WITH the final make-up of the North Gippsland football top five still a mystery, the match between sixth-placed Woodside and third-placed Glengarry will highlight the penultimate round on Saturday.
The Wildcats kept their faint finals flame flickering following over the past fortnight, claiming the prized scalps of Rosedale and Cowwarr.
Rampant in its 13-goal win over Woodside earlier this season, Glengarry will go into the contest confident of its chances, but coach Ryan Potter will be fully aware his side can’t afford to be complacent.
The Magpies sit only one game clear in third position, and will need to be on song from the opening bounce on Saturday if they are to continue their winning ways.
Woodside’s back six will have a tough task to contain the Magpies’ forwards, who, in their last meeting, inflicted great pain on the scoreboard.
Roos host Tigers
WITH the minor premiership and the much deserved break during the first week of finals secured, Heyfield will host Gormandale, who was outplayed last weekend by Sale City.
The Tigers have shown great improvement this season, having won four and drawing against Cowwarr, with many of the side’s younger players showing great development.
Gormandale will come up against the number two ranked defensive side in the competition, a tough assignment for a inexperienced Tiger forwards, who will need to look to a number of experienced campaigners to push forward and help out.
Saints seek lift
TWO points outside the top five, Cowwarr will host Traralgon-Tyers United.
After going down to Woodside last weekend, the equation is looking more and more difficult for the Saints to make finals. Sitting on the fringe of the five, the Saints have a tough fortnight ahead of them and will be hoping results in other games fall in their favour.
Renowned for their slow starts to seasons, the Saints found their groove midway through the fixture, but over the past month the wheels have wobbled, dropping the points to quality opponents Glengarry, Heyfield and Woodside.
It won’t get any easier for Cowwarr with TTU hungry for victory after dropping the top of the table clash against Heyfield.
Finding plenty of the footy in the opening quarter, the Bombers then struggled to match the reigning champs in all aspects of play.
While they hold second position, the Bombers will still need to be at their best to account for Cowwarr and Woodside in the final two rounds.
In round eight, the Saints proved too slick for the second-placed Bombers, laying the foundation for their eight-goal win with a 10-goal to five first half before the floodgates opened.
The Bombers will be conscious they can ill afford to allow the Saints to dictate the contest on their terms early otherwise they will be relegated to playing catch-up football against a side whose season is on the line.
City seeks redemption
LOSING their last meeting against Churchill by 131 points, Sale City will be out for redemption at home.
The fourth-placed Cougars must win the final two games of the season to secure an elimination final berth.
Needing to carry some momentum into a potential finals campaign, the Cougars can ill afford to slip up against the Bulldogs, who have shown patches over the past month.
Wanting to claim a top scalp, the young pups have nothing to lose and plenty to gain, and will ensure the Cougars are kept on their toes.
Bombers play Blues
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG will be looking to carry its form from the second half last weekend into its home contest against Rosedale.
An impressive eight goal second half last week was one of the highlights of the Bombers’ 58-point loss at Churchill.
Outplayed in the second half last Saturday, Rosedale will aim to return to the winners’ list following a torrid fortnight against Woodside and Glengarry.
The Blues will be eager to return to their top form ahead of finals, a daunting prospect for the Bombers.