Tight contest in Mininera
With just one round left before a mid-season bye, a clearer picture of Mininera and District Football League will emerge as all teams have played each other once.
Penshurst and Great Western enter the round sitting first and second on the ladder, both on the same amount of points.
Although the Bombers and Lions have shown themselves to be the main contenders so far, the rest of the positions in the top five are still up for grabs in a very close race.
Still fighting to keep in touch with the top five, Glenthompson-dunkeld this week takes on Woorndoo-mortlake.
Both teams suffered losses at the weekend to the two top teams, the Rams to the tune of 28 goals to Penshurst and the Tigers, who put up more of a fight, by eight goals to Great Western.
Woorndoo-mortlake held its own in the first half, going into the main break with scores level. But after half time it became a one-sided affair with the Lions kicking six goals and eight points to the Tigers’ one point in the third quarter.
It was a gap the Tigers could not close despite the best efforts of Edward Gubbins,
James O’shea and Keilan Webster-bamford. These players will need to fire again for Woorndoo-mortlake to go into the break still in the top five, as a loss could see it drop out.
It is also an important game for the Rams; not only will they be looking to redeem last week’s performance, but another loss could make it difficult for them to take a spot come finals.
In an otherwise dark day, Michael Uebergang was a shining light as the team’s best player and the scorer of its one and only goal. With the help of Joshua Morganti and Damien Logan the Rams will be set for another good performance to keep their season alive.
All the other top teams this week play teams in the bottom half of the ladder, with the race so tight that all top-five teams will be looking at this week for not only a confidence and percentage booster, but as a chance to start their run home toward the finals.
In other games Great Western travels to Caramut, Moyston-willaura takes on Wickliffe-lake Bolac, Penshurst plays host to the struggling SMW Rovers, Ararat Eagles have the task of Tatyoon and Lismore-derrinulam will play Hawkesdale-macarthur.