Harcourt or Avoca - who will break their duck?

ONE of Harcourt or Avoca will break their Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League duck for 2014 on Saturday.

Both the Lions and Bulldogs are winless heading into their round four clash

The slow start comes after both Harcourt and Avoca were finalists last season.

Both sides have lost all three of their games so far by at least 50 points.

2012 Berry-Powell medallist Paul Chaplin has been in top form for Harcourt in the midfield, while Joel Carter has been Avoca’s most consistent player early in the season.

Expect a spirited contest between two sides who may not get many winning chances this year.

• After a competitive performance against reigning premier Navarre last week, Talbot faces another of the MCDFL’s big guns in Carisbrook.

The Hawks - without key recruit Josh Parsons - stuck with the Grasshoppers until three quarter-time last week, before Navarre pulled away to win by 27 points.

Carisbrook is coming off an 83-point win over Harcourt. VFL-listed Jackson Bowen has been in super touch for the Redbacks, while Cole Roscholler bagged five goals last week.

• Newstead should continue its strong start to the season when it travels to play Rovers.

Skipper Mark Ramsey has bagged 20 goals in the past two weeks for the Steaders, stepping up in the absence of key forward Daniel Christmas (calf strain).

Last year’s wooden-spooner Rovers are yet to post a win, but in their past two games have taken it up to Natte Bealiba (lost by 19 points) and Trentham (9).

• Natte-Bealiba and Dunolly meet at Maryborough’s Hedges Oval.

The Swans are 2-1, with Kurtis Torney having been in their best in all three games, while the Eagles - who have played two flag contenders in Newstead and Lexton the past fortnight - are still chasing their first win.

• Lexton is at home to Maldon.

The Tigers are 2-1 and just quietly going about their business with victories the past two weeks over Dunolly and Avoca.

The winless Maldon is coming off a five-point loss to Trentham last Sunday when it stormed home after a slow start.

• Trentham will host Royal Park under lights in what’s a clash of two top four teams.

After winning just six games between them last year, both the Saints and Bushy are undefeated after three rounds, although, Trentham has had a draw with Dunolly.

While both sides have surprised early, Royal Park has the stronger formline heading into the game and will be hard to beat.

• Campbells Creek will have to be at its best on Sunday if it’s to be any chance of taking it up to the powerful Navarre.

The Creekers suffered their first loss of the season last week against Royal Park, while the Grasshoppers are 3-0 as their premiership defence has started well.

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