MAFFRA put in a dominant performance in wintry conditions at Wonthaggi, short-circuiting the Power’s charge on Saturday.
The Eagles won by 74 points, 16.19 (115) to 6.5 (41), to maintain its one-game lead on top of the Gippsland League football ladder.
Despite its strong form in recent seasons, Maffra has found trouble at Wonthaggi. In the Eagles’ seven previous visits there, they have lost five and had two narrow victories.
Any concerns were short-lived on Saturday, as the Eagles kept the Power score-less in the first term, while kicking 4.8 to lead by 32 at quarter-time.
The result was put beyond doubt during the second quarter, when the Eagles kicked two goals to one to lead by 38 points at the main break.
Maffra added five goals to one in the third quarter, before a more even final term, with the Eagles kicking five goals and the Power four.
Mitch Bennett kicked three goals for the Eagles, with two each from Andrew Petrou, Alex Carr, Kade Renooy and Daniel Bedggood.
Ed Carr, Danny Butcher and Jack Johnstone were superb in the midfield, linking with Alex Carr across half-forward.
Conceding only six goals, and 11 scoring shots, the Maffra defence, led by James Huts and Sam Pleming, was hard to beat.
Ben Eddy was Wonthaggi’s stand-out player, kicking five of his side’s six goals for the match.
The Eagles will meet another south Gippsland team this Saturday, when they host Leongatha in a rematch of last year’s grand final.
MOE was brought hurtling back down to earth at the hands of Warragul.
After a two-point win over Sale, the Lions lost at home to the Gulls on Saturday, (72) to 9.6 (60). The Lions led at three-quarter-time before a late barrage of five goals sealed the win for the visitors.
Brayden Fowler was the pick of the bunch for Warragul, finishing with four goals.
LEONGATHA brushed aside Morwell, limiting the Tigers to just one goal on its way to record a mammoth 123-point win, 20.16 (136) to 1.7 (13).
Thirteen Parrots kicked goals, led by Chris Dunne, who booted five to move into equal first spot on the league goalkicking leader board alongside Maffra’s Mitch Bennett. Brandon McDonald kicked Morwell’s only goal for the day.
DROUIN and Bairnsdale were forced to split the points after scores were tied at the final siren, 6.9 (45) each.
The visiting Redlegs led by eight points at three-quarter-time, before the Hawks kicked two goals to one in the final term to level the scores.
Rhys Salter and Josh Seri kicked two goals each for the Hawks while singles went to Jordan Kingi and Tom Barr.? — with Kate Withers