Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEYOND THE BOUNCE -

War­ragul and Moe se­nior foot­ball sides will do bat­tle on the field for the 200th time when they meet at West­ern Park next Satur­day.

The ri­valry dates back to June 16, 1909, War­ragul win­ning that first match 7-8 to 4-6.

Gipp­s­land foot­ball his­to­rian Paul Carter says the Gulls have had the bet­ter of the two clubs’ clashes win­ning 108 of the 199 games played and draw­ing three oth­ers.

War­ragul and Moe have com­peted against each other for most of the past 109 years in a range of com­pe­ti­tions – Cen­tral Gipp­s­land foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion and Cen­tral Gipp­s­land, La­trobe Val­ley and Gipp­s­land leagues.

The high­est score by War­ragul was its 36-22, 238 in 1997, a game that saw it also have its big­gest win­ning mar­gin against Moe – 205 points.

Eighty-six years af­ter Hor­rie Farmer kicked 10 goals in 1932 it still re­mains the most ever kicked by a War­ragul player in con­tests be­tween the two clubs.

There have been many mem­o­rable games be­tween the teams with 31 de­cided by two goals or less as well as the three draws.

Although the num­ber of matches be­tween the Gulls and Lions now num­ber 199 only one was a grand fi­nal.

That was in 1974 when War­ragul hung on in a nail­bit­ing fin­ish to get home by four points.

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