Pies at home against Hawks

SALE will host Drouin on Saturday, with both looking to open their account for the Gippsland League football season.

Both sides suffered heavy defeats in the opening round before the Easter break.

The Magpies pushed Maffra in the first half, but a lack of depth saw them lose by 92 points.

While the side has no injuries out of the first round, there are still some key players waiting to come back into the line-up. Half-forward and on-baller Jackson Glenane is likely to play, but defender Chris Laverty is a maybe.

Sale coach Shane Fyfe wasn’t completely unhappy with this side’s showing against Maffra, especially over the first two quarters. His focus has been skills and fitness over the long break with the aim of setting the agenda against the young Hawks.

The Hawks, who had an off-season exodus of key players, began their season with a 148-point loss to Morwell.

While still fledgling, the Hawks had some good takeaways from their heavy loss.

Coach Bob McCallum said the team’s had a good fortnight on the track with a focus on pressure, especially around stoppages.

The Hawks will have good memories of their trip to Sale last year, restricting the Magpies to their lowest ever score in a match against Drouin. It’s something the young side will aiming for again.

The side still has some experienced hands to draw back in, including Michael Fairdice (knee) and James McKellar (wrist), but that won’t be this week.

Eagles head east

BAIRNSDALE and Maffra will meet for the 250th time on Saturday.

They played each other 157 times in the old Gippsland Football League between 1901 and 1959, and 92 in this competition.

The clubs have a remarkably close record. The Redlegs have the edge, 125-121, with the Eagles leading in Gippsland League matches, 48-44.

The Eagles have won the past six matches against the Redlegs.

In their last meeting, the Eagles recording their biggest ever victory over the Redlegs - 109 points - and came within 13 points of equalling their best score against Bairnsdale.

In round one, Maffra did was expected of the reigning premiers against Sale, while the Redlegs lost at Leongatha by 62 points. Expect a better Bairnsdale line-up on home deck tomorrow.

TO complete the split round, Moe will host local rival Traralgon with both sides coming off big round one wins.

Traralgon was tested by Wonthaggi in round one, but once they hit their straps, the Maroons won by 74 points. The Lions defeated Warragul by 63 points.

Since the second half of the 2009 season, Traralgon has won 15 of the 16 games against Moe, however the Lions are a different team now, and have forward Daniel Risol returning.

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