Bulldogs take on TTU

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HAVING finally recorded its first victory of the North Gippsland football season, the going won’t get any easier for Traralgon-Tyers United, who will head to Stephenson Park to play Sale City.

The Bulldogs have won their past five matches and have a 6-1 win-loss ledger.

But what is most impressive about the second-placed Bulldogs is that two their past three wins have come against last year’s finalists Churchill and Glengarry.

Sale City and its slick game plan under new coach Hayden Burgiel has the local football circles paying attention.

Knowing too well that they need to make their move on the ladder, the Bombers will provide spirited opposition.

GORMANDALE will host the in-form Rosedale.

Riding high following its first win of the season, the Tigers failed to make it two on the run, going down the previous win-less TTU by 50 points last weekend.

The season of their opponents is humming along.

Despite the best efforts of Woodside, Rosedale was able to put the foot down in the later stages of the contest last Saturday and power away to cement its fifth win.

It will be a tough prospect for the Tigers to contain the Blues, who continue to evolve and iron out the small faults which coach Nick Leechino has identified.

Pitted against the second best offensive in the competition, the young Tiger line-up’s back six will be stretched, while the experienced on-ballers Luke Hegarty and Daniel Domaille will need to be at their best against a fleet footed and dogged Blues midfield.

HEYFIELD will be primed for its showdown against fifth-placed Churchill.

Before last weekend’s bye, the Cougars has a 12-goal victory over Boisdale-Briagolong. Coming to life after what had been an indifferent month, the Cougars sealed a comprehensive win on the road to keep them in touch with the leading quartet.

The resolve of the Cougars will be tested on Saturday, when they travel to Heyfield.

The two clubs were fierce rivals during the 2000s when they contested three grand finals, while little separated the sides in their clashes last season.

The Kangaroos have had a dream start to the season, with Rosedale the only side to get close.

KEEN to show it’s a finals contender, Woodside will host Cowwarr.

Gallant in their efforts against the third-placed Rosedale last weekend, the Wildcats will return home no doubt disappointed by the one that got away.

Boasting a formidable line-up, with forward Justin Staley on song coming into the contest on the back of a 10-goal haul, the Wildcats need to consolidate their form with contests against Heyfield and Gormandale to follow Saturday’s contest.

Cowwarr will be aiming to return to the winners’ list following a torrid fortnight against Rosedale and Heyfield.

WITH seven senior players expected to return to its line-up, Boisdale-Briagolong will fancy its chances at home against Glengarry.

James Cook, Adam Helmke, Leigh Fulford and Glenn Semmens are among the likely inclusions for the Bombers, who lost at Yarram by 50 points last weekend.

Caught flat footed in the opening term against Sale City, Glengarry will be looking for a quick start against the Bombers.

Last year, on a wet day, the Magpies were troubled by the Bombers on their home turf. It was the win that got the Magpies’ season back on track towards the premiership.

Coach Ryan Potter would be hoping for a similar turn around in fortunes, but will be sure not to take the Bombers too lightly.

YARRAM has the bye.