SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Oakleigh District V Mordialloc (Princes Highway Reserve)
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MULTISKILLS ROUND 8 PREVIEW
By Will Hunter
88.3 SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Oakleigh District V Mordialloc (Princes Highway Reserve)
The SFNL Radio Team’s Match of the Round sees the second-placed Bloods travel down to the Highway to take on the fifth-placed Oakleigh District.
Mordi were knocked off their perch following their shock loss to the Rosellas a fortnight ago, and will be out for retribution as they keep their sights firmly set on maintaining a foothold at the top of the ladder.
Oakleigh, meanwhile, were also disappointing in their last start and would be keen to claim a big scalp and get 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.
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Bentleigh V East Malvern (Bentleigh Reserve)
It was terrific to see the Demons finally get reward for effort with their tremendous triumph over the Oaks two weeks ago, and it may just be the catalyst for last year’s grand finalists to turn their season around.
However, East Malvern will no doubt prove a much more difficult assignment on Saturday.
The Panthers had their colours lowered against the Dingoes in Round 7, but should regain stars Luke Duffy and Dean Millhouse, both of whom missed the match with illness and a hamstring injury respectively, which will further bolster an already formidable line up. They are a quality team, and despite some early hiccups, still remain in premiership contention.
Bentleigh’s best will ensure this will be a tight contest, but East Malvern should be too strong.
East Malvern by 14 points.
Port Melbourne Colts V St Pauls (JL Murphy Reserve)
From the underdogs to ladder leaders, it has been a meteoric rise for St Pauls in 2017, and one that has so far made a mockery of this scribe’s preseason predictions.
But premierships aren’t won in June, and with question marks lingering over their depth, it remains to be seen for how long the Dogs can maintain the rage.
On form, the Colts shouldn’t prove too much of an obstacle, but how the fast-moving Dogs adjust to the miniscule confines of JL Murphy Reserve remains to be seen. At the Kennel, it would be a case of how far St Pauls, but expect Port to give this one a real crack, with an upset not out of the equation.
St Pauls by five points.
St Kilda City V Cheltenham (Peanut Farm)
Two sides that were tipped to be the big improvers in 2017 finally get the chance to go head to head at the Peanut Farm on Saturday.
The Saints have been hard to get a read on, given their hot and cold start to the season, but there is no doubt their best is good enough. Whether they turn it on this week is another matter.
Cheltenham have also shown they have what it takes, pushing Dingley, St Pauls and East Malvern all the way before their victory over Mordialloc, and it is hard to go past the Rosellas here on the back of their performances to date.
Cheltenham by 20 points.
Dingley V Clayton (Souter Oval)
Unfortunately, there won’t be much to look forward to here as the Clays travel down to the Village to take on the Dingoes.
The Den is an imposing venue for any side to play footy, let alone a side languishing winless at the foot of the ladder, so another hefty blowout may be on the cards.
Dingley by 65 points.
MULTISKILLS ROUND 10 PREVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Round 10 of Division 2 presents one blockbuster clash with first v second on the ladder to truly determine who will be premiership favourite the remainder of the season.
Chelsea Heights v Caulfield (Beazley Reserve)
Match of the Round
At the start of the year, I had these two teams on level pegging, but Chelsea Heights will deservedly go into this game as favourites.
The Heighters have been outstanding throughout the year and remain undefeated, having crushed Highett in their last game.
At their best, the Bears are a strong unit and we’ve only seen glimpses of that all season, the question remains can they produce it across four quarters.
Chelsea Heights by 20 points.
Skye v Hampton (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)
The Bombers will be eager to bounce back after suffering a narrow, yet frustrating loss to bottom dwellers Springvale Districts last week.
Skye had emerged as a premiership contender prior to the match, but will need to regain some of its confidence and swagger back against the Hammers.
Hampton is in the battle for fifth spot on the ladder and need to get back in form if its to contend for the finals.
Skye by 12 points.
East Brighton v Springvale Districts (Hurlingham Park)
Can the Districts cause two upsets in as many weeks? Can the Vampires bounce back after a heavy loss to Keysborough?
These are the questions that loom ahead of this match which pits East Brighton against the choc full of confidence Springvale Districts.
The Vampires would normally go into this match as comfortable favourites, but the Districts have done enough to mark themselves as no easy beats.
East Brighton by 10 points.
