Morwell is hoping it can continue its run of success against sides above them on the Gippsland League ladder when the Tigers travel to Sale this Saturday.
The Tigers will be facing a near full-strength Sale side and a few of their top players could be missing, including star midfielder Robert Michaelides and possibly in-form full forward Daniel Hutchison.
This leaves the door open for Jesse Bowe, Pat McNulty, Matt Scholz, Jack Wyhoon and Brayden Darby-Lock to come under the notice of selectors. Last time they met, Morwell scored an upset win in round six by 43 points and began its success against all the top sides.
The Tigers’ only blemishes were a loss to Drouin and a drawn match at Bairnsdale.
Morwell coach Damien Kerr said his team was looking forward to the match.
“It will be a good test for us and Sale are very good around the contested possessions and their work rate is good,” Kerr said.
Against Moe Jack Brown played up forward for three quarters and it paid off handsomely but his job this week is likely to keep Matt Ferguson quiet. Ferguson, the league’s leading goalkicker with 69 goals, is not the most accurate forward but he gets plenty of the football.
If he kicks truly then Morwell could be in trouble. Morwell’s pace has been its greatest asset and was one of the few sides to score more than 10 goals against the tightest defence in the competition.
In doing that the Tigers were able to restrict Sale to its lowest score of the season.
For Morwell to win this match, it will have to do it again but this time the Magpies look too strong at this stage of the season.
Wonthaggi Power v Traralgon
Traralgon has a must-win game against Wonthaggi Power to seal fifth spot.
The Maroons are one game and a healthy percentage clear of the Power and this is a chance to bury their opponents for this season.
Against Sale the Maroons were brave for two and a half quarters but were overrun after that stage of the game. They were also missing a few players including Jackson Hall, Sam Dunbar and Dan McKenna and some of them could be back this week.
Traralgon should win but it could go down to the wire.