Neighbours battle for fifth spot

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YARRAM and Woodside will tomorrow meet the top two sides to determine who advances to the North Gippsland football finals.

A mere 0.72 of a per cent separates the fifth-placed Wildcats and Demons in sixth.

The new kid on the block in 2014, Yarram have been sitting in the top five for a fair portion of the year, however, inconsistencies of the second half of the season has seen their grasp loosened with neighbouring club Woodside holding sway.

While the men at the helm Yarram’s Grif Underwood and Woodside’s Chris Pettitt will be left to sweat on the result, for those entrenched in the top five, Saturday’s matches will allow coaches to fine tune their game plan and squad as they look towards the finals.

CHURCHILL’S winning streak was cut at 10 against a dynamite Heyfield outfit, Saturday it will be Yarram, which watched closely from the sidelines last Saturday.

Last time the sides met, the honours went in favour of the Cougars with 19 goals the difference. Churchill boasted 12 individual goal scorers with the depth of the Demons’ defence tested against a formidable forward and midfield brigade.

The Demons can ill afford to allow the Cougars to break out to such a commanding margin, otherwise they will watch their finals ambitions fade before their eyes.

AIMING for to complete an undefeated home and away season, Heyfield will return home to play Woodside, which will be out to cause the biggest upset of the season on its way to holding onto fifth position.

The Wildcats will still have memories of seeing their finals ambitions go last year with a goal after the siren.

No doubt under no illusions as to the challenge that presents his charges, coach Pettitt can take comfort in the fact four goals separated the sides back in round nine. However, the main man in front of goal that day, Justin Staley, has a question mark over because of a finger injury.

The Wildcats will be looking to the past fortnight’s star performer Ryan Foat to again stand-up.

It will take more than one individual standing tall, all the side’s 22 players will need to rise to the challenge and test the competition’s number one side if they are to hold onto fifth position and book themselves a likely elimination final showdown against Sale City.

FINALISTS Sale City and Rosedale will meet in a fitting blockbuster to conclude the home-and-away season.

It has been an indifferent month for the Bulldogs, who will return to the finals after a year’s absence.

Winning their past two matches against lesser ranked opponents, it is easy to say Hayden Burgiel’s charges come into the final round in stellar form ahead of the elimination final. But between now and then, the Bulldogs will host the third-placed Blues, who have been flying under the radar with all focus set on the competition’s top two sides.

Dropping the round nine contest by 26 points, Sale City will be keen not to provide Rosedale with the same luxury second time round.

BOISDALE-Briagolong will host fellow Bombers Traralgon-Tyers United.

Blooding many youngsters this season, the future stars of Boisdale-Briagolong have held their own while getting a taste of senior football.

Failing to back up their break out season with a return to the finals, TTU will be eager to seal its fifth win in what has been a lean year. But TTU can’t get too far ahead of itself as it was far from one-way traffic in round nine with a entertaining opening term setting the stage for an epic contest.

On that occasion, Boisdale-Briagolong’s challenge on the scoreboard was mounted by Jon Burge and Danny Pratt, who booted three goals each, while a six-goal haul from Jordon Anderson lead TTU’s charge.

With both clubs hungry for the four points in their season swan song, expect a dogged contest.

DESPITE the sides’ rankings, the stage is set for an entertaining contest between Gormandale and Cowwarr.

There is little love lost between the sides with the win-loss ledger in past seasons relatively even.

Despite taking the points in a one-sided contest earlier this year, the Tigers have shown dramatic improvement over the past month and might just have the Saints’ measure.

After re-signing for his third season as Tigers coach, Luke Henderson made it known of his desire for his side to finish the final month of the season on a winning note. With wins in past weeks against TTU and Glengarry, Henderson would love nothing more than one final scalp.

GLENGARRY has the bye.