Big chance for Gulls
Warragul can grab a flying start to its season if it can overcome Moe at Western Park on Saturday. The Gulls have opened with two good wins. Moe, a finalist last year, were good against Drouin in round one but disappointed at Sale last weekend when blown out of the contest in the first half.
The wet conditions may have not suited the Lions whose game style revolves heavily around quick running and slick ball movement.
Warragul should go into Saturday’s game full of confidence.
It did little wrong in a strong first-up win over Morwell and its victory at Wonthaggi was thoroughly deserved against an opponent that threw down a strong challenge.
For a second week the Gulls appeared to have come through injury clear.
It is a different story at Drouin where it has started with two losses and the medical room will have a big say in who is on the bus to Bairnsdale on Saturday.
The Hawks will need to find some ways to convert more of their forward thrusts if they are to overcome a Redlegs’ side that has a much different look about it this year and would be buoyed by getting a win last Saturday.
Sale’s good win over Moe in round two has elevated it to match of the round status when it takes on Traralgon at Traralgon in another game to be played under the new ground lighting.
The Maroons have looked accomplished in both of its wins so far, especially against Leongatha, and will be tough to beat again. But Sale can’t be taken lightly. It was impressive against Moe and a week earlier had taken the game right up to Maffra for a half.
Leongatha, with the advantage of their expansive home ground, will be strongly favoured to bounce back against a Morwell side that is a bit down on strength on that which won a place in the “five” last year.
Wonthaggi will be disappointed with having dropped both games and has a tough job ahead of it on the long trip to Maffra.
The Eagles haven’t put a foot wrong so far and are always a hard to crack on their home turf.
Round 2 matches at grounds of first named clubs are:Warragul v. Moe. Bairnsdale v. Drouin. Leongatha v. Morwell. Maffra v. Wonthaggi. Traralgon v. Sale (night).
Drouin’s Jackson Kos is dispossessed of the ball by a strong tackle by Sam Walker in the senior game against Maffra.