Lions fall to Tiger fury

Morwell has finally broken through to claim a scalp from a team below it on the Gippsland League ladder, after defeating Moe by 61 points.

The Tigers exacted revenge for a defeat in round five.

Moe coach Jason Macfarlane was a surprise starter and was in the action early.

He took the last mark of the day on the siren but his kick fell metres short of the goal line.

Kerr sprung a surprise of his own by playing regular full-back Jack Brown up forward and he responded 4.4 for the match.

Kerr said Brown had been marking everything in one-on-one contests and thought playing him up forward would be worth a try.

In a fast, open match Mannon Johnston, Daniel Hutchison and Jack Brown got Morwell off to a positive start with a seven-goal opening quarter.

Morwell’s fast and open run-on style of football caused the Moe defence a few problems.

The Tigers continued attacking the goals and led by 44 points at half-time, with Geoff Whelan kicking two of his five goals for the match in this quarter.

Moe found it hard to score in the third term but Morwell could only manage 2.6.

The Tigers slammed on six goals in the final term, but Moe still managed to kick four.

Traralgon v Sale

Sale’s physical strength gave an undermanned Traralgon a football lesson, with the Magpies recording a 67-point win.

The Maroons were gallant for two-and-a-half quarters before falling to the relentless pressure from the premiership contenders.

Sale began to get its running game going late in the first term and goals to Matt Ferguson, Justin Mitrevski and Brendan Rathnow helped the Pies to a five-point lead at the first change.

The standard went up another notch in the second term with Kane Martin and Corey Scholtes in everything for Sale, and Josh Jennings and Danny Campbell were playing well for the Maroons.

Traralgon stuck to its task well in the second term with Jennings kicking a couple of goals and Jamie Aitken playing well in defence.

The Maroons did all of the attacking in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, but were only rewarded with four consecutive points.

Sale showed how it was done with its first serious forward move for a goal, and it then notched it up another gear.

When Justin McLay registered the Pies’ eighth goal it brought in a flurry of four more goals before three-quarter-time and a healthy 33-point margin.

Lee Stockdale kicked Traralgon’s eighth within 15 seconds of the last term starting but from that point on Sale kicked six unanswered goals.

Traralgon’s final hopes now rest on a match against Wonthaggi in two weeks’ time as both have a rest this week.

Wonthaggi v Drouin

Wonthaggi Power missed a golden opportunity to put pressure on Traralgon with an ordinary effort against Drouin, going down by 20 points.

The Hawks got away to a good start and kicked five first quarter goals to the Power’s one.

By half-time the Power had only kicked one goal for the match.

Wonthaggi lifted in the third term with four unanswered goals.

Two missed set shots close to three-quarter-time let the Hawks off the hook and the Power goaled 10 seconds into the start of the last term.

Wonthaggi got to within seven points and never gave up trying but was not clean with its skills and Drouin kept rebounding.

Anthony Tipungwuti was brilliant for the Hawks and this talented footballer is a chance to be drafted to the Australian Football League later this year.

Warragul v Leongatha

Despite a five-goal third quarter by Warragul, Leongatha stepped into gear to win the game by 52 points.

Zac Vernon was best for Leongatha along with Tas Clingan and Chris Verboon, while Jake Best (six goals) and Dwayne Holt (five goals) caused trouble for Warragul’s defence.

Brad Hamilton made the most of his opportunities up forward for the Gulls kicking five goals.

Maffra v Bairnsdale

Maffra scored a 61-point win over Bairnsdale yesterday to keep third spot, with Morwell hot on the Eagles’ heels.

Aided by a strong breeze, Bairnsdale kicked seven with the wind but the Eagles replied with five and held the Redlegs to a point in the second quarter.

Maffra continued its domination and finished the match strongly with Daniel Bedggood (five goals), and Jacob Weatherly and Brent Connelly kicking four each.

This week is a split round with Morwell travelling to Sale in a fortnight in an effort to snag third spot.