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Eagles clip Hawks’ wings

East Geelong coach Ben Boseley. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IF East Geelong had been flying under the radar, it isn’t now after snapping Inverleigh’s 17-match winning streak with an eight-point win at Morton Power Oval.

The Eagles, who kicked four goals to two in the final term to claim a 13.9 (87) to 11.13 (79) victory, also snapped an 11-game losing run against the Hawks and won at Inverleigh for the first time since 2012.

Coach Ben Boseley said the result would continue to build belief at Richmond Crescent that East can compete with the GDFL’s best.

“When we play our best footy, we’re thereabouts,” Boseley said.

“We really respect and have a lot of admiration for what Inverleigh’s done and continue to do.

“To go out there, on their home deck and perform the way we did was exciting, but it certainly builds belief.”

Boseley revealed that the Eagles went to Morton Power Oval knowing they had to curb Inverleigh’s attacking prowess without going away from what had been behind his team’s impressive start to 2022.

“They play this beautiful offensive brand of footy where they run in numbers and catapult from half-back,” he said.

“They’ve got some really good operators in the middle and throughout the ground.

“But we wanted to focus on what makes us a good team and the ability for us to move it offensively quite well through transition.”

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Crucial to the result was East’s ability to limit the influence of Inverleigh playing coach Adam Donohue.

Ali Maas was given the task of keeping Donohue in check, which he did almost to perfection, as the star Hawk managed just one goal.

Maas also provided the Eagles with plenty of drive from defence.

“His ability to rebound and get repeated entries into the middle was quite amazing,” Boseley said.

“He was very good one-on-one but gave us offensive power as well.”

Maas’ brother Tom was also crucial in his first game back from an ankle issue.

The former Geelong VFL player and South Barwon star kicked four goals and won plenty of the ball.

“He worked his way into the game,” Boseley said. “He hadn’t undertrained, but he hadn’t done a lot over the last couple of weeks.

“But, he was tremendous around the ball yesterday, and he drifted down forward and kicked a few.”

It wasn’t all good news for the Eagles, with a broken arm for Sam Lowe and hamstring issues for Zac Smith and Jayden Fanning reducing their bench to just one halfway through the third quarter.

In other GDFL games, Geelong West remains the only unbeaten team after seeing off Belmont Lions by 74 points at Winter Reserve, 16.21 (117) to 6.7 (43).

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Werribee Centrals overcame more injury concerns in the lead-up to the clash with Anakie to claim a 23-point victory at Galvin Park, 9.16 (70) to 7.5 (47).

Josh Bouwman was the difference between the two teams with four goals for the Centurions.

David Tucker kicked five goals as Winchelsea defeated North Geelong at Keith Barclay Oval for the first time since 2009 and the second time since joining the GDFL in 2002.

The Blues remain a game outside the top five as the result of the 17.16 (118) to 6.8 (44) victory.

Will Ford kicked his third big bag of goals for the season as Bell Post Hill saw off a plucky Corio by 62 points.

The former Winchelsea captain slammed home nine goals in the 20.10 (130) to 9.14 (68) win at VIVA Energy Oval.

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