The Demons take on the Doggies at Beazley Reserve to open round 2. It will be a battle of the midfields as both sides look to post their first win of the 2013 season. Chelsea Heights should be too strong for the Doggies and look for Captain Jayden Attard to lead the way.
Chelsea Heights by 42 points.
East Malvern vs Cheltenham
East Malvern look for their first win of the year when they take on Cheltenham at Dunlop Reserve in round 2. Tom Delahunty will again lead the charge for the home side but it will be the Rosellas who take the chocolates and forward Chris Graham will be looking to add to his goal tally.
Cheltenham by 36 points.
St Kilda City vs Clayton
St Kilda City take on comeback kings Clayton in their round 2 clash at the Peanut Farm. The Saints showed signs of good form last week and will look to capitalise at home. Gary Johnstone was good for the Saints last week and will lead the way again while Aaron Purvis will look to be among the best for the Clays who will get over the line in a tight one.
Clayton by 5 points.
Heatherton vs Dingley
Heatherton take on the youthful Dingoes as they try to shake off their poor form in round 1. Stewart Gibbs looms to be an important player for Heatherton as they try to stop the young goal kicking brigade of Dingley midfielders led by Luke Bartholomew. It will be the Dingoes who get the win in another potentially close match up.
Dingley by 18 points.
East Brighton vs St Pauls
In this Foundation 49 Cup clash of the titans, the two flag favourites meet for the first time in 2013 at Hurlingham Park. All eyes will be on the battle of the midfields and Liam Bowman who will most likely have the job on Doggies key forward Luke James. The Vamps have their own gun forward in Dean Francis who does enjoy playing the Doggies and will be a handful once again. Another close match up, this could be the game of the year.
St Pauls by 3 points.
DIVISION TWO ROUND 2 PREVIEWS - THE FOOTY TRAGIC
Skye v South Yarra
This could be nasty. Skye will be anxious to get on the winners list. South Yarra were not at their best last week and will need to improve a hell of a lot to be competitive away from home. I am sure the Lions will improve as the season continues but if last week is all we have to go on Skye will win this.
Caulfield v Mordialloc
Both these teams were impressive winners last week and this shapes up to be a ripper. It is a hell of a long time since Mordialloc played at Koornang Park, if ever, but this should not matter as they seem to have the cattle to have a solid season. The Bears too are a much improved unit and the spectators should be treated to a great display of SFL Footy. Iím tipping the Bears in a close one.
Murrumbeena v Bentleigh
Bentleigh will be smarting from their first round loss and will be looking to get a win. I canít see that happening at ďBeenaĒ this week. Murrumbeena grow another arm and leg at home and if last week is anything to go on, they should win here in the 2.20 match.
Hampton v Moorabbin
This local derby should be a ripper. There is no love lost between these two clubs on the field and usually provide us with a great contest when they meet. Both sides were disappointing last week and will be eager to reverse that form. I think Hampton have to improve more than Moorabbin though, and Iím tipping Moorabbin in a close one.
Oakleigh District v Springvale Districts
This match should challenge Caulfield v Mordialloc for the Match of the Day. Both teams were winners last week and will be chock full of confidence coming into this. Iím giving this to Oakleigh on the new surface at their Home Ground.
DIVISION THREE ROUND 2 PREVIEWS - WILL HUNTER
In the first of the round two matches this Saturday, Sandown takes on Lyndale at Edinburgh Reserve. The Pumas would be absolutely elated with their first-up victory, but I think they are about to get a harsh reality check when they face the all-powerful Cobras. Sandown easily.
Endeavour Hills will be keen to atone for last weekís loss when they host Doveton at Barry Simon Reserve. But the Eagles finished on top of the ladder for a reason last year, and I think they have the talent to get over the line here.
Black Rock had a tough initiation into Div 3 last week. They will put in a better effort this week and will be a lot more competitive as they travel to Greaves Reserve to play Dandenong. But the Redlegs put up a tremendous fight to get within a point of the reigning minor premiers and on that form they will be too good at home for the Jets.
The next game sees Hallam pitted against Ashwood at Hallam Reserve. Ashwood were disappointing last week, but one bad game doesnít ruin a season. The Hawks are certainly on the improve, but Iím tipping Ashwood to bounce back and take the chocolates here.
Finally, we have Mount Waverley hosting Carrum Patterson Lakes at Mayfield Reserve. The Lions looked quite impressive in their win last week, but I donít think they can yet match the established Mount Waverley outfit. I know, itís early days yet, but I think the Mountain Lions are looking like one of the teams to beat this year. Having said that, if there is going to be an upset this round, it will probably be this game. I am tipping Mount Waverley, but it will be closer than people think.
I am sticking my neck out again this week. Now to prove that my round one tips werenít just beginners luck.