Bristow milestone for Maffra

MAFFRA will be looking to mark Sam Bristow’s 200th game with victory against Drouin tomorrow.

Bristow has played a major role at full back in the Eagles’ dominance of Gippsland League football over the past decade.

Coming off an upset loss, Maffra will look to rebound with victory at home.

A loss tomorrow and a Traralgon victory could see the Eagles slip to fourth place on the Gippsland League football ladder.

The Eagles and Hawks are coming off losses.

The Eagles failed to capitalise on a good start at Leongatha with the Parrots testing them. Leading by a goal at the final change, the Eagles conceded five fourth term goals to go down by 13 points.

The Hawks would have hoped for a better showing at home against Bairnsdale, losing by 86 points. The Hawks could have taken the challenge up to the Redlegs early, but failed to make the most of goal scoring opportunities.

Despite only winning one match this year, the Eagles should not underestimate the Hawks. In round four, the Eagles survived an early scare, trailing by 27 points at quarter-time, to record a 40-point win.

In 10 visits to Maffra, Drouin has only won once, in 2009.

New games record

SALE will look to extend its run of wins at Warragul to seven tomorrow with Kane Fraser to claim the club games record in his own right.

Expect Warragul to push the ladder leader, at least for the two quarters.

The Gulls have improved this year, as shown in their 16-point loss to the Magpies at Sale in round four.

The Gulls played well for three quarters last weekend against Traralgon before a final term fade-out saw them lose by 70 points.

Sale fought off a late comeback against third-placed Wonthaggi, holding on to win by five points.

With three players making their senior debuts, the Magpies again showed their depth.

Luke Collins will come back into the side after playing for Victoria Country last weekend.

Redlegs take on Tigers

BAIRNSDALE will host Morwell.

Four points off fifth-placed Traralgon, the Redlegs boosted their finals hopes with victory at Drouin last weekend, gaining eight percentage points.

Victory against a top five team such as Morwell would further boost their finals chances.

The Tigers thumped Moe last weekend, kicking the highest score by any club since late 2006, and the highest score by a Morwell side since 1997.

In round four at Morwell, the Tigers restricted the Redlegs for three quarters, with the visitors kicking six of their 10 goals in the final term.

Maroons play Moe

TRARALGON should have little trouble at Moe.

The Maroons have won eight of their past nine meetings against the Lions. They have won the past three by 65, 84 and 142 points.

Last weekend, Traralgon saw off everything Warragul could throw at it.

After playing his second game for the Maroons last weekend, Nick Stevens is expected to line-up for the side in the next two matches with his Gippsland Power commitments allowing for it.

Moe struggled against Morwell after quarter-time last Sunday, losing by 183 points.

Southern derby

THERE should be a tight south Gippsland derby between Wonthaggi and Leongatha on Sunday.

The Power took the challenge right up to the ladder leading Sale last weekend, with a final term fightback falling only five points short. From that match, the Power players and coaches should know they are not far off the premier.

The Parrots had their own strong final term as they recorded a gallant victory over Maffra to keep their faint finals hopes alive. The Parrots are still three wins off fifth-placed Traralgon.