Bulldogs, Bombers battle at Sale Oval

SALE City and Boisdale-Briagolong will do battle in unfamiliar territory tomorrow, with the game to be played at Sale Oval.

The game was moved from Stephenson Park because of the state under 14 baseball championships.

Having enjoyed North Gippsland football grand final success in recent seasons on the wide open spaces of the Traralgon Recreation Reserve, the larger Sale Oval ground should suit the free-flowing running style of the Bulldogs.

The two-time reigning premiers have been the most hunted side in 2012, but have shown during the first half of the season they have lost little of that dominance.

But it has been far from one-way traffic over the past month with the Bulldogs made to work against three potential finalists and could be battle weary. However, the young pups proved they have a steely resolve holding on in the dying stages of the last Saturday’s match to defeat Glengarry by five points.

Tomorrow’s opponent Boisdale-Briagolong comes into the match on the back of a 58-point defeat to Gormandale. With just the two wins to date, the Bombers would have seen last Saturday as an opportunity to improve their season ledger and would be reeling from a lost opportunity.

The Bombers can’t afford to allow Sale City to blow out to a commanding lead in the opening term, otherwise they will be relegated to playing catch-up footy against one of the competition’s powerhouse sides, who will be eager to record their ninth victory.

IN other NGFNL matches tomorrow, Rosedale will continue a challenging period when it hosts Churchill; winless Woodside will host Glengarry, who fell agonisingly short in snatching a confidence-boosting win against Sale City; with both sides’ finals ambitions weighing heavily on the result, Cowwarr will host Traralgon-Tyers United, and on a high after recording its second win of the season, ninth-placed Gormandale will host a rebounding Heyfield.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.