HDFL ROUND 11 PREVIEW

White Hills' Ricky Symes and Matt Sawyer.

White Hills' Ricky Symes and Matt Sawyer.

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER V COLBINABBIN - 2.15pm Saturday at Gunbower.

Last time: Round 2, 2014: Leitchville-Gunbower 14.16 (100) d Colbinabbin 13.7 (85).

Since 2010: Colbinabbin 6; Leitchville-Gunbower 3.

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER - the Bombers have got themselves back on track with consecutive away victories over White Hills and Huntly.

They are sitting third on the ladder, but dodged a bullet last week when they had 10 more scoring shots than White Hills, but needed ruckman Lee Pollock to kick a goal after the siren to win the game.

COLBINABBIN - will be interesting to see how the Grasshoppers back up from last week’s slugfest against LBU.

The Grasshoppers threw everything at the three-time defending champions, but finished six points short in a game where just 11 goals were kicked.

Still stuck a game outside the top five.

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM UNITED V HEATHCOTE - 2.15pm Saturday at Lockington.

Last time: Round 2, 2014: LBU 18.17 (125) d Heathcote 10.2 (62).

Since 2001: LBU 19; Heathcote 9.

LBU - did it the hard way against Colbinabbin last week, but got back on the winners list, despite kicking a score of just 6.6 (42).

The Cats are ranked No.1 in defence, conceding an average of just 58.4 points per game and are yet to give up more than 11 goals in a game.

Forward/ruckman Chris Hudson continues to impress for the Cats.

HEATHCOTE - finally, a win to celebrate for the Saints last week when they knocked over Elmore by 19 points.

Despite the struggles of the Saints this year, coach Grant Ford continues to sell a positive message that if Heathcote can get its best 22 out on the park, his side is still capable of causing some headaches to opposition on the run home.

NORTH BENDIGO V HUNTLY - 2.15pm Saturday at North Bendigo.

Last time: Round 2, 2014: North Bendigo 14.14 (98) d Huntly 10.8 (68).

Since 1996: North Bendigo 33; Huntly 10.

NORTH BENDIGO - the Bulldogs, who haven’t won a premiership since 1977, have now taken over the outright flag favourites tag with Sportsbet at $3.

Plenty of hype around the top-of-the-ladder Bulldogs, but co-coaches Rob Bennett and Neville Massina will be making sure it just remains one week at a time at Atkins Street.

HUNTLY - not often a side makes a grand final and then misses the finals the next year.

But that’s the prospect facing the Hawks after they fell to 3-6 following last week’s 37-point loss to Mount Pleasant.

The Hawks have dropped their past three and now cop the hottest team in the HDFL in the Bulldogs. Can they ignite some hope into their season? 

MOUNT PLEASANT V WHITE HILLS - 2.15pm Saturday at Toolleen.

Last time: Round 2, 2014: Mount Pleasant 11.11 (77) d White Hills 8.17 (65).

Since 1995: Mount Pleasant 31; White Hills 8.

MOUNT PLEASANT - sit just percentage outside the top three ahead of a crucial home clash against another team that also has double chance aspirations.

After being belted by North Bendigo a fortnight ago, bounced back strongly last week with a 37-point win over Huntly.

Key recruit Tim Hill has been in the Blues’ best down back in their past five games. 

WHITE HILLS - squandered the chance to move into the top three last week when beaten after the siren by Leitchville-Gunbower.

Which puts all the more pressure on the Demons to win this game if they’re to push for the double chance come finals.

Can’t afford to kick 8.17 like last time against the Blues when they lost by 12 points.

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