Moe defeats Maroons

GIPPSLAND League football ladder leader Moe remains the only undefeated side after three rounds following a come-from-behind victory over Traralgon on Saturday night.

The Maroons were on track to seal their first win of the season, leading at every break, but were held goalless in the final term to be overrun by eight points, 9.7 (61) to 8.5 (53).

The home side burst out of the blocks with a five-goal-to-one opening term to set itself up with a healthy 25-point lead at the first break.

The margin was cut back to eight points by half-time and stretched out to three goals in Traralgon’s favour at the final change before an onslaught of four straight goals helped Moe over the line.

Bernie Vince again showed his class for the Lions, while Mitch Stanlake and Tom Long also made contributions.

Chris Thurning and Connor Ambler were best for the Maroons.

STRAIGHT kicking was the order of the day for Bairnsdale on Saturday afternoon as it held off a less accurate Morwell side to notch its first win of the season, 14.3 (87) to 8.7 (55).

Bairnsdale kicked six goals straight to the Tigers’ 1.2 in the first quarter, and went into half-time with a stunning eight straight to lead by 11 points.

The Redlegs’ lead was extended to 22 points by the final change, and they held the Tigers to just two behinds in the fourth quarter to win by 32 points.

Shaun Wyatt and Brayden McCarrey led the way for Bairnsdale on the scoreboard with three goals each. Defenders Keenan Hynes and Brayden Radford helped keep the Tigers’ forwards at bay.

DROUIN defeated Warragul by 13 points, 10.10 (70) to 8.9 (57), on Sunday.

The visiting Hawks came out of the blocks, kicking the only four goals of the first quarter to lead by 25 points at the break.

The margin was extended to 27 by half-time before the Gulls cut it to 13 by the final break. The deficit could have been smaller if the Gulls kicked better than 4.5 during the third quarter.

The Hawks held the hosts at bay during an even final term.

AFTER sitting out the second week of the split round, Sale will host Traralgon this Saturday, while Maffra will travel to Morwell.