Where is it being played?: Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:20pm, Saturday September 15th
Live coverage from 1pm Sunday onwards on TRFM Gippsland Live 99.5FM & 99.9.FM or live stream: http://player.listenlive.co/46641
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PRELIMINARY FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – MAFFRA V TRARALGON
There is only one spot left in the 2018 Gippsland League decider and the winner of this weekend’s preliminary final between Maffra and Traralgon will face the buoyed defending premiers Leongatha in the final dance next weekend.
Belief is at an all time high in the Maroons camp after they sent Sale packing in straight sets in Sunday’s semi-final.
“We didn’t start slowly but we sort of lost the territory battle in the first quarter. They had a lot more inside 50s early but our backline held up really well and weathered the storm really well,” Traralgon coach Mark Collison said.
“Both sides were fairly inaccurate early on so as the game calmed down we got into a groove and we were really strong after that.”
Photo credit: Hayley Mills (click image for original source)
Maffra, who suffered their biggest loss since 2012 at the hands of defending premiers Leongatha, won’t be fronting simply to let a grand final berth go begging.
The last time the sides met in round 17, the Eagles were at their indomitable best and piled on 16 goals to Traralgon’s five, but Maroons coach Mark Collison said he “took nothing” out of the game a fortnight ago given how far his side has come.
“We had a lot of injuries that day and were under done but I thought we still held on really well until half-time, so … we’re completely different even though it was a short time ago,” he said.
Collison is among several key players to have made a return to the line up since round 17 and he said Traralgon were building at just the right time.
“At this time of the year I think we’ve got a lot if improvement left in us and we’re showing that. We’re getting better each week which is a good sign,” he said.
“We’ve got to manage the bodies and we’ll hopefully have a big session Thursday night and touch on a few areas that we want to get some improvement from.”Kate Withers - Latrobe Valley Express
Match preview from article written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. To view original article in full online visit http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5644337/maroons-belief-at-an-all-time-high/?cs=1588
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