Parrots held accountable


Parrots held accountable

THE traffic was certainly not one way as Leongatha had to fight all the way to overcome Drouin.
Close for the first three quarters Leongatha went away in the last to record a 35 point win.
Chris Dunne had a day out for the Parrots bagging eight goals for the match in a best on ground effort. Leongatha had patches of very good football but also had some periods where it was lackluster and turnovers proved costly.
The Parrots forward line was functional not only kicking straight but also having the benefit of some good options to goal. James Lloyd in only his third game for the club scored four goals all in the first quarter. First gamer Jack Hume bobbed up with three goals while Cade Maskell scored two in the 18 goal haul.
Hume, who is also on the Gippsland Power list, may come under Power notice after his solid game.
The first quarter was a bit of a shootout with plenty of goals in the ideal conditions at Drouin. The accuracy started from the outset with Leongatha kicking 7.1 in a high scoring term to Drouin’s 5.3.
Ben Willis put a scare in the Parrot camp when he rolled his ankle right on quarter time. Fortunately after 15 minutes of the second term he came back on.
The second quarter was again tight as Drouin was able to hang with Leongatha.
Hawks’ key ruckman and one of the league’s best in Bob McCallum was having a strong game. His opposite in Willis though was also one of the strongest for the Parrots. It was 10.3 Leongatha to 7.4 Drouin at the main break.
The pressure was on in the third term also with Drouin outscoring the Parrots and it was game on with Leongatha 13.6 to Drouin 11.6 and just a two goal margin going into the last.
Tom Marriott was giving the Parrots plenty of drive around the middle as too was Josh Hopkins.
It was time for Leongatha to step up against one of the bottom sides and step up it did with five last term goals to Drouin’s two.
The ‘Gatha will take the four points in the knowledge it wasn’t its best effort but the club as usual can take a few positives out of it, particular in the forward 50.
Leongatha host Bairnsdale this Saturday before a real test as it travels to Sale to take on the second-placed Magpies.

Right position: Leongatha ruckman Ben Willis is in perfect position to take the grab as Liam Axford moves in for Drouin. Photo courtesy Warragul Gazette.

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