Blues, Bulldogs in blockbuster

SALE City will have its hands full if it is to remain the only undefeated side in North Gippsland football when the Bulldogs meet a rebounding Rosedale tomorrow.

Although the Blues stumbled against Glengarry last weekend for their first loss of the season, league followers will be eager to see the result of the match at Rosedale between the improving Blues and the reigning premiers.

Bulldogs coach Nick Hider knew there was still plenty of improvement to be made in his side.

“Our depth in our list is a lot greater than last year, we had six of our best out on the weekend and we covered their omissions well with guys stepping up from the reserves and thirds sides seizing their opportunities,” he said.

“Having guys out with injuries has given the kids an opportunity to step up and play at the senior level and they are grasping the chance with both hands.

“It’s going to be tough this week with three to four senior guys to come back into the side. With the way that the kids played on the weekend they don’t deserve to be dropped.”

Hider, who has been sidelined with a collarbone injury, said the match will be a test for his side against quality opposition.

“We have a plan that we are playing to and will continue to stick to it regardless of the result against Rosedale,” he said.

“We have tried a few different things; we are focusing on developing the young kids and have been pleased with their development.

“I always think that it is better for the kids to play seniors footy to develop them so we will continue to rotate the juniors.”

AFTER being convincingly beaten in past weeks by both of last year’s grand finalists, Cowwarr, in eighth placed with only one win so far, faces a danger game against Woodside.

The winless Wildcats enter the match at Cowwarr with confidence following more than competitive showings over the past fortnight Having tested Sale City for more than a half and taking the contest up to Boisdale-Briagolong, the Wildcats know that if they continue their purple patch of form that a win is on the cards.

HEYFIELD will need to bring its “A game” for its home game against Traralgon-Tyers United.

After narrowly falling short of Churchill last week, the Kangaroos will be confident their continued improvement over the opening four rounds will serve them well against the Bombers, who rebounded from their disappointing performance against Rosedale to thump Gormandale.

BOISDALE-Briagolong will aim to cause one of the upsets of season when it hosts to Churchill.

The Cougars have won their past two matches and will be confident they can seal victory on the road, but it will be far from one-way traffic as the Bombers at their small home ground are an interesting prospect and have already matched their two wins of 2011.

WINLESS Gormandale will host an in-form Glengarry in the traditional Mother’s Day match this Sunday.

Regardless of the ladder positions, the two sides always put on a fierce contested.