Pies feel the pressure of Roos clash

Ashley Humphrey hand passes out of defence.

After a win that rocked the competition, Maryborough will bear the weight of added pressure when it heads to Kangaroo Flat’s turf this weekend.

Hosting Kyneton last Saturday at home, the Pies claimed their first win over a side other than Castlemaine for the first time in four years.

Most notably, the win was playing coach Ben Lavars’ first over a side other than Maine since joining Maryborough in late 2017.

The victory, their second for the year, was a long-awaited reward for several years of struggle which saw the Magpies record either no or just one win per season.

Kangaroo Flat’s track record hasn’t been as bad, but a four-win 2018 was less than ideal and leaves the side picking up the pieces for 2019.

Both sides have each claimed two wins and five losses so far this season and Maryborough currently sits ahead of the Roos on the ladder due to percentage.

Like Maryborough, Flat’s first win came over Castlemaine, but its second came from last weekend’s game with South Bendigo.

South toppled the Pies by 32 points in round one while Flat achieved a slim 12-point win over the same side just last week.

For more on this story see Page 35 of The Advertiser, Friday June 7

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