Round 3 Preview

Match of the round broadcast

Saturday April 25

Division 3

Black Rock v Southern Dragons

McDonald Reserve – 2.15pm
Broadcast time 2pm – 5pm

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Division 1 – Round 3 Preview

With Good Will Hunter

A huge clash between two undefeated sides headlines what promises to be a massive ANZAC Day weekend.

Mordialloc V Dingley – Ben Kavanagh Reserve
This one shapes as the match of the round between two sides yet to taste defeat in 2015. It’s never easy coming up a division, but the Bloods have made a seamless transition. They have been super-impressive in their two games and should take the fight right up to Dingley. The vast expanses of Kavanagh Reserve will probably help the quick Dingoes find space to run carry the footy, which will aid their chances. Provided they kick better than they did last week, Dingley should get over the line here.

East Brighton V St Pauls – Hurlingham Park
These two rivals have fought some epic battles in the last couple of years and this will be no exception. Both teams have an impressive array of midfield talent, and whichever side gets on top in the guts will likely go on to win the game. The Vampires will have added motivation this week as they will finally get to unfurl their 2014 premiership flag and I reckon they will rise the occasion and salute on their home deck.

Clayton V East Malvern – Meade Reserve
Both Clayton and East Malvern have benefited from the talent they’ve recruited this year and this looms as a cracking contest. The Clays showed last week that they can match it with the better sides so this will be another good test for them, but on the evidence of the first two rounds it’s hard to go past the Panthers.

St Kilda City V Bentleigh – Peanut Farm
I’m expecting fired up performances from these two teams as they chase their first wins of 2015. Both the Saints and the Demons have played good football and they’ve been in the contest in both their losses. They’re two evenly-matched sides and this is a game that could genuinely go either way. Hard to pick a winner, but I’ll tip Bentleigh in a thriller.

Cheltenham V Chelsea Heights – Jack Barker Oval
The Rosellas had a huge chance to return to the winner’s circle as they take on last-placed Chelsea Heights at home on Sunday arvo. Granted the Heighters have been cruelled by some serious injuries, but the way they have been beaten in the first two games suggests they’ll be fighting to avoid relegation this year. Cheltenham comfortably.


Division 2 – Round 3 Preview

With Jason Barbin

As we get into the swing of things, the SFNL’s newest club faces perhaps their biggest challenge to date.

Keysborough vs Hampton (Keysborough Reserve)
Second takes on third in what is the best match of division two in round three. Both sides are coming off big wins to start the season and will go into this game full of confidence. Hampton showed last week that their forward has the ability to dominate while Keysborough showed an ability to claw their way back after a poor start. This is going to be a good game and I think the newcomers can make it three in a row.
Keysborough by 17 points

Murrumbeena vs Caulfield (Murrumbeena Park)
I don’t think Murrumbeena is as bad as their 0-2 record might suggest. This team is still learning under new coach Stevie Wright and there will be hiccups along the way. Caulfield are out to prove that they can make finals two years in a row and their young list is doing an excellent job so far albeit against slightly weaker opponents. Murrumbeena aren’t world beaters yet but they showed that they can be hard to score against. I think the Bears will win but they won’t do it easy.
Caulfield by 20 points

Doveton vs Skye (Power Reserve)
The Eagles have been competitive in their first two encounters but have unfortunately come up against the two top sides so far. It doesn’t get any easier with the Bombers visiting in what could be a close game. Skye looked back to their best in last week’s win over Heatherton and will look to make it two in a row in this one. Despite losing a few key players, the Bombers still have plenty of firepower and should win this one.
Skye by 25 points

Oakleigh District vs Highett (Princess Highway Reserve)
Highett will look to bounce back after their disappointing loss to Hampton last week. Unfortunately for them they come up against a good Oakleigh side that didn’t really get into gear in their match against Springvale. Oakleigh have had a tendency in the past to lose these kinds of games and the dogs will be looking to take advantage early. But I still think Oakleigh will be too strong in this one.
Oakleigh by 31 points

Heatherton vs Springvale Districts (Ross Street Reserve)
Heatherton showed signs of improvement against Skye last week before they were eventually overrun. Springvale lacked firepower in their loss to Oakleigh. Both sides will be desperate to prove themselves in this game so look for Springvale’s newest power forward James Gough to prove he belongs in division two. Springvale should win comfortably.
Springvale by 30 points


Division 3 – Round 3 Preview

With Andrew Paloczi

In round 3 all matches take place on ANZAC Day as we mark the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Lyndale is at home at Barry Powell Reserve and hosts Mount Waverley, which is smarting after a loss on its home turf. The Pumas will be confident, but it is too soon to write off the Mountain Lions and they should get up in a tight one.

At Barry Simon Reserve, Endeavour Hills faces a real test to see how much it has improved since last season. Carrum Patterson Lakes is the challenger, and although the Falcons are not without a chance the Lions deserve to start as favourites.

Ashwood is back home at Essex Heights Reserve and should do just enough to see off Sandown.

The Southern Dragons face a huge challenge against Black Rock at MacDonald Reserve, and the top-placed Jets will continue to fly high with a substantial win.

After a spirited effort from Hallam, it is to be hoped that the Hawks play well when they visit Widdop Crescent Reserve to take on Moorabbin. But after an impressive away win against Mount Waverley, it would take a brave person to tip against the Kangaroos in this one.

Dandenong is on home turf at Greaves Reserve and will be desperate to atone for a woeful second half in round 2. The Redlegs will make South Yarra work hard early in the game, but the Lions should be the first of these teams to break through for a win this season.

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