SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Caulfield V Skye (Koornang Park)
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ROUND 9 PREVIEW
By Will Hunter
Mordialloc V St Kilda City (Ben Kavanagh Reserve)
With the tribulations of the previous week’s off-field distractions behind them, Mordialloc now turns its attention to a rejuvenated St Kilda City at Ben Kav.
City hit peak form last week as it dismantled Cheltenham, and ensured its top-five aspirations are well and truly alive. And pleasingly for the Saints, they aren’t just relying on the same old contributors to get the job done week in, week out.
But Mordi’s performance last Saturday should serve as an ominous warning to the rest of the competition that they are the real deal. Their midfield potency, coupled with a vast array of notable goalkickers, is a recipe for September success.
Given they have saluted just once away from home in 2017, it’s hard to see the Saints winning this one.
Mordialloc by 29 points.
East Malvern V Oakleigh District (Dunlop Reserve)
Eight rounds into the season and the burning question continues to linger – are the Panthers a genuine premiership threat, or are they Division 1’s biggest tease?
Tipped by many as flag fancies pre-season, East Malvern are currently sitting fifth with a 4-4 record, and have lost matches to three of the sides above them.
And unfortunately, we may not get a better reading on them this week as they host an under-strength Oakleigh District side that has lost its last three matches by an average of nearly 10 goals.
It is not yet panic stations at Princes Highway, but on paper this is a match that the Panthers should win comfortably.
East Malvern by 32 points.
Cheltenham V Port Melbourne Colts (Jack Barker Oval)
Back to back victories has seen enthusiasm restored at Port Melbourne, but until they start winning matches against quality opponents away from home, we cannot count them as a contender.
The Rosellas at Jack Barker this week will be a stern test for them, but by no means an impossible one.
Cheltenham’s season has been a bit liquorice all sorts, with some brilliant wins off-set by several disappointing defeats. They would be desperate to improve their lacklustre 3-5 record, and a healthy win over the Colts would help get their season back on track.
Cheltenham by 15 points.
St Pauls V Dingley (McKinnon Reserve)
By far and away the match of the round sees two of the three sides locked on six wins go head to head in a battle that could shape the race for the minor premiership.
The Dogs’ narrow loss last weekend to the Colts saw them relinquish top spot on the ladder, a mantle since assumed by the Dingoes after their percentage-boosting victory over Clayton.
St Pauls are slick ball movers and super damaging on the outside when on song. As a result, they are yet to taste defeat at the Kennel this season, but if any side can knock them off at home it’s Dingley, whose prime movers are vastly more experienced than the kids in red, white and blue.
The Dingoes should get the chocolates, but you can bet the Doggies will put up one hell of a fight.
Dingley by nine points.
Clayton V Bentleigh (Meade Reserve)
The Demons are back in business after notching consecutive wins for the first time in 2017. And although they are coming from a long way behind, a finals berth is not beyond them on the back of recent performances.
However, their percentage, which currently sits at a measly 80.68, needs work, and they will get no better chance to boost it than against the lowly Clays this week, whose season continues to go from bad to worse.
Bentleigh by 55 points.t their top-five aspirations back on track.
This match should be a beauty, but the Bloods should bounce back with a hard-earned victory.
Mordialloc by 25 points.
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
By Jason Barbin
A matchup between third and fourth is the highlight of the round as the ladder leaders take a well-deserved rest in Round 11.
88.3 SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Caulfield v Skye (Koornang Park)
Despite going down to Chelsea Heights last week, Caulfield has been in ripping form during the last month and are arguably favourites heading into this match.
The Bears are playing much better footy and will be hard to deal with at home, but the Bombers are one team that are definitely up to the task.
Skye has shown it can be a high scoring team this season and has a formidable forward half with plenty of depth.
Caulfield by 10 points.
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Keysborough v Heatherton (Keysborough Reserve)
This will be a tough one for Heatherton, which continues searching for a win in a bid to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
The Tonners haven’t been in great touch recently, but showed some positive signs against Murrumbeena, despite going down by 46 points.
