LEONGATHA cruised to the finish line against Bairnsdale on Saturday, 49 points up after setting up the win in the first half.
Chris Dunne had a big game for the Parrots with six goals. His set shots from all angles were a feature of the first half.
The Red Legs brought some heavy pressure early on and the Parrots did their fair share of fumbling as a result.
Leongatha’s defence was the key. Bairnsdale didn’t score a goal in the first half.
Chris Verboon, Josh Schelling and Sean Westaway controlled the air while Cade Maskell, Rhett Kelly and Tim Sauvarin were on top of their opponents.
Kelly provided a first term highlight when he took possession in a pack and was lined up by a Bairnsdale player. Kelly braced for impact, bounced off his opponent and shot the handball away while the Bairnsdale player left the field with a shoulder injury.
Josh Hopkins kicked Leongatha’s first after a slick chain of handballs, and Jack Ginnane kicked the second with a nice long set shot after a strong mark.
Those watching sensed Bairnsdale did well to keep Leongatha to just three goals in the first term, and as expected, things opened up in the second term as Dunne cut loose.
Leongatha’s mid-field, even without Tom Marriott for the week, got on top thanks to the work of ruckman Ben Willis who dominated.
Hayden Browne and Hopkins were the standouts.
The match didn’t reach any great heights after half time and the Parrots cruised to victory.
Next week will be a tough test at Sale against the second-placed Magpies.
Parrots always in control