AN INSPIRED second half performance from Leongatha has seen them fly straight through to their fourth consecutive Gippsland League grand final, with a strong 64-point win over Maffra on Saturday night.
It was a tale of two halves with Maffra jumping the gate early with a great starting goal to Mitchell Bennett.
The footy was hot as it bounced between the 50 metre arcs for most of the quarter until Lachie Channing was able to put through the Eagles’ second.
A mark to star forward Chris Dunne right on the brink of quarter time saw the Parrots finally get on the board and reduce the margin to eight-points at the first change.
Bennett again kicked things off for the Eagles with his second of the match as the Eagles were moving the ball well when going forward.
The Parrots found their second when midfielder Ryan Olden guided one home, but it was almost immediately answered by that man Bennett who now had three goals still in the early stages of the second quarter.
Jack Ginnane found a steadier for the Parrots not long after and it looked like the second semi-final was turning into a shootout.
A top piece of work from Tom Marriott in the midfield resulted in Cade Maskell slotting a goal and all of a sudden it was back to just two points.
But just as the Parrots were starting to look alive Thomas Jolly kicked a beauty on the run to give the Eagles a nine-point lead at half time.
It almost felt like a different Parrots team that ran out after half time and when Julian Lockwood nailed a set shot in the opening few minutes of the third term the wheels were starting to turn.
Ginnane found his second as James Lloyd and Josh Hopkins all joined the scorers’ list as the Parrots really started to flex their muscles.
Lockwood nailed his second to book end the third quarter and a five-goal run that saw the Parrots now lead by 22-points at three quarter time.
Picking up where they left off Tom Marriott nailed a lengthy set shot in the opening minute of the last term and the Eagles heads began to drop.
Dunne, Ginnane and Lloyd all added to their totals as young gun Sam Forrester also joined the party.
After half time the Parrots went on a 12-goal run to absolutely sink the ladder leaders and send a strong message that back to back flags may soon be a reality.
Ruckman Ben Willis was again superb and the work of Tom Marriott and Hayden Browne made for a very enjoyable night in the green and gold.
Maffra will now take on Traralgon in Saturday’s preliminary final at Moe.
Parrots fly to grand final