It’s been an indifferent start to the season for Kilcunda-Bass. Their two wins have come against teams that look like they will be spending time near the bottom end of the ladder, while a hefty loss to Garfield hasn’t done their percentage any favours. The Panthers will need to be on their guard against the Savs, who have started in fine form. Players to watch are Jeff Winmar, Taylor Gibson, Aiden Paton and Jake Weightman.
Nar Nar Goon have enjoyed a solid start to the season and enjoyed their hard fought win against rivals Cora Lynn last week even more. Their only loss so far was a close one against the currently undefeated Garfield, but will have no plans to add to that tally as they try and establish themselves as a genuine contender. Players to watch will be Troy McDermott, Todd Beck, Trent Armour, Trent Noy and Daniel Battaglin.Gippsland Footy admin
Cora Lynn have had a less than ideal start to the season, and the injuries sustained in last week’s game will not make things at the Cobradome any better. It could be said that facing a diminished Dalyston side this week could be timely, giving them a chance to add another win to the ledger. Players to watch will be Ryan Spierings, Chris Johnson, Brendan Pullen and Rylan Smith.
The outs at Dalyston this year have hurt them this season and it has started to show on the scoreboard. Two big beltings in as many weeks will not do the confidence any good, but they have a chance to get a notch in the belt against a potentially undermanned Cobras side. Players to watch will be Kurt Thomas, Clay Tait, Kristian Butler and Matt Rosendale.Gippsland Footy admin
Phillip Island just fell short of the ladder leaders last week, but despite their current 2-2 record, Beau Vernon’s men will go into this game full of confidence in the Battle of the Bulldogs. Players to watch will be Aaron Edwards, Brendan Kimber and Alex Officer.
Bunyip will be buoyed by their first win last week under to co-coaching tutelage of Aussie Jones and Ricky Clark, but will face another big challenge in Phillip Island. Players to watch include Damien Szwaja, Jordan Wyatt, Trent Westwood and Matt O’Halloran.Gippsland Footy admin
In what is the game of the round, one of these teams will suffer their first loss of the season (pending a draw).
Inverloch-Kongwak have not had it all their way so far with close wins against Koo Wee Rup and a scare against Korumburra-Bena last week, but as reiging premiers still hold the mantle as the team to beat. Players to watch include Andy Soumilas, Shem Hawking, Conor Cunningham and Michael Eales.
Garfield have been somewhat of a surprise packet so far (externally anyway) given some of the names that were listed not playing this season. They have been pushed hard twice this so far this year, but have been up to the challenge. This match should serve as a real test as to where the Stars are really at. Players to watch include Daniel Johnson, Tanner Stanton, Zac Soutar and Corie Intveen.Gippsland Footy admin
Koo Wee Rup have announced themselves as a contender, with their only loss being to IK by 6 points in a scrap. The Demons should not take the Giants lightly however, who pushed the Sea Eagles last weekend. Players to watch include Jason Wells, Luke Walker, Nathan Voss and Caleb Milojevic.
Korumburra-Bena will be pleased with their effort last week, which should give their players some self belief that their best football can match it with the best, despite still being winless for the season so far. The key to their first win of the season will likely be their ability to put together four quarters of their best football, which will be needed to beat the Demons this weekend. Players to watch include Jake McMillan, Alex Johnston, Beau Anthony and Nick Besley.Gippsland Footy admin
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