By Jason Barbin
ROUND 6 PREVIEW
Another chance for one of the now two winless teams remaining in the competition to get their first win on the board presents itself this week, with Clayton hosting Skye.
Clayton v Skye (Meade Reserve)
Game of the Round
It may be crazy to consider this game the match of the round, but the way these two teams have started the year, I think it’s going to be a highly competitive matchup.
Neither side has been able to keep up through the first five rounds, though Skye has shown glimpses of strong competitiveness.
It would be horrible form from the football gods to end this game in a draw, but on form I think the Bombers may have enough to get it done.
Skye by six points
Keysborough v Hampton (Keysborough Reserve)
The undefeated Keysborough keep on rolling on and win number six shouldn’t be too far away when it hosts Hampton on Saturday.
The Hammers will be thrilled to have won their first game of the season last week, but it will take a massive effort to make it two wins in a row.
If they’re going to do it, the midfield must get on top and control the game, otherwise the likes of Matthew Carnelley and Chris Bryan are going to have field days inside 50.
Keysborough by 28 points
Mount Waverley v Caulfield (Mayfield Reserve)
Both teams will attempt to recover from disappointing losses in round five, but it should be the visiting side to take away the points in this one.
Mount Waverley hasn’t looked the same side that came close to a finals berth last year, despite having two wins so far this season.
While Caulfield has struggled at times, it is a legitimate finals contender and possess enough talent to get the four points.
Caulfield by 19 points
Doveton Eagles v Highett (Power Reserve)
If these two sides played a couple of weeks ago, it would’ve been my match of the round, but the Eagles are flying higher than any side right now.
Possessing three key forward talents and an impressive midfield, the newcomers to Division 2 have stamped themselves as premiership contenders.
Highett has definitely shown improvement from the last few years and I think they’ll play in September, but it will be tough for it on the road this weekend.
Doveton by 21 points
East Brighton v Murrumbeena (Hurlingham Park)
The Vampires have been impressive during the last three weeks, claiming two wins and pushing Keysborough all the way in a six-point loss.
Their run of good form will hit a big test in Murrumbeena this week, with the visiting side hitting their straps with Alaster Bradley and Luke James working well together up forward.
Combine that with one of the best midfields in the comp and Peter Larsen’s men will have their work cut out for them in this one.
Murrumbeena by 29 points.