WITH a final quarter fade-out against Drouin still in its mind, Maffra will host Warragul tomorrow during round 12 of Gippsland League football.
The Eagles survived a scare last week. Having done all the hard work to lead by 35 points at the final change, the Eagles saw the margin cut to five points as the Hawks booted five unanswered goals in the fourth term.
After two goal-for-goal quarters, the Eagles effectively won the match in the third term, when they kicked seven goals to two. If they replicate this form over four quarters, the Eagles will be hard to beat by any side in the competition.
In round three, the Gulls upset Maffra at Warragul by two points, but their recent form at Maffra is poor, losing their past seven matches there by an average margin of 112 points.
Expect the improving Gulls to push the Eagles during the first half, but whether they can do it after the main break is another question. Ben Hughes will be a key to whether or not the Gulls are still in the contest come the final term.
The Gulls enter the match off five consecutive defeats.
Magpies meet Hawks
SALE heads to Drouin with the ability to possibly end the Hawks’ finals hopes.
Sitting in seventh place with four wins and seven losses, another defeat tomorrow and wins for Traralgon and Wonthaggi would have the Hawks two wins outside the top five with six rounds remaining, a difficult deficit to overcome in this standard of competition.
For three quarters, Drouin matched Maffra with only its third term costing it.
The Hawks would have bad memories of their 95-point thrashing at the hands of the Magpies in round three, when they kicked just three goals.
Last weekend, Sale held off a determined Moe side, winning by 49 points, though their intensity of recent weeks was missing.
IN other Gippsland League matches tomorrow, Wonthaggi, level with fifth-placed Traralgon, will host Moe, Bairnsdale will travel to Traralgon, where the Redlegs have not won since 1983, and fourth-placed Morwell will stake its premiership claims when it hosts second-placed Leongatha.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.