Let me just preface this pre match preview by acknowledging that the Demons are so much better than they were in a winless 2017, that said, any improvement is going to take a half dozen rounds before its starts to show.
Unfortunately, Boolarra’s 20 goal loss last week, is likely to be replicated, even at home against this weeks opponent in Thorpdale.
The Blues were good against Yallourn Yallourn North last week, they will look even better on the weekend.
A good spread of targets up forward, a nice mix of skill and brute strength in the middle is complimented by a steady defence.MGFL website
Returning to their home ground will be a good thing for the Bombers, as they were pretty much bullied out of the contest last week against Thorpdale.
Brown and Burnett were good, but they need a load more help, and a more dominant forward would be nice too.
That said, unless the ball gets to the area its hard to have any real impact!
Panthers coach Rob Cahill, kept the team in the middle of their home ground after last weeks loss to Newborough for quite a period. I’m sure just to have the boys believing that in a very even competition, anything is possible in 2018!!
To their credit Yarragon didn’t give it up, had some nice passages of play and didn’t really make the most of their chances when in front of goal.
There were some little cracks with player discipline, (players don’t sulk about hitting the bench in front of the crowd!) but overall the signs of improvement were there.
Yarragon might just be a cheeky chance in this one, if last weeks loss hasn’t dented the confidence in a side that has an enormous amount of new faces.MGFL website
The Bulldogs did the job in patchy fashion last week against Yarragon, inaccuracy probably kept the Panthers in the game longer than what Newborough coach Tom Hallinan would have liked.
In perfect conditions, the dogs were pretty impressive to watch, fit and fast, tall and tough, they seem to have all the boxes ticked, even with some off season losses of quality players.
Hill End on the other hand were all at sea against Trafalgar and its hard to get too excited about their 2018 chances, other than even when the game was out of their grasp at half time, they hung tough and managed to avoid the game being an absolute blowout.MGFL website
The Bloods host the reigning premiers at possibly just the right time.
The Tigers were scrappy early against Yinnar, but coach Josh Taylor addressed the team well keeping them calm, explaining some shortfalls, but highlighting areas in which he was reasonably content.
Falling away so badly would be a concern for Mirboo Nth, especially in a opening round home game.
Its not the end of the world, but I fear it may be one step closer this week.
Trafalgar have been priming themselves for a good start to their season, and last weeks comfortable win over Hill End, proved they are capable of making two in a row
A good spread up forward and a nice understanding around stoppages moving into forward 50 can make life easier for targets.MGFL website
The Magpies and the Hawks were winners last week in convincing but contrasting ways.
Yinnar kicked off their season away from home with up to six players short of their full strength side and up against the reigning premiers, Mirboo North.
However, the off season quiet achievers proved they have the depth to match it with the very best.
Well balanced, nicely organised, reasonably neat with the ball and with a handful of options up forward including McBride, Geary, Albanese, and Rowley, its hard to see where six new faces could find a spot.
Morwell East were better than 20 goals winners, albeit against Boolarra, so the quality of the win is hard to gauge at this early stage.
What is easy to see, however is the firepower in front of goals with Campbell and Towns grabbing a dozen between them.
Throw in some quality around the ball like Michaelides and you’re a long way towards winning any game.MGFL website
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