Magpies hold off Maroons

Maffra half-back Josh Edey drives the ball into attack during the Eagles loss to Morwell. Photo: Sam Crothers

Liam Durkin

SALE ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Traralgon at home.

The Magpies remain in fourth place on the Gippsland League football ladder with their 10.17 (77) to 8.11 (59) victory.

The Magpies welcomed some more than handy players back into the line-up, including former Gold Coast Suns player Jack Leslie and reigning Gippsland League best-and-fairest Jack Lipman.

Leslie was among the Magpies’ best players, while Lipman kicked two goals in his first game for the season.

Playing a key role in defence, Will Leslie was best-on-ground. Jack McLaren, Nathan Whitford, Jordan Dowsett and Jamie Sweeney also performed well.

Inaccuracy in front of goal may have cost the Magpies a greater winning margin, but nevertheless, the result sees them a game clear in fourth, one position ahead of Traralgon.

Conor Little, Tye Hourigan, Adan Jaensch, Peter Strong, Luke Johnston and Ewan Williams played well in the 18-point loss.

The result was fitting as the Magpies hosted their past players’ day, and celebrated their 1950 and 1971 senior premierships, 1970 and 71 reserves and 1990 and 2001 thirds flag wins. Tribute were also paid to club hall of fame members Kevin Hogan, Bob Mason and Don Schuback.

MORWELL got its first win of season 2021 on the board with victory at Maffra.

The Tigers led at every change, running out 11.10 (76) to 7.8 (50) victors.

Having lost three matches by under 10 points in the first six rounds, the win would have netted a huge sigh of relief from all wearing the yellow and black.

The result keeps Morwell within realistic distance of the top five, due mostly to a healthy percentage of 84.47 that has come about from those close losses.

The Tigers replaced Maffra in seventh place on the ladder, with the Eagles now in eighth following a hat-trick of defeats.

Morwell was able to put these frustrations behind it on Saturday in defeating the reigning premier on its home deck.

Cody Macdonald kicked three goals, while Tom Caile, Max Linton, Dan Musil, Isaac Abas, Boyd Bailey and Zac Anderson contributed well.

Ed Carr, Tom Jolly, Josh Davis and Winston Gieschen battled hard for the Eagles.

MOE had a comfortable 57-point victory over Drouin.

The Lions made life hard for themselves, kicking 2.8 (20) in the first-half, before running out the game with 12.15 (87) to 5.1 (31) on the board.

The main talking point of the game was not the result itself, but a spectacular mark by Moe captain Jacob Wood in the second quarter. An inboard kick from Drouin player Dan Clebney on the school side of the ground which hung in the air was intercepted by Wood who got a run at it and leaped on Todd Beck’s back, taking the mark one-handed while airborne and horizontal.

Scott Van Dyk and Declan Keilty were again in Moe’s best players, and received good support from Simon Harris, Mitchell Stanlake, Lucas Forato and Trent Baldi.

LEONGATHA made Bairnsdale players look like witch’s hats in their own backyard, winning by 114 points.

The Parrots 19.16 (130) to 2.4 (16) victory gave them a huge percentage boost and also entered the record books. Remarkably, Leongatha has only conceded seven goals in its past three matches.

Aaron Heppell had the ball on a string, as did Kim Drew.

WONTHAGGI was similarly destructive against Warragul. The Power leap-frogged Moe to the top of the ladder after winning by 104 points in a 23.13 (151) to 6.11 (47) rout.

Jordan Staley booted five goals in a best-on-ground performance, and was one of 11 players to hit the scoreboard. Josh Bates and Aidan Lindsay were also prominent for the Power.