Big chance for Gulls

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEYOND THE BOUNCE -

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.

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