GVFL Football round 6 by Sam Saracino

GREAT GAME...Under Kade James of Mooroopna tackles Seymour's Charlie Carmichael. Photo: Wayne Herring


Shepparton United and Benalla will lock horns knowing the prize at 4.30pm this afternoon. Both are winless but the Demons have been reasonably competitive in most of their defeats in 2022 while the Saints have struggled, suffering a few heavy losses already this season. United will be looking to Edward Adams, Jamie Atkinson, Joel Serra, Adam Pigatto and Charlie Di Stefano to try help the home team kicking a winning score. The visitors will look to Christopher Welsh, Jake Pallpratt, co-coach William Martiniello, Aden Macdonald and Zachary Amarant to try help them to their first win of the season. This will be a real arm wrestle which I think the home team can get the chocolates.

Tip: Shepparton United.


Mansfield will be look to improve its record to 5-1 when it welcomes Tatura.The Bulldogs have won the one game this season, a one-point thriller over Benalla on Good Friday. Mansfield was strong in its win over the Bears last weekend, especially after quarter time.The Eagles were well led by Brett Mahoney, Lachie Christopher, Jack Hutchins, Cody George and Patrick Marks. If they can continue that form and keep the likes of Chris Ryan, Billy Cooper, James Bennett, Tom Sullivan and Mitchell Elliott at bay, I think they win and win comfortably.

Tip: Mansfield.


Rochester will be looking to consolidate its place at the top end of the ladder when it welcomes Shepparton Swans to Moon Oval. The Tigers have been consistent after a slow start to the season. They will look to Andy Henderson, Shaun Atley, Nathan Kay, Mitch Cricelli and Jordan Harper to continue their good form. One thing that would have pleased coach Steven Stroobants last weekend in the win was the fact that they had 10 different goalkickers with Cricelli leading the way again with four goals. The Swans gave it their best shot against Kyabram last weekend, with Bryden Squire, Quade Johnstone, Diesel Batey, Kurtis Dixon and Mason Pedretti leading the way. They will be crucial if the Swans are to be competitive today against a Tigers’ outfit chasing a fourth straight win.

Tip: Rochester.


Echuca will be looking to continue its strong form which has it at the top end of the ladder and one of the premiership favourites. They welcome Shepparton today who had its bubble burst after three wins on the bounce. The Bears struggled after quarter time to go with the Eagles last weekend. And if the likes of Tyler Bell, Mitchell Brett, Edward Lindon, Connor Fleming and Hamish Rowlands don’t continue their good form then the likes of Andrew Walker, Ben Reid, Ruory Kirkby, Kane Morris and Sam Willoughby will ensure a comfortable win for the Green Machine.Tip: Echuca.


Kyabram will be looking to continue its winning ways when it welcomes a desperate Seymour team keen to turnaround its fortunes. The reigning premier showed patches of what its capable of on its day against the Swans last weekend. Thomas Holman (five goals) Zachary Keogh, Jason Morgan, Kaine Herbert and Cooper Vick (five goals) starred in the win. Seymour will take some solace from the fact that it did kick 10 goals against the strong Echuca line-up. Coach Ben Davey will be hoping his team can regain some players back from injury soon rather than later to ensure their season doesn’t slip away.

Tip: Kyabram.


This is the match of the round. After a slow start to 2022, the Magpies have bounced back with three wins on the trot. Pies coach Scott Rowan knows this will be a big challenge for his team and one he will welcome. Lachlan Hill, Jayden Gleeson, Ben Bath, Jett Trotter and Jack McKernan will be important for the visitors as they try to turnaround the loss to the Cats in 2021.One other positive for the Pies was the fact they had 11 different goalkickers in the win over United, with Tristan Davies leading the way with four goals. The Cats are flying under John Lamont. They are reaping of the benefits of outstanding pre-season. Lamont will be hoping Liam Betson, Ben Hicks, Matt Deane, Jed Woods and Kydan Atkinson can continue their good form. He would have been pleased that they had eight different goalkickers share in the 12 goals last weekend, with Chris Nield leading the way with four goals. One thing he will be hoping for is they kick straighter after kicking 12.21 from 33 scoring shots.

Tip: Mooroopna.

GREAT GAME…Under Kade James of Mooroopna tackles Seymour’s Charlie Carmichael. Photo: Wayne Herring