Pies’ pain

Nathan Richardson escapes Patrick Roweʼs tackle during Saturdayʼs clash between Trentham and Rovers.

Maryborough Rovers’ chances of appearing in the MCDFNL’s 2018 finals series have shrunken dramatically following a devastating 51-point loss to Trentham on Saturday.

The 15.15 (105) to 7.12 (54) loss comes as the Magpies’ fifth consecutive defeat and now sees the side relying on results of other matches to have any chance of appearing in the post season.

Rovers now sits in 10th position on the ladder, a game behind Avoca in eighth and Royal Park in ninth.

While the margin is small, Royal Park should take at least two wins across the final three rounds with games against Campbells Creek and Dunolly scheduled.

Avoca has a very tough finish with games against Natte Bealiba, Harcourt and Trentham to come, but Royal Park’s predicted success

should see Rovers locked out of post- season action despite a very winnable game against Newstead this weekend.

The game with the Roos will be followed by difficult encounters against Navarre and Talbot and the Pies will likely need to claim the scalps of both of those top five sides to make it into the final eight.

It’s a dramatic slide for a side that stood in fifth position past the midway point of the season in round nine, but in truth, Rovers were found to be well off the pace of the Saints on Saturday.

For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, July 31.

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