SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Caulfield V Keysborough
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ROUND 14 PREVIEW
By Will Hunter
St Pauls V Mordialloc (McKinnon Reserve)
This match looms as an absolute beauty between the top two ranked sides in the competition.
The Dogs enter this blockbuster on the back of five consecutive wins, which has included victories over top-five teams Dingley, Bentleigh and East Malvern, comprehensively dispelling any queries over its premiership credentials.
Mordi this week looms as another huge test, but not an insurmountable one, as the Dogs proved back in Round 5.
The Bloods’ own five-game winning streak came to an end at Dingley last week, but were a good thing beaten in what proved to be one of the games of the season.
Expect a highly entertaining contest between two of the leading title contenders, but the experienced Mordialloc will bounce back in a thriller.
Mordialloc by three points.
Dingley V Bentleigh (Souter Oval)
Fresh off a stirring victory over the former ladder leaders Mordialloc, the Dingoes now turn their attention to one of the form teams of the competition in Bentleigh.
Six wins from their last seven games has seen the Demons rocket up the ladder and into premiership calculations, however, the Dingoes this week will be one of their biggest tests in months. And the stakes are high, with a loss presenting Oakleigh District with an opportunity to pinch their spot in top five.
The Dingoes, meanwhile, are still in the running for a fourth straight minor premiership, and a positive result on Saturday will no doubt improve its chances.
Bentleigh will again give it their all, but Dingley will have too much firepower around the ground, which will help them over the line in a tight one at home.
Dingley by eight points.
Port Melbourne Colts V Oakleigh District (JL Murphy Reserve)
This is a real danger game for Oakleigh District.
Currently sixth on the ladder, the Oaks can leapfrog Bentleigh and reclaim a spot in the five should Dingley salute. However, the Colts have an uncanny knack of surprising fancied sides on its home deck.
On the form its displayed in the last few weeks, you’d think Oakleigh would be too strong. But any complacency could result in another upset victory to Port Melbourne.
Oakleigh District by 20 points.
Cheltenham V Clayton (Jack Barker Oval)
The Rosellas’ loss last week ensures they will be September spectators for another year, but they will no doubt be keen to finish the season on a positive note with a couple more wins.
Although they are winless from their last four starts, their competitive performance last week was as good as we’ve seen from them in that time.
Clayton’s plight this year has been well-documented, and while it was pleasing to see them hit the scoreboard with more regularity last week, they are unlikely to trouble the Rosellas.
Cheltenham by 45 points.
St Kilda City V East Malvern (Peanut Farm)
The Saints’ season is on the line this week as East Malvern comes to town.
Currently sitting seventh, two wins and percentage behind the Panthers in fourth, finals are still a mathematical possibility for City, but a lot would still need to go right for them to crack the top five. Alternatively, a loss here will all but run a line through their finals chances.
East Malvern are one of three sides locked on seven wins, and it needs to maintain a run of positive results to ensure it sees finals action.
Although both teams have delivered less than they have promised in 2017, the Panthers have been the more impressive of the two sides, particularly in the last few weeks, and should get the chocolates in this one.
East Malvern by 28 points.
ROUND 16 PREVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Five rounds remain in Division 2, but the top five is far from decided with all five games this weekend likely to affect ladder positions.
Skye v Chelsea Heights (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)
Game of the Round #1
One of two games of the round sees the Bombers host the Heighters in what is a highly important game for the home side.
Skye hasn’t been in great form of late, losing two of its last three with the only win coming against Heatherton, and sit only one game ahead of East Brighton in fifth, albeit with a very healthy percentage.
Chelsea Heights continue to cruise along and sit three games clear of its nearest rival, but it won’t want to start dropping games now.
Chelsea Heights by 15 points.
88.3 SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Caulfield v Keysborough (Koornang Park)
Game of the Round #2
I simply couldn’t justify only having one game of the round when this match should be just as exciting, and equally as defining as the one above.
Caulfield has the chance to just about secure second spot on the ladder and is in good form having won four matches in a row.
Keysborough will be disappointed with last week’s result and keen to stay on track, and although a drop from third is unlikely, it won’t want to do so regardless.
Caulfield by 10 points.
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East Brighton v Highett (Hurlingham Reserve)
East Brighton are sitting pretty in fifth spot on the ladder, but tackle the in form and seemingly improved Highett side itching to move up the ladder.
