SFL Round 14
SFL Press Conference Round 14
This weeks round of matches is very important in the context of the season and ladder positions with five rounds to be played including this round. At the TCA fifth team Hobart hosts the sixth placed New Norfolk in a must win match for both teams. Very little separates the teams in % and last time they played at Boyer, Hobart snuck home with less than a goal difference. The Eagles have been the big improvers over the last few rounds with some upset results against teams above them on the ladder which suggests they are really back in the mix for finals. Last week they defeated second placed Huonville Lions with Mark Horne again leading the way. The Tigers had travelled down to Cygnet and once again was not able to defeat a team above them on the ladder. Tigers were best served by Robertson, Charlton & Sullivan.
The winner of this match will crucially go a game clear of the other on the ladder. Too close to tip a winner here this week. At Shark Park we have Dodges Ferry at home taking on Cygnet in another huge match of significance. Dodges 7th one win behind fifth and sixth really need to win this match to remain in touch with the top five for the run home. Cygnet on the other hand in fourth spot still have a chance for a top three position sitting one win behind third place. Last week the Sharks defeated Brighton at Pontville, with Jack Siggins in good form. Cygnet defeated Hobart at home in a tight contest all day. The best for Cygnet last week were Gane, Cowen, Halton. Cygnet seem to struggle away from home and this gives the Sharks their best chance to gain an upset result. Huonville Lions third meet Claremont second at home. Again this is a huge match in context of the ladder with second spot on the ladder at season end gaining a home final. Last time these teams met the Lions could not get over the Mont in a narrow loss. The Lions last week lost to sixth placed New Norfolk away at Boyer oval and will be keen to atone for that result. Claremont on the other hand returned to the winners list last week against Sorell after three successive losses. Luke Potter had a great game last week against Sorell bagging seven goals. For the Lions Denehey up forward snagged four. Once again a result too close to predict in a very exciting clash. Can the Lions celebrate the 20 year reunion of the merger of the club from Huonville & Franklin to become the Huonville Lions. At Pembroke Park the Sorell Eagles have the dauting task of hosting ladder leaders Lindisfarne. Sorell the last two weeks have performed strongly against both New Norfolk & Claremont. Best for Sorell last week were Bateman, Craik, Gregson, Curran while Lindisfarne will be fresh of the bye. Cassidy has been in good form in recent games and will be a handful for the Eagles defence. The Blues will start warm favourites in this clash.
ROUND 14 July 8 Gala Day at New Norfolk
New Norfolk v South East Suns 10.00am Sunday at Boyer
Lauderdale v Claremont 11.40am Sunday at Boyer
North Hobart v Lindisfarne 1.20pm Sunday at Boyer
Hobart Tigers v University 3.00pm Sunday at Boyer
Bye The PORT
This week returns with gala day format with New Norfolk FC hosting at Boyer Oval. The Eagles are involved in game one up against ladder leaders the Suns. This poses a big challenge to the hosts. The Suns would be expected to win this match comfortably. In game two the ever-improving Bombers will be against the Magpies. Last time these teams met Claremont won, however don’t expect they will have it easy. The Mont had a hard-fought contest at home last week against the Demons so should be well conditioned for this match. Claremont slight favourite to win. In game three the Demons find themselves against the Blues.
This is a huge challenge for the developing Demons outfit and a good opportunity to test their development this season. The Blues will start favourite with their range of experienced players led by coach Jodi Mather. The final match of the round has two of the seasons newest teams up against each other with the Tigers against University. Uni have been very competitive in most games this season and would expect them to win.