WARRAGUL, MOE IN 200th CLASH
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.