QUALIFYING FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – LONGWARRY V WARRAGUL INDUSTRIALS
Longwarry will enter marginal favourites against the Warragul Industrials. Their clashes this season shed little light on who will win. The Crows won both but only by three point in round two and five points in round five. Furthermore, both boast the highest scoring attacks and have an almost identical percentage. Longwarry look to have a better structured forward line with key targets Daniel Fry (68 goals), Brayden McHugh (46) and Corey Lenders (31) but the Dusties appear to have far more options up forward led by Shane Brewster (52), Jack Blakey (30) with a strong support cast led by Tye Holland (19), Mitch Davies (14) and Will Jolley (12). While Brewster is an outright star Davies could pose the most problems for the Longwarry defence with his height and agility. Midfield the irrepressible Tyson Bale, Tye Holland along with Steven Ballingall, Josh Peterson and the emerging Travis Ogden will strut out their stuff against Longwarry onballers Russell Lehmann, Danny Wells, Brody and Riley Rundell and Jake Delphine. Given the midfields will likely neutralise each other the result may well sit with the ruckman and the back six. In these areas the Crows look superior. The athleticism of Nick Redley and the settled and attacking defence led by Ken Towt, Aaron Serong and Colin Cook may tip the scales the way of Longwarry.EDFL website
ELIMINATION FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – CATANI V POOWONG
Poowong will be out to put a smile on the face of its long-suffering supporters who have been waiting since its last final appearance in 2007. It only secured a spot in the top five late in the season but better late than never to steal a finals berth. It will be a tough assignment as in the Magpies way will be the reigning premiers and on their home turf. On the plus side it has won six games in a row and last week inflicted defeat on the minor premiers Nyora. With the return of key forward Ben Hancock in only his seventh game this season to support veteran Trevor Hooker along with Chris Doria, gun recruit Chris Robinson and the plucky Jack Hazendonk it boasts some of the best quality players in the competition. Catani haven’t found last year’s form. The output of its midfield dynamo’s Paul Pattinson and Nick Visser cannot be faulted but many others in the navy blue have mixed their form. Owen Fitzpatrick still poses a big threat but it will need to get the ball in quickly and deep in the forward line to stop him being double teamed.EDFL website
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