Twenty years since tragic death

David Braithwaite

THE most tragic chapter in local football history will be remembered on Saturday.

Sale and Traralgon will again play for the Peter Hug Cup, but Saturday’s match will be more significant, as 2019 marks 20 years since 23-year-old Hug died after a collision during a game between the Gippsland League clubs.

After pausing to remember what happened two decades ago, the Magpies and Maroons will contest what is already an important game in the context of the season.

Before their weekend off, the Magpies were disappointing against Maffra on Good Friday, kicking only four goals in a 74-point loss. The Magpies failed to recover after losing the midfield battle.

With two wins and a loss, Sale sits in fifth place on the ladder, ahead of Drouin on percentage.

Traralgon, on the other hand, has yet to taste victory in 2019, and is in ninth spot, two wins outside the top five.

The Maroons were in a good position to defeat Moe on Saturday night, leading by 18 points at three-quarter-time, only to allow the Lions to kick all four goals of the final term to win by eight points.

Approaching only the fourth round, the Maroons are in danger of having their finals hopes slip away. Victory over Sale will kickstart their campaign.

MAFFRA will travel to the Latrobe Valley to play Morwell.

Confidence should be high among the Eagles, following their big win over Sale, which came into the match with back-to-back wins.

The 74-point victory boosted the Eagles’ percentage, putting them in second spot on the ladder, behind the only undefeated team, Moe.

Morwell is coming off a 32-point loss at Bairnsdale. The margin was blown out by the Redlegs’ straight kicking for goal – set-up when all eight scoring shots in the first half resulted in goals.

Trailing by 22 points at three-quarter-time, the Tigers were close enough to record a comeback win, but failed to kick a goal in the final term.

The Tigers will need a string together four quarters of solid football if they’re going to defeat the Eagles.

UNDFEATED Moe will host Wonthaggi, which is in fourth place.

The Lions highlighted their improvement with their come-from-behind victory over Traralgon.

They can’t afford to take Wonthaggi lightly, as the Power upset reigning premier Leongatha on Good Friday.

DROUIN and Bairnsdale will look to continue their winning form of last weekend.

The Hawks’ strong start served them well against Warragul on Sunday, kicking four unanswered goals in the first term on their way to a 13-point victory. They will need a similar start against the dangerous Redlegs.

Bairnsdale opened its account with a win over Morwell. The Redlegs will look to win on Saturday ahead of a tough month of matches.

AIMING to bounce from back from a shock loss, Leongatha will host Warragul.

The win-less Gulls may take the brunt of the Parrots’ disappointment from Good Friday.