​Magpies wary of Power

Kate Withers with David Braithwaite

SALE learned teams outside the Gippsland League football finals race are capable of providing a test after the Magpies posted their lowest score of the season against Drouin.

Magpies coach Shane Fyfe has refused to bank on a win against Wonthaggi at home on Saturday.

“We’ve spoken about teams out of the finals race that are going to come in with the mindset of nothing to lose, so that’s the way we’re treating it,” he said.

“They probably want to get a scalp before the season’s over and we don’t want to be that scalp.”

If the round six match is anything to go by, then the Power is by no means out of contention.

The Power hosted the Magpies and was in the game for most of the day, before being overrun by 19 points at the final siren.

Fyfe said the Magpies’ stocks were “looking good”, and said there would be no changes to the side’s preparations ahead of Saturday’s match.

“We’ll assess early in the week how everyone’s travelling and continue with the same processes,” he said.

Sale sits third on the ladder, and look to have it sewn up the double chance during the finals, leading fourth-placed Moe by three wins with four rounds remaining.

In ninth place with two wins, Wonthaggi is out of the finals picture. Last weekend, the Power lost at home to Bairnsdale by 40 points.

MAFFRA can kill off Bairnsdale’s faint finals hopes with victory at home.

The ladder-leading Eagles are safe in the top three, while the Redlegs are in seventh place, 10 points outside the top five.

The Redlegs last weekend won their first match since round nine, recording a solid victory at Wonthaggi.

The Eagles, however, will present a greater challenge.

Maffra romped to a 96-point win over Morwell in round 14 — their 12th for the season — however, it wasn’t overly convincing against the Redlegs in their round six encounter. The Eagles won by 30 points, but let Bairnsdale off the hook by allowing it to win the final term, three goals to two.

Saturday is a must win for the Eagles if they’re to claim the minor premiership, with challenging matches against Warragul, Traralgon and Moe to round-out the home-and-away season.

LEONGATHA may face a test from Warragul.

The Gulls are one of the in-form sides in the competition, having leap-frogged Traralgon for the highly-prized fifth spot on the weekend after defeating the Maroons.

The Gulls have won their past five games, and have proven their worth as a finals contender. However, no side is in better form than the defending premiers.

The Parrots have not lost a game since round four against Maffra — who they beat in the rematch in round 13 — and are hitting their straps at just the right time.

MOE can move one step closer to shoring up a finals berth with a win over Morwell.

The Lions went with Leongatha until half-time on Saturday, but was overrun by the classy, well-oiled Parrots in the second half.

It was a tight tussle when the sides met in round six, with Moe winning by four points.

Finals are well out of reach for the Tigers, who sit in eighth spot with just three wins for the season.

DROUIN might be a chance to score an upset over Traralgon.

The Hawks pushed Sale last weekend, while the Maroons lost at home to Warragul.

The loss dented Traralgon’s chances for a fifth-place finish, so will need to secure the points on Saturday to etch back the deficit to Warragul.

Finals are out of the picture for Drouin, but the Maroons face Moe, Maffra and Morwell in the run home and all three games are pivotal to their chances of a post-season berth.