Bombers look to upset Saints

IF it can carry last weekend’s form into its contest against Cowwarr, Boisdale-Briagolong will be confident it may cause one of the upsets of the North Gippsland football season.

The Bombers proving they are no easy beats, pushing ladder leader Heyfield all the way to the final siren last Saturday.

Ruing from the one that got away against Glengarry, and with their chances of playing finals slipping from their grasp, the Saints will be hungrier than ever.

Beaten by 78 points in their earlier meeting, the Bombers will need to closely guard Saints’ power forward Tim Johnston who, on that day, booted eight of the side’s 18 majors. Held closely by Glengarry’s Ben Truin, Johnston will be eager to run rampant in the forward 50 and add to his season tally of 52 goals.

Blues focus on top two

WITH a finals berth close to being locked away, Rosedale will focus its attention on maintaining its hold on second position and the prized double chance.

The Blues can ill afford to be complacent at home against the eighth-placed Gormandale, who has been far from an easy beat over the past month.

If the Blues drop their guard and allow Gormandale to kick away with a strong first quarter score, they may find themselves playing catch-up football against a strong defensive unit.

Test for Bulldogs

SHOWING plenty of spirit in past rounds, Sale City, who remain a work in progress, will have its resolve tested at home against Heyfield.

The Bulldogs can draw on the lessons from their round four loss to the Kangaroos, which, despite the 50-point margin, was much closer than the scoreboard indicated.

With their hold on top spot narrowing, the premiers will be keen to stamp their authority on the match and the minor premiership.

Finals fight

TWO teams fighting for finals positions, Churchill and Woodside, will meet.

With the Cougars desperate to reverse their fortunes, coach Tim Darby said the side would only have itself to blame if it didn’t make the finals.

Returning to the winners’ list against a competitive Gormandale line-up having won just two of its previous eight matches, Darby conceded his side had been struggling.

“We have a big three weeks ahead of us (against Woodside, Rosedale and Glengarry), if you look at where we sit in seventh it doesn’t look great, but then when you look at it with more detail, we are only a game off third place, so we are not that far behind,” he said.

“If we win this week and other results go our way, we are back in among the pack.

“We know that we need to play better footy, we are a team that plays a certain style, we know that we are good at and we also know that if we deviate from that we get exposed.”

This week’s opponent Woodside is in a similar position. After a solid start to the season, the going has been tough with the Wildcats struggling to match it with the competition’s front runners and find consistency.

Scraping over the line against a persistent Sale City line-up, the Wildcats will be desperate for the four points before encountering one of the most daunting runs towards the finals, with matches against 2011 finalists Heyfield, Rosedale, Cowwarr and Glengarry.

Little between sides

GLENGARRY will host Traralgon-Tyers United with a only 13 percentage points separating them on the ladder.

Sealing their sixth win on the run with a spirited victory over Cowwarr, Glengarry is a side on the rise.

After dropping the points to Rosedale, the thirdplaced Bombers will now switch their attention to tomorrow’s clash with a fellow premiership aspirant.

TTU coach Matt Stolarczyk described his charges’ efforts last Sunday as “pretty disappointing”.

“The game against Rosedale was definitely a big test, it was a test and opportunity for the side to stamp our authority on the top two. Now we have to play catch-up,” he said.

After winning their first six matches, the Bombers dropped their next three.

Such is the evenness of the competition and the logjam between second and seventh positions

Stolarczyk couldn’t stress enough to this players the importance of winning tomorrow.

“We expect to win this week. Yes, we have a five-day turnaround, but people forget that we are the youngest side in the competition and will bounce back and be ready to go,” he said.

“With how close the ladder standings are if we lose this week we could well drop out of the five, which would be unacceptable.

“We won’t let that final spot slip, we are aiming for nothing more than a top two finish.

“If we can win the next three matches against Glengarry, Boisdale and Sale City, all of a sudden we have won 11 and should have secured a finals berth and be up there with Heyfield.”