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SFNL MATCH OF THE DAY
DOVETON EAGLES vs LYNDALE
Power Reserve, Power Road, Doveton – 2:15pm
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DIVISION 2 – Round 9 Preview
With Jason Barbin
Positions in the top five continue to be up for grabs in Round 9 and teams fighting for a finals spot will be determined to make their move.
CHELSEA HEIGHTS vs KEYSBOROUGH (Beazley Reserve)
The Heighters will be looking to avenge last week’s disappointing result against Skye and maintain their grip on a top three spot. Keysborough’s season has been disappointing thus far with the lack of a powerful forward its main issue during the first eight weeks. But the Burra still has a chance to move a step closer to a top five spot and although it will be a tough ask, a win against Chelsea Heights is what they need.
Chelsea Heights by 23 points.
CAULFIELD vs BLACK ROCK (Koornang Park Reserve)
The Jets will be on cloud nine after securing their first victory of the season against Heatherton and will be ultra keen to make it two wins in a row. To do that they must defeat a red hot Caulfield and the Bears won’t make it easy for them as they look to solidify their hold on a top two spot. Caulfield continues to be a team on the rise and are tough to beat at home and I expect it to win comfortably.
Caulfield by 36 points.
HAMPTON vs PORT MELBOURNE COLTS (Peterson Street Reserve)
The Hammers moved into the top five after last week’s win against Keysborough but come up against the rampaging Colts who will be keen to get back out on the park after having the bye last round. Port Melbourne has proven to be a formidable task and I’m just not sure Hampton’s best will be enough to get the win.
Port Colts by 32 points.
SPRINGVALE DISTRICTS vs SKYE (Springvale Reserve)
Skye will be out in force on Saturday, keen to get a victory with the chance to move two games clear in fourth spot on the line. A win for the Bombers and a loss for the Hammers will give Skye some breathing space as the season rolls on. Springvale will be buoyed by a strong performance in a loss against Murrumbeena and a win may not be far around the corner.
Skye by 26 points.
HIGHETT vs MURRUMBEENA (Turner Road Reserve)
The Dogs are probably the best 3-4 team running around the Southern Football Netball League at the moment but will have a chance to square the ledger when they host Murrumbeena. The Beena have yet to inspire confidence in their playing ability thus far but a win against a fancied opponent will help their finals chances while a loss will hurt come August.
Highett by 12 points.
DIVISION 3 – Round 8 Preview (Week 2)
With Andrew Paloczi
DOVETON EAGLES vs LYNDALE (Power Reserve)
With all other teams enjoying the Queen’s Birthday bye, Doveton and Lyndale have organised a standalone game to complete Round 8.
Doveton sits just a game ahead of Lyndale, but should be too good for the Pumas at Power Reserve.
There will be plenty of entertainment though, with the prospect of a shootout between Doveton’s Peter Dye and Lyndale’s Trevor Kumetaitis.
Kumetaitis has impressed with 25 goals this season in his seven games, but Dye has been prolific with his 24 majors coming from just four games. If he hadn’t missed three games with injury, he may well be sitting atop the Division 3 goal kicking table.
The Pumas have enjoyed a couple of wins over other finals contenders this season, beating South Yarra and Endeavour Hills, but have come up well short in the last couple of games against the class of Mount Waverley and Ashwood.
They also lost to Hallam earlier in the season, so have only been beaten by what are currently the top three teams.
Interestingly, Mount Waverley and Ashwood are the sides to have got the better of Doveton this season, with the Mountain Lions doing so comprehensively, whilst Ashwood edged the Eagles out by a point.
But those losses came with Peter Dye missing from Doveton’s line up and it is a more potent side with him in it.