Tigers on guard against Bombers

WHILE Yallourn/Yallourn North may have fallen off the pace recently, Mirboo North coach Troy Hamilton said the match against the Bombers was still a danger game for the side.

“It’s a massive game for us… they worry us like no one else up there on their ground,” Hamilton said.

“So it’s always a tough game; we’ll be ready for another big game.”

If YYN’s ground condition is like Mirboo North’s, a muddy ground will be no advantage for the Bombers as the Tigers thrived in the inclement conditions last weekend.

This weekend the YYN Football Club will celebrate its 40th anniversary of triple premierships and pressure will be on the side to perform in front of many past players.

Hill End v Morwell East

Morwell East coach Paul Henry said he hoped to defeat Hill End this weekend to ensure a finals spot because he does not want to “leave it to the last round”.

“That’s one we definitely want to put away,” Henry said.

“It will be a hard task though… they’ve played pretty well on their home turf.”

It is also a must-win game for Hill End, which can not afford to drop two games behind the Hawks.

If Yinnar get the predictable win this weekend against Yarragon, the odds will be stacked against Hill End if they lose to Morwell East.

Newborough v Trafalgar

Trafalgar coach Chris Kyriacou said he expects Newborough to come out all guns blazing during this weekend’s battle for top spot.

Kyriacou said he was confident his side can get the win and was looking forward to the challenge.

“We enjoy playing at their ground; we play good footy there,” Kyriacou said.

“The boys should have no excuses; we’re going to have one of our better sides in for the year.”

Newborough player Matt Disisto celebrates his 300th senior game on Saturday – a tremendous effort only two other Bulldog players, Bill Rilen and Peter Risol, have achieved.

Bulldogs coach Allan Chandler said he was hopeful they could put on a win for Disisto.

Thorpdale v Boolarra

Boolarra coach Tony Giardina said he knows a lot would have to go right for the Demons to make the finals, but he was not giving up hope.

“We just have to concentrate on winning and at the end of the home and away season we’ll see where that takes us,” Giardina said.

“It’s a long shot, but it still is possible.”

The fitness of Thorpdale’s players has held the Blues back this year and coach Brett Sherriff was already thinking about season 2013.

In another milestone, Blues player Barry Robinson will play his 400th club game in the reserves this weekend.

Robinson has been a great contributor to the club on and off the field.

Yarragon v Yinnar

Inconsistency has let Yarragon down in recent weeks with the Panthers getting off to a bad start and then chasing that margin down for the rest of the game.

Last week Yarragon matched it with Boolarra in the last three quarters, outscoring its opponents in the final quarter.

The Panthers will want a great start to be in with a chance against Yinnar this weekend.

Yinnar can not afford to drop this game or any other remaining games with the competition for fourth and fifth spots so tight this year.

This should be enough of a driving force for the Magpies to take the points.