AVOCA v NAVARRE
Avoca (8-7) – locked up their finals berth with a 56-point win over Royal Park last week, but a massive assignment to back it up with a win tomorrow over the Grasshoppers.
Navarre (12-3) – were at their ruthless best last week with a 175-point thumping of Campbells Creek, led by 12 goals from Ben Scott. And they could get stronger tomorrow with the possible return of co-coaches Daniel Parkin and Brent Flood.
MALDON v CAMPBELLS CREEK
Maldon (7-8) – out of the top eight after losing their fifth game in a row last week when beaten by Lexton. Will start favourites to beat Campbells Creek tomorrow, and then must rely on Harcourt to beat Talbot if they’re to play finals.
Campbells Creek (4-11) – copped a 175-point hiding off Navarre last week. Despite Maldon’s lack of form, it would be an upset if the Creekers can beat the Bombers for the first time since round six, 2005. Since then they’ve lost 11 in a row against Maldon by an average of 99 points.
DUNOLLY v CARISBROOK
Dunolly (3-12) – would be one of the great upsets in MCDFL history if the Eagles were to be the side to spoil Carisbrook’s undefeated home and away season.
Carisbrook (15-0) – breezed past the in-form Harcourt to win by 126 points last week. By 5pm tomorrow they should be the first team since Harcourt in 2006 to complete an unbeaten MCDFL home and away season
HARCOURT v TALBOT
Harcourt (10-5) – surrendered their spot in the top four last week after kicking just two goals in a 126-point hiding from Carisbrook that ended a six-game winning streak.
Talbot (8-7) – plenty at stake for the Hawks, who are striving to play finals for the first time since 2008. Win and they’re in. Lose and their finals hopes rest on Campbells Creek unlikely defeating Maldon.
ROVERS v ROYAL PARK
Rovers (1-14) – headed for the wooden spoon, but have shown enough in recent weeks to suggest they’re capable of notching their second win of the season in the Maryborough derby.
Royal Park (3-12) – could finish as high as 10th on the ladder if they can win their fourth game of what has been a vastly improved season.
NATTE BEALIBA v NEWSTEAD
Natte Bealiba (10-5) – will have a point to prove against Newstead after kicking just four goals in a 114-point loss to the Steaders in round three. Playing much better now with five wins in a row.
Newstead (11-4) – will finish third on the ladder regardless of the result. Been up-and-down since round seven, but back to their best last week in a 138-point win over Trentham, highlighted by Daniel Christmas’ 13 goals.
TRENTHAM v LEXTON
Trentham (2-13) – as expected, it’s been a tough slog after their high turnover of players pre-season, but at least there has been some joy with two wins.
Lexton (10-5) – regained some momentum last week with a 75-point win over Maldon to move back into fourth position.