MID GIPPSLAND FL
THE Mid Gippsland football’s round five match between Morwell East and Newborough will determine the fate of both sides.
Newborough is aiming for its fifth consecutive victory, while a loss for the Hawks means they will be relegated to the middle of the pack.
If Morwell East can turn the tables and take out the Bulldogs then the scenario changes, Newborough will become vulnerable and within reach.
Both teams have recruited well and the stars will be out in force in a game that will create a lot of interest.
Newborough’s early run has been a boon for the club and coach Glen Michie said he was thrilled with the way the team had been travelling.
Morwell East fell last week against Trafalgar, which was a blow to the Hawks, but they will pick up and make Newborough earn every kick.
Both teams have good forwards and it will be a test of defences, which will hold the key to the match.
Boolarra v Hill End
Boolarra has a chance to atone for its past two losses with an improved performance against Hill End, but this will not be an easy game.
The Hillmen came home with a wet sail last week to secure their first points and will be keen to keep the momentum going.
The Demons will be in a mean mood and will be determined to erase the results of their past two games.
A defeat will leave Boolarra in a poor position with only one win to its name.
Hill End has started slowly but is picking up the pace and will make a competitive opponent for Boolarra.
Yallourn Yallourn North v Trafalgar
YYN’s nightmare continues as it hosts Trafalgar fresh after its exciting win against Morwell East.
The Bloods have only dropped one match, a loss to Boolarra in round two, and convincing wins against Yarragon and Morwell East has put Trafalgar on the right track for a finals berth.
YYN has been on the end of a few pastings and it has been 11 games since the Bombers have celebrated a win.
They will want to avenge last year’s corresponding match where they were held to a solitary behind by the Bloods.
Trafalgar has the ability and players to make it a horror afternoon for the Bombers.
Yarragon v Mirboo North
Yallourn has gone from Roosters to feather dusters in its four games so far.
A first up win was great, but since then the Panthers have put in below average performances.
The spirit is alive at Yarragon but on-field it can not seem to put four quarters together.
It starts well but quickly gets bulldozed by its opponents.
Mirboo North has strung three wins together and is posing a threat to unbeaten Yinnar and Newborough.
The Tigers are getting their players back on track and will be looking to lynchpin forward Tim Traill to utilise his skills.
Mirboo North should be too strong for Yarragon.
Thorpdale v Yinnar
Thorpdale faces an uphill battle against the Yinnar juggernaut.
The Magpies have amassed an average of 134 points so far in their four games, and a total of 539, and are looking fearless at the moment.
Thorpdale has one win on the board and would love to break the Yinnar win cycle, but statistics should prove otherwise.
The Magpies have three out the top 10 goalkickers on their list, with 33 goals between them, a dire situation for any defence.
Medallist James Dowling has been in tremendous form for Yinnar and he is one player Thorpdale will need to watch carefully.
All indications point to a Yinnar win, but Thorpdale on a good day has the potential to upset the league leaders.