THE first half of the Gippsland League’s split round begins tomorrow with Maffra travelling to Moe.
The Eagles’ bid to remain in third place and a likely qualifying final match-up against Leongatha remains in their hands. A slip-up would open the way for Morwell, who is two points behind the Eagles, to overtake them.
The Eagles were too good for Bairnsdale last Sunday. After trailing at quarter-time, the Eagles were able to use the breeze better during the second and fourth terms to win by 59 points.
Putting its faith in youngsters following the defection of key players to Mid Gippsland club Newborough, the Lions have been brave in their rebuilding year, having been competitive in most games.
The Lions conceded 13 goals to seven in the first half against Morwell last Sunday on their way to a 61 points. They will need a better start tomorrow.
While it would be expected Maffra would have more run than the Lions, especially in the final term, the Ted Summerton Reserve surface could be softer, taking the edge off that advantage.
IN other matches tomorrow, Bairnsdale will host Warragul as the battle to avoid the wooden spoon heats up, and Leongatha will look to keep the pressure on top side Sale when it travels to Drouin.
SALE will host Morwell in the second half of the split round next weekend, while Traralgon will travel to Wonthaggi.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.