SALE will play its first home game of the Gippsland League football season against Moe confident of another good showing.
The Magpies’ score of 173 last Sunday was their third highest against Bairnsdale with Matt Ferguson beginning his coaching tenure with 11 goals, a club record against the Redlegs.
The Magpies had winners across the ground with Ryan Pendlebury and Andrew Quirk keeping the Redlegs forwards quiet, Luke Collins and Adam Wallace good in the midfield, and John Gooch and Brenton Martin dominating in the forward line alongside Ferguson.
There were promising signs for Moe against Drouin, leading at half-time by three points before being out-run in the second half to go down by 52.
The Magpies will punish the Lions if they are remotely off their game in the midfield.
With Ryan Donaldson to miss several weeks due to a thumb injury, the Lions will also need to provide more support for forward Peter Yates, who was often found battling two Drouin defenders last week.
With Gippsland Power not playing this weekend, Sale could include Shannen Lange, Will Hams and Josh Cashman.
COMING off an impressive performance against Morwell, Maffra will travel down the freeway to meet 2010 and 2011 grand finalist Drouin tomorrow.
Victory for the Eagles will go someway to avenging their 39-point preliminary final loss to the Hawks, when they led by nine points at the final change.
After conceding just four second half goals against Moe, Drouin’s defence will face a step-up in class against a Maffra forward line boasting Adrian Burgiel, Jack Tatterson, Daniel Bedggood and Daniel Stubbe, who kicked 21 goals between them against Morwell.
Against Moe, the Hawks showed they can run out a match with Pat McGrath, Sam Proctor and Darren Jeffries showing good form. They will clash with Kel Porter, Kal Killoran, Ben Coleman and Alex Carr, who impressed in his senior debut.
Gippsland Power players Jack Johnstone, James Huts, Kaine Allen and Lachie Channing will be available for senior selection for Maffra.
The Eagles will look to take advantage of the absence of ruckman Bob McCallum, who broke his collar bone during a practice match.
IN other Gippsland League matches, Bairnsdale will take its longest trip of the season tomorrow when it plays Wonthaggi, Traralgon will unfurl its 2011 premiership flag ahead of its match against Leongatha, Morwell will host Warragul with both teams to fancy their chances of posting a first-up win.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.