Rivals draw in thriller

Jack Baker, in his first game back for Drouin after injury, has a break on his Maffra chaser in the senior game on Saturday.

A draw and a couple of other tight matches that could shape the make-up of the finals highlighted Gippsland League matches at the weekend. Ellinbank and District and Mid Gippsland leagues had a mid-season holiday for the Queen’s Birthday weekend

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Drouin has finals chance

Bunyip's Kris Bedford marks on the lead despite a spoiling attempt from Warragul Industrials player Ben Northover. The Bulldogs recorded a strong victory to secure a top two finish and set up a big clash with third-placed Nilma-Darnum on Saturday; Photograph: Tom Elton

There was none of the unexpected in the Ellinbank and District or Mid Gippsland leagues at the weekend where finalists had already been decided before Saturday’s second last home and away round but the battle is far from resolved in

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Mud bath for footy

Ben Hughes leads the charge of Drouin players heading to the showers at the end of their slog in the mud against Moe in the Gippsland League clash at Drouin on Saturday. Others, from left, are Keegan Bott, David Olsen, David Miller, Dan Nicholls, Liam Anderson and Steve Ballingall.

They all deserve medals – players, umpires, trainers, team officials, the band of volunteers and the ever-loyal supporters. Saturday was a horror day for football across Gippsland after rain bucketed down on Friday and Saturday. The persistent rain, not infrequent

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