The Power and the Parrots

A Saturday night blockbuster between the Gippsland League’s top two will highlight the second round of competition, while a TAC Cup development round will give clubs access to their Gippsland Power players.

Leongatha and Wonthaggi are fresh from big opening round wins and a huge crowd is expected to pack the Parrots’ home ground for the clash which will be a big test for both teams.

“It will certainly give us an indication of where we are at,” Parrots coach Beau Vernon said.

The Parrots sit top of the ladder after a convincing 123-point opening round win over Traralgon, which put last year’s runner up on notice.

“I don’t doubt these guys, I’m always confident in their effort,” Wonthaggi coach Rob Railton said.

The Power coach conceded his team, which knocked off premier Morwell in round one, will be among the hunted in 2015.

“That’s part of our mindset. We have got to acknowledge that and make sure we are ready,” Railton said.

The night game kicks off at 6.30pm.

MORWELL’S new coach Dean Warren is confident his side will bounce back from its opening round loss to Wonthaggi when it travels to Sale to take on the Magpies.

“It’s not doom and gloom, it’s not panic stations… I think our guys were a bit flustered and I’d expect we will bounce back,” Warren said.

Warren gave his side a “blunt” and “straight to the point” review of its performance against Wonthaggi at training on Tuesday night.

“They deserved to win, in fact we are lucky it was a 12 goal loss not a 20 goal loss… the really surprising thing was all the short kicks to contests… that’s really not the way we play footy, not the way we have trained for four months,” Warren said.

The Tigers had 61 turnovers and 10 players with less than 11 possessions.

“That’s ridiculous… I’ve had a look at the tape and our key performance indicators were really lacking. We just didn’t have enough efforts across the board,” Warren said. There could be up to eight changes to the Tigers line up.

Tim Ryan (VFL), Lachy Little and Zach Anderson are among those tipped to return to a side Warren expects will be much better against Sale.

“The boys are disappointed in their effort and I’d expect they will bounce back,” he said.

The Magpies too are coming off a loss to its arch rival Maffra.

However, having won its past 28 straight, Sale has a remarkable winning record at home.

The Magpies have not been beaten on their own turf since round 15, 2011. Warren hopes his side can be the one to change that.

“Absolutely. We would love to stop that. If the boys come with the intent and effort they showed in the second half last week, I don’t see why we can’t turn that around,” Warren said.

Returning home from a disappointing opening round loss to Leongatha, Traralgon will host Moe.

“We are a bit battered and bruised. Obviously they (Leongatha) were very good, but not good enough to win by that margin,” Maroons coach Mark Collision said.

Traralgon will welcome back two stars in Josh Jennings and Jordan Symons.

“We will have to come to play, last week showed us we can’t take anything for granted,” Collision said.

The Maroons have won their past six straight over the Lions, who have beaten Traralgon just once since round four, 2009.

However Moe proved last week it will be better than last year.

Joining the Lions from Glengarry, Mark Engley has given the side a strong option up forward. Coach Adrian Burgiel was also influential on the field in the Lions’ opening round win over Warragul.

It’s left Burgiel feeling quietly confident.

“Going off their result and our result… if we play well as a team, put in a four quarter effort, keep our skills right and our pressure up we will be a big chance,” he said.

BAIRNSDALE will be looking to recover from its opening round loss to Drouin when it runs out at home for the first time in 2015.

“Obviously you’d like to start the season with a win. Unfortunately we didn’t but all credit to Drouin, they were fantastic. They are a new look team and they took their chances and unfortunately we didn’t,” Redlegs coach Shaun Mooney said.

Bairnsdale is expected to welcome back Paul Bills and Andrew Nelson to its lineup for Sunday’s clash with Maffra.

“It’s been a long pre-season. Our practice games were played away from home so the playing group is excited about playing against a quality team in Maffra,” Mooney said.

FRESH from an opening round win over Bairnsdale, Drouin will be looking to make it two in a row when it travels a few minutes east to take on neighbour Warragul, under lights.

The Gulls have won their past five against Drouin, albeit by some small margins.

