Saturday night fever

SALE will be hoping to end a six-game run of losses against Traralgon when it hosts the Maroons tomorrow night.

The Gippsland League football leader was tested by Wonthaggi last week and will tomorrow night face a Traralgon side hit hard by injuries, but was able to see its younger players step up in its 65-point win over Moe.

The Magpies appeared to have their match a Wonthaggi sown up by half-time when they led by 51 points, but kicked nine goals to two after the main to cut the deficit to 14 points by the final siren.

Strong tackling and pressure on the ball carrier as well as great run out of defence set up the Magpies’ winning break in the first half before the Power showed more desperation.

After the game, Sale coach Matt Ferguson said even though his side had been beaten at the contested ball, he was pleased with the commitment to the challenge by his team. Having let the Power out-play them in the second half, Ferguson stressed the Magpies would need to be smarter in future.

The Maroons’ boosted their percentage in their victory over Moe. The result also boosted their confidence after a big loss at Bairnsdale, who Sale promises to be a different story.

The action will begin with the under 16s from 2pm with the seniors from 7.20pm.

HAVING been out-played at home by Leongatha, Maffra is staring at the prospect of three consecutive loses for the first time since 2000.

Tomorrow night the Eagles will play at Bairnsdale, the scene of a 33-point loss which threatened to derail their finals hopes last year.

Maffra felt the impact of Leongatha’s pressure during its 41-point loss, conceding goals after forced turnovers.

The Eagles only trailed by a point at half-time, but were overawed by the Parrots in the second half. However, other sides are likely to be in that position this season against the Parrots.

While the Eagles are coming off two loses in a row, the Redlegs have won their past two matches, thumping Traralgon and holding on at Morwell.

The match, scheduled to begin at 6.50pm, will end a double header, with East Gippsland clubs Wy Yung and Stratford to meet before it.

The under 16s will begin at 9am with the seniors from 6.50pm.

LEONGATHA will be hosting Warragul.

Based on the form shown by the Parrots against Maffra, it’s hard to see them losing to the Gulls, who were not able to hold on against Drouin despite leading at each change.

WONTHAGGI will be looking to play a consistent effort over the four quarters when it travels to Drouin.

The Power must be ruing its first half against Sale last week, but should get many positives out of their ability to cut a 51-point half-time deficit to 14 by full-time.

On Sunday, the Hawks booted seven goals to three in the final term to come from behind to defeat Warragul.

LOCAL rivals Moe and Morwell will meet on Sunday.

The Lions were off their game last week, and Traralgon punished them, while the Tigers inaccurate kicking for goal was costly against Bairnsdale.

Moe has won 11 of its past 14 matches against the Tigers, who would be favoured to turn that around this weekend.