Massive game at Maffra

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A PLACE in the Gippsland League football top five will be the prize for the winner of tomorrow’s clash between Maffra and Wonthaggi.

The sides are level on four wins with the Eagles occupying fifth place with a marginally better percentage.

Fourth-placed Traralgon is also on four wins, meaning a Maroons loss to Morwell could lead to the Eagles or Power claiming fourth spot.

Since Wonthaggi returned to this competition in 2010, the home team has won all but one of the eight meetings against the Eagles.

Last time they met, the Power had one more scoring shot, yet lost by 28 points.

Such inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Power victory last weekend at home against Bairnsdale. It only kicked nine goals from 27 scoring shots to go down by four points.

That loss ended Wonthaggi’s winning streak at three.

Last Sunday, the Eagles were out-classed by Sale.

The Magpies were able to nullify the impact of the Eagles’ strong onball brigade, something the Power will try to emulate.

Darren Sheen found a way to beat the strong Sale defence, marking well and kicking five goals.

Expect to see Wonthaggi take the contest up to the Eagles.

HAVING won its past seven matches there, Sale should be confident of victory at Warragul.

The Magpies have won on 11 of their past 12 trips to Warragul.

The Magpies will enter the contest full of confidence, after defeating rival Maffra by 23 points. Their defence came to the fore, as did their ability to shutdown the Maffra midfield.

John Gooch provided a great target in attack, while Ryan Pendlebury gave the Magpies good drive off half-back.

Since a round one victory over Drouin, the Gulls have lost their past six matches by an average margin of 130.5 points.

BAIRNSDALE should have little trouble at home against Drouin.

Wins over Sale and Wonthaggi have lifted the Redlegs to third place on the ladder.

The Hawks lost to Moe last weekend by 72 points, continuing a winless season of woe, which has so produced a percentage of just 16.

COMING off its second win of the season, Moe will host Leongatha, who also has two wins.

Despite a 72-point win over Drouin, Moe coach Adrian Burgiel believed there was still plenty of work to improve. The Lions were lucky the Hawks didn’t punish their turnovers.

In their loss last weekend, the Parrots trailed Morwell by five goals at quarter-time before outscoring the premier for the rest of the match.

The Parrots have won their past seven matches against the Lions.

MORWELL will host local rival Traralgon on the Queen’s Birthday Monday.

With testing victories against Maffra and Leongatha, there are certainly areas for the undefeated Tigers to improve.

The Maroons bounced back from a horror game at Maffra to thump Warragul. Victory on Monday would consolidate the Maroons’ place in the top five.