Keysborough are back to its best and former mentors Chris Bryan and Ryan Goodes are leading the way.
Keysborough by 34 points.
Murrumbeena v Highett (Murrumbeena Park)
The boys are back at the Beena Arena and will certainly go into the game as the ones to beat after hitting their straps in recent weeks.
Murrumbeena seems to have finally gelled together and boast one of the best young midfielders in the comp in Jake Semmel.
Highett has struggled for most of the year and isn’t playing its best footy, and while you never say never, this has to be its last role of the dice for finals.
Murrumbeena by 29 points.
Hampton v East Brighton (Peterson Street Reserve)
Another crucial game for both clubs with the Hammers hosting the Vampires as the fight for spots in the top five continues.
Hampton has shown signs of improvement as the season has progressed and put up a good showing against Skye last week.
East Brighton has held onto fifth on the ladder for the last month and has shown it can be competitive with the top sides.
East Brighton by 19 points.
Springvale Districts v Mount Waverley (Springvale Reserve)
Another match that could potentially be a blockbuster as the developing Districts take on the high scoring Lions.
Despite not having won the close games this season, Springvale can take confidence from being able to stand up to the top teams in the division.
Mount Waverley has exceeded expectations so far this season and is the highest scoring team outside the top three, making it a force to watch out for.
Mount Waverley by 16 points.
BYE: Chelsea Heights
ROUND 10 PREVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Endeavour Hills vs Sandown (Barry Simon Reserve)
Endeavour Hills sits fifth on the ladder a couple of wins ahead of sixth-placed Lyndale.
The Falcons should strengthen their position further with a percentage-boosting win over Sandown.
Still, it will be interesting to see if the Cobras can build on the confidence gained from a breakthrough win last round.
Ashwood vs Hallam (Essex Heights Reserve)
It will be an intriguing clash between the top two sides when Ashwood hosts Hallam.
The Magpies remain unbeaten, one win ahead of the Hawks.
Hallam is in with a strong chance to inflict Ashwood’s first defeat, although the Magpies start as favourites at home.
South Yarra vs Carrum Patterson Lakes (Fritsch Holzer Park)
South Yarra will be too strong for Carrum Patterson Lakes, but expect a hard-fought game.
CPL has improved this season and made top-placed Ashwood work harder than expected last round.
Admittedly, the Lions had ex-AFL player Brent Guerra in a one-off appearance, but he wasn’t their best player.
Lyndhurst vs Lyndale (Marriott Waters Reserve)
Lyndhurst and Lyndale battle each other to stay in touch with the finals spots.
Both sit a couple of games out of the five and the loser will struggle to catch up with Endeavour Hills.
This one could go either way, but Lyndhurst starts as favourite at home.
Black Rock vs Dandenong (MacDonald Reserve)
With four wins from its nine matches and a poor percentage, Black Rock will struggle to make the finals.
The Jets must record a substantial win over Dandenong to keep the pressure on other finals aspirants.
Black Rock is one of three teams that sit a couple of games and percentage out of the five.
However, the side continues to show improvement since Jay Williams took the coaching reins.
Moorabbin vs Doveton Eagles (Widdop Crescent Reserve)
Moorabbin and Doveton both tasted defeat in Round 9.
However, the Eagles were victims of their own inaccuracy, whilst Moorabbin was completely uncompetitive.
The Kangaroos will do better on their home turf, but not well enough to threaten Doveton.
ROUND 9 PREVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Cheltenham will face a thriving Hallam outfit at the Jack Barker Oval in what promises to be an exciting match, and St Pauls will host a confident Dingley at McKinnon Reserve.
Hampton and Bentleigh will both be hungry for the win after disappointing defeats in Round 8, as they go head to head at the Peterson Street Reserve. Doveton have a challenging match ahead, as they face Oakleigh District at the Princes Highway Reserve.
A clash between two dominant forces in the competition, Parkmore / Springvale Districts and St Kilda City will be the match to look out for as they go head on at Springvale Reserve.
At Barry Simon Reserve, Endeavour Hills will be looking to rebound off a narrow loss to Oakleigh District, as they take on an improving Skye.