Swans to play the Rams

Laurie Williams

SALE United will play at Churchill as the regular Latrobe Valley Soccer League competition resumes on Sunday.

Churchill United’s record over Sale has been impressive (winning 55 of 87 matches, with Sale victorious in 21), but the Swans have won the past two meetings.

The Rams have recruited well under new coach Bryce Ruthven. Even though they lost the opening match to Newborough-Yallourn, the Rams could be a serious challenger.

Churchill performed exceptionally against Olympians in the Battle of Britain Cup last Sunday, scoring one of its biggest wins in a cup match. Liam Johnson bagged five goals, and will be a handful for the Sale defence.

Sale finds it difficult to keep a balanced side, but through its ranks have quality players who can turn a game.

The Swans were beaten in their cup match by Trafalgar, which would have a bit of a downturn for them.

On form, Churchill should break through for an important win.

FORTUNA will look to bounce back from its first round loss to Falcons when it hosts Traralgon City.

The Roosters enjoyed a successful opening against Trafalgar.

Both teams have recruited well, and these new players need to stand out to renew the faith of the clubs.

The younger brigade of Fortuna is poised to step-up and take on a Traralgon City team which have gained notable strikers.

Kieran Coltman, after a lifetime with Fortuna, crossed to Traralgon City this season and will be under pressure right from the start from his former teammates.

Goalkeeper Michael Bloss has returned as first string keeper for the Roosters, and will be well-tested by feisty Fortuna strikers Hayden Cook and David O’Dowd.

AFTER a poor showing in the cup, Traralgon Olympians will host Falcons.

Both teams won in the first round of the regular competition.

Falcons has recruited well, with Zoran Winkelman, Ryan McCauley, and Shannon Whadcoat all providing good back-up for established players Nanda Lazaris, Jamie Pistrin and Tommy D’Alia.

Keeper Charles Simon will again be tested, this time by Olympians strikers James Sykes and Harry Crooker, who scored a brace in the opening round.

Both teams scored three goals in the opening round, but this time round, goals may be harder to score.

Olympians put in a poor performance against Churchill in the Battle Britain Cup last weekend, going down 8-0.

THE derby between Monash and Newborough-Yallourn United points to another tough match between two teams intent of reaching the finals again.

NYU defeated Churchill last match, but will come under strong pressure from its neighbour.

The Wolves don’t appear to have changed personnel much from last season, but have had a good build-up to this year. Braden Paulett scored a brace last game, and will be a danger player for the NYU defence.

Both teams have established keepers in Damian Gilbert (NYU) and Enda Murphy (Monash), and it will be a big test to get past the guardians.

MOE United will welcome Trafalgar Victory to Olympic Park.

Neither team won in the opening round, but were impressive in their efforts.

Trafalgar, however, came good in the cup, defeating Sale 2-0.

The Victory was the only team not to score in the first round, while Moe scored one against Monash.

Moe has a good core of players in Ty Georgiou, Harley Robinson, Kyle Jennings and Noah Kane who can provide the Red Devils plenty of firepower up front, which will put pressure on the Trafalgar defence.

Trafalgar is still an unknown quality, but players who have impressed over the seasons have been Cohan Bayles, Lachlan and Aiden Wyatt, Michael Judd and Monty Coots.

IN the women’s competition, Sale United will be favoured to defeat Churchill United.

The Swans had an impressive 10-0 win over Traralgon Olympians, and will meet a Rams side which was defeated by NYU in its opening league game and by Moe last weekend in the Browne-Huizer Cup.

The big match of the round will be between Fortuna and Traralgon City, two teams which dominated last season.

In the opening round, Fortuna was a 5-1 winner over Falcons, while Traralgon City swamped Trafalgar 12-0 with Brodie Kennedy on fire with seven goals.

A breakthrough win could come for either Falcons or Olympians, who both went down in the first round. They were supposed to play in the Browne-Huizer Cup last weekend, but Olympians had to forfeit.

First round winners Newborough-Yallourn and Monash will meet. The Combine was more impressive defeating Churchill 7-0, with Georgia Vella scoring four goals.

Moe and Trafalgar should bring out a winner as neither scored in the opening round. Moe, however, did win its cup match 14-0 win over Churchill.