By Jason Barbin
A potential grand final preview is the clear game of the round in Division 2 while some eyes will be on newly relegated Clayton and newly promoted Doveton to see if Round 1 was just an aberration.
Murrumbeena v Keysborough (Murrumbeena Park)
This is game of the round by a mile and it’s not even close, these two premiership contenders will both want to get the four points here for confidence later in the season.
Of the two, Keysborough was the more impressive in Round 1 and showed it has the firepower up forward to contend with the best, with key recruit Matthew Carnelley one to watch.
Murrumbeena had its moments in a win against Hampton, but will want to make the most of its chances inside 50, with a strong midfield the key to their game plan.
Home field advantage could be the deciding factor here.
Murrumbeena by three points.
Caulfield v Hampton (Koornang Park Reserve)
Both sides had their moments in Round 1, but only one came away with a victory with the host side looking to make it two straight wins to start the year.
The Bears started strong against Skye on the road but tailed away towards the end despite the exciting performance of Cameron Roughead.
Hampton was in a position to cause a major upset against Murrumbeena at home but was unable to pull it off in the second half, though the signs were encouraging.
Caulfield by 14 points.
Mount Waverley v Clayton (Mayfield Reserve)
The Mountain Lions would be disappointed not to have been more competitive in their Round 1 contest, while Clayton would be thinking very similarly.
Mount Waverley came close to sneaking inside the top five towards the end of last season, largely thanks to its ability to perform well at home.
I tipped Clayton to be better than it was on Saturday and while I’m not going to write it off, I’m hoping for a better performance from Jayden Gilmour’s men this week.
Mount Waverley by 20 points.
Doveton Eagles v East Brighton (Power Reserve)
No team was more impressive in Round 1 then the newly promoted Doveton Eagles, while East Brighton came close against a talented Highett outfit.
There is no doubt the Eagles came bursting out of the gate in Round 1 and are definitely a team to keep an eye on, but can they back it up.
The Vampires were impressive in patches with a young side, but can they bite back on the road against a side looking to fly.
Doveton by 22 points.
Highett v Skye (Turner Road Reserve)
The Dogs were very impressive during their round one win against East Brighton on the road, while Skye was encouraging with a comeback attempt against Caulfield.
Highett enjoyed a seven-goal haul from debutant Ed Turner and if he can turn in a similar performance, the home side will come away with win number two.
Skye will have a bit of work to do in order to cause an upset on the road, but if they can play four quarters of football, the Bombers will have a chance.
Highett by 17 points.