(SGFL 1927 – 31, 1955-68, GL 1995-2004, 2010-14)

All matches

Played 102 Leongatha 53, Wonthaggi 47, drawn 2

At Leongatha

Played 40 Leongatha 25, Wonthaggi 13, drawn 2

Last 10 matches

Leongatha 5, Wonthaggi 5

Last win at Leongatha

Leongatha 2012, Wonthaggi 2014

Last match

2014 (L) (night) Wonthaggi 7.11 (53) d Leongatha 3.3 (21)

Present winning sequence

Wonthaggi 2

Highest scores

Leongatha 32.19 (211) (1995), Wonthaggi 22.13 (145) (2002)

Lowest scores

Leongatha 2.5 (17) (1931), Wonthaggi 2.5 (17) (1965)

Greatest winning margin

Leongatha 163 (1995), Wonthaggi 100 (2002)

Most goals (match)

Leongatha 8 J.Talbot (1995), T.Traill (1998)

Wonthaggi 7 N.Garnham (2002), M.Silver (2004)

(1954 – 2014)

All matches

Played 148 Sale 76, Morwell 72

At Sale

Played 68 Sale 42, Morwell 26

Last 10 matches

Sale 5, Morwell 5

Last win at Sale

Sale 2014, Morwell 2010

Last match

2014 (2nd Semi at Traralgon) Morwell 11.18 (84) d Sale 10.4 (64)

Present winning sequence

Morwell 2

Highest scores

Sale 29.21 (195) (2007), Morwell 23.23 (161) (1985)

Lowest scores

Sale 3.4 (22) (2002), Morwell 3.6 (24) (1956)

Greatest winning margin

Sale 137 (2003 & 2007), Morwell 84 (1967)

Most goals (match)

Sale 11 S.Loveless (1987 & 1991)

Morwell 9 D.Jorgenson (1954)

(1901-34, 1936-59 (GFL), 1960-98, 2011-14)

All matches

Played 245 Bairnsdale 125, Maffra 117, drawn 3

At Bairnsdale

Played 114 Bairnsdale 72, Maffra 41, drawn 1

Last 10 matches

Bairnsdale 3, Maffra 7

Last win at Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale 2014, Maffra 2013

Last match

2014 (Elim Final at Sale) Maffra 16.11 (107) d Bairnsdale 12.16 (88)

Present winning sequence

Maffra 2

Highest scores

Bairnsdale 30.15 (195) (1983), Maffra 24.29 (173) (1937)

Lowest scores

Bairnsdale 1.5 (11) (1919), Maffra 1.5 (11) (1903)

Greatest winning margin

Bairnsdale 126 (1981), Maffra 93 (1997)

Most goals (match)

Bairnsdale 9 T.Somerville (1938), T.Bull (1995)

Maffra 12 H.May (1928)

(1909-11,1919-30, 1933-40 (CGFL), 1960-64 (LVFL), 2000 – 2014)

All matches

Played 86 Warragul 70, Drouin 15, drawn 1

At Warragul

Played 42 Warragul 36, Drouin 6

Last 10 matches

Warragul 5, Drouin 5

Last win at Warragul

Warragul 2014, Drouin 2011

Last match

2014 (W) Warragul 9.9 (63) d Drouin 5.9 (39)

Present winning sequence

Warragul 5

Highest scores

Warragul 29.21 (195) (1930), Drouin 17.17 (119) (2010)

Lowest scores

Warragul 0.2 (2) (2010), Drouin 1.4 (10) (1920)

Greatest winning margin

Warragul 174 (1930), Drouin 92 (1910)

Most goals (match)

Warragul 18 H.Farmer (1937)

Drouin 7 H.Steer (1962)

(1936-53 (CGFL), 1954-2014)

All matches since 1936

Played 175 Traralgon 123, Moe 51, drawn 1

At Traralgon

Played 81 Traralgon 58, Moe 23

Last 10 matches

Traralgon 9, Moe 1

Last 5 years at Traralgon

Traralgon 5, Moe 0

Last match

2014 (T) Traralgon 13.7 (85) d Moe 5.7 (37)

Present winning sequence

Traralgon 6

Highest scores

Traralgon 36.25 (241) (1997), Moe 22.22 (154) (1971)

Lowest scores

Traralgon 4.7 (31) (1948), Moe 0.5 (5) (1997)

Greatest winning margin

Traralgon 236 (1997), Moe 105 (1938)

Most goals (match)

Traralgon 14 P.McCulloch (1997)

Moe 10 I.Jennings (1971 & 1972)