Following its spirited showing last Saturday, the Maryborough Magpies must go into tomorrow’s match against Eaglehawk full of confidence.
The Hawks always appear to have a bit of trouble at Princes Park and over the seasons Maryborough has always pushed the visitors, though rarely winning.
Eaglehawk is presently in fourth position on the ladder, just percentage ahead of Kangaroo Flat and a game clear of Sandhurst.
With just six matches left prior to the finals, it is imperative that the Hawks win tomorrow’s contest.
Eaglehawk is coming off a huge morale boosting victory over Kyneton in a game that the Hawks had a massive 60 scoring shots and booted 39 goals.
Confidence will be extremely high in the Hawk nest but it is a different opponent tomorrow.
Maagpie coach, Shane Fisher, was ecstatic last Saturday with his team’s tremendous effort against Castlemaine and he will be instilling into his side that tomorrow’s game against the Hawks is a big chance of an upset.
For the ’Borough supporters, it is which team is going to turn up.
Is it going to be the insipid side which was pathetic against Strathfieldsaye a few weeks ago, or the team which stormed home all over the top of Castlemaine and won by 29 points?
Since Fisher has gone to the half back line he has led by example and been a terrific asset to the team.
Along with Adam Hurse, Cam Skinner, Tyson Macilwain and Bodie Malone, all are playing good footy in defence and making their opponents earn every kick.
Last Saturday, Liam Belcher and Mitch Kennedy were extremely good taggers and took quality opponents right out of the match and they could again get a like role tomorrow.
Rugged defender, Michael Jennings, could be a chance of getting back into the seniors while ruckman Shane O’Connor is hopefully over his bout of the ’flu.
Up forward, Matt Brown and Dylan Clarkson were great last week with four goals each and they have very handy back-ups in Jamie Bond and Cam Rinaldi.
Talented duo, Matt Bilton and Luke Bucknall have had outstanding seasons for the ’Pies and week after week they are in the best for their team and they will get their fair share of the footy again tomorrow.
Key player for Eaglehawk is the talented Brady Herdman who had a good game against the ’Pies earlier in the season and last Saturday booted 12 goals. He is a most mobile player and whoever lines up on him will have his work cut out.
Rinaldi was given a similar job against Gisborne on Callen Potter and he might just get first crack tomorrow.
The Hawks have plenty of talent including Derrick and Brodie Filo, Shannon and Cam Milward, Luke Milroy and talented Elliott Massina, son of former Magpie premiership coach, Neville.
This should be a very entertaining clash and the outcome shouldn’t be known until very late in the day with maybe an upset on the cards