Maryborough cannot afford to do anything but win convincingly over old foes Castle- maine this weekend if it wishes to maintain its improved status.
In previous years, Maryborough’s chance to claim a win was narrowed to when it met fellow Magpies, Castlemaine.
But things have changed this season with Maryborough defeating Castlemaine in round two but also beating out three different Bendigo Football Netball League sides in the following rounds.
This broke a four-year long precedent of Maryborough only winning over Castlemaine and no other sides since 2015.
The wins over a variety of teams, including a 14-point redemption win over South Bendigo last weekend have elevated the side’s prospects for the rest of the season.
Castlemaine is yet to claim any wins this year, defeated by Maryborough by 15 points in round two and lucking out to Kangaroo Flat, its closest ranked competitor, by 50 points in round five.
When the two Magpie rivals met at Princes Park earlier this year, Castlemaine actually led at the end of the first quarter, but a five-goal surge from the home side put Maryborough in front by 11 points at halftime.
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