Pies pay visit to Power

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GIPPSLAND League football ladder leader Sale faces another big challenge on Saturday, when it heads to Wonthaggi.

Coming off five straight victories, the Magpies will meet the Power, who is unbeaten in its past four starts, including a draw at Traralgon last weekend.

The Power showed fight to come back from more than five goals down during the second term to draw with Traralgon by the final siren.

However, the Power was perhaps fortunate to return home with a share of the points, as the Maroons had five more scoring shots.

Having defeated premier Morwell two weeks ago, victory on Saturday would sent strengthen the Power’s claim to be a premiership contender.

The trip to south Gippsland shouldn’t be foreign for the Magpies, who recorded a comfortable 57-point win at Leongatha last weekend.

The Magpies handled the wintry conditions better than the Parrots, something which could come in handy at Wonthaggi.

Three unanswered goals in the first term set the scene for the victory.

The Magpies have won its past seven meetings against Wonthaggi, but the past two contests have both only been decided by five points with the Power in winning positions.

The battle in the middle of the ground will have a major baring on the overall result. This was an aspect the Power troubled the Magpies as Sale earlier this year.

AFTER one of its best wins in recent seasons, Maffra will host Leongatha.

After successive losses, the Parrots are falling out of finals contention. Victory could breath some life into those faint hopes.

Last weekend’s 57-point loss at home to Sale could have been the nail the Parrots’ finals coffin, but they have the ability to provide Maffra’s top three ambitions a setback.

To give it every chance to securing the double chance during the finals, victories against teams outside the top five, such as Leongatha, is a must for Maffra.

Against Bairnsdale on Sunday, the Eagles showed great determination to turn a 24-point deficit at the final change into a one-point win.

In round three, the Parrots put in poor first half, trailing by 25 points before losing by 31.

TEN points outside the top five, Traralgon needs a win against Drouin.

The Maroons will be ruing missed opportunities, letting victory slip against Wonthaggi. The draw takes the Maroons’ inferior percentage out of the finals equation.

The Maroons have won the past eight game against the Hawks.

After only managing one point against Morwell, Drouin will be looking to kick a least a goal on Saturday.

WITH its grip on third place loosened, Bairnsdale will host Warragul on Saturday.

The Redlegs have won their past four matches against Warragul, the first time they have had such a run against the Gulls since winning six straight between 1966 and 1969.

At Maffra on Sunday, the Redlegs let a four-goal three-quarter-time lead slip to go down by a point.

The Eagles stepped up when it counted with their opponents unable to match them.

The Gulls were a class below Moe.

MOE will host Morwell to complete the round on Sunday.

Both team returned the winners’ list last weekend.

The Lions recorded their third victory of the season against Warragul, while the Tigers arrested a two-game losing streak with their 92-point demolition of Drouin.

The Tigers’ past three wins against Moe have been by 121, 183 and 95 points.