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BENDIGO LEAGUE – ROUND 16
2.20pm today at Kangaroo Flat.
Chance for the Bloods to win two games in a row for the first time this season.
The Bloods showed plenty of grit to rally from a 17-point three quarter-time deficit against Kyneton last week and will be aiming to pick up from where they left off and avoid what they have had to do so often this year - play catch-up footy.
Was only two goals in it in favour of the Roos earlier in the season at the QEO.
2.20pm today at Castlemaine.
The Storm have demolished Kyneton 192-21 and Kangaroo Flat 196-11 in their past two games and should inflict more carnage upon the Magpies on Saturday in the top v bottom match at Camp Reserve.
One of the biggest positives recently for the Storm has been the form of midfielder Jake Moorhead, who is now six games back from his knee injury and been among their best two players in their past three games.
2.20pm today at Golden Square.
4th v 5th and a potential elimination final preview between the two arch rivals who played out one of the games of the season earlier this year when the Dragons after trailing the bulk of the day won by one point.
Should be an entertaining battle in the ruck between Square's Matt Compston and the Dragons' Chris Down.
Big blow for Golden Square last week losing key forward Travis Baird to another hamstring injury and the side managing just six goals against Eaglehawk, which highlights their biggest question mark going forward - can they score heavily enough against the top end teams to be dangerous in September?
Sandhurst is 3-1 in its past four games and has a big opportunity over the next fortnight to build some pre-finals belief with a pair of matches against Square and Gisborne coming up.
2.20pm today at Gisborne.
Shapes as an absolute belter of a contest at Gardiner Reserve between second and third - both teams are 12-3 - in what could be a precursor to the qualifying final.
Since losing to Gisborne by 30 points in round seven the Hawks have peeled off eight wins in a row, with the Bulldogs now the only team they haven't beaten.
The Hawks are playing a strong brand of team football and since giving up 125 points against Gisborne have conceded an average of just 43 in their eight wins.
But the Hawks' defensive structures will certainly be put to the test against the potent Bulldogs, whose average score of 121 is second only to Strathfieldsaye's 134.
Gisborne's Gardiner Reserve has that "Graveyard" feel about it again this season. Apart from a 21-point loss to Strathfieldsaye, Gisborne's other six games on its home deck have been wins by an average of 99 points.
KYNETON v MARYBOROUGH
2.20pm today at Kyneton.
Some prospective coaches will be looking at this game with interest given both clubs are on the search for new coaches next year.
A win for the Magpies would give them six for the year - something they haven't done since 2011 - while the Tigers will be determined to capitalise on this opportunity at home, particularly having twice squandered three quarter-time leads in their past three games.
LODDON VALLEY LEAGUE – ROUND 18
2.15pm today at Marong.
If the Panthers knock over the Superoos they will remain fifth and play finals for the first time since 2016.
Lose though and the Panthers open the door to the prospect of being knocked out of fifth spot by Calivil United, which would then leave the finals series in limbo until late next week given the Maiden Gully YCW points breach appeal has potential finals ramifications for both Marong and the Demons.
Reckon the LVFNL board will be breathing a sigh of relief if the Panthers win and any finals uncertainty is taken out of the equation.
Having said that, it would take a massive turnaround from the Panthers to knock off the Superoos - who can still finish top - given the hefty 108-point margin they copped in round nine.
2.15pm today at Pyramid Hill.
The year started with Newbridge hunting a second premiership in a row, but is likely to end with the Maroons finishing second-last.
Been a tough year for the Maroons that ends with the challenging trip to Pyramid Hill to take on a Bulldogs side that will be playing to lock up a top-of-the-ladder finish for the first time since 2009.
INGLEWOOD v CALIVIL UNITED
2.15pm today at Inglewood.
Can the Blues escape a winless 2019 season by upsetting the Demons?
While the Blues would be desperate to avoid a 0 in the wins column this year, Calivil United goes into the game still with the possibility of grabbing fifth spot if it wins, Marong loses, and the Demons make up the 3.58 percentage gap on the Panthers.
However, if that all happens then there's still the Maiden Gully YCW appeal in the background, with the Demons to then have to wait to see if they will retain the four points they were awarded in round 14 for the Eagles' breach against them that has kept their season alive.
2.15pm today at Serpentine.
Scenario doesn't get any simpler - the winner will finish third and earn the double chance; the loser is forced into the elimination final.
The Bears comfortably accounted for Maiden Gully YCW by 38 points last time, but the Eagles are certainly hitting their straps - they are 5-1 in their past six games; the only loss being the game they were stripped of the points against Calivil United, which they actually won by four points.
HEATHCOTE DISTRICT LEAGUE – ROUND 17
COLBINABBIN v MOUNT PLEASANT
2.15pm today at Colbinabbin.
All about getting to the qualifying final in good shape for the Grasshoppers now given that's what they are locked into.
The Grasshoppers have strung together four wins in a row and have a massive reunion day planned for the clash with the Blues, who are coming off a solid 74-point win over Heathcote last week as they continue their march towards a first finals appearance since 2014.
2.15pm today at Lockington.
Could this be a potential danger game for the Cats?
They have to get themselves back up after last week's epic against North Bendigo when they were beaten 127-126 in an absolute classic to now front up against an Elmore side that before a bye last Saturday almost pulled off a massive upset also against North.
You'd expect the Cats on their home deck to get the job done, but the Bloods proved against North Bendigo when beaten by just nine points a fortnight ago not to be under-estimated.
2.15pm today at Heathcote.
Similar scenario for North Bendigo to LBU - just how much did last week take out of the Bulldogs?
The Saints will be hoping the answer is plenty given the magnitude of hidings they have copped off the Bulldogs in recent years - the past six of which have been by an average of 162 points.
2.15pm today at Huntly.
The Demons must win to keep their season alive.
A Demons' victory by somewhere around the eight-goal margin would bring them back within one game of Leitchville-Gunbower with a similar percentage, then setting up a last-round do-or-die match between the two for fifth spot.
But Huntly can derail that scenario with an upset win.
NORTH CENTRAL - ROUND 15
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