ROUND 17 SEPTEMBER 5th
All Games 2:30pm Start
BAMBILL v WERRIMULL
@ MILDURA SENIOR COLLEGE,
DEAKIN AVE, MILDURA
GOL GOL V CARDROSS
@ GOL GOL FOOTBALL GROUND,
CARRAMAR DRIVE, GOL GOL
MERINGUR V NANGILOC
@ LAKE CULLULLERAINE, OVAL 1
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Round 17 Preview
Lions Look To Go Out With A Roar
Cardross head to Gol Gol this weekend knowing that there is a sliver of hope that they may make the top four, but need probably the defensive performance of their season as well as some favours from Bambill.
The Lions need to not only kick a huge score to win, but restrict the Hawks to a very low socre while at the same time hoping Bambill do the same to Werrimull. They need to make up 30% to sneak into the four and while there is still hope, coach Mark East will be imploring his side to take the game on at all costs. Defender Andrew Ferguson went forward last weekend and proved to be a valuable addition up that end of the ground, while Michael Hooker returns to the side to also add talent to that area. It’s the defensive effort though of the whole side that needs to lift. The Lions have regularly conceded scores of 70 points plus and if that happens again their hopes of a finals spot will disappear very quickly.
Gol Gol put on 10 minutes of football in the second quarter last week that was arguably the best of their season. They kicked 6 goals in that space of time with the positive for coach Sam Curran being the even spread of goal kickers. Forward Jonah Wright stood up last weekend, and needs another good performance for this confidence going into finals. Veteran Tansley Hill is also playing good football and his experience will be valuable. The Hawks have played good football in the past few weeks and they only need to keep this going.
Prediction: Gol Gol will have one eye on next week’s semi final and this should allow the Lions to win the game, but probably not the war to make the four. Lions by 30 points.
Another side with an eye to next week, but the chance to influence the four is Bambill who host a Werrimull side struggling for form at Mildura Senior College.
The Saints have close to their best line up available for the last few weeks and have used it to full effect with demolition jobs on most sides they have recently played. Luke Stanbrook is controlling the half forward line, Chris Sellens continues to make an impact off the wing, while Adam Luitjes continues his great year across half back. The Saints, the bulk of whom have played together for the past 3 years, may lack pace in some areas of the ground. But their skill execution is arguably the best in the competition. Darren Atkinson’s men rarely turn the ball over and this allows them to move the ball efficiently and quickly.
Werrimull look like they may limp into to finals having not had close to their best line up for many weeks now. Shannon Anthony will know that an extremely poor showing may drop his side out of the four so he will have one eye on what is happening at Gol Gol. Getting game time into some of their returning players before next week’s semi final should ensure that the Magpies make this match competitive, but not a blowout. The class of Scottie Clark, Mark Thomson, Reece Crabtree and Jay Savage should give Werrimull enough to avoid the disaster of a big loss which could pitch them out of the four.
Prediction: Bambill are playing great football of the last month and should be too classy for a Werrimull side who has an eye on next week. Saints by 80 points.
Meringur bring their season to a close when they host a Nangiloc side with some big inclusions in the final game of Round 17.
Nangiloc struggled last week with a patchwork side that looked very different to the one that will head out onto the park this week. The inclusion of Sam Brindsmead, Scott Golding, Luke Collett, Dale Breeding, Ryan Dowdy and the coach himself Nathan Grayling will ensure that this side gets the match practice they need before next week’s second semi final. Grayling will be hoping that his forwards begin to find some form, particularly Sonny Lindsay who has been out of sorts since the middle part of the season. Ned Duthie is another who will be better for the run and Grayling will be keen to see him hit some form in the ruck and around the ground.
For Meringur its been a season that they would rather forget. A horror run with injuries has meant that the best side that the Roos put out on the park all year was back in round 1. They again miss leading goal kicker Ryan McCaig and in form Michael Hahnel, but it won’t be about who isn’t there for Peter Lindsay’s men. Lindsay coaches his final match for the club this weekend and the players will be out to put in a performance that puts some pride and respect back into the jumper and the club. Defenders Toby Quirk-Meeks and Matt McGinty have been the standouts for the blue and white this year, but they need help in stopping the ball entering so quickly and easily. Jayden Harmer played his best game of the season, and with Rustin Davitt also getting the ball more the Roos need to make the most of their opportunities.
Prediction: The Roos must go in with a positive mindset. Anything else could result in an embarrassing rout. The Demons will be looking to get through the game unscathed, but should have enough class to run out winners by 80 points.
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