SATURDAY’S East Gippsland football matches will provide teams with the chance to consolidate places in the top four.
The split round will conclude with two matches involving all four teams in the top half of the ladder.
The teams could be bolstered by the inclusion of Bairnsdale-listed players, with the Gippsland League club not in action this weekend.
LINDENOW will be looking to end Orbost-Snowy Rovers’ four-game winning run.
In the top four for the first time in five years, the Blues are also enjoying their first four-game winning streak in a decade.
With fifth-placed Wy Yung losing last weekend, the Blues can consolidate their place in the top four with a win tomorrow, which would extend the two-point gap on the ladder they have over the Tigers.
With seven wins already this season, the Blues have won more games than the previous four seasons combined. Among the players who have helped lift the side are recruits Tom Smith, who booted seven goals last round against Lucknow, and midfielder Alex Saunders.
Top side Lindenow last round avenged its only loss of the season, defeating Lake Entrance by 54 points. A six-goal to two first term set-up the Cats’ win, with a good start something the Blues will be keen to avoid providing their opponent tomorrow.
COMING off two consecutive defeats, Lakes Entrance will host Paynesville.
These are teams are level on points, with the Gulls occupying second place with a superior percentage. Saturday’s game will have a major bearing on who claims the double chance during the finals.
The Seagulls relinquished second spot after losing to Lindenow before their week off, while Paynesville restricted Stratford to its lowest ever score against the Gulls, which also takes in their days in the now-defunct Riviera league.
WARRAGUL will host Leongatha in the weekend’s only Gippsland League football match.
The Parrots have dominated their recent clashes against Warragul, winning their past six, and 14 of the previous 16. Those two wins during that period came at the venue for tomorrow’s game, Warragul.
With the battle for the places in the final still alive, an upset win for the Gulls would strengthen their hold on a spot in the top five.
The Gulls last weekend moved into fourth place with a vital win over Wonthaggi, while the Parrots were challenged by Sale early before kicking away in the second half to preserve their undefeated start to the season.
The round will conclude on August 6 with Maffra heading to Moe, Sale playing at Bairnsdale, Morwell hosting Drouin and Wonthaggi welcoming Traralgon.