88.3 Southern FM Match of the Round Broadcast
Saturday 15th August
Ashwood vs Moorabbin
Essex Heights Reserve, Outlook Road, Mount Waverley
Broadcast time 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Division 1 - Round 16 Preview
With Good Will Hunter
Just two rounds remain, and with the finalists and wooden spooner already decided, the only variable is the final makeup of the top five and who earns the all-important double chance.
East Malvern vs Bentleigh (Dunlop Reserve)
The Panthers win last week was a true eight-pointer and sees them ensconced in the top three on percentage. But with Mordialloc still looming as a threat to their position, East Malvern must continue to win if they want to earn the double chance. Bentleigh were disappointing last week as again too much was left to too few. I expect them to be more competitive this week, but the Panthers will prove too strong.
East Brighton vs Cheltenham (Hurlingham Park)
Granted, they only beat the imminent wooden spooner, but the way the Vampires ruthlessly and methodically tore apart the Heighters was no less impressive. Their last month has been terrific and they seem to be peaking at just the right time. Conversely, a season that promised much has now fizzled into bitter disappointment for the Rosellas, who have now lost nine on the trot and seem destined for a bottom-three finish. Brave though they may have been last week, they won’t get anywhere near East Brighton on Saturday.
St Pauls vs Chelsea Heights (McKinnon Reserve)
It’s incredible to think that these two sides both occupied the bottom two spots on the ladder with just one win between them after five rounds. Since then St Pauls have won 9 of their last 11 games to storm into September as one of the in-form teams of the competition, while Chelsea Heights remain stone motherless with one win to their credit. Put your house on St Pauls.
Clayton vs Dingley (Meade Reserve)
With the Clays now eliminated from the finals race there is little for them to play for except pride. Dingley, meanwhile, are gunning for their second straight minor premiership, but given East Brighton are hot on their hammer, they cannot afford anymore slip ups. The Dingoes would be keen to enter the finals in solid form, so they should comfortably account for Clayton here.
St Kilda City vs Mordialloc (Peanut Farm)
Mordialloc will be desperate to return to the winners list this week to keep alive their top three aspirations. The Saints were gallant last week, but in the end the result was reflective of their season – just not quite good enough. I’m certain they will give it a red-hot crack at home again this week, but with so much on the line you would expect the Bloods to prevail.
Division 2 - Round 17 Preview
With Jason Barbin
With two rounds to go the battle for top spot is the highlight of Round 17 with the minor premiership and a week off in the finals on the line.
Skye vs Springvale Districts (Carrum Downs Reserve)
Skye are in an interesting predicament at the moment with the unlikeliness of moving back up into third spot and no way of moving down. Unless Murrumbeena slip up, Skye are looking at a finals matchup against either Caulfield or Hampton. Both teams are formidable opponents so the Bombers need to go into the finals in good form. That starts this week against Springvale, which will be looking to finish the season off on a good note.
Skye by 18 points.
Keysborough vs Oakleigh District (Keysborough Reserve)
First vs second clash in one of the games of the year that will likely result in the winner taking out the minor premiership as well as having the first week off in the finals. The Oaks won the first encounter between these two sides in a close game and this game should be no different. Oakleigh is the more in-form team of the two sides but Keysborough will be full of determination with top spot on the line.
Oakleigh by two points.
Caulfield vs Highett (Koornang Park)
This is the most important game of Caulfield’s season and it won’t be easy for it after Highett made life difficult for Keysborough last week. With a superior percentage advantage over Hampton, the Bears just need to win to help secure their spot in the finals. The Dogs will provide stiff competition and will make life difficult for their opponents.
Caulfield by 10 points.
Murrumbeena vs Heatherton (Murrumbeena Park)
Despite last week’s loss to Oakleigh, Murrumbeena remains in good form and will look to enter the finals with momentum in the final two weeks of the season. Heatherton has staved off relegation for the time being but an upset win over the Beena would help cement its spot in Division 2 for next season. With the double chance on the line for the Beena they should be too strong.
Murrumbeena by 32 points.
Hampton vs Doveton Eagles (Peterson Street Reserve)
Both sides will go into this match with plenty to play for, making this one of the more entertaining matches on the schedule. A win for Hampton keeps it in the running for the finals while a win for the Eagles could lift them off the bottom of the ladder. The Hammers have been in better form over recent weeks and should be too good for the Eagles.
Hampton by 22 points.
Division 3 - Round 18 Preview
With Andrew Paloczi
The script couldn’t have been written any better as we head into the final round of the home and away season. With the last position in the finals not yet settled, the two sides fighting for this spot each take on one of the division’s top teams in Round 18.
Ashwood vs Moorabbin (Essex Heights Reserve)
The equation is simple for fifth-placed Ashwood. A home win over Moorabbin will see the Magpies head into the finals. They have a substantially better percentage than Endeavour Hills, which is equal on wins. Ashwood is coming off a strong win in Round 17, and will be confident against the Kangaroos after an away victory against them earlier this season. Moorabbin will be going all out in the hope that it can pinch top spot, and a week off, to start the finals. This should be a great match, and it is not easy to pick the winner, but Ashwood may just get the job done on its own turf.
Endeavour Hills vs Black Rock (Barry Simon Reserve)
Endeavour Hills is still lurking in sixth spot and might yet feature in the finals. The Falcons need to beat the competition leader, Black Rock, and are also relying on a slip-up from Ashwood. Last time Endeavour Hills played the Jets, it copped a 96-point walloping and found itself sitting two games out of the five. A lot has changed since and a Falcons’ fairytale is not out of the question. The underdog will give a good account of itself in this one, but the Jets have a bit more class and will win.
Mount Waverley vs South Yarra (Mayfield Park)
Mount Waverley is still in with a chance to snatch second place and will be merciless when South Yarra pays a visit. The Mountain Lions enter this encounter refreshed after a bye. South Yarra, on the other hand, comes into this one with the weight of a demoralising defeat on its shoulders. Unfortunately, its season appears set to finish with more of the same.
Carrum Patterson Lakes vs Lyndale (Roy Dore Reserve)
Carrum Patterson Lakes sits fourth on the ladder and even a win over Lyndale is unlikely to improve the Lions’ position. But it is a good opportunity to tune up for the finals. For Lyndale it has been a disappointing season after winning a couple of finals last year, and the Pumas will give their all in this clash, but CPL is destined to win comfortably.
Sandown vs Dandenong (Edinburgh Reserve)
Win or lose, Sandown can’t move from ninth on the ladder. However, it will be keen to finish a disappointing season on a positive note when it takes on Dandenong at home. The Redlegs need to win to avoid slipping to 11th place and, with the confidence of a win in Round 17, will have strong self-belief. It should be a good game, with the Cobras set to prevail by a few goals.
has this week’s bye, so has played its last game for the season.