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Leongatha’s starts dictate game

THE Parrots are starting to make a habit of dominant opening terms; once again on Saturday at Moe, Leongatha held the home side to just two first term goals.
In many games this season the Parrot defence has been so powerful the opposition has been allowed only one or two opening quarter goals, putting the opposition sides immediately on the back foot.
On the flip side Leongatha’s openings have often set up a win; on Saturday Leongatha scored seven goals.
Chris Dunne and Zac Vernon were dominant up forward early with three first term goals each with Josh Hopkins under notice. Moe’s cause wasn’t helped either when a player was sin-binned for 15 minutes.
At quarter time it was Leongatha 7.4.46 to Moe 2.1.13.
Leongatha kept the pressure on in term two; Brock Davidson coming under notice.
The Parrot backline remained solid and allowed Moe just one behind as Leongatha kicked 5.4.
Defenders including Chris Verboon, Hayden Browne, Sean Westaway, Joel Sinclair and Jake Mackie were letting nothing through. At half time it was Leongatha 12.8.80 to Moe 2.2.14.
The third quarter was dominated by the outstanding effort from Chris Verboon; one of the best quarters you would see from an individual. Verboon across half back took mark after mark including strong pack marks; rightly earning his best on ground performance.
Another seven goals to the Parrots to Moe’s one saw Aaron, Hillberg, Chris Dunne and others share the spoils.
Three quarter time saw Leongatha 19.11.125 to Moe 3.3.21.
Leongatha experimented in the last quarter; with a one hundred point lead the coach wanted to try out a few changes including playing Shem Hawking and Josh Hopkins on the same side of the ground.
Hayden Browne was using the ball well while Sean Westaway continued to dominate play down back and is rarely beaten.
Col Sanbrook, who for a time played for Leongatha, was Moe’s best player, anchoring down the centre of the ground.
Both sides scored two goals apiece in the last term with Leongatha running out big winners.
This week the Parrots play host to Morwell.
In the reserves Leongatha, with Jess Hickey celebrating a club 150 game milestone, kept its unbeaten run alive with a thumping 99 point win.

Milestone: Leongatha’s Jess Hickey is chaired off the ground in the Reserves after celebrating his 150th club game.

Milestone: Leongatha’s Jess Hickey is chaired off the ground in the Reserves after celebrating his 150th club game.

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