Pies ready for Redlegs

THE Gippsland League football season resumes on Saturday following the interleague break, with Sale hosting Bairnsdale.

The Magpies are in second place on the ladder following five consecutive wins.

A fortnight ago, the Magpies put in a gritty performance to win at Wonthaggi by 19 points.

The Magpies weren’t deterred by injuries to forwards Ben Dessent and Jarrod Freeman as they managed to kick a winning score.

Jayden Allison filled the void left by injured captain Kane Martin in the midfield, along with Jordan Dessent and Nic Dowse.

The Magpies held strong under pressure during the second half.

The Magpies should be fresh tomorrow, with only Jordan Dessent playing in Gippsland’s victory over Murray last weekend.

Bairnsdale fell to fifth place after losing to Maffra at home by 30 points. Two goal-less quarters hindered the Redlegs’ cause.

With only two goals to three-quarter-time, the Redlegs finished the match better, booting three majors to two.

Bairnsdale was out-played in the midfield, an area the Magpies will look to exploit tomorrow. However, the Redlegs do have good users of the ball, such as Russell Cowan and Nick Sing.

UNDEFEATED ladder leader Maffra will welcome Warragul to the Eagles’ nest.

The Eagles had their closest match of the season two weeks ago, defeating Bairnsdale by five goals, however the wintry conditions were a factor in the margin.

The Eagles have depth across the park. Among their in-form players are on-baller Alex Carr, forward Lachlan Channing and defender Sam Pleming.

After winning its first two matches of the season, Warragul is in seventh place on the ladder, with one victory from its past four matches.

The Gulls began brightly against Leongatha, leading by 12 points at quarter-time, but found themselves trailing by 55 at half-time. The Gulls were unable to catch-up, losing by 103 points.

Kim Drew and Ty Morrow were good across half-forward, with the latter kicking three goals.

Nath Paredes has a lot of responsibility in the midfield, while Brayden Fowler can kick a bag of goals if left unchecked.

MOE will host local rival Traralgon.

The Lions are in fourth spot, a win ahead of the sixth-placed Maroons, with both coming off fighting wins.

The Maroons ended a run of three straight losses by defeating Drouin, but needed a six-goal to one final term to secure victory.

The Lions held on to defeat Morwell by four points.

LEONGATHA has a good chance to consolidate a top three spot when it heads to Drouin.

The Parrots are coming of a 103-point win over Warragul.

However, the Parrots should not write off the Hawks, who were in a position to defeat Traralgon in the previous round after leading by 19 point at the final change, only to lose by 12.

WONTHAGGI will host win-less Morwell.

The Tigers came close to breaking their duck against Moe, and will see this match as winnable.

After defeating Traralgon at home, the Power has lost its past two matches to sit in eighth place on the ladder.