Elastoplast Division 2 Round Preview

By Jason Barbin



Two huge matchups highlight a big weekend of Southern footy with Murrumbeena hosting Doveton Eagles and Caulfield hosting Keysborough


Murrumbeena v Doveton Eagles (Murrumbeena Park)


Game of the Round

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This is the game the majority of Division 2 has been waiting for, as the preseason premiership favourite tackles one of the current premiership favourites.

After a slow start to the season, Murrumbeena has come into its own and is definitely living up to the hype, with the big-name recruits showing their influence.

Doveton has enjoyed the same influence for their own recruits and reaped the benefits of a good draw to sit on top of the ladder undefeated.

On form you have the pick the visiting side, but it’s a tough call.

Murrumbeena by three points.


Caulfield v Keysborough (Koornang Park)


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Although the home side suffered a disappointing result last week, expect Caulfield to bounce back when it hosts another premiership contender in Keysborough.

The Burra haven’t been at their absolute best in recent weeks, but even when they’re marginally below their best they’re still pretty good.

This has the makings of an exciting contest and I’m expecting the Bears to be much better than they were against Mount Waverley, but even still it’s hard to go past the Burra.

Keysborough by 11 points.


Skye v East Brighton (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)


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The Bombers will have enjoyed a jubilant week on the track after securing their first win of the season and will look to make it two in a row against the Vampires.

East Brighton won’t make it easy for them however, and after a strong first half effort against Murrumbeena last week – leading at half time – will make the case for being favourites in this one.

The form of Vampires’ livewire Kai Love-Linay is hard to ignore and he could be a match winner for the visitors in this one.

East Brighton by 15 points.


Hampton v Clayton (Peterson Street Reserve)


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It’s hard to believe that Hampton has only won the one game for the season, given how competitive it’s been against the League’s top sides.

The Hammers will have a golden opportunity to secure their second win of the season this weekend, hosting a struggling Clayton side.

The Clays had their chances against Skye last week, but were unable to get the job done.

They’ll have their changes again against the Hammers, but can they make them count.

Hampton by 22 points.


Highett v Mount Waverley (Turner Road Reserve)


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Both sides were impressive during their matches last week, despite one coming away with a win and one coming away with a loss.

The Dogs took it to the top of the table Eagles for much of their contest last week – leading by 28 points at quarter time – and will be looking for a four-quarter performance this week.

Mount Waverley disposed of the Bears by just 10 points last week, but accurate kicking could’ve lead to a bigger win and it’s an issue it will need to clean up this week.

Highett by 17 points.

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