YCW's Leighton Driscoll.
YCW's Leighton Driscoll.

CALIVIL UNITED V NEWBRIDGE - 2.15pm Saturday at Calivil.

Last time: Round 1, 2014: Newbridge 19.21 (135) d Calivil United 9.6 (60).

Since 1995: Calivil United 32; Newbridge 12.

CALIVIL UNITED - no let-up for the Demons, who for the fifth game in a row come up against a side in the top five.

They’ve lost their past four games, including three by at least 98 points, ahead of the clash with Newbridge.

Starts still a concern. They’ve been an average of 36 points down at quarter-time in their past four games.

NEWBRIDGE - on the rebound from their second loss of the season last week when they blew a half-time lead and were beaten by Marong.

Also suffered an injury blow to recruit Shaun Knott during the 16-point loss.

Meanwhile, the Matt O’Toole listed on the clearance list this week at the Maroons isn’t the ex-Golden Square forward. 

YCW V PYRAMID HILL - 2.15pm Saturday at Backhaus Oval.

Last time: Round 1, 2014: Pyramid Hill 20.13 (133) d YCW 13.10 (88).

Since 1995: Pyramid Hill 22; YCW 17.

YCW - sitting sixth on the ladder, but dropped three games outside the top five with last week’s 13-point loss to Mitiamo.

Plenty of expectation at the Eagles that they would be a much improved side this year, but their two wins to the halfway mark are the same as this time last season.

Tough assignment awaits now against Pyramid Hill.

PYRAMID HILL - ended their two-game losing streak with a 104-point win over Inglewood last week to reach the halfway mark of the season third.

Veteran recruit Linc Withers has had a super first half of the season, being among the Bulldogs’ best players in six of their eight games.

Youngster Liam Bartels also impressing.

MARONG V INGLEWOOD - 2.15pm Saturday at Marong.

Last time: Round 1, 2014: Marong 10.10 (70) d Inglewood 8.4 (52).

Since 1995: Marong 24; Inglewood 13; Drawn 1.

MARONG - showed just how damaging they can be in the third quarter last week when they slammed on a match-winning eight goals against Newbridge.

It was a much-needed win for the belief of the Panthers after they had lost their previous three encounters with fellow sides in the top five. Craig Morris was again super.

INGLEWOOD - reached the halfway mark of the season winless for the third time in the past four years.

Half of the Blues’ losses have been by at least 100 points, including last week against Pyramid Hill.

But they have been able to produce some competitive football, including against Marong in round one. 

BEARS LAGOON-SERPENTINE V BRIDGEWATER - 2.15pm Saturday at Serpentine.

Last time: Round 1, 2014: Bridgewater 20.22 (142) d BL-Serpentine 9.12 (66).

Since 1995: BL-Serpentine 25; Bridgewater 17.

BL-SERPENTINE - the Bears will be geared up for a much stronger showing than their round one grand final rematch against Bridgewater when they were blown away by 76 points.

It’s a big gap to make up, but the Bears have won five of their past six games, and have had two weeks to prepare for this showdown after having the bye last Saturday.

BRIDGEWATER - start the second half of the season undefeated and with a monster percentage of 267.2.

While the praises of the Mean Machine defence have been sung all season, down the other end, the array of forward options has been shown in Brad Rohde, Darren Clutton and Zeb Broadbent all kicking at least six goals over the past three games.



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