Blues and Bombers to face off

ROSEDALE will this week host Traralgon-Tyers United, whose coach described the Blues as “the team to beat” in North Gippsland football.

Just 0.4 of a per cent separates third-placed Rosedale and second-placed TTU on the ladder.

Off the back of his side’s upset win over last year’s preliminary finalists Cowwarr, Bombers coach Daniel Hawking knew it would be no less challenging tomorrow.

“Rosedale are the team to beat at the moment, they are the benchmark of the competition,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to the contest which will provide us with the opportunity to see where we are at.”

While the Bombers coach was pleased with his side’s ability to begin strongly against the Saints, Hawking noted the players’ commitment to executing a new game plan which won points with him.

“Everyone stuck to their role, did what they had to ensuring that we played a consistent brand of football,” he said.

“We trained hard over the off season, putting in place our new game plan. The young kids can now see that it is working and they can see the reward to sticking to what we have been training and working hard on.

“The rewards are there. We knew that Cowwarr start strongly, so to be able to get those six goals on them and set the tone for the match was rewarding.”

Hawking was fully aware of the consequences his side would face if it didn’t match the Blues from the opening bounce.

“We are a fairly small side across the board, it allows us to use our pace to hopefully exploit opposition sides, but we are wary of the height difference that we will concede,” he said.

“Getting the right start again this week is so important it will make it so much easier for us if we can avoid playing catch up footy.”

AFTER suffering a heavy defeat to Glengarry, round three sees Woodside hosting the top of the table Sale City.

COMING off a loss to TTU, fifth-placed Cowwarr will refocus its attention as it hosts Glengarry, who sit one rung above the Saints on the ladder.

HEYFIELD will enter its home game against Boisdale-Briagolong as favourite after the Kangaroos bounced back to record a comprehensive 13-goal victory against Gormandale.

THE big cats will do battle when Gormandale hosts Churchill, with both sides searching for their first win of 2012.

Swans head for the coast

STRATFORD’S search for a maiden win in East Gippsland football takes it to Paynesville.

This will be a match between the sides who finished on the bottom of the North and East Gippsland league ladders last season, but don’t think this game will be of a poor standard as Stratford has shown signs of improvement since changing leagues and the Gulls are on top of the ladder after two rounds.

Tye Morrison, Gavin Bickery and Rowan Marsden have been the Swans’ best over the first two weeks.

Stratford ran into a full strength Lucknow side, with three Bairnsdale-listed players coming back into the side, last week, going down by 51 points after conceding seven goals to one in the second term. The Swans can’t afford such a lapse tomorrow against the Gulls, who are coming off a nine-point win over Wy Yung.

The Gulls’ win was set up by kicking three consecutive goals late in the second term with their defence coming to the fore when the Tigers fought back in the fourth quarter.

The match will be a renewing of old acquaintances as the clubs were members of the defunct Riviera league.

IN other EGFNL matches tomorrow, Orbost-Snowy Rovers will host Wy Yung, and Lucknow will host Lakes Entrance. Lindenow has the bye.

For more football, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.