Yallourn-Yallourn North will hope to get its first win on the board when the Bombers face Yarragon this weekend in Mid Gippsland football.
Bomber coach Rick Hearn said this game was important and a win would boost the team’s confidence.
“You can’t keep making excuses the whole year,” Hearn said.
“Sooner or later we have to stand up as a club and hopefully this week we get the win on the board that we desperately need.”
Last time these teams met, Yarragon beat the Bombers by a goal after Yallourn-Yallourn North had kicked 12 behinds.
Hearn said to avoid going down by a narrow margin again they needed to control the game.
“Once we get on top we needed to play our brand of footy, slow the ball down a little bit and control the play for a few minutes to make sure that you capitalise if you’ve got a lead,” he said.
Trafalgar v Boolarra
While the momentum is in Boolarra’s favour, the Demons should expect a fired-up Trafalgar this weekend.
After a long-running winning streak over Boolarra, the Demons have come to be a thorn in the Bloods side; pinching the flag in 2011, defeating them last year and again earlier this year.
Trafalgar coach Chris Kyriacou said he would focus on his side getting back to their best football.
He said his side would be working on their forward entry, skills and “working hard together as a team”.
Thorpdale v Morwell East
Thorpdale faces Morwell East in what should be a hard-fought battle.
Spectators can expect to see something similar to the thriller that ended in one-point victory to Thorpdale when they met in round two.
Morwell East coach Paul Henry said the next three matches were crucial, and after narrowly losing to Thorpdale previously, they needed to “get one back”.
“It isn’t going to be an easy task,” Henry said.
“We’ve lost a fair few in a row, so winning is something we need to do and hopefully we can.”
He said the side has not played a good, consistent standard of football for four quarters this year and have suffered some heavy losses in recent weeks.
Henry said playing consistent football was the key to victory.
Thorpdale is coming off two narrow wins and has proved it has the determination to get over the line when the going gets tough.
Expect another close match on Saturday.
Mirboo North v Hill End
Hill End will challenge Mirboo North at the Tigers’ home turf this weekend.
The Hillmen kept up with Yinnar for most of the match last weekend, but could not get over the line.
Hill End’s daunting task of defeating Mirboo North will be difficult as the Tigers have not dropped a game at home this season.
Mirboo North faces Newborough and Trafalgar in the next few weeks and will need the confidence from a win this weekend when it takes on its biggest challengers for the flag.
Yinnar v Newborough
After picking off rivals Trafalgar last weekend, Newborough will go into its match with high spirits.
Newborough coach Allan Chandler said the next two weeks would be tough with games against the Magpies then Mirboo North.
“I think the top five are really close and you’ve got to be on top of your game every week otherwise you get beat,” Chandler said.
He said all things were looking good going forward, with inclusions into the side playing good football.
“We’ve got some fantastic youth playing; Mitchell Grubb, Aaron Wilson and also Shane Ryan played his first game for three years in the seniors.”