Round 4, Division 3 and 4 Previews

Division 3 – Round Four Preview

South Mornington are still looking for their first win since readmission to the SFNL but the Tigers will be up against it when they host Ashwood this weekend. The Magpies are coming off a nail-biting thriller against Narre South and will be looking to notch up consecutive wins for the first time this season. The Tigers went down to South Yarra last round in what looked a winnable game and will be hoping to put in a better display on their home deck. They’ll need to stop Jack Purcell if they have any hope, the dominant forward leads the competition goal kicking tally with 20 majors after just three appearances. On paper the visitors have the better side and should be too good here. 

Endeavour Hills head to Doveton with their confidence sky high following their brilliant win over Clayton last round. The Falcons played some ripping football to knock the Clays over and are good things to register their third win on the trot. After their opening round loss to newcomers Narre South, the fate of the Falcons was unclear but last week’s performance signaled that they are right up there amongst the best. Doveton’s plight is well documented and unfortunately for them could be on the receiving end of another belting here. 

Clayton will be looking to rebound after being humbled last week, the Clays hosting South Yarra at Meade Reserve. The home side was brought back to earth against the Falcons last round and coach Jason Smith will be looking for a strong response from his troops come 2pm Saturday. The Yarras managed to chalk up their first win last round and will enter the clash with nothing to lose. They should be wary of the wounded Clays however and be prepared for a physical game. The men in black and white have already registered two thumping wins this season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they made it three here. 

The round wraps up with an absolute corker between Narre South and Black Rock at Strathaird Reserve. The Saints suffered their first loss in heartbreaking fashion last week, while the Jets continue to soar to remain the only unbeaten team after three rounds. Admittedly the visitors have belted lowly sides in South Yarra and Doveton, but they also produced a strong performance against Ashwood and will be confident of repeating the dose here. The Saints have been a breath of fresh air this season and look to be in the mix for a finals spot. They’ve already claimed one big scalp in Endeavour Hills and will be eyeing off downing the Jets on home turf. This should be a beauty!

Division 4 – Round Four Preview

Cerberus will be confident of continuing their unbeaten run when they travel down to face Lyndale at Barry Powell Reserve on Saturday afternoon. The Dogs have been awesome since moving back down to Division 4 and are coming off two whopping wins against some lowly sides. The Pumas did enough to scrape home for their first win last week and will be desperate to make sure they’re not the next side the navy boys get a hold of. 

Lyndhurst will be looking to rebound when they host Frankston in an interesting clash at Marriott Waters Reserve. The Lightning were valiant in their narrow loss to CPL last week but will not tolerate dropping two games in succession. The Dolphins have found their feet in recent weeks with wins over Lyndale and Hallam but will be aware of the job at hand away from home. The visitors have been a middle of the road side for a few seasons now and need to start winning these games if they are serious about pushing for a flag. Whether the Lightning let that happen, is a different story. 

Carrum Patterson Lakes will be confident of continuing their unbeaten run when they travel to Widdop Crescent Reserve to face off against a battling Moorabbin. The Lions have been brilliant to start the season, all whilst travelling each week due to the current unavailability of their home ground. If they continue to notch up wins on the road, they’ll be seriously hard to stop later in the year when they get a glut of home games in a row. Travel shouldn’t be a factor here against the depleted Roos and the small ground could see a massive score put up by the visitors. 

The last match of the round will see one of Hallam and Dandenong sing the song for the first time in 2021. The Redlegs have been pipped at the post twice in their opening three games and will be looking to use that heartbreak to spur them on here. It’ll be a tough ask in enemy territory though and Hallam will be just as hungry to claim the four points. The Hawks have been respectable after a rough initial fixture and despite three losses have been competitive in each contest. If they play to their ability they should give their home fans plenty to cheer about here. 

By Lincoln Edmunds

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