Month: August 2016

Here’s some thoughts on the MGFL finals. Enjoy or endure- I’m not fussed – by @JisChrudd

It is not often the AFL takes the lead from a local league. In fact it is usually quite the opposite with local leagues now resting players, eating lollies after the game and basically becoming more and more professional. All of the above are things I reckon those of us at club level have stolen from those in the AFL. So when the AFL is seen to be following the lead of a local league it really is a big deal. So kudos to the Mid Gippy for showing the way by having a bye week between the final round and the commencement of the finals. Muchos kudos in fact. I know you all saw scores in the paper saying games were played and some of you even probably popped along to watch some footy but when the ladder doesn’t change, not one little bit, was it really a round of footy? We have known for months, well I have anyway, what the finals set up will be and so it is- after last week’s bye- we kick things off this weekend precisely as expected some 2 months ago. But before we get to this weekend and the finals action I need to take one last chance to talk up Newborough, shit stir old mate from Thorpy and write the name of the legendary Muggsy Mooka. So with that...

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Gippsland League Round 18 preview: Nervous Wait for Three Teams – by Liam Durkin

For the first time in recent memory, eight wins may prove to be enough to get you into Gippsland league finals. Although Warragul, Sale and Wonthaggi will all lose more games than they will win this season, one of those three will be in the top five by the end of the weekend and will be preparing for a finals series. The calculations are simple if not all the more bewildering when you take into account their numeric qualities. For the Gulls, Magpies and Power this is what has to happen for them in order to make finals: Warragul: A win over Maffra will make it mathematically impossible for the Gulls to miss out. Should they lose they will have to rely on both Wonthaggi and Sale losing. Sale: A win by Sale over Moe will see the Magpies in on percentage, provided Warragul and Wonthaggi lose. Wonthaggi: A win over Bairnsdale and a loss to Sale and Warragul will see the Power rise from seventh to fifth. Here is where it gets interesting: should both Sale and Wonthaggi win and Warragul lose, then it will come down to percentage as all three teams equal will be on 32 points. Because of this percentage , if Wonthaggi are able to win by more than 39 points at their home ground, then they will go through, but should they happen...

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Gippsland League Round 17 Preview: Stage Nearly Set – by Liam Durkin

Just two more home and away matches remain in the Gippsland League, with quite a few possibilities still a chance of happening given the log jam occupying places four to seven on the senior ladder. If Drouin beat Sale the Hawks will be safe, which will leave Wonthaggi and Warragul to battle it out for the last finals spot up for grabs. Drouin host Sale at their notoriously difficult-to-play-at home ground, which they have turned into something of a fortress this season. We say fortress in the lightest context possible because in reality all visiting teams hate making the trip west because they know that they are going to be greeted with unfriendly conditions that are prepared to favour the home side. If Drouin win as expected then they will be a secure bet to feature in this year’s finals series, which may prove to be something of an anticlimax for the Hawks when they come up against teams that could prove to be too skilful and quick for Drouin’s slow ball movement and predictable running patterns. Maffra and Wonthaggi should be an interesting game given that Maffra seem to be the main challenger to Leongatha’s tilt at the flag. The Power will be looking to pinch four points away from home and make it virtually impossible for Warragul to sneak in, as Wonthaggi should account for Bairnsdale next...

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