Mount Waverley v Keysborough (Mayfield Reserve)
The Mountain Lions have by no means disgraced themselves during their promotion year in Division 2 and have been a thoroughly competitive side.
They face yet another challenge however, in a strong Keysborough outfit coming off a strong victory against East Brighton.
Mount Waverley has surprised on occasion this season and are capable of kicking a high score, but can it overcome an impressive Burras’ unit.
Keysborough by 29 points.
Heatherton v Murrumbeena (Ross Street Reserve)
The Tonners come up against one of the in form teams of the competition in the Beena, as they struggle to get off the bottom of the ladder.
The one advantage they will have however, is freshness after enjoying the bye in round nine, but will it give them enough of an edge to get win number two.
Murrumbeena has been mightily impressive during the last month and could be a chance to jump into the top five with a win.
Murrumbeena by 30 points.
MULTISKILLS ROUND 9 PREVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Lyndale vs South Yarra (Barry Powell Reserve)
Lyndale has won half its games in 2017, but has been found wanting against the top sides.
Fourth-placed South Yarra is coming off an impressive win over fellow finals contender Endeavour Hills and will be full of confidence.
The Yarras will be too good.
Endeavour Hills vs Lyndhurst (Barry Simon Reserve)
Endeavour Hills needs to beat Lyndhurst to remain in the five.
If Lightning wins it will equal the Falcons on points and edge ahead on percentage.
Sixth placed Lyndale is also pressuring the Falcons, just a win behind and with a substantially better percentage.
This will be an entertaining contest, with Endeavour Hills getting the better of Lyndhurst.
Sandown vs Dandenong (Edinburgh Reserve)
Dandenong and Sandown remain winless and both will be desperate to come out on top in this battle of the cellar dwellers.
Sandown’s inability to kick enough goals will count against it.
The Cobras have twice failed to register a major and have a total of 17 goals this season at an average of just over two a game.
Dandenong has managed a more respectable 36 majors at an average of four and a half a match.
The Redlegs will finally sing the club song.
Hallam vs Moorabbin (Hallam Reserve)
Hallam has lost only once this season.
It showed tenacity against Black Rock last round.
The Hawks withstood the pressure of being a man short in a thrilling finish against the Jets.
Hallam may be without the services of Steve Sigeti after he was sent off in the fiery contest against Black Rock.
This week’s opponent Moorabbin is tough to read.
At its best it is competitive, but it has managed only three wins this season.
The Hawks will win at home.
Doveton Eagles vs Black Rock (Power Reserve)
It will be interesting to see how Doveton adapts to playing a competitive opponent.
The Eagles have faced minimal opposition in their past couple of games.
They need to be switched on against an improved Black Rock side.
This will be an entertaining encounter with Doveton the favourite, but Black Rock is a chance.
Carrum Patterson Lakes vs Ashwood (Roy Dore Reserve)
Expect a big crowd at Roy Dore Reserve, with Hawthorn premiership player Brent Guerra pulling on the boots for CPL as it strives to topple ladder leader Ashwood.
Guerra, an assistant coach at Fremantle is taking advantage of the Dockers’ bye to play.
CPL Reserves coach Cain Padman, a mate of Guerra’s, encouraged the veteran of 255 AFL games to play for the Lions.
Prior to his Hawthorn days Guerra played for Port Adelaide and St Kilda.
He isn’t just lobbing in for the game and departing.
Guerra will take part in the Lions’ Thursday night training session.
He will also run a clinic for juniors and speak at a luncheon in the clubrooms ahead of the game.
Despite a lengthy layoff from playing, Guerra has been keeping in shape training with the Freo boys, so expect him to have a major impact on the field.
Guerra will hang around to chat to supporters and players at a function after the match.
Ashwood will have too much experience overall and will win, but Guerra should give the Magpies plenty to worry about.
MULTISKILLS ROUND 8 PREVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Players will return for Round 8 on the 17th
of June due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
St Kilda City and Cheltenham will go head to head as they both come off promising wins in Round 7, and Doveton will be looking to restore some pride against Parkmore / Springvale Districts at home.
Oakleigh District will host Endeavour Hills, and an exciting game is in store for the fourth and fifth placed Hallam and St Pauls at Hallam Reserve.
Dingley will be looking to bounce back against Bentleigh after a disappointing loss to Hallam in Round 7, and Skye and Hampton will battle it out in a twilight match at the Carrum Downs Reserve at 5pm.