Football previews R8


This should be a fantastic arm wrestle between two teams which have only dropped the one game from the opening seven weeks of the season.

Both will be looking to make a statement and land a blow to gain the edge over one another in the event of clashing in the finals.

The Cats were able to get the job done against Benalla last round while Mansfield proved too strong for the Shepparton Swans before the inter-league bye.

Kai Madgwick, Liam Betson, Coby James, Jed Woods and Darcy Russell will be important players for the Cats.

Dirk Koenen, Brett Mahoney, Ben Christopher, Frazer Dale and Tim Costigan will be hoping to lead by example for the visitors.

A strong start will be the key to potentially deciding who wins the all-important four points. Tip: Mansfield.


After a slow start to 2022, which saw Euroa dropped its opening two games, it is now flying and chasing a sixth consecutive win.

On the other hand, the Saints are really struggling and sit on the bottom of the ladder without a win.

They have come agonisingly close in two games this year only to fall short against Tatura and Shepparton United.

 Jake Pallpratt, Christopher Welsh, Jordan Wolff, Samuel Harris and Ryan Harper will need to continue their strong form if they are to give the Saints any chance of victory.

Jayden Gleeson, Harrison Jarvie, Lachlan Hill, Nate Trotter and Erishmiilan Uthayakumar will be important for a Pies outfit which has clicked into gear and looking to score another strong win. Tip: Euroa.


This will be an interesting contest.

Seymour got back on the winners’ list last weekend.

While, the Bears showed a rapid improvement from the previous week in its loss to Rochester before the bye.

And, coach Ted Lindon will be urging his players to not fear the Lions.

Last year, the Bears pushed the Lions down at Kings Park only to fall short by a couple of kicks.

Jack Murphy, Nathan Beattie, Seamus Feery, Michael Hartley and Joshua Alford will be looking to continue their strong form for the Lions.

Lindon, Mitchell Brett, Rhiley Lau, Bryce Stephenson, Hamish Rowlands and the returning Anthony Andronaco will be important for the visiting Bears. Tip: Seymour.


Kyabram will be looking to bounce back after suffering its first loss to Euroa at home.

The trip to Deakin Reserve to take on Shepparton United will be one the visitors will look to dominate.

Kyle Clarke, Edward Adams, Joel Serra, Mitchell Trevaskis and Charlie Di Stefano will be desperate to take the game to the Bombers.

Lachlan Smith, Zachary Norris, Thomas Holman, Kaine Herbert and Jake Parkinson will be looking to ensure the Bombers avoid a second straight loss to ensure they consolidate their place in the top six. Tip: Kyabram.


This will be intriguing contest and one that should draw a good crowd given it is on a Sunday.

The arch rivals clashed on the opening day of the season and the Murray Bombers proved too good on that day.

Rochester has put together five wins on the bounce after losing its opening two games while Echuca is yet to lose a game in 2022.

Nathan Kay, Adam McPhee, Jacob Atley, Jordan Harper, Mitch Cricelli and Steven Stroobants will be trying to lead from the front while Kane Morris, Logan Prout, Will Monahan, Cooper Barber, Trent Campbell and Andrew Walker will be trying to play strong football to ensure the win. Tip: Echuca.


This will be interesting match-up between two of the teams unlikely to feature in the September action.

That said, every game is still important as both look to have some little wins on their re-build journey.

Tyreece Collison, Isaiah Jones, coach Andrew Riordan, Max Clohesy and Diesel Batey will be looking to continue their strong form while Billy Cooper, Tom Sullivan, Chris Ryan, Brad Ryan and Ben Cosgriff will be important as the visitors look to snag a second win of the 2022 season.

The Swans will be desperate to chalk up their second win of the season and Riordan knows if his chargers can play four quarters, they will go close to securing the win. Tip: Tatura.