Battle of the top two birds

Maffra captain Daniel Bedggood (pictured playing against Sale in round three) kicked five goals against Wonthaggi at the weekend.

Maffra captain Daniel Bedggood (pictured playing against Sale in round three) kicked five goals against Wonthaggi at the weekend.

MAFFRA can dislodge Sale from the top of the Gippsland League football ladder if the Eagles win Sunday's Battle of the Birds.

If they win, the Eagles, who have played one more game, will claim top spot thanks to a better percentage.

The Eagles are the last team to defeat Sale this season. On Good Friday, the Magpies only kicked four goals as the Eagles won by 74 points.

The Magpies have been unbeaten in eight matches since then. A strong first half set-up the Magpies' 31-point win at Bairnsdale.

Maffra is also enjoying a good run of form, winning its past four matches. Last weekend, the Eagles dominated against Wonthaggi, winning by 114 points.

Captain Daniel Bedggood kicked five goals to move to 28 for the season, second only to Sale's Brad Dessent on 44.

Both teams have potent forward line, with defence likely to have a major bearing on the result.

Jarrod Freeman kicked five goals for Sale last Sunday, and 11 in his past three matches, while Mitch Bennett and Andrew Petrou have kicked 41 goals between them this season for the Eagles.

Quality midfielders will also be on display this Sunday, with Danny Butcher leading the charge for the Eagles and Mitch Dowse coming off back-to-back best-on-ground efforts for the Magpies.

THE match between Sale and Maffra will be one of three local derbies to be played on Sunday.

Leongatha will host south Gippsland rival Wonthaggi.

The fourth-placed Parrots are showing signs of the team which has won the past two premierships.

The Parrots have defeated lower teams Traralgon and Warragul in recent weeks, but will not take ninth-placed Wonthaggi lightly. One of the Power's three wins for the season came on Good Friday, when it defeated Leongatha by 14 points.

LOOKING to push its way into the top three, Drouin will host Warragul.

The Hawks are in fifth place, two wins ahead of Bairnsdale in sixth, but missed the chance to move into third spot after losing to Moe at the weekend.

The Hawks will be favoured to return to the winners' list against the Gulls, who are coming off big back-to-back losses.

MORWELL will host Bairnsdale on Saturday afternoon.

Finals have become a long shot for both sides, who will need to string together wins and hope other results go their way.

Bairnsdale is in sixth place, two wins outside the top five, while Morwell is eighth a game behind the Redlegs.

MOE will play Traralgon at Ted Summerton Reserve.

Season 2019 has been a case of "so near so far" for Traralgon, which has won only three matches, despite a reasonable percentage of just under 96.

The Maroons have lost their past three matches, and were in positions to win two of those.

In round three, Moe came from three goals down at three-quarter-time to win by eight points.

The Lions have won their past four matches, with victory at Drouin giving the Lions a clear break between third and fourth places.

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