-and-away season in second place, regardless of the result of their final round match against the Gulls this Saturday.
Last Saturday’s result saw the Power drop from fifth place to seventh, and needing a big win at home against bottom side Bairnsdale this weekend to have a chance of making the finals.
The Eagles appeared in control of the contest early, kicking 4.3 to the Power’s one behind in the first term. The Eagles’ 26-point quarter-time lead was reduced to 24 by the main break following an even second term.
The visitors set-up a big finish in the third quarter, when they booted five goals to one. The Eagles heeded the wake-up call to hold of the Power’s challenge in the final quarter to win by 10 points.
Danny Butcher, Kel Porter and David Adams were strong on the ball for the Eagles, particularly when the game was up for grabs.
Daniel Bedggood provided a good target in the forward line, while also drifting up the ground.
James Huts and Sam Pleming were solid in defence when the Power were surging.
Jack Blair, Ben Eddy and Curtis Gilmour were the Power’s best players.
WARRAGUL breathed new life into its finals hopes, upsetting third-placed Traralgon 7.15 (57) to 7.12 (54).
The win at Traralgon moved the Gulls into fifth place on the ladder, four points ahead of Sale and Wonthaggi.
The match was tight throughout, with the Gulls leading by two points at the first change before extending their advantage to 10 by half-time.
The Maroons rallied in the third quarter, kicking three goals to one to take a four-point lead into the final term.
Both sides were inaccurate in front of goal during the final quarter, but Warragul kicked two goals to one, enough to give it victory.
MOE was too strong for Bairnsdale at home, winning 9.14 (68) to 3.10 (28), while minor premier Leongatha defeated Morwell 14.15 (99) to 6.7 (43), despite scores being locked at 22 apiece at quarter-time.