Gippsland Power boys take on Dandenong Stingrays at Morwell Good Friday (30/3/18), starting at 1:30pm.

In the other game on Friday, two sides that had some impressive wins face-off, with Gippsland Power taking on Dandenong Stingrays. The Power were too strong for Murray Bushrangers, while the Stingrays rolled a highly-touted Falcons outfit in what was predicted to be the game of the round. Now Dandenong heads down the highway to face the Power, who had a massive 54 inside 50s against the Bushrangers last week. The Stingrays had 50 of their own and restricted Geelong to just 28, so the battle through the midfield is expected to be exciting.

Matthew McGannon was a large reason behind Gippsland’s drive in round one, with seven rebound 50s – almost 25 per cent of his team’s total – while Brett Thorson led the way with seven inside 50s. Others that got the ball deep were Xavier Duursma (five), Irving Mosquito (four), Harvey Neocleous (four) and Fraser Phillips (four). Ryan Henkel led the way in the ruck with 17 hitouts in round one, but he is an omission this week, with replacement Levi Munns certainly set to have his work cut out trying to tame the likes of Riley Bowman and Bailey Williams. It was also Gippsland’s bottom-agers such as Sam Flanders and Caleb Serong who drove the Power to victory with a combined 39 disposals between them.

Peter Williams

Reporter, AFL Draft Central

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