Sacked coach launches legal action

SACKED Morwell coach Dean Warren and his assistant Nick Johnstone have launched legal action against the Morwell Football Netball Club, AFL Victoria and AFL Gippsland.

The club was served with documents totalling more than 350 pages during the Tigers’ clash with Wonthaggi on Saturday.

The pair will be seeking coaching payments when the matter is heard in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 14 July.

The club sacked the pair two rounds into the season.

Morwell would not comment on the matter, other than to say it was seeking legal advice.

It came as the club conceded its sixth loss of the season, at the hands of Wonthaggi.

The Power emerged victorious in one of the lowest scoring games of 2015.

There were just eight goals kicked for the entire game, with the home team running out a 10-point winner 4.16 (40) to 4.6 (30).

Warragul v Moe

WARRAGUL’S efforts to develop its young list are finally paying off, with the club celebrating its first win of the season over Moe.

“It was terrific. It was a really good feeling. Great to get our first win on the board,” Warragul coach Steven Kidd said.

Gippsland Power player Tom Hobbs was named best on ground while his TAC Cup counterpart Josh Patullo booted four goals in the Gulls’ 24-point win.

The pair was among four Power players in the line-up.

“We had nine under 18s playing and it was really great for them,” Kidd said.

“The Power guys were terrific, they gave us a real boost at training and it fired them up, the boys got a real lift out of that.”

The visitor trailed the Lions by 10 points at quarter-time, before regaining control in the second.

Warragul led by nine points at half-time before extending its lead to 21 points during the third term.

“We have come against some good sides over the past four weeks, so it was great to respond with a win,” Kidd said.

Sale v Maffra

MAFFRA came back from 31 points down at half-time to beat Sale by nine points in yesterday’s battle of the birds.

“We were obviously really disappointed at half-time and (coach) Wayne (Butcher) gave us a few home truths I guess,” Eagle Sam Pleming said.

“He said we had embarrassed ourselves and we felt we turned the game around.

“We butchered the footy early and we weren’t attacking as well as we could.” The Eagles came out firing in the third, slamming on six goals four, while keeping its opponent scoreless.

“I felt we were in the game and we could run over them,” Pleming said.

Maffra led by nine points at the last break, before holding on for its eighth win of the season by the same margin.

Back from Gippsland Power, Kade Renooy was among the standouts for the Eagles with three goals.

“It’s just good to get back and play for Maffra and it’s good to get a win against Sale,” Renooy said.

There were plenty of highlights for Sale too, with former St Kilda player Jason Gram booting one of the goals of the year in the opening term.

Traralgon v Leongatha

LEONGATHA notched up its ninth win of the season, to the tune of 24 points over Traralgon.

The ladder leader got the jump on the Maroons in the opening term, in what would prove the difference at the end of the day.

Aaron Hillberg was voted as best, booting two goals along with Leongatha teammates Dale Hoghton and Nicholas Nagel.

The Parrots’ 9.13 (67) to 6.7 (43) win kept it a game clear of Maffra on top of the Gippsland League table.

Bairnsdale v Drouin

BAIRNSDALE recorded its second straight win, this time against Drouin, which slipped outside the five.

In a tight battle the Hawks led by three points at quarter-time, two points at half-time and seven points at three-quarter-time, before being overcome by the home team in the last. For the second round in a row, the Redlegs came out firing in the fourth, slamming on six goals to one, to run out a 26-point winner.