Elastoplast Division 2 Round Preview

By Jason Barbin



Murrumbeena hosts Caulfield in what will be game of the week in Round 12, while Highett’s clash against Hampton will prove a good test for the in form Hammers.


Murrumbeena v Caulfield (Murrumbeena Park)


Game of the Week

Murrumbeena is flying high after a decisive win against Keysborough and has now made it nine wins in a row with number 10 a strong possibility.

Caulfield is a very good side, but will be lamenting last week’s loss to Hampton and will be under pressure to bounce back into winning form.

The key is stopping Luke James, with the mercurial forward booting 21 goals in the last three games; stop him and you’re a chance.

Murrumbeena by 19 points.


Highett v Hampton (Turner Road Reserve)


Very close to game of the week sees the Dogs host the Hammers in what is a good rivalry of two teams that once shared an Under 19s side.

Highett wasn’t super impressive in its win against Skye, while on the other hand Hampton was super impressive in its win against Caulfield.

I think this is a game that could go right down to the wire, but I expect the home side to come away with the four points.

Highett by eight points.


Mount Waverley v East Brighton (Mayfield Reserve)


Two sides coming different results in Round 11, but it’s last week’s losing side which is remarkedly in better form.

The Vampires have been thoroughly competitive throughout the season, but the final scoreboard has not reflected on their overall play.

Mount Waverley has four wins on the board and sits above East Brighton on the ladder, but I suspect that may change.

East Brighton by 20 points.


Doveton Eagles v Skye (Power Reserve)


The first of the two top sides v bottom sides contests sees ladder leaders Doveton Eagles host ninth placed Skye which, like East Brighton, has been competitive without winning games.

The Bombers took it to Highett at times during last week’s game and will be tired of respectable losses and will be hungry for an upset win.

Doveton should be able to hold them at bay however, with a star-studded list that’s only fallen once this season likely to get the job done.

Doveton by 39 points.


Keysborough v Clayton (Keysborough Reserve)


Sunday game

The second of the two top sides v bottom sides contests see Keysborough host Clayton in what will likely be a one-sided affair.

The Burra were excellent to start the game against Murrumbeena last week, but fell behind quickly and will look to establish a consistent four-quarter performance.

Clayton had its chances against Mount Waverley last week and was competitive throughout, but will struggle against a much better opposition.

Keysborough by 49 points.

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