Warn­ing sign

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEYOND THE BOUNCE -

Trar­al­gon sent an early warn­ing to other Gipp­s­land League clubs af­ter a strong win over de­fend­ing pre­mier Leon­gatha on Satur­day night.

The clash chris­tened Trar­al­gon’s new pow­er­ful ground light­ing but it was tough go­ing on a good but slip­pery sur­face and in strong wind.

But the se­nior match missed most of the day’s heavy rain, only a few show­ers dur­ing the game.

It was a tight first half, the Ma­roons lead­ing 2-4 to 2-0 but an eight-goal third term set­tled the re­sult in their favour. Fi­nal scores were 11-11 to 7-4. Even more wor­ry­ing for other sides is that Trar­al­gon won with­out three of its best play­ers – coach Mark Collinson, Jack­son Hall and new re­cruit Con­nor Am­bler.

For­mer Neerim South player Kody Wil­son, in his sec­ond game for the Ma­roons, starred in Satur­day’s vic­tory.

Sale stunned a dis­ap­point­ing Moe at Sale.

The match was vir­tu­ally set­tled by half time with the Mag­pies lead­ing 8-4 to 1-2.

Moe did lift af­ter the long break but was still well back at the fin­ish when the score­board read 1114 to 5-12.

Bairns­dale, at home and af­ter a com­mend­able los­ing per­for­mance against Trar­al­gon in round one, re­ally strug­gled to get on top of Mor­well.

The Tigers led nar­rowly at each of the changes, 3-8 to 2-7 at three­quar­ter time in what had been a low-scor­ing con­test.

It wasn’t un­til the fi­nal quar­ter that Bairns­dale found its legs to kick six goals and get its first win on the board 8-8 to 5-10.

Mor­well did come back and got within four points at the 24minute mark of the last term be­fore the Redlegs sealed the out­come with two goals in the last two min­utes.

War­ragul stead­ied in the sec­ond half to grab an im­por­tant win at Won­thaggi and could well have set up its sea­son.

Wins are never easy at Won­thaggi and the rain and strong wind was an­other hur­dle to jump.

But the Gulls cleared that in style with their dom­i­nance of the sec­ond half for a well-earned 10-8 to 7-7 re­sult.

Drouin strug­gled all game at home against the al­ways for­mi­da­ble Maf­fra.

Maf­fra’s bet­ter op­tions in at­tack were ev­i­dent in it scor­ing 11-16 to 2-9.

Drouin’s David Miller scrambles a de­fen­sive kick early in the se­nior clash against Maf­fra at Drouin on Satur­day as op­po­nents Mitch Ben­net and Dy­lan Alexan­der (1) close in.

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