SALE can move two games clear of fourth spot on the Gippsland League football ladder on Saturday with a win over Morwell.
Magpies coach Shane Fyfe wasn’t taking the eighth-placed Tigers, three wins outside the top five, lightly.
“Morwell are quite a young and up-and-coming side, and those sides on their day, if you let them have good days, they can play really well, so we’re wary of them,” Fyfe said.
The Magpies became the first side this season to defeat league giant Maffra, and are in contention for this year’s flag. They made light work of Traralgon before the split round, and Fyfe relished the week’s respite and said it came “at a pretty good time” for the side.
“We (had) played six games straight and as with a lot of teams I think there’s a couple of sore bodies so we (were) looking forward to it,” he said.
“We just freshened up and are ready to get into the finals six games of the season. We gave the boys a bit of time off to refresh with a few of us slugging it out since late November, so it was good to have a mental break.”
Morwell’s last run out before the break was one to forget, as they were demoralised by defending premier Leongatha by 123 points in a game where the Tigers only managed to kick one goal.
However, in round 11, the Tigers defeated Bairnsdale by 74 points, so they are capable of pushing sides and even burying them, but Fyfe said his focus was on his own playing group.
“We’ll do what we do each week and improve on our game and hopefully that stands up,” he said.
Morwell hasn’t won at Sale since 2010.
COMING off back-to-back losses, Traralgon coach Mark Collison has earmarked tomorrow’s home game against Wonthaggi as an opportunity to hit some form.
Following two weeks of “pretty disappointing” play, according to Collison, ahead of the week off, the Maroons are in fifth place, two wins behind Moe in fourth.
“We’ll be focusing on Wonthaggi and getting back to playing good footy, which we haven’t done for a while,” Collison said.
“We’re always confident our best footy is good enough so we’ve got to do it consistently and we can’t do much more than that.”
WARRAGUL and Drouin feature in the final game of the split round, facing off at Western Park on Sunday.
For Warragul, a win could set it apart from Traralgon, who sits alongside the Gulls with six wins for the season. The Gulls trail by 17 percentage points but a healthy win over the bottom of the ladder Hawks could see them close that deficit.
Before the split round, the Gulls have strung together wins over Moe, Wonthaggi and Morwell.
A win on Sunday crucial for Warragul’s finals aspirations, with heavyweights Leongatha, Maffra and Sale to come in the run home.
In round, the Hawks defeated the Gulls by one point, their first victory since the 2016 finals.