Dogs and Cats clash

Sale City will host Woodside on Saturday. File photo
Sale City will host Woodside on Saturday. File photo

HIGH-FLYING Woodside will make the trek to Stephenson Park to take on Sale City on Saturday for round four of North Gippsland football.

The Bulldogs will be stinging after their second half fade-out at Heyfield, while the Wildcats will roll into town with confidence - sitting atop the ladder, undefeated with a percentage of 250.

Gippsland League best-and-fairest Jack Lipman and dual Morwell premiership coach Harmit Singh were pivotal in the win over Traralgon-Tyers United.

Singh will be unavailable on Saturday because of his current coaching commitment with Warragul Industrials, whi le Lipman is returning to Sale after its weekend off.

While they can't control who plays for the Wildcats, Bulldogs coach Shane Fyfe and his players can control their ability to compete for four quarters. With Sale City being a proud club with a raft of seasoned campaigners, it would be highly unlikely spectators see anything other than a huge lift in intensity, especially on their home deck.

The Bulldogs are sitting in fifth place courtesy of a win, a draw and a strong percentage.

THE Gormandale scoreboard operator may earn their fee as the Tigers, coming off a resolute performance against Rosedale, welcome the high-flying Heyfield to town.

An emphatic second half at the weekend against Sale City saw the Kangaroos double their own score while holding the Bulldogs to a mere three points, which does not bode well for Gormandale.

Leading the charge was Liam Heasley, who booted seven goals.

The Kangaroos will, however, be missing Scott Anderson, who is recovering from injury.

Gormandale put in an improved performance against Rosedale, recording 16 scoring shots for just the third time in their past 20 outings.

THE clash between TTU and Yarram should be a cracker.

TTU has been involved in a suite of close games this season, with the biggest margin 10 points. Unfortunately for the Bombers, they have been on the wrong side of the ledger in two of those three matches.

For a side which has historically kicked larger scores, it is interesting to note the Bombers have yet to get past 10 goals in a game this year. Yarram, on the other hand, has managed at least a dozen per game, and is coming off an 18-goal game in which it had near on 40 scoring shots.

Saturday's game is shaping as a classic battle of defence versus offence.

GLENGARRY has not been advantaged by the draw thus far and some key injuries have also hindered it ability to play its best football.

Sadly for the Magpies, they received a fresh batch of injuries at the weekend with Nat Frietag leaving the field early and their clash with Churchill being called off after a nasty injury to Ross McDermott.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Glengarry will face a Yallourn-Yallourn North outfit coming off the bye and welcoming back Keenan Hughes.

Hughes kicked 84 goals in the Bombers' 2019 Mid Gippsland premiership season, and adds to an already jam-packed forward line with Dean MacDonald easing into the NGFNL with 13 majors in his two outings so far.

Throw in talented half-forward Mitchell Luck into the mix and Glengarry, which has already been defeated by 92, 34 and 71 points (in a reduced game), could be up against it.

COWWARR will welcome Churchill on the back of consecutive losses to three of the league's better sides.

After making significant improvements in 2019, the Saints need to get a result to beginning building some momentum for the current season.

While it is hard to see that happening in this game, with undefeated Churchill looking to welcome back Ben Kearns, there will not be a player in the Cougar colours taking this match for granted.

ROSEDALE will have the bye.


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