ROUND 4 PREVIEW
Endeavour Hills vs Hampton Park (Barry Simon Reserve)
Endeavour Hills and Hampton Park are the only unbeaten sides in the division, making their Round 4 clash a tantalising prospect.
The Redbacks won’t lose many matches this season, if any.
But the Falcons are capable of getting the better of them.
With a fit, fast and skilful squad, Endeavour Hills will ensure Hampton Park needs to be switched on from the outset.
Two confident, classy sides will push each other throughout and it is tough to pick a winner.
So let’s go with a draw.
South Yarra vs Ashwood (Fritsch Holzer Park)
Ashwood sits third on the ladder with a game in hand to fourth-placed Springvale Districts.
The Magpies must beat winless South Yarra to keep Districts at arm’s length.
Fritsch Holzer Park no longer appears to hold the fear it has in previous seasons for visiting teams, as demonstrated by Black Rock’s comfortable Round 2 win there.
South Yarra will field a stronger side this week as a number of players return from illness.
But Ashwood will have too much polish.
Hallam vs Springvale Districts (Hallam Reserve)
Hallam has managed a meagre total of 11 goals in its three 2018 games.
During this period, the Hawks have conceded 47 majors.
This 36-goal differential and a percentage of 23.68 illustrate Hallam’s current struggles to compete.
This week’s opponent, Springvale Districts, hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, winning only half of its four 2018 matches.
It should be noted its two losses were against strong opponents in Hampton Park and Endeavour Hills.
The Demons’ depth will ensure they inflict another heavy loss on hapless Hallam.
Heatherton vs Black Rock (Ross Street Reserve)
Heatherton and Black Rock sit fifth and sixth respectively on the ladder.
Each has one victory from three games.
With only four teams to play finals, both sides will be desperate for a win to keep in touch with the likes of Springvale Districts and Ashwood.
This should make for a lively match when the Tunners host the Jets.
A strong first half against Springvale Districts last round and home ground advantage suggest Heatherton has a slight edge here.