Blues aim to bounce back

FOLLOWING a torrid fortnight against Woodside and Glengarry, Rosedale will aim to return to the winners’ list when it hosts Boisdale-Briagolong during round nine of North Gippsland football.

Outplayed from the start against Glengarry, the going won’t get easier for the Blues, who host a Boisdale-Briagolong side coming off a surprise 15-point victory against fourth-placed Churchill.

The Bombers were one of three teams in the bottom half of the ladder to defeat top five sides last weekend as they look to close the gap ahead of the mid-season break.

Noting ahead of last round his side have been competitive in patches before having lapses, coach Daniel Sandeman would have been impressed with the Bombers’ ability to string together a solid challenge against one of the league’s powerhouse clubs.

The Bombers can’t afford to get too far ahead of themselves, as the win was only their second for the season. But they are a talented young outfit which can certainly shape the fortunes of those ranked above them on the ladder.

GORMANDALE will aim to rebound from its disappointing showing against Sale City when it hosts Heyfield.

Coming off their first two wins, the Tigers were completely outplayed by the Bulldogs, managing only one goal after quarter-time, and will need to refocus if they are to become only the second side to defeat the ladder leader.

Perhaps lucky to come away with a one-point win against TTU last weekend, the premiers demonstrated poise under pressure as they successfully mounted a late challenge.

Conceding a mere 454 points in the past seven rounds, the Kangaroos’ defence is the best in the competition and will pose the toughest assignment to date for a relatively inexperienced Tiger forward line.

TWO wins outside the top five, Glengarry’s clash against Woodside is vital in ensuring it remains in touch with the front runners.

THE disappointment of having come so close against Heyfield would have spurred Traralgon-Tyers United this week as it refocuses on tomorrow’s challenge against an improving Cowwarr.

RIVALS Churchill and Sale City will do battle on Sunday in front of what is expected to be a large crowd.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.