Elastoplast Division 3 Round Preview

By Andrew Paloczi



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Ashwood vs Springvale Districts (Essex Heights Reserve)


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When Ashwood toppled the fancied Endeavour Hills in Round 5, the Magpies enhanced their reputation and commanded respect.

Ashwood gets a chance to further demonstrate its credentials against high-quality opposition, with the Magpies hosting Springvale Districts.

Percentage is all that separates the teams on the ladder with Ashwood one rung lower than the second-placed Demons, but with a game in hand.

Both Ashwood and Springvale Districts have abundant talent on all lines and it will be enthralling to see who comes out on top.

Expect a tight duel between two well structured and disciplined teams.

Being the first team to defeat Hampton Park this season may swing the experts’ tips in favour of Springvale Districts.

But Ashwood will be confident it can claim victory at the Magpies’ nest.


South Yarra vs Heatherton (Fritsch Holzer Park)


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South Yarra and Heatherton have won just one game each, with both getting the better of Hallam.

The Yarras are conceding an average of 76 points more a game than they are scoring.

Whilst the Tunners are also in the negative, they are leaking only 33 points per match more than they are registering.

The Yarras’ struggles have been exacerbated by the injury-enforced absence of key position recruit David Cannizzo.

A return to onfield action was short lived for the former SFNL CEO who broke his hand in Round 2 and required surgery. He has since retired from playing.

Anticipate a comfortable win for the Tunners.


Hallam vs Endeavour Hills (Hallam Reserve)


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Endeavour Hills bounced back from a couple of losses on the trot to record an emphatic win over South Yarra last round.

Expect another dominant display from the fourth-placed Falcons against Hallam.

Endeavour Hills has too much depth on all lines.


Hampton Park vs Black Rock (Robert Booth Reserve)


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Hampton Park will endeavour to make a speedy return to winning ways when it hosts Black Rock.

The visiting Jets hold a 50 percent winning record after six rounds.

Already a game and a substantial slice of percentage outside the top four, they must upset Hampton Park to keep in touch in the battle for a finals spot.

In contests against members of the current top four, Black Rock has been found wanting on all three occasions.

It is difficult to see Hampton Park dropping two matches in a row and it should be too classy for the Jets.

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