ROUND 12 PREVIEW
Highett V Mordialloc
With just a four-point buffer separating the fourth-placed Mordialloc and the two sides just outside the top five, this clash looms as golden opportunity to give themselves some extra breathing space and ensure finals action.
Highett should give a good account of themselves, as they have done in recent weeks, but the Bloods will likely be too strong and record a percentage-boosting victory.
Murrumbeena V Oakleigh District
A huge game between the two best sides in the women’s competition, and a likely preview of the premiership decider.
The Beena have been largely unchallenged for much of the season, but if anyone can knock them off, it’s the second-placed Districts at full strength.
Both sides have their fair share of offensive weaponry; Emily McIntyre and the Mifsud sisters – Jordan and Bailey – are constantly among the goals for the Oaks, while up the other end league Aisling Muir and leading goalkicker Dani Wearne loom as potent threats.
However, it is through the centre in which the reigning premiers have asserted their dominance this season and will go in as favourites on their home deck on Saturday.
Endeavour Hills V East Brighton
The Falcons now find themselves up inside the top five on the back of their recent run of form, but they need to keep winning to maintain distance on the sides breathing down their neck.
Endeavour Hills were surprise victors in their previous head-to-head encounter and will go in confident of repeating that result on Sunday.
The Vampires, meanwhile, are well entrenched in third spot and will be no pushovers, so expect a quality contest at Barry Simon Reserve.
Bentleigh V Lyndale
This is a must-win game for both teams if they are to play finals footy in 2018.
The Demons and the Pumas sit just one win behind the fifth-placed Endeavour Hills, however, with their low percentage, a loss here for Lyndale would all but dash their dreams with just three games to go.
Conversely, given their very similar percentage, victory for Bentleigh could see them usurp the Falcons should they lose to East Brighton.
Lyndale will have a red-hot crack, but the Demons might have their measure.
Chelsea Heights vs Doveton Eagles
The Doveton Eagles will this week have an opportunity to reclaim their spot in the top four, as they are just two points behind the fourth placed Murrumbeena. Chelsea Heights will put up a fight, however an upset here is unlikely.
Lyndhurst vs Murrumbeena
As we near closer to finals, the top four is far from locked in and this match is a huge decider nearing the end of the season. Murrumbeena have Doveton biting at their tails just two points behind them, while Lyndhurst look to stay in the top two but have Clayton just one match behind them. Both teams have a lot to play for here, so it is sure to be a high intensity match.
Frankston Dolphins vs Port Melbourne Colts
Port Melbourne will be keen to get on the park this week as they have struggled to get out there all season. But they will have their work cut out for them as they face the top side this week in Frankston, but will be looking to cause an upset.
Hallam vs Clayton
Clayton are having a great second half of the season, last week beating second the placed Lyndhurst, but are still one match behind them. They will be looking to boost their percentage against a struggling Hallam side, but must not write off the competition.