ROCHESTER V SHEPPARTON SWANS
Both of these teams will be desperate for a win to keep their flickering finals aspirations alive.
With both sitting at 4-6, neither of them can afford too many losses in the second half of the season.
That said, both coaches would be pleased to see the improvement and growth within the team.
It isn’t always about wins and losses.
Young Swan shooter, Ella Cirillo was outstanding in goals, shooting 40 of her team’s score in the big win over Benalla last weekend.
Hannah Garner, Klarindah Hudson and captain Chelsea McDonald (17 goals) were others to play well in the team’s 72-29 win over the Saints.
If they can continue that form and keep the likes of young gun Teal Hocking and some of her more experienced team-mates from having an impact, then the Swans can get the win.
Tip: Shepparton Swans.
MOOROOPNA V TATURA
This will be another intriguing match-up for different reasons.
One to see if Tatura can rebound after its 14-goal loss and two to see if the Cats can stave off another challenger like it did in Euroa with a backs-to-the-wall win that was no doubt engineered by Di Hanslow and her girls responding to her instructions.
Ella Ogier was important in the win over Euroa with 13 goals while captain and defender Maddi Wong was also instrumental in the victory.
Ashley Lancaster dropped 24 of her team’s 37 goals while Asha Gray was another to shine in the rebound win.
Molly Kennedy and Tayler Rohkar were two of the Bulldogs to shine in the 14-goal loss to Shepparton while shooters Jasmine Fraser and Julia Clarke will be important as the Dogs look to avoid back-to-back losses.
The Bulldogs have shown that they are made of good character, showing resilience to bounce back after a defeat and this is a big test for them.
ECHUCA V MANSFIELD
Echuca will be out to consolidate its place in the top six when it welcomes the winless Mansfield.
The Murray Bombers have announced themselves as a genuine premiership contender over the past fortnight with statement wins against ladder leader Mooroopna and reigning premier Seymour by 28 goals.
Ash Mangan and Lauren Jones are leading the defensive end while Bianca Willis and Sheridan Townrow fired on all cylinders in the attacking third.
Megan Mahoney led the attacking line for the Eagles in the absence of Isobel Anderson who missed last week’s loss. If she is back, she will be important for the Eagles.
Youngster Jess Dolling was a good foil for Mahoney scoring 13 goals.
Coach Nelle Cousins will be doing her best to stop the Echuca goalers who are in really good form, which was evident in the 28-goal win over reigning premier Seymour.