Parrots snuff out Warragul’s charge
ANY chance of a late Warragul surge to the finals was completely wiped out when Leongatha inflicted another solid victory on Saturday at Western Park.
With the young Warragul side having claimed a few scalps this season Leongatha went over knowing it would have to work hard to make sure of this contest.
Warragul needed to win while it also had to rely on Morwell losing to Traralgon.
However Leongatha was able to match Warragul’s intensity in the early part of the game.
In the end Warragul lost to Leongatha by 10 goals while Morwell pulled off a bit of an upset, defeating the Maroons.
Despite the heavy rain during the week the oval at Warragul was in pretty good shape apart from the middle section.
Leongatha rested Cade Maskell while Zac Vernon didn’t come up from an ankle injury.
Maskell is expected back for the clash against Maffra while Vernon could face another week off.
The Parrots looked good across the first three quarters where it established a match winning lead.
With five goals in each of the first three terms Leongatha took a 15.7.97 lead over Warragul 4.9.33 at the last break.
The straight kicking was a feature for Leongatha that had 11 different goal kickers; Hillberg the best of the forwards in a powerful display but it was pretty even across the whole forward line.
Brad Scalzo, Warragul’s key on-baller, played a pretty good game again while the big Gulls ruckman Jake Horstman had a pretty good tussle against Josh Schelling and Ben Willis.
Across the backline Chris Verboon was Leongatha’s best player, taking some strong intercept marks and pushing forward at times.
It was a welcome return to the seniors by Joel Sinclair who hadn’t played in the top division since round one. After coming back through the reserves Sinclair showed he was up to the higher standard, playing across half back and up to the wing.
Of the on-ballers Luke Bowman was consistent across four quarters.
Ryan Olden on the wing and in the midfield was a valuable contributor.
Young Sam Russell down back for the Gulls was named that team’s best player.
Warragul had two send-offs for the game with two players given a yellow card and spent 15 minutes each on the bench.
For a couple of minutes the Gulls were down to just 16 players.
It was a good workout for Leongatha as final’s fast approach with the big game against Maffra this week at Leongatha crucial to the make-up of the final five. (See back page)
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