South Bendigo's Aaron Connaughton.
South Bendigo's Aaron Connaughton.

GISBORNE v EAGLEHAWK - 2.20pm Saturday at Gisborne.

Last time: Round 6, 2014: Gisborne 12.14 (86) d Eaglehawk 10.10 (70).

Since 2001: Gisborne 23; Eaglehawk 17.

IT’S the Hawks’ turn to be sitting fifth this week and they will be targeting the Bulldogs as their first top-five scalp of the season.

Gisborne has won five in a row and can “officially” guarantee the double chance with a win.

MARYBOROUGH v GOLDEN SQUARE - 2.20pm Saturday at Maryborough.

Last time: Round 6, 2014: Golden Square 15.14 (104) d Maryborough 8.5 (53).

Since 1995: Golden Square 26; Maryborough 14.

THE Magpies have won three of their past four games at home.

But how will they respond to last week’s 141-point hiding from Strathfieldsaye against a Golden Square side that hasn’t lost to the Magpies for a decade?

KANGAROO FLAT v SOUTH BENDIGO - 2.20pm Saturday at Kangaroo Flat.

Last time: Round 6, 2014: Kangaroo Flat 15.6 (96) d South Bendigo 7.10 (52).

Since 1995: South Bendigo 29; Kangaroo Flat 11; Drawn 1.

BIG weekend of 150th celebrations for the Roos.

As much as this weekend is about honouring the past, the players can’t lose sight of what’s most important - and that’s securing the four points to potentially push back into the top five. 

KYNETON v STRATHFIELDSAYE - 2.20pm Saturday at Kyneton.

Last time: Round 6, 2014: Strathfieldsaye 24.18 (162) d Kyneton 5.7 (37).

Since 2009: Strathfieldsaye 8; Kyneton 1.

SHAPES as another tough day at home for the Tigers.

They copped a 125-point belting off the Storm in round six at a time when they were playing their most competitive footy. They’ve dropped off since, while the Storm has only got better.

SANDHURST v CASTLEMAINE - 2.20pm Saturday at QEO.

Last time: Round 6, 2014: Sandhurst 20.19 (199) d Castlemaine 6.12 (48).

Since 1995: Sandhurst 24; Castlemaine 16; Drawn 1.

THE Magpies should be confronted by a Dragons’ side breathing fire after giving up top spot on percentage last week.

The Magpies travel to the QEO for the first time this year having lost their past six games.