Parrots win big at Bairnsdale

Kate Withers

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LEONGATHA has hit ominous form ahead of Gippsland League football finals with a mammoth 131-point smashing of Bairnsdale.

The Parrots won 25.18 (168) to 5.7 (37), with Cade Maskell’s bag of nine goals was more than the Redlegs could manage on home turf.

Parrots coach Paul Carbis said it was a relief to return to form after their loss to Drouin.

“It was pretty much a team effort, which is what we’re looking for. We didn’t have it the week prior against Drouin, but our focus going in was getting back to our style and not worrying about the opposition,” Carbis said.

“We were pretty keen on having the right team focus (on Saturday), and that’s what we did.”

Chris Dunne and James Lloyd kicked four and three goals respectively for the Parrots.

“It was pretty wild conditions, (the) first half wasn’t too bad and we put our foot down in the second before the rain and hail came,” Carbis said.

Ruckman Ben Willis and defender Colin Sanbrook were again among the best for the Parrots, and Carbis said mounting pressure through the midfield helped keep the Redlegs to just five goals.

“The pleasing thing was the way we moved the ball. We were a lot more composed and moved it better and a couple of our supporters said it was really good to watch,” he said.

MOE moved a game clear in fourth spot on the ladder with just one round to go in the season proper thanks to a 19-point win over Wonthaggi.

The Lions’ inaccurate first quarter was a sign of things to come – but their two goals from 10 scoring shots in trying conditions in the first term was enough to have them 14 points up at the first break.

The lead was short-lived, as Wonthaggi made the Lions pay in the second term with six goals to one to sway the lead 19 points in its favour.

During the third quarter, the Power — scoreless for the term — watched on as the Lions added four goals and nine behinds to carry a 14-point buffer into the final quarter. The Lions went on to win 9.26 (80) to 9.7 (61).

DROUIN continued on with the form which helped it to an upset win over Leongatha, defeating Morwell by 49 points, 14.13 (97) to 7.6 (48).

The Tigers led by a goal at quarter-time, but fell away in the second term, conceding six goals while failing to convert any of their own. The Hawks added two goals to lead by 39 points at the final change.

Josh Seri kicked five goals, while coach Jordan Kingi kicked three.

The victory means Wonthaggi will finish the season on the bottom of the ladder.