Footy’s crunch time


Footy’s crunch time

LEONGATHA faces a huge round of football this Saturday against Maffra while for other local leagues it’s final’s time.
At Parrot Park a finals like atmosphere is expected for the last round as first plays second in the seniors to determine which team finishes on top and secures a week off.
Leongatha will be determined to atone for its loss at Maffra in Round 9 when the Parrots were completely outclassed by the Eagles.
The Parrots will go in with its strongest line-up possible with only Zac Vernon unavailable for the clash.
The ‘Gatha is likely to do a bit of experimenting pre-finals but is keeping some of its trump cards close to its chest in an endeavour to atone for stumbling at the final hurdle in the past two season’s grand finals.
In the reserves too it will be game on with both Leongatha and Maffra locked on 52 points apiece at the top of the ladder and the winner again will earn the week off.
In the thirds Leongatha, on top, plays Maffra fourth. A win in this one is crucial for Leongatha to stay on top as a loss will likely see Traralgon with a superior percentage and an easy game against Warragul certain to take its spot if the Parrots stumble.
And don’t forget to get there early for the fourths match either as the Leongatha v Maffra game will decide which team makes the finals; Leongatha fifth and Maffra, sixth are locked on 40 points apiece.
Alberton league’s finals series commences this weekend and on Saturday at Toora, Fish Creek takes on the DWWWW’s.
For those who think this will be a walkover they should think again. It was the Allies which broke Fish Creek’s 23 game winning streak when it defeated the Kangaroos in Round 11 on June 10 to the tune of 11 points.
Fish Creek is going in as red hot favourites to go back to back and has lost just one game this season but don’t write off the Allies which has been the one side able to match it with the Creek.
On Sunday at Fish Creek, it is the Elimination Final with Toora to take on Stony Creek; the Maroons just scraping in to the finals.
The Magpies have really impressed so far this season and go in as favourites to win this one having beaten Stony Creek in the last encounter 12.12.84 to Stony’s 8.6.54. The game prior to this resulted in a nine goal win to the Magpies.
West Gippsland
In both club’s debut season in the West Gippsland league Inverloch Kongwak and Dalyston stand a big chance of figuring in the grand final.
Inverloch Kongwak finished on top of the ladder and has earnt a week off.
This Saturday the Qualifying Final takes place at Kooweerup with Cora Lynn second playing Dalyston third.
Despite a surprising one point loss to Koo Wee Rup on Saturday, Dalyston will regroup and fight hard for a spot in the second semi-final against the Sea Eagles.
On Sunday at Inverloch, Nar Nar Goon take on Phillip Island to see which team advances and which one is eliminated.

Nail biter: there was plenty of interest in the reserves clash on Saturday when Fish Creek came home with a wet sail to get up and beat ladder leader Stony Creek by two points. Liam Eade for Fish Creek is spoilt by Stony’s Glen Gray. Photo courtesy Gerard [email protected]

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