HDFL - ROUND 12 PREVIEW

North Bendigo's Cameron Moore.

North Bendigo's Cameron Moore.

ELMORE V LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM UNITED - 2.15pm Saturday at Elmore.

Last time: Round 3, 2014: LBU 24.19 (163) d Elmore 4.15 (39).

Since 2001: LBU 21; Elmore 12.

ELMORE - after having the bye last week, the Bloods have had time to dust themselves off from the disappointment of losing to Heathcote a fortnight ago.

Following the defeat to the Saints, the Bloods are now the only winless team in the HDFL.

Hard to see that changing on Saturday against the three-time defending premiers.

LBU - belted Heathcote by 107 points last week in a win that moved the Cats back to their familiar position at the top of the ladder.

The Cats were again at their defensive best against the Saints, conceding only four goals.

Marcus Angove has been their best player twice in the past three games.

COLBINABBIN V MOUNT PLEASANT - 2.15pm Saturday at Huntly.

Last time: Round 3, 2014: Colbinabbin 15.9 (99) d Mount Pleasant 5.11 (41).

Since 1995: Colbinabbin 29; Mount Pleasant 23.

COLBINABBIN - lost their past two games, but other results are going their way and they are still only one game outside the top five.

Would be disappointed to have lost their past two matches to Leitchville and LBU the past fortnight in what were a pair of games up for grabs at three quarter-time. Must bounce back against their old rivals.

MOUNT PLEASANT - were ordinary against North Bendigo three weeks ago in a 77-point hiding.

But have rebounded strongly from that performance with back-to-back wins over Huntly and White Hills keeping them on the cusp of the top three.

Won’t take the Grasshoppers lightly after the Good Friday debacle in round three.

HEATHCOTE V LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER - 2.15pm Saturday at Heathcote.

Last time: Round 3, 2014: Leitchville-Gunbower 23.11 (149) d Heathcote 3.9 (27).

Since 2010: Heathcote 7; Leitchville-Gunbower 3.

HEATHCOTE - there has been plenty of tough Saturday afternoons this season for Heathcote, and there was another last week.

The Saints’ 107-point loss to LBU was their fourth of the season in triple figures. 

Kyle Seidel, Darcy McLean and Daniel Carroll all continue to perform admirably against the odds for the Saints.

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER - still holding onto their top three position following their third win in a row over Colbinabbin last week.  

Have been off target the past two games against Colbinabbin and White Hills, kicking a combined 23.35, but have been able to get away with it.

You’d rather be missing shots than not having them at all.

WHITE HILLS V NORTH BENDIGO - 2.15pm Saturday at White Hills.

Last time: Round 3, 2014: White Hills 13.13 (91) d North Bendigo 8.14 (62).

Since 1996: North Bendigo 23; White Hills 18.

WHITE HILLS - had the HDFL standing up and taking notice three weeks ago when they defeated LBU by 10 points.

However, the Demons haven’t been able to capitalise on that win, losing to Mount Pleasant and Leitchville the past fortnight and leaving them vulnerable in fifth position.

Still the only side to beat North Bendigo this year.

NORTH BENDIGO - you can bet the Bulldogs will be snarling on Saturday.

They come up against the only team to have beaten them so far - the Demons - who they lost to by 29 points at home in round three.

Since then, Sportsbet’s $3 flag favourites have won seven games in a row by an average of 59 points.

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