WHAT were you doing in 2002?

That year in sport, Brazil won the World Cup, Mike Weir took out The Masters, and Steven Bradbury entered the Australian vernacular.

In local football, Moe also beat Sale at Sale Oval – and it is still the last time the Lions have done so.

The Magpies will be out to continue this remarkable, and oddly bizarre, winning streak in Round 15 of the Gippsland League.

Sale, in fourth position on the ladder, could leapfrog Traralgon if the Maroons lose to Wonthaggi.

Moe on the other hand, simply needs to find a way to manufacture a win in order to keep its faint finals hopes alive.

The Lions have a very tough run home, and it is looking like it will take a minor miracle for them to make the post-season considering they take the undefeated Leongatha and second-placed Wonthaggi in the last two rounds.

Moe is currently on seven wins and just as many losses, meaning virtually every game from here is an elimination final.

The Magpies will have motivation of a different kind, with this match going a long way to determining who gets the double-chance.

If results go as expected in the next two rounds, Sale and Traralgon will be fighting it out for the double chance when they meet in Round 17.

Historically speaking, you need the double-chance to win the premiership, and Magpies’ coach Jack Johnstone will be well aware of its importance from a psychological and managerial viewpoint.

With a week off to follow tomorrow’s round, Johnstone may instruct his players to go helter-skelter in the first-half, and if the game looks dead and buried at the main break, the opportunity will be there to put some key players on ice.

Sale was too big and too strong for Moe the last time around, and Magpie monsters such as Jack and Will Leslie will be eager to assert their dominance on the contest again.

MAFFRA will sleep easier if it wins tomorrow.

The Eagles make the trip to Morwell, in a match that for all intents and purposes, will more than likely determine who gets the last available spot in the finals.

While it is not absolutely ‘season on the line’ for the sixth-placed Eagles, their chances of playing finals will decrease significantly if they lose this match.

Maffra is four points off Morwell, and has games against Leongatha, Warragul and Traralgon to finish the home-and-away.

The Warragul game is the only one you would label as a ‘should win’ for Maffra, meaning their clash tomorrow is very much an eight-point-game.

Looking at Morwell’s run home, the Tigers play Wonthaggi, Drouin and Sale. Like Maffra, you would only pencil Morwell in to win one of those games (against Drouin), so a Morwell victory against Maffra could be enough to see the Tiger Train run express to the finals.

The Eagles will take some confidence heading into the match, having defeated Morwell earlier in the season.

Maffra was only 13 points adrift of Wonthaggi at three quarter time last week, but, with no rotations in the last, saw the game slip away.

With a week off to come, and with a number of players carrying niggles, it will be interesting to see if Maffra rolls the dice at selection.

Eagles’ defender James Huts may take Morwell sharpshooter Brandon McDonald, who has been in superb form, kicking 17 goals in the last four weeks.

IN other games, Leongatha should keep its unbeaten streak alive when it takes on Warragul, while Bairnsdale and Drouin will each entertain thoughts of a win.

Match-of-the-round will see Wonthaggi and Traralgon battle, with outright second the prize on offer.