SALE got what it needed in Round 14 of the Gippsland League.

The Magpies were far too strong for Drouin, and won 18.17 (125) to 5.9 (39).

The Hawks competed admirably in the first half, before the visitors broke away, kicking eight goals to one after the main break.

Knowing a game against the bottom side would offer a good chance to increase the all-important percentage, the Magpies did just that.

In a good sign, Sale shared the goals, with four players all kicking three. Jarrod Freeman, Kane Martin, Tom Campbell and Pat Tainsh were the quartet to do so, standing up in the absence of key forward Brad Dessent.

Tainsh was best-on-ground, followed by Jack Leslie, Ryan Pendlebury, Mitch Bown, Martin and Will Leslie.

Ryan Maric, Jordan Kingi, Tom Johnstone, Kye Quirk, Josh Chiv and Tom Barr were best for Drouin.

Maric had a great day, kicking three goals in the thirds, and then doubling-up to kick four in the seniors.

With four weeks to go before finals, it is looking like Sale and Traralgon will be fighting it out for the double chance. The Round 17 clash between the two teams will more than likely determine this fate.

MAFFRA’s road to qualification is now just a little bit harder.

The Eagles let a half-time lead slip against Wonthaggi, going down 17.17 (119) to 10.7 (67).

Only 13 points separated the teams at the last change, but the Power took advantage in the final term, kicking six goals to one.

Maffra had no rotations in the last quarter, and the final margin may have been reflective of this.

Scores were level at quarter time, and this set the tone for an even contest across the next two quarters at Maffra Recreation Reserve.

Tom Jolly was best-on-ground for the Eagles with four goals, along with David Adams, James Huts and Bill Pleming, who played well after taking a week off to refresh.

Power forward Troy Harley was arguably the difference, and kicked seven goals in a best-on-ground display.

Others to play well for Wonthaggi were Ryan Sparkes, Harry Dawson, Travis Krause, Noah Anderson and Flynn Anderson.

MORWELL has emerged as a genuine dark horse.

Although the Tigers lost their match to ladder-leading Leongatha, they won plenty of admirers in a final scoreboard that read 11.10 (76) to 11.5 (71).

Making the trip over the hill, Morwell stayed with the Parrots right throughout the match, with the biggest margin at any of the breaks being only 13 points.

Virtually nothing separated the sides in the second half, but it was Leongatha who was able to hold on and keep its unbeaten streak alive.

Cameron Stone was best for the victors, and received good support from Kim Drew, Travis Nash, Sean Westaway, Aaron Hillberg and Wil Dawson.

Brandon McDonald was again busy in front of goal for the Tigers, and nailed four. Best-on-ground honours went to Tristen Waack, Tyler Brown, Ryan Hearn, Aidan Quigley, Tyler Hillier and Riley Oddy.

Despite the loss, Morwell is still a game clear in the top five, and right now, are a team no-one would want to play against.

The Tigers have a good chance to solidify their hold on a finals berth in a few days’ time, as they take on Maffra sitting one rung below them on the ladder.

Morwell has certainly turned things around since the midseason break, going on to win four of five games.

Coach Denis Knight could be headed for further accolades when a Coach of the Year is announced, and when he does depart at the end of this season, he will do so with the Tigers appearing to be in a very healthy position.

Regardless of what happens in the weeks to follow, natural development in the next two years (provided they keep their current squad together) could have Morwell right in the premiership window.

For now, the question of why Morwell are playing so well has a simple answer: They don’t stop running.

MOE got back on the winners list.

The Lions accounted for Bairnsdale, getting the job done 18.11 (119) to 11.7 (73).

A six goal to two final term proved the most telling, as Moe finished strongly over the travelling Redlegs.

Up until then it had been a competitive game, with both sides sharing periods of dominance.

Riley Baldi was prolific for the Lions, and was a clear best-on-ground. The midfielder was one of three players to kick four goals, along with Jess McGrath, and skipper Jacob Wood.

Ben Morrow and Harri Sim also played well, continuing their good form of late, while Lucas Fry was able to celebrate his 100th game with a win.

Bairnsdale found good service from coach Logan Austin and pocket rocket Brayden McCarrey. The pair finished with five goals each, and loomed as the most likely to take the game away from Moe for most of the day.

Much like David Mundy, McCarrey is perhaps not spoken about as much as he should be given he plays for a club located so far away. In his time at the Redlegs, he has kicked at least 30 goals every season as a small forward, without ever having the luxury of playing in an overly strong team.

Byron Vickery, Austin Hodge, Kieran Vickery and Nathan Dennison were others to put in solid efforts for Bairnsdale.

TRARALGON officially ended Warragul’s season.

The Maroons avenged their previous loss to the Guls, with an emphatic 17.19 (121) to 6.4 (40) victory.

Playing at home, Traralgon ensured Warragul was never given a look-in, and had 14 scoring shots to one at quarter time.

From there, it was a procession, as the Maroons kicked as many goals in the second term as the Guls managed across the first three.

Only untidiness in front of the big sticks prevented the margin bleeding out to over 100 points.

Brett Eddy kicked half-a-dozen for the second week in a row, while Maroons skipper Dylan Loprese kicked four, and Matt Northe did likewise.

The ease in which Traralgon won left most thinking Warragul either played out of their skin the previous time the teams met, or the Maroons just played horrendously bad.

With 10 losses now to their name, it is mathematically impossible for the Guls to play finals.

Star recruit Jed Lamb could however take home some silverware, following another strong display that saw him kick four goals.

Lamb leads the league goal-kicking by six from Eddy.

The former Carlton player was among the best for Warragul, along with Sean Masterson, Mitch Smart, Jasper Alger, Sam Whibley and Nick Mulqueen.

Best for Traralgon were Tom Schneider, Eddy, Luis D’Angelo, Mitch Membrey, Mark Collison and Adam Jaensch.