Bulldogs hungry for revenge

The Mid Gippsland grand final replay between Mirboo North and Newborough will take centre stage in round three.

The winning margin at that time was one point, but this time the Tigers are in a better position with a full list of players, while Newborough will be missing up to eight or nine players from their grand final loss.

The Tigers are sitting well with two wins from two.

The Dogs lost its opening match to Trafalgar, but defeated Yarragon last weekend.

Mirboo North has picked up forward Jonathan Burge who has scored in both games, and with Clancy Bennett back in good touch the Tigers are looking like premiership material, even at this stage of the season.

When the teams first met last year the Tigers had 14 players missing due to a wedding, but there is no wedding planned this Sunday, so Mirboo North should be at near top strength.

Newborough found a key forward in Chris Hancock, who scored five goals last week, and could prove a big hurdle for the Tiger defence.

On games so far Mirboo North look to be the pick, but there could be some bite still left in the Bulldogs.

Yarragon faces a vastly improved Yallourn Yallourn North this Sunday.

The Bombers broke many records against Trafalgar last round in only their third win since the middle of 2013.

The new blood at Bomberland has created a positive outlook and Yarragon also has an influx of players, mostly from the Ellinbank League, but is yet to register a win.

It will be a tough assignment for Yarragon to quell the vastly improved Bombers.

Panthers forward Troy Lehman bagged five last week, but he will find it difficult against YYN full-back Owen Budge.

For both clubs it is a team building year, but so far YYN has had some success and will build on that as the season goes on.

The Bombers should make it win number two but the Panthers when pressed will be a tough opposition.

Trafalgar suffered many injuries against the Bombers last week and will not be fielding its best side against a winless Thorpdale on Sunday.

The Bloods have good talent in the twos to replace the injured, which should go a long way towards their second win.

A Returned and Services League presentation will take place prior to the senior match to commemorate the Anzac spirit.

Trafalgar would have been disappointed with last week’s loss and will be fired up, which could prove a headache for Thorpdale.

The shining light for the Blues is forward Llan Osman who has so far bagged six goals this season.

Trafalgar has some tall players and they will be the key to what should be a good clash between the rivals.

Yinnar will go up against a tough Morwell East side on Sunday.

The Magpies have always found it hard going against Morwell East, but they may not have too many problems this round.

With few missing from last year the Magpies have won two fairly easy games.

Recruits Julian Blackford and Jaime Aitken have added strength to what is an imposing team.

Tim Aitken up forward has the potential to score big and if he fires then the East will be in trouble.

Both teams are unbeaten with Morwell East looking good in the opening two games, but it cannot allow Yinnar to get a big score early, otherwise the Hawks will be chasing leather all day. Yinnar to win, but it may find it more difficult than expected.

Boolarra enters its Sunday match against Hill End on the back of a hiding against Yinnar last round.

The Demons will need to improve somewhat against winless Hill End.

Boolarra has the potential to be finalists, but it will need to keep winning matches.

Hill End has shown plenty of spirit, but this alone is not enough to win matches.

The Hillmen seem to lack a consistent forward who can bag five or six goals a game.

They have the players to get the ball forward but then it stops.

Boolarra has plenty up front to choose from and it should be able to kick a winning score.