Blockbuster round in NGFNL

A ROUND of blockbuster matches in North Gippsland football will be headlined by the top of the table clash at Stephenson Park between Rosedale and Sale City.

Sitting two games clear of their nearest rivals, Rosedale appears to have the minor premiership all sewn up with tomorrow’s clash an opportunity for the Blues’ coaching panel to assess just exactly where the side is at.

The Blues have enjoyed a break-out season, going from strength to strength under coach Damien Birss.

The ladder leader will meet the two-time reigning premier who is coming off its third loss of the season, a surprise defeat at Cowwarr.

The Bulldogs, under coach Nick Hider, have been bolstered by the inclusion of a plethora of new young stars with the side showing this season it will again be a force come finals time.

With strong midfield engine rooms, potent forward lines and tough defensive structures the stage is set for an enticing battle, one which may be a prelude of what is to come on that one day in September when the silverware is raised.

The Blues defeated the Bulldogs by 27 points at Rosedale in round five.

IN the clash between third and fourth, Traralgon-Tyers United will host Heyfield at the beginning of a tough month of football for the Bombers.

Meeting three of last year’s finalists in as many weeks, the Bombers’ must win tomorrow’s crucial clash against the Kangaroos to further confirm their hold on a top five finish.

The Bombers are yet to claim the scalp of an opponent which sits above them on the ladder, so victory would boost their confidence as the competition moves into the pointy end of the season.

Last Saturday the Kangaroos embarked on one of the most enthralling comebacks. Down and out against Churchill, they rebounded strongly in the second half to demonstrate why they are continually touted as the dark horse of the premiership race.

It will take an almighty effort by the Bombers to halt the Kangaroos, whose season continues to gain momentum.

In their last encounter, the two sides were locked in a fierce battle before the Kangaroos powered away in the third term. The Bombers can’t afford to allow Heyfield the same luxury tomorrow.

IN other matches, Cowwarr will host Woodside as last year’s preliminary finalist fights hard to play in the finals for a second consecutive season, having watched its lead dissolve last round, Boisdale-Briagolong will aim to bounce back against Churchill, who are also rebounding from a defeat after leading, and it’s hard to look past the fifth-placed Glengarry to take the four points against Gormandale on Sunday.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.