Eagles excel against Power

Maffra’s Lachlan Channing fires off a handpass.
Maffra’s Lachlan Channing fires off a handpass.

MAFFRA showed little mercy to Wonthaggi, preventing the Power’s charge on its way to a 126-point thrashing.

The undefeated Eagles are now a win clear on top of the Gippsland League football ladder following their 24.27 (171) to 5.5 (35) victory.

The result was more a reflection on Maffra’s strong play and the gap between the sides.

The match was effectively over by quarter-time, when the Eagles led by 58 points after kicking nine unanswered goals in the first term.

In ideal conditions for football, Maffra controlled the match with quick ball movement and hard running.

The Eagles found a way through the Power defence by finding players in space and changing their point of attack.

Pressure applied by the Eagles created turnovers, and made the Power pay for its errors.

Midfielders Danny Butcher and Jack Johnstone’s use of the ball, along with Lachlan Channing across half-forward, was superb.

Sean Day was outstanding in defence, while Mitch Bennett kicked five goals, Andrew Petrou four and Daniel Bedggood three.

Petrou’s second goal of the day early in the second quarter extended Maffra’s lead to 67 points, followed by Wonthaggi’s opening two majors, reducing the margin to 56 points.

The Eagles were missing chances for goal, but that was rectified when Johnstone kicked a goal after marking a Wonthaggi kick-in from full-back.

Maffra’s dominance was typified by a Bennett goal, which capped off a faultless piece of teamwork moving the ball from defence into attack.

Further goals from Butcher and Bennett gave Maffra an 83-point lead at half-time.

The third quarter was more even, with both sides kicking three goals as Maffra took an 88-point lead into the final term.

The Eagles finished the demolition in the fourth quarter, kicking seven unanswered goals.

Wonthaggi’s Kris McCarthy and Curtis Gilmour tried hard to battle the Eagles in the midfield, but their efforts were in vain.