THE match of the round next week is between close rivals Shepparton Swans and Mooroopna, who have not had the greatest start to season 2017 and both will be looking for their first win this Saturday at Princess Park.
Mooroopna will see this as a great chance to break their current losing streak, which stands at 23 while the Swannies, having won the premiership only 30 months ago, will look to open their account and push to stay in touch with the top six.
The Cats form line looks the better between the two sides as their better percentage suggests and will look to the experience of Trent Freer and the young midfield group to lead the way and continue their improvement. Nathan Turner up forward has kicked eight goals in the last two weeks and along with Clint Riley, who has been Mooroopna’s best player so far this year, the Cats are a real chance here.
The Shepparton Swans’ loss of numerous stars over the summer has them in a rebuilding phase now but still have a sprinkling of 2014 premiership stars to help the young players find their feet in the GVL. The start to the season has been tough with the losses being almost 400 points in total over the first four rounds.
Quade Johnstone, BJ Squire and Chris Cullinan have been the experienced players trying hard against the flow with Jordan Gattuso, Jayden Clarke and Billy Cooper the future that the Swans hope will help the climb back into finals contention.
The form line says Mooroopna and on paper, it says Shepparton Swans. It will be close all day and the Cats will end up with their noses in front when the final siren sounds, just.
In other games this week, Echuca will get the chocolates at home in an upset against Shepparton, Euroa will be too strong for Mansfield, Rochester at home will bounce back versus Benalla, Seymour will travel to Deakin Reserve and teach Shepparton Untied a lesson and Kyabram at home are $1.05 as they welcome Tatura.