ROUND 9 PREVIEW
East Brighton V Mordialloc
The game of the round this week pits the third-placed East Brighton against the fourth-placed Mordialloc under Friday night lights at Hurlingham Park.
It’s a battle that will have ramifications on the top five, as a win to the Vampires will all but secure it the double-chance come finals. Meanwhile, a win to the Bloods will put them in the box seat for a finals berth, with three clubs sitting just one game behind them.
With plenty on the line this will be a tremendous contest.
Oakleigh District V Endeavour Hills
With its upset victory last weekend, the Falcons continue to grow in confidence and keep its finals hopes alive, however, it faces another stern assignment on Friday night when it travels down the Princes Highway.
With just one blemish on its record, the second-ranked Oakleigh District remains one of the few sides that could challenge for Murrumbeena’s crown. And while they will enter this clash as warm favourites, don’t expect Endeavour Hills to go down without a fight.
Murrumbeena V Highett
It doesn’t get any easier for Highett this week when they travel to face the unbeaten Beena.
The Lions are absolutely flying with a percentage still hovering around 3400%, and the Bulldogs will have to wait another week for its first win.
Lyndale V Bentleigh
Another match that will have a bearing on the finals as Lyndale eyes fifth spot, currently held by Bentleigh.
Of the three sides on 12 points, the Demons have been the most impressive in recent weeks and would be keen to atone for their demoralising loss to the Beena last Sunday. But the Pumas are certainly a big chance on their home deck, and this one could go either way.
Chelsea Heights V South Yarra
South Yarra will be hoping for another successful week next round when they take on a struggling Chelsea Heights outfit. However, Chelsea Heights should go into this match with all the belief that they can win it, as South Yarra has been very much up and down this season. This is a good opportunity for both sides to make a statement to the competition.
Port Melbourne Colts V Clayton
Clayton should be able to continue their winning run when they take on Port Melbourne this week. A win this week would see them move into the top four, so there is a lot to play for as they start looking towards the business end of the year.
Frankston Dolphins V Hallam
Frankston have the opportunity to get back on the winners list when they host Hallam at Overport Park on Saturday. Hallam copped a belting last week at the hands of ladder leaders Lyndhurst, and will no doubt keep Frankston’s recent drop in form into account.
Doveton Eagles V Murrumbeena
Possibly the tightest contest of the round, both Murrumbeena and Doveton need the four points this week in order to stay in the top four should Clayton get a win against Port Melbourne. These are two teams who have been consistent all year, but have struggled in recent weeks to get wins on the board, making this a very important match.