SALE will host a Moe side looking to build on its opening win of the Gippsland League football season.
The Magpies will have to back-up from a big loss to Maffra, but should see Saturday’s match as winnable.
The Lions defeated Drouin last weekend by 65 points, putting them in second place on the ladder.
Josh Pearce, Jacob Wood and Scott Van Dyk proved a handful in attack for the Hawks, while Charlie Rieniets led a tight Moe defence.
On Saturday, the Lions will take on Sale, which is coming off a 58-point loss at home to Maffra.
The Magpies were unable to keep up with the Eagles when the visitors lifted in the second half.
Recruits Brad McKay and Mitch Dowse provided good service.
Kicking three goals, Brad Dessent provided a good target in the forward line, but the Magpies’ midfield was unable to get the ball to him enough.
Sunday’s result showed the Magpies areas where they can improve. If the Magpies can maintain the intensity of the first half for the entire match, they will be in finals contention.
Eagles fly west
MAFFRA will head west to meet Drouin on Saturday.
The Eagles were clinical in the second half at Sale on Sunday, booting 12 goals to five after the main break.
Mitch Bennett finished the work of the Maffra midfield, kicking nine goals.
Maffra onballers used the conditions to good effect, playing on at every opportunity. This eventually wore-out the Magpies.
Kieran Jones more than held his own in the ruck against Jack Lipman, and will be tested again on Saturday against Bob McCallum and Damien Allison.
Drouin was out-classed at Moe. The Hawks were 19 points down at half-time, but couldn’t recover from the Lion’s seven unanswered goals in the third term.
The Hawks are better than last year’s win-less side, but will be a big ask for them to overcome the Eagles.
WONTHAGGI will host ladder leader Warragul.
Both sides are coming off a week’s break following their Good Friday matches.
The Gulls defeated Morwell by 60 points at home, conceding only four goals, while the Power went down at Leongatha by 49.
FOR the second consecutive week, Bairnsdale will play at home game under lights from 5pm, this time Morwell will be visiting.
The Redlegs pushed Traralgon last weekend, but were kept at arm’s length throughout the match by the Maroons, who won by 16 points. The Redlegs will take some confidence from out-scoring the Maroons in the final term.
Morwell put in a disappointing showing at Warragul on Good Friday.
Trailing by three points at quarter-time, the Tigers went down by 10 goals.
TRARALGON will host Leongatha from 6.30pm in the match of the round.
Both sides begin the season with victories. The Maroons overcame a determined Bairnsdale, while the Parrots prevailed against Wonthaggi.
Connor Ambler kicked four goals in a best-on-ground performance for Traralgon, and will lead the Maroons in the midfield battle against Parrots Tom Marriott and Hayden Browne.
The Maroons will need to contain Leongatha forward Chris Dunne, who kicked five goals in round one.