Eagles to play Power

David Braithwaite

A WIN can do a lot for a team’s confidence, but Maffra’s will be tested on Saturday when the Gippsland League football premier takes on Wonthaggi at home.

After two losses to begin the season, the Eagles jumped from last to fifth place on the ladder with a six-goal win in Traralgon.

But it was the nature of the win which was pleasing.

The Eagles trailed by four points at three-quarter-time before booting seven unanswered goals in the final term.

Ed and Alex Carr and Danny Butcher stood up when it counted most to take control in the midfield.

Under new coach Jarryd Blair, the Power is undefeated in three matches, but needed to dig deep to defeat Morwell by two points at home at the weekend.

The Eagles have won their previous seven matches against the Power, and past five against it at home.

SALE will venture west for the first time this season, when it takes on Drouin.

The Magpies have defeated Maffra and Warragul at home and overcame Bairnsdale away to begin the season in impressive fashion.

The second-placed Magpies will play a Drouin side yet to find consistency – the Hawks’ big loss in Wonthaggi was followed by victory over Warragul at home, then a 85-point loss in Leongatha at the weekend. The Hawks are in eighth place on the ladder with the lowest percentage.

Sale has a good recent record against Drouin, having won its past seven matches against the Hawks.

In fact, the Hawks haven’t defeated the Magpies at home since 2010. Their four victories over the Magpies since have been in Sale (three times) and Moe (2011 qualifying final).

MORWELL will host Leongatha.

The Tigers have been agonisingly close to victory the past two rounds, losing to Traralgon by three points and Wonthaggi by two.

After losing to the Power in round two, the Parrots rebounded with a big win over Drouin to remain in fourth position on the ladder, but will need to be on their game against the Tigers, whose ninth position belies how well they have played in recent weeks.

TRARALGON will head to Bairnsdale in what is an important early season match.

Both sides are on one win, with Saturday’s loser risking losing touch with the top half of the ladder.

Both would have taken lessons from their defeats at the weekend. The Maroons will be ruing a missed opportunity to claim back-to-back wins at the weekend, while a poor start cost the Redlegs any chance of defeating Moe.

THE round will finish on Sunday, with bottom side Warragul hosting ladder leader Moe.

The Lions haven’t been challenged yet this season, highlighted by their seven-goal to one opening quarter against Bairnsdale at the weekend.

Apart from a four-point loss to Bairnsdale in round one, the Gulls have been off the pace.

FOLLOWING a big win to open its account for the East Gippsland football season, Boisdale-Briagolong will host Lucknow on Saturday.

The Bombers defeated Wy Yung at home by 92 points at the weekend, not conceding a goal in the second half.

The Magpies were on the wrong side of a big margin on Saturday, kicking just one goal during their 129-point thumping by Stratford.

The Magpies will want to get back to the form which saw them defeat Paynesville in round one, but will meet a Bomber outfit with a boost in confidence.

TWO big wins to open the season has seen Stratford boast a percentage almost triple that of the closest side.

On Saturday, the Swans will host a Orbost-Snowy Rovers side revelling in its first senior victory since 2018. The Blues broke their drought in style, defeating Paynesville by 84 points.

It will be a big ask for the Blues to repeat that feat tomorrow, especially with the form the Swans are in.

THE only other undefeated team, Lakes Entrance, will meet win-less Wy Yung at home. The Tigers will have a lot to play for after their disappointing display in Boisdale.

LINDENOW will look to return to the winners’ list when it heads to Paynesville.

The Cats lost to Lakes Entrance by 16 points, with the Seagulls’ five-goal to one second term accounting for the difference. The Gulls, meanwhile began well against Orbost-Snowy Rovers, but couldn’t keep pace with the Blues.