Pies must win to keep finals alive

FREE: Wangaratta’s Josh Porter escapes from Hawk Tyson Hartwig last week. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA might have played one of its better games of the year last Sunday, however, today’s match against Corowa/Rutherglen is a must-win if the Magpies still hold out hopes of playing finals.

The Magpies were clearly the better side against Wangaratta Rovers but missed opportunities in the last quarter saw them fall by six points.

While they are only one win behind North Albury, the Magpies’ poor percentage means they are effectively two wins behind the Hoppers.

Wangaratta coach Mark Knobel said matches such as tomorrow’s at the Norm Minns Oval against the Roos were crucial to his side’s finals hopes.

“We are trying to consolidate a bit so we need to beat the teams around us and the ones below us,” he said.

“If we win this then we’ll keep touch with the top five and even if we don’t make it at the end of the year we want to be the next best team.

“But we need to win this match.”

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