Tough road trip for Demons

FOURTH-placed Yarram will make one of the toughest road trips on the North Gippsland football fixture on Saturday, when it meets undefeated Heyfield.

Trailing Gormandale at the main change last week, the Demons unleashed an avalanche of goals in the second half to win by 65 points.

Saturday’s showdown against the Kangaroos will be a true test for Yarram and will provide coach Anthony Pavey an indication of where his evolving side is at.

Held scoreless in heavy conditions in the opening term last Sunday against Cowwarr, Heyfield gained the upper hand to dominate the contest after half-time.

The Kangaroos can’t afford to allow the Demons to jump out of the blocks or they will find themselves playing catch-up against a side which boasts solid bookends and a midfield brigade that will offer an enthralling battle against the Kangaroos’ onballers.

SALE City will be looking to continue its unbeaten start to the season when it hosts Cowwarrr.

The Bulldogs have sent a clear warning to the rest of the competition that they are a serious contender for the flag.

Claiming the big scalps of Rosedale and Churchill, the Bulldogs will host a Saints outfit which has demonstrated it can mix it with the front runners. However, the Saints have been unable to match their opponents’ intensity for four quarters.

With a win-loss ledger of 1-2, the Saints find themselves in a similar situation to that of last season and will be confident they can turn their fortunes around. A win against last year’s preliminary finalist is perhaps the spark they need.

TAUGHT a football lesson last Sunday, Gormandale will be eager to regain focus with a return to the winners list against Rosedale.

The Tigers struggled to halt the barrage of goals from Yarram during the third term.

Returning home after taking to the road the past fortnight, the going won’t get any easier on Saturday with the Blues coming of two successive victories, including last week’s physical contest against TTU.

Well-drilled, hard running, fleet-footed and talented are just a few ways to describe Rosedale, which have made the competition stand to attention.

A win against last year’s semi-finalists would ignite the Tigers’ season as they look to register an opening win, however they will need to rise to the occasion if they are to claim the points.

OPENING its season account with a barnstorming win over Glengarry, Woodside will need to replicate that form against Churchill.

Both sides are looking to register their second win of the season.

For the Cougars, the points this week are imperative in ensuring the premiers remain in touch with the top five. While they were overrun by Sale City, the Cougars will be confident they have the right combination to return to the winners’ list.

The Wildcats have performed strongly against Churchill over the past four seasons, but the question many will be asking is do they have the right combination to match it against the Cougars’ depth?

AFTER its first loss of the season, the young Traralgon-Tyers United line-up will need to refocus ahead of its clash with Glengarry.

In wet conditions under lights at Rosedale, the Bombers failed to click into gear during a low scoring first half.

Matching the Blues in an entertaining second half contest, the Bombers could do little to eat into the half-time deficit.

Yet to register a win, the Magpies suffered a 78-point loss to Woodside in round three and will be eager to cause a shake-up against quality opposition.

TTU’s quick midfield has consistently provided headaches for the Magpies and looks to be the key to the Bombers’ chances of victory.