Bulldogs bid to bite Cougars

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COMING off three consecutive victories, third-placed Churchill will host an improved Sale City, who only trails the Cougars on the North Gippsland football ladder on percentage.

The Cougars won’t be overawed by the prospect the Bulldogs pose as they are coming into the contest on the back of wins by 30 and 98 points over the past fortnight.

Again taking to the highway for what will be Sale City’s fourth straight away clash, coach Hayden Burgiel was pleased with the way his side had progressed over the opening month of the season.

“We’re going alright, the guys have taken the challenge of the new game plan and are showing improvement each week,” he said.

“Looking at where the side was last year, the side is more structurally sound and have taken on board the changes that have been implemented.”

Bulldogs have won their past two matches, however, Burgiel was keen to see continued improvement knowing tomorrow’s contest will be a tough challenge.

“I haven’t heard too much about them (Churchill) and as such I don’t know enough about them. My focus isn’t on the opposition it is on what we the side can achieve,” Burgiel said.

“We have a few back in this week, including Jake Schuback, which will strengthen the line-up.

“Looking at the draw at the start of the season I thought that if we could be two and two from the four away games it would be a pleasing result.

“Watching the video of Sunday’s match against Woodside, we probably should have won that one by more.”

ROSEDALE will get a better of idea of where it’s at when it hosts North Gippsland football ladder leader Heyfield.

Having contested a number of classic contests in past seasons, supporters of both clubs know the stage is set for another close and physical match.

The key to Rosedale’s forward line is Andrew Flanagan, who has kicked 24 goals this season including nine against TTU on Anzac Day.

Flanagan is just one of several key figures that will need to be contained if the Kangaroos are to claim the four points and maintain their undefeated status.

The Kangaroos continue to gain momentum as each week passes.

Their options in the forward 50 would be envied by any opposition coach, while the back six is staunchly led by Scott Anderson and has all but shutdown most forward lines, conceding a mere 184 points in four contests, an impressive average of 46 points per a game.

While Heyfield has been ruthless in its disposal of sides over the first four rounds, Rosedale was perhaps lucky to get away with victory against TTU, who dominated the majority of the Anzac Day contest.

SITTING on two wins apiece, victory on Saturday would prime Glengarry or Woodside with a handy break from the logjam on the ladder.

Caught out in the opening term against Cowwarr, Glengarry has boasted some purple patches of form but know a strong four-quarter effort is required if they are to return to the winners’ list.

The Wildcats come into the contest on the back of a narrow loss to Sale City after a strong start.

YARRAM will come into the contest against Gormandale refreshed after sitting out the second week of the split round.

It has been an indifferent season to date for the Demons who have announced on several occasions they are a side set on playing finals footy, but on the road the success hasn’t been as forthcoming.

Gormandale will aim to be the first North Gippsland club to claim bragging rights at the Demons’ home.

Yet to open their season account, the Tigers will need to refocus from the disappointment of last week’s thumping from Churchill and take the game up to a formidable opponent.

YET to open its season account, Traralgon-Tyers United will host Cowwarr, who claimed its first win last weekend.

It can be a cruel game at times and TTU know that all too well, having being overrun in the dying stages of two of its past three matches.

Regardless of the ladder positions, these teams always have fierce contests, with Cowwarr fully aware that you write the Bombers off at your own peril.

BOISDALE-Briagolong has the bye.