ROUND 6 PREVIEW
By Will Hunter
East Brighton V Highett (Hurlingham Reserve)
Round 6 again kicks off under Friday night lights with the Vampires hosting Highett at Hurlingham Reserve.
East Brighton returned to the winners’ list in emphatic fashion in Round 5 with their convincing victory over Lyndale, while the struggling Highett remains in search of their first points of the season.
This contest looms as a bit of a mis-match, with the third-placed Vampires likely to record another comprehensive victory as they look to secure the double chance come finals time.
Murrumbeena V Endeavour Hills (Murrumbeena Park)
The dominant Beena are sweeping all before them and are yet to lose a game as they set their sights on a second straight premiership.
Meanwhile, Endeavour Hills are beginning to run into a bit of form and have moved into the top five following two wins from their last three games.
The Falcons should be competitive but will lack the polish to stay with Murrumbeena for four quarters.
Lyndale V Oakleigh District (Barry Simon Reserve)
The seventh-placed Pumas have endured a tough draw to start their Division 1 campaign and will face their third top-three team in four matches when Oakleigh District travels to Barry Powell Reserve.
Oakleigh were dealt their first defeat of the season last round against the high-flying Beena, with the omission of several of their top players contributing to the hefty margin. They should prove too strong for Lyndale this week, particularly with a couple of players set to return.
Bentleigh V Mordialloc (Bentleigh Reserve)
The last game of the round pits Bentleigh (6th) against Mordialloc (4th) at Arthur Street on Sunday afternoon. The Demons will be looking for victory to keep in touch with the top five, while the Bloods need a win here to maintain its chance of a top-three finish.
Mordialloc enters this clash in great form, having won their last two games convincingly, and should make it three victories on the trot.
By Jess Mackey
Lyndhurst V Chelsea Heights (Marriott Waters Reserve)
Lyndhurst have a real opportunity this week to make a go of the top spot and will be looking at this game as a percentage builder as they face the struggling Chelsea Heights side.
Chelsea Heights are finding it difficult to get players on the park each week which makes it difficult for them to win games, so will go into this match as underdogs. Lyndhurst have lost only one match for the season and are firming themselves as a genuine contender come finals.
Clayton V Frankston Dolphins (Meade Reserve)
The Frankston Dolphins are setting the standard for the rest of the competition week in and week out. This week they come up against Clayton who have struggled to find form in recent weeks but will be looking to make amends for that against the top side.
Both these teams played over the long weekend, so will be looking to go about business as usual without missing a beat.
South Yarra vs Murrumbeena (Fritsch Holzer Park)
In what could be one of the closest matches of the round, South Yarra will host Murrumbeena as they look to continue their recently found strong form. After a slow start in the competition, South Yarra have managed to gain some momentum despite some hard losses as well.
Murrumbeena have had some good wins so far, against some really strong competition and will have something to prove when they face more good competition in South Yarra. This game is a must win for both sides.
Hallam V Port Melbourne Colts (Hallam Reserve)
The match-up between Hallam and Port Melbourne will be one which is highly anticipated, and hard fought by both teams. These are two sides who are desperate for a win; Hallam have played against some quality sides who have just been the better team on the day. This is their chance to prove that they too can be a quality side.
Port Melbourne are in much the same boat as they will be looking to get another win on the board, making it a hard and contested match.
BYE: Doveton Eagles