North Gippsland FL
Yarram (5th) v Rosedale (3rd)
AFTER scraping through for a second win on the road, Yarram will be desperate to fend off Rosedale at home this week.
The Demons blitzed Traralgon Tyers United in a damaging final term last week, and have tough fixtures looming against Woodside and Cowwarr, which both sit one game adrift on the ladder.
With a finals berth close to being locked away, Rosedale will focus on maintaining third position and the prized double chance. Returning from the week’s break to face Churchill, the Blues were outplayed from the outset and by the time they clicked into gear it was too late. With plenty at stake expect the Demons to trouble Rosedale.
Bois/Briag (11th) v Gormandale (10th)
AFTER claiming the four points by less than a kick in their earlier meeting, Boisdale/Briagolong will meet last week’s giant slayer Gormandale.
In contrast, the Bombers struggled to hold Woodside’s power forwards at bay last round and will be hungrier than ever for a win.
The Bombers failed to register a competitive score and will need to address avenues to goal.
The Tigers bounced back from a 119 point thumping from Heyfield to beat top four side Sale City last week, and will find the smaller ground to their liking at Boisdale/Briagolong.
Churchill (2nd) v Cowwarr (7th)
WITH the Cougars purring along, Churchill coach Allan Chandler has his side primed and peaking for the contest against rivals Cowwarr.
Sitting outside the top five, victory is imperative to the Saints’ chances of sneaking into finals contention.
Churchill’s credentials as a premiership contender will also be put under the microscope against a long-time foe.
Churchill rallied from five goals down at quarter-time to sneak home by two points against the defiant Saints in their last encounter.
Fans are in for another epic if the round two match is any sort of preview for this clash.
Sale City (4th) v Heyfield (1st)
SALE City returns home to host top side Heyfield, which brushed aside the fourth placed Dogs to the tune of 89 points in round two. On the back of two losses, Sale City faces a tough run toward finals and could use four points against the leader of the pack. However, Heyfield has an embarrassment of riches with a dominating forward line, one of the best midfields in the competition and a staunch back six which has conceded an average of less than 10 goals per game.
It is a tough ask for the pups, who will need to hold their composure and serve up their best form to cause an upset.
Glengarry (8th) v TTU (9th)
AFTER posting its lowest score of the season Glengarry will be out to restore lost pride against last season’s semi final opponent Traralgon Tyers United.
Similar to the Magpies, the Bombers’ season has far from followed a fairy tale script with both sides set to watch from the stands come the pointy end of the season.
Woodside has the bye.