By Jason Barbin
ROUND 10 PREVIEW
Highett’s clash with East Brighton looms as the game of the week while Hampton will look to keep its winning streak alive when it visits ladder leaders Murrumbeena, as the second half of the season begins.
Highett v East Brighton (Turner Road Reserve)
Game of the Week
While the 5v7 matchup may not seem terribly enticing, both of these sides have put together some good football this year.
Only 14 points separated them in Round 1 and East Brighton will be look to avenge the loss and gain a foothold for a late charge at a top five spot.
Highett currently occupies fifth spot and has been the better side during the last month, though the Vampires won’t go down without a fight.
Highett by 17 points.
Caulfield v Skye (Koornang Park Reserve)
Another matchup that had a close margin in Round 1 (Caulfield took the four points with a 12-point victory), but these two sides have gone down different paths since then.
After some average weeks on the field, Caulfield has quietly gone about transforming into a top three contender with six wins for the season.
Skye has shown patches of good form at time during the year, but has only got one win to its name and will be looking for a big second half of the season.
Caulfield by 22 points.
Mount Waverley v Keysborough (Mayfield Reserve)
While this might not loom as a key game, for the Burra it is very important after a three-game slide has them terribly out of form.
Their dangerous forward combination of Chris Bryan and Matthew Carnelley has looked a little tame in recent weeks and they will be looking to get their edge back for the second half of the season.
Mount Waverley has had patches of good form, including an upset win against Caulfield, but since then they’ve conceded 457 points which isn’t ideal going into a game against an opponent you conceded 147 against in Round 1.
Keysborough by 49 points.
Murrumbeena v Hampton (Murrumbeena Park)
The ladder leaders barely escaped with a win when these two sides met in Round 1, but it could be a vastly different contest the second time around.
Since then the Beena has gone from strength to strength and occupy the top spot and are entrenched as premiership contenders, if not favourites.
Hampton has been in good form, winning four of its last five games, but that streak may come to an end against a much better Murrumbeena outfit.
Murrumbeena by 33 points.
Doveton Eagles v Clayton (Power Reserve)
A 102-point blowout the Eagles’ way in Round 1 set the tone for both sides and how their seasons would look.
Since then the Eagles have lost just one game, while Clayton has yet to taste success in 2018 and are looking like being relegated for the second year in a row.
Miracles can happen, however it would take a big one for the Clays to reverse their form this season and topple the premiership contending Eagles.
Doveton by 50 points.