Elastoplast Division 3 Round Preview

By Andrew Paloczi


Endeavour Hills vs Hallam (Barry Simon Reserve)


When Endeavour Hills visited Hallam earlier this season, the Falcons soared to a 148-point win.

Interestingly, Endeavour Hills’ spearhead Daniel Morrison booted a bag of 10 goals in that match, but he has in recent weeks been confined to the reserves.

Whether or not he returns to the seniors this round is unlikely to have much bearing on the result.

Hallam won’t quit, but doesn’t have the experience, strength or class to outgun Endeavour Hills in any section of the field.

Anticipate another triple-figure margin in the Falcons’ favour.


Black Rock vs Hampton Park (MacDonald Reserve)


A well-rested Hampton Park returns to action after a weekend off.

It should be a straightforward win for the Redbacks at Black Rock.

When these sides met on the Redbacks’ turf in Round 7, Hampton Park dished out a 131-point shellacking, allowing the Jets just two goals for the game.

Black Rock should do better at home, but it’s unlikely to get close to Hampton Park.


Heatherton vs South Yarra (Ross Street Reserve)


Last time Heatherton and South Yarra met, the Yarras trailed by 17 points at the last change, but stormed home with 10 scoring shots to one in the final term.

Amazingly the sum total of those efforts amounted to 1.9 against the Tunners’ solitary behind.

Heatherton hung on by three points, for a remarkably fortunate win.

There won’t be a close outcome this time, with South Yarra’s list strained to near breaking point by injuries.

The Yarras have recently struggled to cobble together teams in all levels, thirds, reserves and seniors.

They were again hit hard by injuries in all games last week.

Heatherton will win in a canter.


Springvale Districts vs Ashwood (Springvale Reserve)


Springvale Districts’ players have been able to rest any niggles, with the luxury of last weekend off.

Expect the Demons to hit the ground running on their expansive home field.

Ashwood’s injury issues have taken a toll recently with the Magpies’ form waning in recent weeks.

Last round they surrendered a 39-point half time advantage before eventually scraping home by five points against sixth-placed Heatherton.

Springvale Districts needs to keep winning to keep third-placed Endeavour Hills off its back.

Ashwood though is best off focusing on getting players right for the finals, knowing they are sure to compete in the post season.

The fourth-placed Magpies don’t have a realistic prospect of bridging the gap to the top two and earning a double chance.

They sit a couple of games behind top sides Hampton Park and Springvale Districts, with a vastly inferior percentage to both.

It will be a comfortable win for Springvale Districts this time, unlike the tight, low scoring Round 7 battle between these clubs.

The Demons won that encounter by just 10 points.

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