Gol Gol and Bambill will offer the clear match of the round for spectators, as the two modern day powerhouses of the League duke it out in a top-of-the-table clash. This game will be won or lost in the midfield, as the likes of superstars Don Falvo and Sam Curran for the Saints do battle with Brad Thomas and Jake Garraway in the Gol Gol lineup.
Spectators might expect Bambill to get the first use of the ball through Coach Darren Atkinson, and he will likely not disappoint. There are a few big names coming back into the squad to back up Atkinson’s strength, with Shea Bateman coming back as a Forward On-baller, and Adam Luitjes back at Centre Half Back after a month out. Jake Garraway will be back and on the ball. Former Bambill Coach Dam Doering will be give the job of stopping the premier small forward in the competition, Gareth Collinson, who has continued his good form from last season. Doering has a proven record in such roles. The big question this game regards who will be given the task of stopping leading goa kicker Luke Stanbrook. The star forward has monstered defenses with his work rate, his ability to take contested marks and his reliable set shot rate.
Gol Gol will follow Atkinson’s strong leadership with a solid midfield, including Thomas and Garraway. Collinson will look to use his electric strength to beat Doering. But the most crucial task is of course that of culling the influence of Stanbrook. The Hawks have a strong goal kicking lineup, with an even spread up Forward including former Lion Brenton Love, and former Euston Bomber Jamie Buchanan. Jake Freckleton has been the surprise packet this season, with seven majors to his name last start.
Tip: Despite the home ground advantage for Gol Gol, expect the reining premiers to get the job done by about 25 points, and remain firm favourites for the Premiership.
Meringur will host Werrimull at Lake Cullulleraine. The Roos will be looking to bounce back after a defeat at the hands of Nangiloc last start. They have a comfortable win over the Magpies in the first round of the season, and will look to continue this record against last year’s Grand Finalists.
Werrimull will be bolstered up forward with the return of Coach, and former Premiership Coach, Shannon Anthony, but will be well undersized over he ground without big men Patty White, Jamie Keenan and the hamstrung Ethan Zoch. Ruckman Henry Rolfe will have to carry the ruck against the more experienced team of Jack Rentsch and Rob Price, so expect he Magpies to make the most of using a third man up and around the ground. Price will also cause some headaches up forward for the magpies. Larry Petrolo will be given the task against the in-form Roos key forward. Alfie Jenkins will be out injured. Last season’s premiership playing side will be looking to better their record against the Roos this week, with a fitter lineup than in the first round, and expect to be a lot harder at the contest.
Inclusions for the Roos this round include Tom Nihill, in his first game for the year, previously from the Imperials. Brad Morris is back from injury, as well as Jay Davies. Corey Beckley will be hoping for a win in a milestone game, his 50th for the club. Matt McGinty has held the Roos’defence together, showing both good form and great leadership, which will again be important in today’s match. Meringur will be looking to their big bodied midfielder in former Holcroft medalist Karl Farquharson and Josh Whitelaw. Farquharson and Whitelaw’s battle with former teammates —now enemies —Scotty Clarke and Michael Quinn will be the battle of the match, and should present the crowd with a strong match up and great spectacle for the crowd.
Tip: Too close to call. The Midfield battle will be defining; pick the winner, and you might pick the outcome of the match. The Roos are yet to win at home and will be wanting the chance.
Down at Nangiloc, The Demons host Cardross and will be looking to fire again this weekend With momentum coming from a big win against Meringur in the Mega Round. But it will be a match without key defender Haydn Falconer, who is out after receiving internal injuries last week. The key up forward will be Dave Keens for Nangiloc. Cameron Cox and Lachlan Rohde both celebrate their 50th game this weekend, and will be hoping to celebrate with a solid win. Forward Lachlan Dowdy will be welcomed back into the Demons fray and will add some much needed scoring power in the forward line. Nangiloc Assistant Coach Cameron O’Brien is out, injured, and his elite foot skills and leadership will be missed through Half Forward. Despite this, the match should present a winning opportunity for the Demons after a strong showing at Gol Gol last round.
Cardross will head into Round 6 coming from a solid defeat at the hands of undefeated ladder leaders Bambill last week. The Lions were punished with one of the largest margins recorded recently in the Millewa League, going down to the Saints by a crushing 222 points. More crushing was the Lions’injury list, which will be a challenge to a strong bench in another tough match up this round, and will test the Lions’depth against the Demons. Some good news for Cardross may rest in the regaining of Captain Michael Laird in the Midfield, and this might bolster the side enough to result in the Lions showing up as a stronger underdog contender. Big games from Evan Pitt, and Coach Mark East at Half Back, will boost the Lions.
Tip: Nangiloc by 45 points. The game should be a fiery affair, evenly placed at half time, with the Demons to run away with the match in the second half.
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