Pies humbled by rampant Hawks

Morwell East was a surprise 23-point winner against Yinnar in the Mid Gippsland elimination final yesterday.

Ranked outsiders, the East showed they were a capable finals side by downing their rivals 16.13 (109) to 13.8 (86).

For the reining premiers Yinnar it was a sad farewell as Morwell East showed more dash and desire.

It was a frantic first quarter in brilliant conditions with the lead changing five times after goal-for-goal contests.

There was six goals on the board in the first eight minutes with play going back and forth.

Big Andrew Brown in the ruck was the Morwell East mainstay, palming to his rovers, especially Lachlan White.

The colourful combination of Brown and White got the East to their forward zone a lot easier than Yinnar.

At quarter time the East led by four points, 4.5 (29) to 4.1 (25).

Yinnar hit the front in the second term when Brandon Mahoney goaled after weaving through the pack, but it was the last time Magpies would lead the match.

Jacob Mowat was tireless for Yinnar and Luke Linton was strong.

Morwell East got handball happy, preferring to backtrack than go forward just to retain possession.

Ben Draper played a strong game on half forward for the East and his goal on the run gave the lead back to the East.

Kane Grinstead-Jones was strong for Yinnar as was Brayden Wilson and Sam McCulloch.

Jaime Aitken was again a mainstay for Yinnar in defence, but he was under constant pressure from a relentless Morwell East.

The East had held out against Yinnar and by half time had stretched their lead to 18 points.

There was no stopping Morwell East in the third term and its lead blew out to 30 points mid-way through the quarter with good play from Draper, Paul Henry and Brown.

A small melee developed with Yinnar gaining a free and the resulting goal by Grinstead-Jones sparked a mini-revival by Yinnar.

The Magpies then pushed forward for another goal to bring it back to 18 points.

But a White goal on the siren gave the East a 24-point lead going into the last term.

Morwell East defender Norm Harrison was felled after a knee in the back and play was held up for five minutes while he was stretchered off the field.

This fired up Morwell East and it went in for the kill and added three more goals as the clock ticked down.

Yinnar was down but not out and it fought out to the end with Mason Lardner scoring from a long range shot.

However, Morwell East stood tall to run out winners.

Draper and Brayden Darby-Lock scored four each for the East while Wilson and Tim Aitken score three for Yinnar.

Pick of the players for Morwell East were Draper, Frank and Ben Marks.

For Yinnar, Damian Yates, Jacob Mowat and Luke Linton were its best.