Blues host rebounding Cats

AFTER winning a fiery contest against Churchill, the going won’t get any easier when Rosedale hosts a Woodside rebounding from its first loss of the North Gippsland football season.

Both sides sit on four wins each.

Outclassed by premier Heyfield last weekend, the Wildcats will need to be at their best for the contest against an up and about, yet unpredictable Rosedale line-up.

The match will be another test of Woodside’s premiership credentials.

Last weekend, the Blues blew the match against Churchill apart when the match was in the balance during the third term, kicking 10 goals to two. The Blues have also demonstrated an inconsistent brand of football which has seen even the lower-ranked sides push them.

The stage is set for an enthralling contest which will see two strong midfield and ruck combinations pitted against each other.

Both sides also boast firepower in attack with three of the competition’s top 12 leading goal scorers – Woodside’s Justin Staley and Rosedale’s Andrew Flanagan and Brad Caldwell – taking to the field.

COWWARR’S top five credentials will be tested when it hosts a red hot Heyfield.

Doing enough to claim the four points in round five, the Saints will need to up the ante if they are to compete with the in-form ladder leader.

Having booted 15 goals in his past two matches, Saints’ key forward Tim Johnston is likely to be closely guarded by former teammate Scott Anderson.

The midfield contest will determine the result with both sides boasting impressive running brigades who can turn a game in a 15-minute purple patch.

If history is anything to go by, the Saints can go into the contest confident in knowing they were the last side to knock over Heyfield as wet conditions played into their favour as they skipped away to an early lead late last season.

If Cowwarr can exploit its home ground advantage, it may put the Saints in good stead to seal back-to-back wins as they get their season back on track.

BOISDALE-Briagolong will head to Gormandale.

SALE City will hit the road to play second-placed Traralgon-Tyers United, who last Saturday reminded competition followers of the difference between the top and bottom ranked sides in easily accounting for Boisdale-Briagolong.

CHURCHILL will look to bounce back from a tough fortnight and defeat Glengarry at home and firm its hold on a top five position.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.