IN a big day at Maffra, the Eagles will host Bairnsdale this Sunday during round two of Gippsland League football.
Not only will be Eagles side feature former AFL player Andrew Lovett, coach Hayden Burgiel will be playing his 200th senior game for the club.
Burgiel has been a key player for Maffra over an extended period, featuring strongly in its seven premiership wins, including two as coach.
Andrew Lovett, who played 88 AFL games with Essendon and received the Anzac Day medal in 2005 for best-on-ground in the match against Collingwood, will be making a special appearance in Eagles’ red and black.
Burgiel said Lovett would add extra experience which Maffra was looking to get it over the line.
“Andrew brings 88 games of AFL experience and will be able to help out our younger players while injecting that lightning pace and accuracy in front of goals that he has been famous for in his AFL career,” he said.
Eagles president Brett Millington indicated Lovett would be a major drawcard for the day and was hoping he put on a show for the community.
“Andrew has shown in his AFL career that he can play an exciting brand of football and we are hoping that he can put on a great performance for the crowd on the day,” he said.
The Maffra Football-Netball Club is urging members, spectators and the wider football community to come along to the game and watch a former AFL player run around. The senior game will begin at 2.20pm.
“Bring the family along for a great day of football and netball action which is sure not to disappoint,” Millington said.
Lovett will be at the club’s training tonight from 6.30pm and then be available for autographs after training. He will also be a guest speaker at the club’s sportsman’s night tomorrow from 7pm and before the game against Bairnsdale on Sunday.
To purchase tickets for the sportsman’s night, visit the club or phone Millington on 0400 520 400.
The Eagles will enter the clash off a round one win at Moe, clicking into gear in the second half to win by 76 points. Sunday’s match will provide local fans a chance to see recruit Darren Sheen, who kicked 10 goals.
A poor first half cost Bairnsdale at home against Leongatha.
Trailing by 33 points at half-time, the Redlegs were able to cut the deficit to 14 points before the Parrots held strong to win by 33.
Sunday’s match will be the first time the teams have met with former Maffra player Shaun Mooney at the helm of the Redlegs.
Maffra won both clashes against Bairnsdale last year.
SALE can set a new club record with victory at Leongatha tomorrow.
With victory at home against Traralgon last weekend, the Magpies have won their past 15 matches, equalling their record run set during the 1973 premiership season.
The 22-point round one win wasn’t without its challenges, with the Maroons kicking seven goals in the second quarter to lead by 10 points before the Magpies responded to head into half-time with a three-point lead.
The Parrots will need to find a way to mark midfielder Kane Martin and full forward Matt Ferguson, who booted five goals despite strong opposition from Jaime Aitken.
Leongatha was also challenged by Bairnsdale last weekend, but a strong first half served it well.
The Parrots will be hoping for a better result then their last meeting against Sale, when they were kept goalless in a 77-point defeat.
IN other matches tomorrow, Drouin and Moe, two teams tipped to finish at the bottom of the ladder, will meet; Morwell and Warragul will meet in a match between two of last weekend’s winners, and Traralgon and Wonthaggi will be looking to post their first win of the season.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.