By Kyle Power
BENALLA V ROCHESTER – 98.5 ONEFM BROADCAST GAME
WHAT a game this promises to be. Could it be a grand final preview? With one versus two on the ladder it doesn’t get any bigger. The Tigers will be looking to bounce back onto the winners list after a shock loss at home against Seymour last round. If any loss is good for a side I believe that disappointment for Rochester will show them how good winning is and ignite their season even further. But they have to get over a really strong and well-drilled side in Benalla, who are the ‘in form’ side of the competition, and are putting sides to the sword early on in games. The Saints are starting to get the football world talking again with their exceptional midfield, ever reliable back-line and a strong dominate forward-line. Expect this one to go right down to the wire.
Players to watch – Will Martiniello (Benalla) & Steven Stroobants (Rochester)
SEYMOUR V KYABRAM
WHAT a difference a month in ‘footy’ can make. Seymour, after being smacked by the Swans in Round 9, have responded superbly to win their next four in a row with big away wins against Kyabram and last week, Rochester. Seasons are defined with how you win away from home and the Lions are the best at it this year. Kyabram’s patchy form continues to surprise many but a gutsy win last week against Mooroopna has them back into winning ways. The Bombers defence, which has been relied on so much, is now ranked third in the competition with the attack of the Lions ranking seventh. The Lions need to keep winning as spots for finals action heats up in the remaining rounds.
Players to watch – Tim Bongetti (Seymour) & Jason Morgan (Kyabram)
EUROA V SHEPPARTON SWANS
THE Swans stellar form continues as they ramp up their ambitions to go back-to-back, winning their last five straight games. Hayden Best’s men are playing consistent football and when challenged as they were against Mansfield last week, responded with some fine performances being from their more experienced players. The Swans are slowly getting back to the heights of last year and will be dangerous come finals time. Euroa at home always pose a threat and will take some positives out of the first half against the Swans the last time these two sides met in Round 11. This will be a cracking contest between two very similar sides.
Players to watch – Tyson Sidebottom (Swans) & Andrew Bell (Euroa)