SHEPPARTON UNITED (7th) v KYABRAM (3rd) @ Deakin Reserve, Shepparton
SHEPPARTON United will be looking to continue their winning form against Kyabram after a big win against Tatura in Round 5. The Dees were best served by Matt Rendina, Jesse McInneny (4 goals), Shaun Huy, Ben Bingham and with eight individual goal kickers last week they can damage opposing defences. The match up of Sam Smith and Shane Neaves in the ruck will be telling, with both sides having strong midfields.
Kyabram will enter as hot favourites after disposing of flag favourite Benalla last week by 19 points at Kyabram Recreation Reserve. Some better players for Kyabram were Jason Morgan, Luke Morris, Sam Sheldon and William Burstin (7 goals), the Bombers with arguably the best defensive line up in the league and one of the premier forwards of the competition (Burstin) in red hot form, with 15 goals in two games United will find this dominate Kyabram side too hot to handle.
SEYMOUR (8th) v TATURA (12th) @ Kings Park, Seymour
Seymour were disappointing last week against Mooroopna, trailing by eight points at three quarter time to eventually lose by 44 points. The focus for Brent Colbert and the team at the Lions Den this week will be on contested footy and delivery into the forward line with which they were poor. Both star forwards Tim Bongetti and Saad Saad failed to score a goal. Best players were Hugh Robertson, Jack Murphy, Harrison Wheeler, Brett Meredith.
Tatura are win-less for the 2015 season and will be looking to be competitive over four quarters after not scoring in the first term last week; also with a percentage of 57.82 percent they aren’t playing good football, but with the likes of Liam Borrelli, Henry Peni, Lee Warnett and Jamason Daniels in good form, the Bulldogs could, with the inclusion of possibly Jake Wall and Rian McGough, cause an upset here.
MANSFIELD (9th) v SHEPPARTON SWANS (6th) @ Mansfield Rec Reserve, Mansfield
Mansfield registered a comfortable second win of the year last week against Shepparton, winning by 35 points and with big name recruit, George Burbury kicking five goals in a ‘Best On Ground’ performance they will be tough opposition at home for the Swans. The Eagles’ players looking to build on form are Burbury, Adem Boshevski, Chris Gallagher and Mark Jones. The Eagles have been a little disappointing so far this year and need a big scalp to straighten up their season.
This game for the Swans is a must win as spots in the top six will be hotly contested for the rest of the year. The Swans don’t want to drop this and slip behind the pack, they have the talent in Tom Preece, Tyson Sidebottom, Andrew Riordan and Justin Maddern to take it up to the Eagles. Expect a solid effort from the Swans, and in a worrying trend for some clubs this season, in particular the Swans, trying to find four quarters of consistent effort will be the key to them prevailing on Saturday.
ROCHESTER (1st) v BENALLA (4th) @ Moon Oval, Rochester
What a mouth watering contest this will be against two of the highly fancied premiership contenders for this year. The Tigers flying atop the ladder without losing a game so far and with Benalla dropping two of their last four games will be out to make amends. Match-ups all around the ground will be factors in determining the winner in this one with the key defensive posts for both sides being strong. Rochester’s stars have really been shining and will be looking to build with Ash Watson, Dan Anderson, Steve Stroobants and Jacob Perry kicking goals to stand up this weekend.
Benalla Coach, Luke Morgan and Ryan Colbert will be welcome additions to a Saints side lacking continued effort and spirit according to Morgan and with their second away game in a row, will be keen to break the away ‘hoodoo.’ Expect the two Mellingtons, Josh and Nick, along with Lockie Smith, Sam Martyn and Luke Morgan to have big games. The Saints need a response; expect it this weekend.
Kyle Power is a member of the 98.5 OneFM football commentary team and can be heard every Saturday morning from 9:30am.