Millewa Football League
Round 3 Preview
Magpies To Get A Gauge of Where They Are At As They Host The Hawks
Werrimull will seek to see where they stand in the early season pecking order when they host a Gol Gol side that found its mojo last week in the main match of Round 3 of Millewa football at Lake Cullulleraine.
Werrimull bought in some class players last week, and their small brigade found plenty of the ball and form too. Leading the way was coach Shannon Anthony, who along with Mark Thomson kicked 5 goals in last weeks win. Ball magnet Scottie Clark picked up where he left off season 2015 in his first game of the year, and Michael Quin continued to strengthen their defence. It’s the defence that will need to perform this week, to combat the inform Gareth Collinson and new partner in crime Jamie Buchanan. Expect veteran Matt Kelly to play the third man up and floating defender role he performs so well. But the back 6 will need help from their on ball division, who must be accountable against their Gol Gol opponents if the Magpies are to be in the game well into the second half.
Hawks coach Sam Curran would have been happy with his sides start last week and will be looking for a similar effort this week. 7 goals in the first quarter put a big gap between themselves and Nangiloc and a similar performance today would definitely put the home side under scoreboard pressure. Curran’s partners in the midfield, veterans Tony Albert and Don Falvo, have performed up to expectations in the opening two rounds, and the delivery they are giving Collinson and Buchanan has been impeccable, particularly last week. The service they received from ruckman Daniel MacLeod was first class, and with the Magpies struggling for a quality ruckman, they may have a good advantage again.
Tip: Gol Gol by 35 points.
Bambill will look to continue their hot start to the season when they host a Nangiloc side who will be desperate to put some pride back into their performance after being well beaten last week.
The Saints have been awesome in the first two weeks, taking care of Gol Gol and putting Meringur to the sword last week. The forward line is running like clockwork, with Luke Stanbrook, Luke Hubble and Brad Thomas all booting multiple goals with more firepower still on the sidelines. The new recruits of Josh Coates and Michael Dimasi have ensured that the strong midfield now has more grunt to it, and in these two the Saints have a pair that go at high efficiency when disposing by foot. Bambill made great use of the space last week that they were afforded, and any room given to them by Nangiloc will result in the home side doing as they please. They have the ability on the hard and fast track at Mildura Senior College to pile on multiple goals quickly, meaning it will require team defence from the visiting Demons.
Eight months ago the Dees were a kick away from beating the Saints and qualifying for the Grand Final, but how things have changed. First year coach John Guthrie will be disappointed in the effort of his players last week and will be keen for them to put up an improved performance. They were behind and chasing all day and can not afford a repeat against the league benchmark. Veteran David Keens has had a good record against Bambill in the past, and if the ball is delivered correctly and the opportunities present, he could get hold of one, two or even three of the Bambill defenders. It will be up to the half backs and midfielders to restrict the ball going into the Saints forward line. Josh Berry has been in good form across half back but will have his hands full, while Luke Collett, Sam Lee, Scott Golding, Troy Francis and Guthrie himself will all need to have plenty of ball and hit all their targets if the Dees are to be in the contest.
Tip: Bambill by 75 points
At Cardross, the Lions will be desperate to get a win under their belt when they take on a Meringur side keen to put some pride back into their side and prove they are a much transformed unit from that of previous years
For the second week running Cardross were chasing the scoreboard after half time and Mark East will be stressing to his players they need a good start, and to continue it through till half time. The past two weeks the Lions have played well in the back half through the likes of East leading the way, Connor Lynch through the middle and Jeremy Aworth up forward. The centre line of Lynch, Evan Pitt and Jayden Boehm will give plenty of run and carry, but the non selection of Michael Laird could be a big loss. The Lions have showed that they can kick goals and have taken the Roos apart in the last couple of encounters, and on their home turf will be looking to do it again.
This Meringur side however is much different from 2015. Last week they matched it with Bambill for 10 minutes before poor decision making and skill execution crept into Toby Quirk-Meeks’ young side. Still, despite having 29 goals kicked against them, the defenders were the better players on the ground. Captain Matt McGinty lead from the front, and against the Lions expect a performance similar to the one that Meringur delivered in round one. Up forward, Marshall Day and Josh Whitelaw will be important in providing targets, while the midfield brigade of Tom Wright, James Parker, Jayden Harmer and Karl Farquharson will have plenty to prove after getting well beaten last weekend. They have the potential, but the young Roos now need to deliver.
Meringur by 36 points.
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