Things were not looking good for Warragul even before it ran onto Western Park on Saturday to take on Traralgon in the senior match.
Another three “outs” to the line-up joining an already long list of key players with long-term injuries was a big hurdle to jump for the Gulls against a Traralgon side determined to climb off the bottom of the ladder and rekindle some hopes that it can push for a spot in the finals.
The hurdle was too great, the Maroons shrugging off Warragul’s early enthusiasm to build an important 15-11 to 6-4 victory.
Out of the previous week’s winning Gulls’ team were rover Kim Drew, Nick Stevenson (fractured cheekbone) and coach Ben Hughes.
They were losses that the team could ill afford.