By Jason Barbin
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
Round 11 of Division 2 pits two top-three sides against each other, while sides like East Brighton and Skye, which have been in good form without winning, face more difficult tests.
Keysborough v Murrumbeena (Keysborough Reserve)
Game of the Week
The last time these two sides played it was Keysborough winning on the road, but this time around it could be Murrumbeena coming away with the win.
Since Round 2, the Beena have won eight straight contests and forward Luke James is in a rich vein of form, having booted 16 goals in the last two contests.
After a month of average form which included three straight losses, Keysborough bounced back in style against Mount Waverley with Chris Bryan and Matthew Carnelley finding their goal kicking boots again.
If the pair can replicate their form again on Saturday, there is no reason why the Burra can close the gap on the top two.
Having said that, Murrumbeena is in outstanding form and look very hard to beat.
Murrumbeena by 10 points.
Skye v Highett (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)
Skye was very impressive against Caulfield last week and has been playing better football than its record would suggest.
The problem the Bombers have had is they’ve played teams that have been a touch too classy and Saturday will be no different when they host the Dogs.
Highett has been terrific this season and although it escaped East Brighton last week, thanks to Ed Turner, it is a legitimate dark horse for the premiership.
Highett by 25 points.
Clayton v Mount Waverley (Meade Reserve)
This game may be Clayton’s best chance at a win for the remainder of the season, give Mount Waverley’s struggles the past month.
On the other hand, the Mountain Lions haven’t won a game since the middle of May and will be keen to come away with a win to boost their confidence.
If Keysborough and Murrumbeena weren’t playing each other this week, this could almost be game of the round.
Mount Waverley by 16 points.
Hampton v Caulfield (Peterson Street Reserve)
Another going to be closer than one might think contest, Hampton has been competitive throughout the season and is arguably the best team outside the top five.
The Hammers will host Caulfield which has flown under the radar times with the improvement of Highett and Doveton but has quietly put together a solid season and should play finals.
This will be a test for the Bears however and its these kinds of games they need to win to continue building confidence ahead of a finals run.
Caulfield by 13 points.
East Brighton v Doveton Eagles (Hurlingham Park)
East Brighton would’ve been heartbroken at last week’s result, nearly causing an upset against Highett, only to concede a late goal.
The Vampires will be buoyed but their good form however and although the Eagles present a tough challenge, they’ll be keen to mix it with the ladder leaders.
Doveton is in good form and while I don’t think it will drop the game, I think East Brighton will certainly give it a run for its money.
Doveton by 28 points.