Maryborough has risen from the ashes of season’s past, toppling Kangaroo Flat by 30 points at the weekend to claim its first back-to-back win in over four years.
The Magpies have now won three games, more than the equivalent of their last four seasons combined which saw them claim just one win each in 2017 and 2018 after two zero-win years in 2015 and 2016.
The win was the first on the trot for the Pies since late 2014 and also held special merit as an away game, with Maryborough previously conceding 49 of their last 50 away games.
The momentous victory came at a special time for the Pies, with the side now on the hunt for next season’s coach after an announcement last week that Ben Lavars will be stepping down at the end of 2019.
After a morale boosting win over Kyneton the week before, Maryborough took to Dower Park’s surface with a renewed lift and consistent style of play.
The Pies led at every break, starting with a 14-point lead at quarter time.
This lead came in handy in the second as Flat fought back, outscoring the Pies by booting 5.3 to 4.3.
Luckily for Maryborough this feat wasn’t enough to overturn the lead, but left just eight points the difference at the halftime siren.
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