FLYING east for the last game of the season, the Leongatha Parrots have shown Bairnsdale what finals form looks like, the visiting yellow and green machine ignited the scoreboard in the first term and went on to secure second position with a percentage-boosting win.
The finals tune-up was led by Ben Willis, Tom Marriot out of the middle and to goal kicker Chris Dunne.
With Josh Hopkins and Chris Olden also contributing, Leongatha made their way to a nine-goal term. Accompanied by seven behinds their intensity was second to none.
Setting focus on winning contested ball, coach Paul Cabris was happy with the outcome.
“Last time they beat us in contested ball, and we pride ourselves on that,” coach Carbis said.
“We dominated them in that area from the start and let the scoreboard take care of itself.”
“We stressed that it’s important to play all parts of the game and that includes defence, so I was really pleased with the effort,” Carbis said.
By quarter time, Leongatha led 61-8, the game already out of reach for the Redlegs.
The Parrots took a 96-25 lead into the main break and then held the locals to just a single behind in the third quarter.
Dominating in the contest and capitalising on the scoreboard Christ Dunne, Nick Nagel, Cam Olden and Cade Maskell ran out a strong third term.
This gave Leongatha a 100-point lead at the final break.
The home team persisted in the second half, with the effort of Brayden McCarrey who kicked five goals.
Bairnsdale won the fourth term, with the wind at their backs.
The Parrots emerged 90-point winners, now in a great position heading into their qualifying final against Sale at Morwell on Saturday, August 31.
“I didn’t care how much we won by, the important thing was getting the points and second spot,” Carbis said.
“We’ve got to be all hands-on-deck now and make sure we tick all the boxes so we can play at our best in a big game.”