INGLEWOOD V MITIAMO - 2.15pm Saturday at Hibernian Hotel Oval.
Last time: Mitiamo 15.7 (97) d Inglewood 12.6 (78).
Since 1995: Mitiamo 31; Inglewood 8.
INGLEWOOD - the Blues are in a massive hole, and it continues to get deeper.
Lost for the third time in a row by more than 100 points last week against YCW.
The Blues haven’t had a chance at all to be in their past three games against YCW, Newbridge and Bridgewater, having already been an average of 71 points down at half-time.
MITIAMO - like Inglewood, the Superoos are also chasing their first win of the season.
However, the Superoos have been far more competitive than the Blues and easily could have won four games and still been alive in the season.
Midfielder Aaron McKean, who kicked four goals last week, yet to be out of the Superoos’ best players.
BRIDGEWATER V MARONG - 2.15pm Saturday at Laser Plumbing Bendigo Oval.
Last time: Round 13, 2013: Bridgewater 15.11 (101) d Marong 13.11 (89).
Since 1995: Bridgewater 21; Marong 18.
BRIDGEWATER - again flexed its muscle last week with an 84-point belting of Pyramid Hill to now be the LVFL’s only unbeaten team.
The victory did come at a cost, though, with full-forward Alex Collins suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Hasn’t been a good season for the Collins’ brothers after Andy broke his collarbone earlier.
MARONG - the Panthers dropped their second game of the season last week when beaten by fellow top-five side Bears Lagoon-Serpentine by three points at home.
And just like their earlier 12-point loss against Pyramid Hill in round four, the Panthers had led by a double-figure margin at three quarter-time, but couldn’t hang on.
NEWBRIDGE V PYRAMID HILL - 2.15pm Saturday at Riverside Park.
Last time: Round 15, 2013: Pyramid Hill 15.9 (99) d Newbridge 6.5 (41).
Since 1995: Pyramid Hill 20; Newbridge 18.
NEWBRIDGE - so far it has been Pyramid Hill touted as the biggest challenger to Bridgewater this year.
But the Maroons have the chance to prove themselves as the best of the chasing pack when they host the Bulldogs.
They’ve beaten Mitiamo, YCW and Inglewood the past three rounds, so a big step-up in opposition on Saturday.
PYRAMID HILL - bitterly disappointing day for the Bulldogs last week against Bridgewater.
Barely fired a shot in their 84-point loss to the champs and now take on another team with a 5-1 record in Newbridge.
The winner will potentially move two games clear inside the top three, so plenty for both sides to play for.
BEARS LAGOON-SERPENTINE V CALIVIL UNITED - 2.15pm Saturday at Serpentine.
Last time: Round 18, 2013: BL-Serpentine 15.28 (118) d Calivil United 5.8 (38).
Since 1995: Calivil United 26; BL-Serpentine 16.
BL-SERPENTINE - the Bears are providing their supporters plenty of value for money.
They have been involved in the only two single-figure margin games so far, defeating Marong by three points and losing to Pyramid Hill by five points the past two rounds.
Started the season 0-2, but a win on Saturday will get them to 5-3 at the halfway mark.
CALIVIL UNITED - a 21-day break for the Demons, who sit in seventh position with two wins.
Lost their past two games to Marong (44 points) and Pyramid Hill (116), during which they have trailed by 27 and 56 points at quarter-time, so must rectify their starts.
Lost their past five games against the Bears by an average of 46 points.