Three Maffra football teams book spots in Gippsland League grand finals

Maffra forward Curtis Cook judges the wind perfectly with his tight angled shot at goal during the under 18s second semifinal. Photo: Sam Crothers
Maffra forward Curtis Cook judges the wind perfectly with his tight angled shot at goal during the under 18s second semifinal. Photo: Sam Crothers

MAFFRA will have three football teams playing in Gippsland League grand finals.

In addition to their seniors, the Eagles' reserves and under 18s

booked their grand final berths with victories in the second semi-finals on Saturday.

In the reserves, Maffra was too strong for Traralgon, winning 7.9 (51) to 3.1 (19).

The Eagles kept the Maroons goal-less in two quarters.

In a tough match for scoring, Jack Egan was the only multiple goal kicker, booting two for Maffra. Jesse Ross, Ben Batalha, Josh Edey, Bill Pleming, Brandon Rimington and Ryan Thatcher were the stand-out players for the Eagles.

In the preliminary final, the Maroons will meet Leongatha, which defeated Bairnsdale in the first semi-final on Sunday, 8.11 (59) to 1.5 (11).

MAFFRA held off Traralgon in the under 18s, winning by four points.

The Eagles trailed by one point at half-time before kicking four goals to two in the third term to lead by nine points at the final change of ends.

The Maroons kicked the only goal of the fourth term, but Maffra held on to win 7.5 (47) to 6.7 (43).

Thomas Bradshaw, Thomas Thatcher, Ari Fleming, Max Van der Zwart, Max Gravener and Curtis Cook were Maffra's best players.

Leongatha defeated Warragul 9.7 (61) to 5.5 (35) in the first semi-final.

Sale under 16 player Cooper Whitehill gets the ball under pressure duringthe semi-final against Moe.

Sale under 16 player Cooper Whitehill gets the ball under pressure duringthe semi-final against Moe.

SALE'S campaign in the under 16s ended with a 19-point loss to Moe in the first semi-final.

A three-goal to one first quarter put the Lions in a good position, and they extended the margin to 16 points by half-time. Both sides kicked three goals in the second half.

Cooper Whitehill kicked three goals to lead the way for the Magpies, while Hunter Pearce, Zak Russell, Fergus Grubb, Tyson Birss and Harry Ronchi also made strong contributions.

Moe has advanced to the preliminary final, where it will play

Traralgon. The Maroons lost the second semi-final to Warragul 6.8 (44) to 2.3 (15).

Gippsland League preliminary final

Saturday at Morwell Recreation Reserve:

Seniors: Leongatha v Moe, 2.20pm.

Reserves: Traralgon v Leongatha, 12.30pm.

Under 18s: Traralgon v Leongatha, 10.45am.

Under 16s: Traralgon v Moe, 9am.