Magpies go nocturnal

AFTER its first win of the Gippsland League football season, Sale will meet an in form Traralgon side on Saturday night.

It will be the Maroons’ second consecutive home game under lights. Last weekend, they defeated premier Leongatha by 31 points.

Even with Mark Collison, Connor Ambler and Jackson Hall missing, the Maroons’ young players stood-up. Those young players will take plenty of confidence from their efforts against the Parrots.

Leading by four points at half-time, Traralgon kicked nine goals to five after the main break.

Collison, Ambler and Hall are expected to play on Saturday night.

Sale rebounded from its 58-point loss to Maffra in the first round to defeat Moe by 38.

With such a challenging opening month scheduled, the win should give the Magpies a major boost.

The Magpies killed the contest off early, kicking eight goals to one in the first half to led by 34 points.

Conceding only five goals for the match, the Magpies’ defence rarely gave an inch, but will be tested by the undefeated Maroons.

MAFFRA will play its first home game on Saturday afternoon, when it hosts Wonthaggi.

Back-to-back wins have moved the Eagles to the top of the ladder on percentage.

The Eagles didn’t concede a goal in the first half of their 61-point win at Drouin last weekend. Both of the Hawks’ goals came during the third term.

Mitch Bennett continued his strong start to the season, kicking four goals, a good return in wet conditions.

Wonthaggi is yet to open its account for 2018.

The Power last weekend lost at home to Warragul. It led by nine points at half-time, but allowed the Gulls to kick six goals to two in the second half to win by 19 points.

The Power had its moments during the first two rounds, but wasn’t able to maintain the form across four quarters. Onballer Aiden Lindsay and ruckman Toma Huther have made good contributions early in the season.

LEONGATHA will look to return to winning ways at home against Morwell.

On Saturday night, the Parrots lost their first match since round nine last year. The 31-point loss to Traralgon ended a 12-game winning streak.

The Parrots were unable to keep up with the Maroons in the second half, and could be surprised by Morwell.

The Tigers missed a good opportunity to record their first win of the season last weekend. They led Bairnsdale by seven points at three-quarter-time, only for the home side to kick six goals to two in the final term to win by 16 points.

UNDEFEATED Warragul will host Moe.

A strong second half gave the Gulls victory at Wonthaggi, and they will on Saturday meet a Moe side eager to atone for a disappointing performance.

The Lions had a poor start last weekend against Sale and couldn’t recover.

BOTTOM of the ladder Drouin will head to Bairnsdale still chasing its first win since the 2016 finals.

The Hawks lost to Maffra by 10 goals last weekend, booting only two majors themselves, while the Redlegs will be buoyed by their come from behind victory over Morwell.