Demons, Blues look to cement top three spot

Heyfields Nick Woodland looks to run and carry the ball during Saturdays loss to Churchill. The Kangaroos will play Gormandale on Saturday.
Heyfields Nick Woodland looks to run and carry the ball during Saturdays loss to Churchill. The Kangaroos will play Gormandale on Saturday.

MOST eyes this week will be on the clash between Yarram and Rosedale when second plays third in North Gippsland football on Saturday.

Both sides have been in good form and are keen to get a win which would virtually cement them a top three spot.

Yarram last weekend took care of Cowwarr. The Demons not only left Cowwarr with the four points but also made a statement on the back of their 80-point win.

Tomorrow's opponent Rosedale also had its game parcelled up well before the final siren as the Blues continued Sale City's run of losses.

Rosedale coach Sam Bristow heaped praise on the Yarram list, suggesting it had enviable depth which ran all the way through to its thirds side.

Bristow said Griffin Underwood and Chris Bruns were key for the Demons, but suggested his side couldn't afford to focus on just stopping those two players alone, as Yarram had "the premier midfield in the comp and someone else would bob up and fill the void" if this pair had a rare quiet day.

Bristow was hoping to have Jake Suter and Sam Tudor available for selection this week.

Yarram coach Matt Scholz was well aware of the fact a win this weekend would see his side keep the race for top spot open and also give the Demons a bit of breathing space to the chasing pack.

Scholz's chances will be improved, as he hinted that up to eight names could be added to the list of available players.

SALE City will host Glengarry.

Since their 160-point belting of Gormandale in round five, the Bulldogs have won just the one game. Because of their early season form, however, the Bulldogs sit just one game outside the top five.

Glengarry has fared little better since the same point in time, having chalked up two wins. The Magpies, however, are in eighth spot on the ladder with just three wins for the season.

City should take the points and, with Gormandale to come the following week, this is the week the perennial finalists should begin its run for a spot in the top five.

COMING off its highest score of the season, Gormandale take on a Heyfield line-up likely to be smarting after throwing away a winning chance against Churchill.

The Kangaroos kicked seven goals to three in the second and third terms at the weekend to turn a 23-point quarter-time deficit into an eight-point lead at the final change, but inaccuracy cost them in the final term.

With Yarram favoured to roll Rosedale, the door remains ajar for Heyfield to grab a top three spot come season's end.

COMING off victory over Woodside after trailing for most of the match, Traralgon-Tyers United will meet a desperate Cowwarr side which is attempting to keep its season alive.

With regular contributors Shane Morgan, Nick Wozniak and Dale Murphy kept to just two goals between them last week by Yarram, it was left to the enigmatic Jimmy Chalmers to lead the way with a pair of goals for the Saints.

TTU has had its issues in front of goal this year at times.

The Bomber forward line has been somewhat of a merry-go-round in 2019 with injury, absence and opportunity meaning they have rarely had the same set-up two weeks in a row. The recent return of coach Michael Duncan to the playing ranks will change this.

CHURCHILL will head into the clash with a visiting Woodside team as hot favourite.

The Cougars overcame a fired up Heyfield last weekend, and did so without bookends Lucas Towns and Brendan Holt, while a mid-game injury to Ben Skinner also inhibited their flexibility in the come-from-behind win.

Woodside led almost all day against TTU, only to be over-run late.

Lack of depth has hurt the Wildcats all year and while they might hope to be in the match early with Churchill, it is hard to foresee the second bottom side going four quarters with the ladder leader.