Eagles play premier Parrots

MAFFRA will travel south to play Leongatha in a rematch of the past two Gippsland League football grand finals on Saturday.

The Eagles head into the match as the only undefeated team, while Leongatha is in second place on the ladder.

The Eagles were relentless last weekend against Wonthaggi, winning by 136 points. The result added more than 70 points to Maffra’s percentage.

The Parrots had a big win of their own last weekend, rebounding from their loss to Traralgon to defeat Morwell by 95 points.

Chris Dunne kicked six goals for the Parrots, taking his season tally to 13, five behind league leader, Maffra’s Mitch Bennett.

Cade Maskell and Josh Schelling were part of a strong Leongatha defence on Saturday, and will look to continue that work against the likes of Bennett, Daniel Bedggood and Andrew Petrou.

The midfield battle will be enticing, with Eagles Danny Butcher and Jack Johnstone taking on Tom Marriott and Hayden Browne.

The Parrots have won their past two matches against the Eagles — in round 18 last year by 16 points at Leongatha to claim the minor premiership, and by one point in the grand final.

SALE will also be away on Saturday, taking on bottom of the table Morwell.

Back-to-back wins have the Magpies outside the top five on percentage.

The Magpies stunned Traralgon on Saturday night, preventing the Maroons from running away with the match in the first half. The Magpies controlled the second half, turning a nine-point deficit at the main break into a 22-point victory.

Jack Lipman, Mitch Dowse, Kane Martin and Brad Dessent stood up when their team need it, leading by example with their composed and hard play.

Morwell was out-played at Leongatha, failing to kick a goal until the third term.

The Tigers avoided a 100-point loss by narrowly winning the final quarter.

On-baller Ryan Tatterson has been the Tigers’ best player in recent weeks, but they will need others to step up.

MOE will host Bairnsdale, which is playing its first away match of the season.

The fourth-placed Redlegs won two of its three home games to open the season, and pushed Traralgon in the loss.

The Lions moved into third place on the ladder, ahead of Bairnsdale on percentage, with a 58-point victory at Warragul at the weekend.

WONTHAGGI will welcome Traralgon to its home ground, with both sides coming off defeats.

For the Power, the weekend was particularly bruising, losing to Maffra by 136 points. The Power faces a big ask if it’s to post its first win of the season on Saturday against the Maroons.

The Maroons will be keen to atone for their upset loss to Sale. They led by nine points at half-time, before the Magpies kicked eight goals to three in the second half.

LOCAL rivals Drouin and Warragul will meet on Sunday.

The Gulls’ unbeaten start to the season ended last Saturday, losing to Moe. The Gulls weren’t without their chances, but a poor final term saw Moe win by almost 10 goals.

The Hawks began promisingly at Bairnsdale, but struggled to keep up with the Redlegs.