Can the Bears continue to Roar?
Match of the round broadcast
Saturday May 23
Caulfield v Springvale District
Koornang Park, Carnegie – 2.15pm
Broadcast time 2pm – 5pm
Sunday Football Netball Show
Wiz, Coutta and the Bug will be talking all things Southern Football Netball League on The Sunday Football Netball Show this week. This week’s guest is Dingley Senior Coach – Shane Morwood. The Sunday Football Netball Show is proudly supported by Ivan’s Pies, and by simply tuning in for the latest news and views, you could win some delicious prizes courtesy of Ivan’s Pies.
On air 10.30am – 12.00pm (88.3fm) or listen direct from www.sfnllive.com.au
Podcasts of last week’s broadcast match and Sunday Footy Show are available above, via ‘Media’, then ‘Radio’, then ‘Podcasts’.
The SFL Record is available via ‘Media’, then ‘SFL Record 2015’.
This week’s winner of the BLK Player of the Round and Leader Shooting Star Nomination have been announced – to see who’s won / been nominated, click on the ‘News’ option above (select ‘BLK Player of the Round’ or ‘Leader Shooting Star’).
Division 1 – Round 7 Preview
With Good Will Hunter
After six rounds the Division One ladder is starting to take shape and the premiership fancies are beginning to emerge.
Chelsea Heights V Bentleigh (Beazley Reserve)
This could be an interesting clash between two of the younger teams in the competition. Winless after six rounds and with a horrible percentage, the Heighters are staring down the barrel of relegation. The Demons’ form meanwhile has fluctuated, but their kids are always willing to have a crack. Chelsea Heights are not without a chance on their home deck, but you just couldn’t tip them. Bentleigh just.
Mordialloc V Clayton (Ben Kavanagh Reserve)
The Clays’ performance last week signalled they perhaps have what it takes to play finals in 2015. However, there is still a long way to go yet and they would need to replicate that performance this week against a Mordialloc outfit that, after a solid start, has dropped two of the last three games. Will be another close one, but I’d expect the Bloods to bounce back with a win at home.
Cheltenham V East Malvern (Jack Barker Oval)
Despite their injury concerns the Panthers have continued to win games and prove to the rest of the competition that they are premiership contenders. They come up against a Cheltenham outfit whose form has been flaky at best, having alternated wins and losses throughout the year. It’s hard to go past East Malvern here.
St Kilda City V East Brighton (Peanut Farm)
I’ve previously commended the Saints on their encouraging performances against the top sides early on, but when you are 5-1 and your season is in danger of going down the drain, there comes a point when these honourable losses no longer cut it. They know they’ve got to start winning games of footy, so expect a solid effort from them this week. The Vampires, however, are hitting their straps after a couple of massive wins and unfortunately this will likely be another brave defeat for St Kilda City.
Dingley V St Pauls (Souter Oval)
St Pauls matches this year have tended to be low-scoring, scrappy affairs. Only the winless Heighters have scored fewer points than the Dogs this year, while they are also ranked fifth for points conceded. This would suggest that, like St Kilda under Ross Lyon, the Dogs are quite content to kick six goals for the match if their opponents can only manage four. In stark contrast, the Dingoes play a fast-paced, high-scoring brand of footy and have averaged 140 points a game in the last three weeks. This will be an intriguing contest, but it’s hard to hard to see the Doggies curbing Dingley’s offensive firepower.
Division 2 – Round 7 Preview
With Jason Barbin
Hampton and Skye highlight what is a good week of footy in division two as we go into round seven.
Keysborough vs Highett (Keysborough Reserve)
Keysborough have been in superb form all throughout the season and haven’t even looked like losing, whereas Highett are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Murrumbeena. As much as I look at this game and try to come up with a way for the Dogs to win I just can’t, but then I remember how they are the division two comeback kings and I shouldn’t count them out. In saying that, Keysborough should win comfortably.
Keysborough by 27 points
Caulfield vs Springvale Districts (Koornang Park Reserve)
Caulfield are looking to get their season going after slipping up a little and falling outside of the top five. They should be able to do this against a struggling Springvale side that needs an injection of confidence stat if they are going to challenge for the finals. The continued resurgence of Adam Connell is vital to Caulfield winning this game while James Gough needs a good game for Springy.
Caulfield by 19 points
Murrumbeena vs Oakleigh District (Murrumbeena Park)
The defensive Murrumbeena take on perhaps the second best attacking team in division two in Oakleigh Districts in what will be an interesting game of football. The way Murrumbeena are playing at the moment could spell trouble for Oakleigh who have been known to lose these kinds of games in the past. But I get the feeling that this is a different Oakleigh side and though the Benna will challenge them, they should come away with the win.
Oakleigh by 20 points
Hampton vs Skye (Peterson Street Reserve)
In the game of the round, the Hammers and the Bombers do battle in a rematch of last year’s preliminary finals. Hampton gave Skye a run for their money in that game last year and with a bevy of injuries at bomberland, the Hammers could go into this match as favourites. Joel Hanlon has been in terrific form up forward and with young midfielder Josh Burbidge running around, this could go the way of the Hammers.
Hampton by 3 points
Doveton vs Heatherton (Power Reserve)
Both of these sides are looking to kick start their seasons and both have been competitive at times against tough opposition. I like Doveton in this game but the way Heatherton have been playing makes me think that this game might be close. Tough to call when both sides haven’t been at their best all season but look for this game to be a shootout.
Doveton by 10 points
Division 3 – Round 7 Preview
With Andrew Paloczi
Round 7 gives Hallam a realistic chance to make it two wins in a row when the Hawks fly to Keeley Park to play the Southern Dragons. But the Dragons are starting to breath a little fire at last and may just scrape home for the points here.
Lyndale hosts Carrum Patterson Lakes, but the Pumas are struggling this season and the Lions will win comfortably.
Mount Waverley travels to take on South Yarra. This would have seemed like an easy win for the Mountain Lions at the start of the season, but the Lions are highly competitive this year and it would not be a major shock to see the home team prevail.
Sandown has been disappointing so far, but despite being the away team will do enough to beat Dandenong.
At its Widdop Crescent home, second-placed Moorabbin will comfortably account for Ashwood.
After a good win, Endeavour Hills will arrive at MacDonald Reserve full of belief and may give a good account of itself, but the class of Black Rock will eventually overwhelm the Falcons.