ROUND 15 PREVIEW
A fourth v first matchup leads in as match of the round this week with Highett keen to atone against the Eagles, while Hampton looks to upset Keysborough in another intriguing contest.
Highett v Doveton Eagles (Turner Road Reserve)
Match of the Round
Highett showed last week it has the firepower to run with the big boys, leading second ranked Murrumbeena for three quarters, and would’ve won if it wasn’t for inaccuracy in front of goal.
The Beena is the only team to have toppled the Eagles this season and the Dogs, despite the loss, will take confidence knowing they have what it takes.
Another 15-goal performance from Russell Robertson probably isn’t on the cards for Doveton, but he’s just one of many weapons the Eagles have that have match-winning ability.
Doveton by 13 points.
Hampton v Keysborough (Peterson Street Reserve)
Another interesting contest sees Hampton looking to cause an upset of Keysborough and move one step closer to a top five berth.
While the Hammers were comfortably beaten in the first meeting between the two sides, they’re a much better side this time around and will give a much tougher contest.
Keysborough is just about back to its best after three straight wins and having just moved back into the top three, will want to stay there for the next four weeks.
Keysborough by 10 points.
Skye v Clayton (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)
While these two sides will likely finish the year in the bottom two spots on the ladder, this game should be pretty entertaining.
Clayton put together its best performance of the season last week and if it can back it up again this weekend, there is no reason why it can’t score its first win.
Skye has been showing steady improvement as the year has gone on and will look to build some momentum to finish the year strong.
Skye by 16 points.
Caulfield v Mount Waverley (Koornang Park Reserve)
Caulfield is in trouble, having lost four straight and what was once a comfortable standing in the top five is no more with Hampton and East Brighton breathing down its neck.
With those two sides taking on premiership contenders this week, the Bears have an opportunity to create some breathing room against the Lions.
Mount Waverley won’t be so keen to accommodate however, and while finals is a long shot at best, will look to create some havoc amongst the rest of the pack.
Caulfield by 29 points.
Murrumbeena v East Brighton (Murrumbeena Park)
Murrumbeena was lucky to escape with the victory against Highett, but good teams find a way to win when the play is against them and Murrumbeena is a very good team.
East Brighton is still in the midst of fighting to move up into the top five and have been in good form of late, although that form hasn’t always translated to wins.
The home side should be too strong, however, and won’t want to drop a winnable game heading into next week’s blockbuster against Doveton.
Murrumbeena by 22 points.