The Vampires have won two matches in a row and will be keen to remain above Murrumbeena which, although sit a game behind, has a much better percentage.
Highett has hit its best form of the season with upset wins in its last two matches, can the Dogs make it three from three and creep up towards fifth?
Highett by one point.
Mount Waverley v Heatherton (Mayfield Reserve)
After coming up short during its last two matches, Mount Waverley has a chance to bounce back into form against Heatherton.
The Lions were strong in their comeback attempt against Caulfield last week and will be confident of breaking their two-game skid.
Heatherton showed some improved signs against East Brighton, but whether its enough to cause an upset remains to be seen.
Mount Waverley by 29 points.
Springvale Districts v Murrumbeena (Springvale Reserve)
This is a must win game for both sides and with fifth spot still well and truly up for grabs, this match is yet another potential blockbuster.
The home side will be confident on their home deck and will be looking to recreate the same result Highett dished out to Murrumbeena a month ago, an upset win.
Murrumbeena will be wary of what’s at stake and will be hungry for the four points and keep the pressure on East Brighton.
Murrumbeena by 20 points.
ROUND 15 PREVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Lyndale vs Doveton Eagles (Barry Powell Reserve)
Doveton will bounce back from the disappointment of defeat by Endeavour Hills with victory over Lyndale.
Failure to get the better of the Pumas would likely result in the fourth-placed Eagles losing touch with Endeavour Hills and Ashwood in the race for a double chance.
Endeavour Hills vs Dandenong (Barry Simon Reserve)
When Dandenong hosted Endeavour Hills earlier in the season the Redlegs’ fierce tackling and spirited efforts kept them in the hunt for three quarters.
The Falcons’ superior skill then came to the fore, taking them to a five-goal win.
Since then there has been minimal resistance displayed by Dandenong whilst Endeavour Hills has improved markedly.
Wins over Hallam and Doveton Eagles will have the Falcons’ confidence sky high.
Anticipate another heavy loss for the Redlegs.
Ashwood vs Sandown (Essex Heights Reserve)
Ashwood’s recent form has been less than convincing, winning just two of its past five games including a tough battle against Moorabbin last round.
That said, this week’s opponent is Sandown, which the Magpies thumped by 164 points early this season.
On that occasion, the Cobras were kept goalless. They may improve a little this time.
South Yarra vs Moorabbin (Fritsch Holzer Park)
South Yarra finds itself in a perilous situation.
The Yarras have been a fixture in the top five since Round 6.
A loss to Moorabbin this week will likely condemn them to sixth, with Black Rock taking all before it in the run home.
South Yarra’s recent struggles, combined with the fact it lost its last clash against the Kangaroos, adds intrigue to this encounter.
Justin Isaac is in excellent touch for Moorabbin and the side will be confident after pushing Ashwood until deep into the final term.
South Yarra will win on home turf, maintaining its tenuous grip on a finals spot.
Lyndhurst vs Black Rock (Marriott Waters Reserve)
Lyndhurst edged out Black Rock by three points in Round 4, but there is a stark contrast between the Jets now and the footy they were playing then.
Black Rock has worked admirably to climb off the canvas after a 1-4 start to the season.
The Jets are now on the cusp of the top five and will not allow Lightning to halt their momentum.
Carrum Patterson Lakes vs Hallam (Roy Dore Reserve)
CPL will need all the confidence it can muster against the benchmark team of the division.
The Lions’ win last round will help, but victory over Hallam is out of the question.
However, it is realistic to expect CPL to improve on its last meeting with the Hawks. The Lions managed just three scoring shots then, losing by 73 points.
ROUND 14 PREVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Skye and Bentleigh will clash in an evenly matched contest at Carrum Downs Reserve, and both St Pauls and Parkmore / Springvale will be looking to rebound off their losses in Round 13 as they go head to head at McKinnon Reserve.
An interesting match is set to take place between bottom placed sides Hampton and Doveton at Peterson Street Reserve, and conversely, top placed sides Dingley and St Kilda City will clash in a game not to be missed at Souter Oval.
Endeavour Hills will have their work cut out for them as they approach an ever-improving Hallam outfit at the Barry Simon Reserve, and Cheltenham will host Oakleigh District after both coming off convincing wins in Round 13.