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SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Hampton V Chelsea Heights (Peterson Street Reserve)
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GAMEDAY MOUTHGUARDS ROUND 3 PREVIEW
By Will Hunter
Further highlighting the even and unpredictable nature of the Division 1 competition, the ladder after two matches sees a remarkable eight sides all on 1-1, with only the undefeated Bloods and winless Clays bucking the trend.
Bentleigh V St Kilda City (Bentleigh Reserve)
After a sensational upset victory over the reigning premiers last Saturday, the Saints will enter this clash against the 2016 grand finalist as narrow favourites. Their talent-laden list has plenty of potential, but now they have shown they can pull together a solid team performance.
Bentleigh will still likely be without a couple of key players, the additions of whom would likely influence the outcome of this match. Nevertheless, they still have enough quality in key areas to make this game a winnable one.
However, if City can produce a similar performance to last week, it should take the chocolates.
St Kilda City by 10 points.
East Malvern V St Pauls (Dunlop Reserve)
It was a welcome return to form for both sides last week, which adds further intrigue to this match up.
It’s no secret that St Pauls are a side in transition, but the performance of its kids would certainly hearten coach Jason Heffernan. They may not replicate this output each week, but it’s proof that the side’s best is capable enough.
But East Malvern last week reminded us why it is the premiership favourite with a ruthless display against the hapless Clays, and its all-star line-up will be too good for the Doggies on Saturday.
East Malvern by 26 points.
Clayton V Mordialloc (Meade Reserve)
The task doesn’t get any easier the winless Clayton as they play host to the white-hot Mordialloc.
The Bloods have been simply flawless in its two starts, and are fast emerging as one of the early front-runners for the premiership.
Clayton’s lack of a forward presence and inability to win the hard ball were brutally exposed last week, and with Mordi’s hard-bodied onballers all firing, this looms as another blowout.
Mordialloc by 50 points.
Oakleigh District V Cheltenham (Princes Highway Reserve)
It appeared that the Districts simply ran out of steam last week, such was their listless final term. This is a performance Oakleigh will be desperate to avoid this week in front of its home crowd, so expect a vastly improved four-quarter effort on Saturday.
Cheltenham, meanwhile, are clearly a side on the right track and will be brimming with confidence after scaring Dingley and toppling Bentleigh in consecutive matches. With their big guns currently in a rich vein of form, the Rosellas should notch their second win.
Cheltenham by 13 points.
Dingley V Port Melbourne Colts (Souter Oval)
The reigning Division 1 and 2 premiers go head to head in what is arguably the game of the round.
Both the Dingoes and the Colts have become unaccustomed to losing in recent years, but now find themselves in unfamiliar territory staring down the barrel of a 1-2 start.
There is no doubt Port are a class outfit, and on paper can match it with the Dingoes. That said, they were taught a lesson against the Bloods last Saturday, and it remains to be seen how they respond to their first loss in more than 18 months.
Dingley don’t have that aura of invincibility that one had, however, they don’t tend to lose too many at the Den, and this home ground advantage may just be enough to see them home.
Dingley by 20 points.
GAMEDAY MOUTHGUARDS ROUND 4 PREVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Thankfully there is no break heading into Round 4 of Division 2, but there will be plenty of intrigue with a series of important matchups.
88.3 SOUTHERN FM MATCH OF THE DAY
Hampton v Chelsea Heights (Peterson Street Reserve)
Third-place hosts second in this game which should be a cracker of a contest, with the ever-improving Hammers taking on the seemingly haven’t-gotten-out-of-second-gear Heighters.
Chelsea Heights went into the season as one of the premiership contenders, but have yet to live up to string together a complete performance, however, they have won three in a row.
The Hammers have been impressive in their three wins with Dan Guiry looming as one to watch as his good form continues.
Chelsea Heights by one point.
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Skye v Highett (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve)
The Bombers find themselves far and away the ladder leaders and have been truly impressive so far this season, launching into premiership favouritism.
The Dogs on the other hand, have yet to register a win and will be keen to do so with finals on the radar, but it will be another tough matchup this weekend.
For Highett, the key to this game is to stop Stephen Hawkins, who could be an early frontrunner for the Division 2 Best & Fairest. Do that and they’re in with a chance.
Skye by 20 points.
