Cougars head south to challenge Demons

Yarram’s Corbin Sutherland has kicked 63 goals this season.

Yarram’s Corbin Sutherland has kicked 63 goals this season.

YARRAM will have one hand on the North Gippsland football minor premiership if it defeats Churchill on Saturday.

The Demons are four points ahead of Sale City and Heyfield, but a loss to the Cougars could see them fall below the Bulldogs on percentage.

The Demons have won 11 matches in a row, while the Cougars have won their past five games.

The Cougars are unlikely to move into third place, requiring Sale City and Heyfield to lose both their remaining matches, but can send a message to the rest of the finalists with a victory over the ladder leaders.

Their victory over Heyfield a fortnight ago shows the Cougars have the potential to cause an upset.

In round eight at Churchill, the Demons won a tight contest by eight points.

HEYFIELD will host Woodside in the Footprints Foundation fundraising match.

The Kangaroos will wear pink as part of the day, which will raise money and awareness for the organisation which supports women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Kangaroos defeated Cowwarr last weekend by 74 points, with their midfielders dominant. 

The Wildcats ensured their participation in the finals with back-to-back wins, including a three-point victory over Glengarry at the weekend. Regardless of what happens over the next two rounds, the Wildcats will play in the elimination final during the first weekend of the finals.

Heyfield defeated the Wildcats by 20 points in round eight at Woodside.

SALE City will host Cowwarr as it looks to build some momentum ahead of the finals.

The second-placed Bulldogs enter the match following a 91-point victory over Traralgon-Tyers United.

The Saints, in sixth place, but unable to make the finals, will be looking to improve following their 12-goal loss at Heyfield.

GLENGARRY will welcome Rosedale, with both teams playing for pride.

The Magpies are in seventh place after losing seven of their past eight matches.

In their first game following the resignation of coach Chris Day, the Magpies squandered a 12-point three-quarter-time lead against Woodside to lose by three.

Day stood down last week following a vote of “no confidence”. 

Ray O’Mara will lead the side for the rest of the season, with assistant Drew McGrath appointed coach for 2018.

The ninth-placed Blues have lost their past five games, but were far from disgraced last weekend against Yarram, going down by six goals.

The Magpies won their round eight encounter with the Blues by 15 points.

TRARALGON-Tyers United will travel to Gormandale.

The Bombers are in eighth place and the Tigers 10th, with both sides are coming off heavy defeats.

Both sides should be looking ahead to next year, with tomorrow’s match providing an opportunity to have a late season high point.

Finals fight

THE penultimate round of East Gippsland football will see will feature three teams fighting hard to stay in the top four.

Stratford, which rallied with a strong victory last week over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, needs a big margin to lock in its spot.

Facing Paynesville will give the Swans a good chance, before staring down Lindenow in the final round.

Lucknow will face a challenging match against Orbost, which is two points ahead in second place on the ladder.

The Blues can still make finals if they lose, but Lucknow cannot afford a loss at this point.

Wy Yung has a chance to jump into the finals if it wins against Lindenow, which is admittedly a distant hope, but the Cats are not invincible.

The Tigers are two points off the pace, but the percentage will be the key.

Boisdale-Briagolong, now locked out of the finals race, will host Lakes Entrance in a battle for sixth place.

The Bombers, which lost to Lucknow last week but thumped Stratford before that, could snatch a win against the Seagulls, which have lost their last three.

– with Alex Ford

Gippsland Senior
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