Bulldogs to battle the Blues

ROSEDALE and Sale City can consolidate a place in the North Gippsland football top five with victory on Saturday.

The teams occupy fifth and fourth places respectively, with the Bulldogs ahead on percentage. Both are a win and percentage ahead of sixthplaced Woodside.

Both sides have won three of their past four matches.

Last weekend, Rosedale proved too much for Glengarry, winning by 72 points. The Blues only conceded one goals over the first three quarters, while piling on 10 of their own.

Sale City is coming off a 39-point victory over Gormandale, with Stuart Buckley kicking five goals, taking his season tally to 28.

The Bulldogs controlled the match after kicking three unanswered goals in the first term.

The game could resemble a finals match should both the Blues and Bulldogs manage to hold onto a top five finish for the remainder of the season.

COMING off an upset win at Tyers, Heyfield will host Glengarry.

Kangaroos coach Mark Stevens was “desperate” to reclaim some players from injury as the side continues to grapple with a lingering list of unavailable players.

“We’re need our players back, we had 10 unavailable last week due to injury and work, so if we can get some of them back then hopefully it will help us build on our confidence,” Stevens said.

The seventh-placed Kangaroos last weekend stunned Traralgon-Tyers United, which went into the match in second place on the ladder.

“We’ve been in most games. We’ve been competitive, we haven’t had a really big loss so that shows that we can win these games,” Stevens said.

“I was hoping the boys could get some reward for how hard they’ve been working and last week against TTU they got that reward and we’ll look to continue that momentum forward.

“The development of Nick Ierardi and Brayden Woodland and the younger players have really helped improved our side this season – the same six or eight players play well each week and then when these younger guys step up, it makes a difference.”

In ninth place with one win, Glengarry wasn’t able to keep up with Rosedale.

SECOND spot on the ladder is up for grabs when Churchill hosts Traralgon-Tyers United.

Both sides are level on six wins, with the Cougars currently in second sport on percentage.

The Cougars were tested by lowly Cowwarr. Trailing by four points at three-quarter-time, they kicked four goals to one in the final term to win by 19 points.

The Bombers slipped to third after losing at home to Heyfield at the weekend. The Bombers had a chance to win, but didn’t do enough in the final term.

Cougars coach Chris Williams said TTU had “a pretty talented list”.

“They’ve brought in eight really talented players into their side so it should be a very good game I think,” he said.

WITH three losses in four matches, Woodside will travel to Gormandale.

The Wildcats fell to sixth place after losing to Yarram at the weekend, despite the efforts of Ryan Foat (four goals), Tom Crosby and Todd Bryant.

The Wildcats challenged the Demons in the midfield, but couldn’t sustain it over four quarters.

Gormandale, in eighth place, started slowly against Sale City, and struggled to recover.

Tigers coach Steve Hazelman admitted his side’s start to the season hadn’t been what he hoped for, but was optimistic his charges could turn their performance around.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few players back who were out injured, we’re really looking forward to having a home game given we won our last home game,” Hazelman said.

“We’re still struggling in terms of cohesion within the group, given we’ve brought so many players in. However, we’ve shown signs over the last few weeks that we’re playing some better team football and that’s showing in our results.”

UNDEFEATED Yarram will host bottom of the table Cowwarr.

The Saints sit last on the ladder and remain the only team in the competition without a win.

The Demons defeated Woodside by 39 points, overcoming the Wildcats’ midfield pressure.

The playing availability of coach Matt Scholz, who injured his ankle during the win, will be determined by a scan this week.

Demons coach Matt Scholz said the side would be ready for the challenge, despite a few injuries preventing them fielding a full-strength side.

“Cowwarr found some form on the weekend against a good opponent in Churchill and showed some promising signs from their point of view,” Scholz said.

“The league this year is very tight. You can’t take the foot off the gas at all because you’ll get caught out.”

Among the injury concerns is Scholz, who went down in the third quarter last weekend with an ankle injury, while ruckman Dan Vardy could also miss a few weeks with “bone bruising” on the knee.