East Brighton v Heatherton (Hurlingham Reserve)
These sides are coming from opposite ends of the spectrum going into this week, with East Brighton enjoying a big win, while Heatherton suffered a big loss.
The Vampires have been good so far this year, despite only one win, and possess some talented footballers.
Heatherton are in the same boat and will be hoping last week’s efforts were just a blip on the radar, but they’re in for a tough match at Hurlingham.
East Brighton by 18 points.
Keysborough v Murrumbeena (Keysborough Reserve)
These two sides have played some thoroughly entertaining matches in Keysie’s short time in the League and there is no reason why this one won’t be any different.
Keysborough will be ultra fresh coming off a two-week break after having the bye, and will look to make sure they don’t suffer a sluggish start.
Murrumbeena are another team that probably hasn’t played its best football yet and will be keen to string four quarters together.
Keysborough by 11 points.
Caulfield v Mount Waverley (Koornang Park)
Despite sitting 2-0 and fourth on the ladder, Caulfield has also yet to live up to its premiership contender status and will look to get the ball rolling.
Mount Waverley has played some good football without securing a victory, but are on the precipice of doing do with the likes of Michael Keem in strong form.
This will be a fun match and the Lions could turn out a surprising result, but I think the Bears will be too strong.
Caulfield by 29 points.
BYE: Springvale District
GAMEDAY MOUTHGUARDS ROUND 3 PREVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
After a lopsided Round 2 it is encouraging to note there are a few promising contests coming up this week.
Lyndale vs Hallam (Barry Powell Reserve)
This will be an interesting match as the unbeaten Lyndale takes on a Hallam side keen to bounce back after a loss.
For the Pumas, this is the first opportunity of the season to test themselves against finals calibre opposition.
As for the Hawks, they will be smarting after falling to seventh on the ladder, although their defeat was a narrow one against a strong opponent.
Expect an engrossing affair with Hallam to grab the four points.
Endeavour Hills vs Doveton Eagles (Barry Simon Reserve)
Endeavour Hills is one of just four teams in the division to win both its games.
The Falcons will be determined to back up an excellent win over Hallam, by adding the scalp of the visiting Doveton Eagles.
Doveton impressed in its win over Lyndhurst, but needs to prove it can beat an opponent that is able to apply consistent pressure.
Endeavour Hills should provide such a test and is a strong chance to chalk up another win.
South Yarra vs Black Rock (Fritsch Holzer Park)
Back at its home fortress, South Yarra is looking to make it three wins on the trot when it hosts Black Rock.
The Jets started the season in style, but crashed to earth in a humiliating Round 2 defeat.
South Yarra beat a quality opponent in Round 1, before coasting to victory over a struggling Dandenong.
Black Rock will be competitive, but the Lions are full of confidence and won’t let this one slip.
Lyndhurst vs Dandenong (Marriott Waters Reserve)
Lyndhurst is winless this season and must triumph at home against Dandenong.
Lightning was unable to apply enough pressure against Doveton Eagles last round, allowing opponents to run free.
The Redlegs are unlikely to offer much resistance, but Lyndhurst needs to show greater intensity.
Carrum Patterson Lakes vs Sandown (Roy Dore Reserve)
Carrum Patterson Lakes should record its first win under the coaching of Terry Philippe when it hosts another winless club in Sandown.
The Lions have kicked a total of 17 goals in the first couple of rounds.
In contrast, the Cobras have managed a demoralising aggregate of four majors.
It is difficult to imagine Sandown being able to cobble together a winning score.
Ashwood vs Moorabbin (Essex Heights Reserve)
Ashwood has recorded a couple of big wins to start the season and should add another when Moorabbin visits.
The Kangaroos are a better side than last year, but are unlikely to reach the top echelon in 2017.
The Magpies will demonstrate why they are a premiership contender.
GAMEDAY MOUTHGUARDS ROUND 3 PREVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Doveton will be looking to bounce back against Endeavour Hills after a disappointing start to the season, and Bentleigh and St Kilda City will face off at Jack Barker Oval.
Oakleigh District will be hoping to continue their winning streak against Cheltenham, and Skye will take on a rested CPL/Keysborough at Carrum Downs.
St Pauls and Parkmore/Springvale Districts will go head on at McKinnon Reserve, and Hallam will take on Hampton at Peterson Street Reserve.
Top placed Dingley will sit back and watch the action unfold as they have the bye.