By Lincoln Edmunds
ROUND 10 PREVIEW
Lyndale V Dandenong (Barry Powell Reserve)
Last time they met –
Dandenong 10.4 (64) def by Lyndale 22.14 (146)
This contest has been spiced up significantly by Dandenong’s drought-breaking win last weekend, with the club gaining a significant boost in confidence and belief from their narrow triumph over Moorabbin.
The Redlegs were sensational last weekend, registering their first win in 666 days and lifting themselves off the bottom of the ladder. After being in many games throughout the season, Dandenong were finally able to swing the momentum their way to earn some richly deserved rewards for their effort.
Lyndale also had a solid win on the weekend and their recent resurgence has pushed them into the top four for the first time this season. They did find themselves trailing at three quarter time however and relied on a final quarter burst to get the win. The performance from Dandenong on the weekend will also likely keep the Pumas on their toes with some newfound respect for the Redlegs.
The club is gunning for their third win in a row and a victory would ensure that they keep a firm grip on fourth spot. If the Pumas can get the game on their terms, expect them to attack the corridor with quick and direct ball movement.
For the Redlegs, the challenge will be to back up their superb effort from the weekend. But with a win now on the board against a decent opposition, there’s no reason why the Redlegs can’t cause some problems once again.
Lyndale will be hard to beat on their home deck however and should get their third win in a row.
Lyndale by 28 points.
Sandown V Carrum Patterson Lakes (Edinburgh Reserve)
Last time they met –
Carrum Patterson Lakes 17.14 (116) def Sandown 9.5 (59)
Both of these sides are coming off losses from the weekend, with CPL trailing at the final siren for the first time this season. The Lions were never in the hunt after quarter time against Lyndhurst and will be determined to bounce back in style.
Unfortunately for Sandown it means that they face the fired-up Lions and they should expect a fierce battle from the first bounce. Having said that, the Cobras were excellent for three quarters against Lyndale before falling away in the last quarter.
Prior to last weekend’s result, CPL had been one of the most attacking sides in the competition, averaging bang on 100 points a game. Their average has now dropped to 91.6 points a game, following their lowly total of 3.3 (21) against the Lightning.
But perhaps of even more concern was their inability to score after quarter time, where they were held goalless for the following three quarters. They will be out to prove that this score was just an anomaly in a rare poor performance.
Sandown have struggled for wins this season but the results don’t show how many games they have been competitive in. They will certainly have their work cut out against the ladder leaders but at least the competition now knows that CPL can be tamed.
Whilst on their home deck, it’s hard to see the Cobras keeping the Lions at bay for a full four quarters.
Carrum Patterson Lakes by 40 points.
Frankston Dolphins V Lyndhurst (Overport Park)
Last time they met –
Lyndhurst 11.4 (70) def Frankston 9.7 (61)
It’ll be second against third when Lyndhurst travel to Overport Oval to face Frankston on Saturday afternoon. However, both clubs have contrasting form lines, with the Dolphins coming off a shock loss to Cerberus whilst the Lightning inflicted CPL’s first loss of the season last weekend.
The Dolphins inaccuracy in front of goal had been an issue for a little while now and it finally proved costly as the club went down to the Dogs despite having more scoring shots. The loss brings them back from the top two slightly but they have a great chance to recover some ground by getting a win against the Lightning.
That will be easier said than done though, as Lyndhurst have not lost since Round 2 and look in brilliant form. The Lightning effectively shut down the Lions attacking options last weekend and did not concede a goal after quarter time. Their defensive efforts have been first class all season and they are yet to concede over 100 points in a game so far.
In fact no one has been able to score anything of substance against the Lightning, with their highest score conceded being 9.9 (63) against the Redlegs in Round 6. However, Frankston have plenty of scoring power in their side and on their home deck coming off a poor loss will be especially dangerous.
This should be a great game and you would expect Frankston to lift a gear from last week’s performance. But Lyndhurst’s defence could prove to be the difference here.
Lyndhurst by 13 points.
Moorabbin Kangaroos V Cerberus (Widdop Crescent Reserve)
Last time they met –
Cerberus 8.9 (57) def by Moorabbin 10.11 (71)
Moorabbin host Cerberus at Widdop Crescent Reserve in what shapes up as crucial clash for four valuable premiership points. Both of these side are in the hunt for the prized fourth position and the result of this match will go a long way in determining both sides fate.
Last round provided some surprising results for both of these clubs but for very different reasons. Moorabbin were toppled by Dandenong, who won their first game since Round 18, 2016, with an embarrassing third quarter seeing them surrender the match. The result was a double blow for the club, as it knocked them out of the top four and has left their season teetering on the edge.
Had the Redlegs not knocked off the Roos, then Cerberus would have claimed the shock the round when they beat Frankston by 14 points in a gutsy performance. The win actually saw the Dogs jump the Roos on the ladder and they are now in fifth spot banging on the door of the top four.
Moorabbin are the most inconsistent side in the competition at the moment and desperately need to get a win to keep their season alive. But the Dogs have continued to improve and will be full of confidence following last week’s result.
This shapes as the closest game of the round and is especially difficult to pick a winner. Could be a draw!
Cerberus by 1 point.