NGFNL split round begins

After winning at Glengarry last weekend, Heyfield will host Gormandale. Photo: Latrobe Valley Express

After winning at Glengarry last weekend, Heyfield will host Gormandale. Photo: Latrobe Valley Express

JUST two North Gippsland football matches will be played on Saturday, as the league begins a split round.

Two top five teams will play sides which are on the bottom of the ladder and out of finals contention.

HEYFIELD should return to the top of the ladder, for at least a week, when it hosts Gormandale.

The Kangaroos trail top side Yarram on percentage, which is likely to get a boost against the win-less Tigers.

Last weekend at Glengarry, the Kangaroos kicked six unanswered goals in the first quarter and never looked back from there, winning by 58 points.

The Kangaroos learned lessons from their lacklustre performance against Rosedale, lifting their tackling pressure and moving the ball quicker.

In round five, Heyfield defeated Gormandale by 79 points.

The Tigers are looking long term, with coach Steve Hazelman and six senior players committing to the club next season.

COMING off a one-point loss, Rosedale will host Churchill.

Trailing Traralgon-Tyers United by 20 points at home, the Blues almost snatched victory, falling agonisingly short.

Rosedale’s form belies its ninth place on the ladder. Over the past six weeks, the Blues have defeated Cowwarr and Gormandale, while their heaviest loss was by 15 points (twice).

Unable to make the top five, the Blues can take on the role of finals spoilers and will be confidence of a better showing than their seven-goal loss to the Cougars earlier this year.

Back-to-back wins have Churchill eight points behind third-placed Sale City. Last weekend, the Cougars won a vital clash against Cowwarr, which was pushing for a return to the top five.

ROUND 14 will conclude the following Saturday, with Sale City travelling to Woodside, Yarram hosting Glengarry, and Traralgon-Tyers United welcoming Cowwarr.

Blues host the Bombers

BOISDALE-Briagolong will head east to Orbost for a challenging game against the Blues in round 13 of East Gippsland football.

Orbost-Snowy Rovers’ last game was called off due to an air ambulance arriving for a Wy Yung reserves player, while Boisdale-Briagolong’s clash against Lindenow ended early in the fourth quarter, after on-baller Callan Egan hit the ground hard and was taken to hospital.

Egan is reportedly fine, but may not play on Saturday.

The Blues have had strong wins at home, handily defeating Lakes Entrance in round 11, while Boisdale is continuing to sink further down the ladder and needs a win.

Lakes Entrance will have a fight on its hands against Stratford.

The Seagulls overran Paynesville last week by more than 80 points, but Stratford, looking to rebound after a shock loss to a resurgent Lucknow, will be hard to beat.

The Swans are comfortably in the top four, but need a good margin to maintain their percentage lead over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Paynesville, fighting hard despite only winning one game so far this season, will take on Wy Yung.

The team is beginning to pull together, but the Tigers, sitting in the top four by a whisker, could run rampant.

Lindenow will head to Lucknow.

The Magpies have regained their form from the beginning of the season, and apart from being defeated by Paynesville, were able to beat top-four contenders Orbost and Stratford recently.

There is a slight chance Lucknow’s giant-killing ways could continue, though Lindenow remains formidable.

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