WOMEN by Kieren Vartuli
Our last fixture of the round will see the Eagles and Tigers also in back-to-back action. Coming off a blowout victory against the third placed Eastern Mavericks, the Tigers will look to knock off one of the title contenders in Forestville. With only a few rounds remaining, the Tigers are still clawing for a finals position and a victory over the Eagles will put them in the driver’s seat. After knocking off the Mavericks by 29-points last week and facing the Warriors a day earlier, the Tigers may roll into this one with some confidence depending on their Saturday outcome. This is the two sides first meeting this season and both sides are in fine form. Southern showed they believe they deserve a finals position after embarrassing the Mavericks 24-8 in the final term of their matchup. Southern’s ability to swing a contest, demoralise a title darkhorse and make the league talk about them shows why they are still a contender. By Sunday night, the Tigers could be sitting pretty in the top 6 after dashing Woodville’s hopes and a Norwood loss. Although if these results do not fall their way, they just might in the near future.
Hang Time Prediction: Southern Tigers
MEN by Daniel Renfrey
Both of these sides will go back-to-back in Round 16 and this is set to be the best game of the round. Turnage will be the key for the Tigers in this one, with his ability to put teams away inside and get defensive stops with his sheer ability and presence. Mays will be key for the Eagles and he will need to create for his teammates as well as himself if his side is to get this win. Both teams have shown the ability to take a game over on either end of the floor, but with the Eagles having a bit more depth than Southern, they should be more appropriately equipped for the grind of a back-to-back game. If Southern have their inside threats quelled, they may struggle to find other offensive options, therefore allowing a deep Forestville side to take advantage and build a lead. It should be a very interesting and close game though, with the Eagles potentially the favourite to edge out their opponents.
Hang Time Prediction: Forestville Eagles