Maryborough is on a high after posting its first consecutive wins in almost four years, but that won’t make this weekend’s clash with 2018 premiership runners up Strathfieldsaye any easier.
Despite Storm’s obvious advantage with eight from eight wins already, the Pies do head into the weekend with three wins and a competitive showing against grand final runners up Eaglehawk this season, in addition to a home ground advantage.
Although a win for the home side would be a dream come true, it’s certainly not predicted.
Maryborough does however have a great opportunity to display its new-found strength against the yardstick of the competition, which is important considering the side is currently looking for a coach for 2020 and beyond.
The volume of Strath’s victories over sides of a similar standing as Maryborough further indicates just how hard this weekend will be.
Storm toppled South Bendigo, a side which comfortably defeated Maryborough in round one, at the weekend by a massive 142 points.
Strath has also claimed triple figure wins over Castlemaine, Kangaroo Flat and Kyneton and while Maryborough has also beaten out these three sides, the margins were a lot smaller.
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