GVFL Round 5

ANZAC CLASH… Goulburn Valley League had its Anzac Round on Saturday, April 27. Pictured is Kyabram senior football and netball teams at Deakin Reserve. Photo: The Adviser


Shepparton will look to keep its unbeaten record in-tact when it welcomes Euroa to Deakin Reserve.

The Magpies lost their undefeated status after lossing to the reigning premier by 45 points.

There were some positives for the Pies when they won the third quarter against the Murray Bombers and at same time kept them to two behinds.

Ryan Pendlebury and Jett Trotter will be back for the Pies in a huge boost.

Luke Smith was brilliant in his best game for 2024 since he returned to Deakin Reserve.

If Shepparton can continue that good form, I think the Bears can make it five wins on the bounce. Tip: Shepparton.


Tatura will be desperate to get its season back on track after three losses on the trot. And, it doesn’t get any easier when they welcome a Mooroopna outfit which is 3-1 from its four matches.

The Bulldogs won only one quarter in its four-goal loss to Rochester.

The Cats won three quarters against the Swans but failed to kick a goal in the last quarter to record a narrow five-point win over the Swans.

Coach John Lamont would no doubt have reviewed what went wrong in the last quarter and he will demand better from his boys.

I think the Cats can get the win despite the best efforts of the Bulldogs. Tip: Mooroopna.


Can anyone beat Echuca?

The Tigers will be desperate to turn the tables on the Murray Bombers.

I can’t remember the last time the Tigers got over the Murray Bombers in the past five or so years.

If they are to be any chance of causing an upset, then the Tigers will need to make every post a winner against a team that punishes you if you don’t. Tip: Echuca.

ANZAC CLASH… Goulburn Valley League had its Anzac Round on Saturday, April 27. Pictured is Kyabram senior football and netball teams at Deakin Reserve. Photo: The Adviser


Both teams will be chasing their first win of 2024 when they go into battle at Benalla.

The Saints have lost three games in 2024, but the concern for coach Jarrod Waite would be the margins of those losses – the last two by over 100 points.

The Lions are winless after losses to Tatura, Shepparton Swans and Shepparton. They will be desperate to win to climb off the bottom of the ladder.

If they can start well and put some early scoreboard pressure on the Saints, then I think they can win their first game of the season. Tip: Seymour


Shepparton Swans will be desperate to turn its good form to date into more wins.

And, they get a great opportunity when they welcome the winless Shepparton United to Princess Park.

The Demons are yet to win in 2024, their best being a 60-all draw with Benalla in round 3.

The Demons broke even with the Bombers in the first quarter, but then lost the next three quarters.

The Swans are an interesting watch. They have won six quarters of football and broke even in one versus the Lions. They have won all of their last quarters, but only have four points to show for the season to date.

I like what the Swans are doing and I think they kick close to 100 points which will be enough to get past a United team that is averaging around 60 points a game. Tip: Shepparton Swans.


After a false start, Mansfield has bounced back to steer its season back on track to be sitting inside the top six.

They have had two 100 + point wins in the past fortnight, which has given their percentage a major boost.

The Bombers were strong after quarter-time, winning the remaining three quarters against Shepparton United.

Lachlan Smith didn’t play last weekend and the Bombers hope to have him available for this crucial clash, as these four points, will no doubt shape the bottom half of the top six. Tip: Mansfield.