PREVIEWS ROUND 7
by Gary Williamson
East Coast v New Norfolk
East Coast are back at home and looking to move into the top six but face a huge task when they take on the in form New Norfolk who have been scoring heavily in recent week. The Eagles key playmakers in full flight are a very dangerous combination especially as they are back to their hungry best.
The Bombers were solid last week being defeated by Lindisfarne away from home but still have lapses in their games and if they fail to maintain the pressure on New Norfolk then they will get scored heavily against.
They need to get their match ups spot on and stop the Eagles from creating the loose man and using the corridor to run the ball through and give their key forwards space to lead into.
New Norfolk will be looking to get off to a good start and not allow the home side any momentum or confidence early in the game. You would expect the Bombers to be fairly competitive at home but the strength and class of New Norfolk should see them record a comfortable victory and keep up their quest for top spot on the ladder.
Claremont v Kingborough
Claremont is back at home and faces a real test of their improvement when they host Kingborough who have yet to hit top form in a game where an upset could occur.
The Magpies were brave last week in defeating Sorell away from home will need to play a lot better and more consistent if they are to take the points. The Tigers were big winners over Central Hawks last week at home but will need to play a lot better.
Hopefully that win would have given them some confidence coming into this danger game.
They have big forward Lamprill in full flight but will need other avenues to goal as Claremont are sure to double team him and try to close up the game and run the ball out through handball to break through their oppositions wall across their half back line.
Kingborough will be desperate to stay in touch with the top sides and may have a bit too much run and carry for the home side and should take the points but will need to be at their best against a capable home side if they play at their best.
Cygnet v Sorell
Cygnet is back at home and will be looking to stay in touch with the top six and will be desperate to put on a good display in front of a packed crowd there to honour club legend Greg “Ducky” Gordon.
The Port were brave early last week away from home against New Norfolk before fading badly however they were very depleted with injuries and unavailable players.
They will relish the big home crowd and will be determined to put on a polished display especially as they will be striving to keep into contact with the top six. The Eagles have slowly improved and blew a big chance for an upset last week at home over Claremont and really need to eliminate their skill errors.
They also need to work the ball up the ground and try to get space for their forwards to lead into and if they bomb the ball in the Port will really hurt them on the rebound as they have a very damaging midfield.
They also need a good start as the Port will be nervous early on after a big build up and early goals will silence the home crowd. Cygnet will be too emotional and fired up and will not let the crowd or Ducky down on this memorable day and should take the points and record their third win of the season but must be at their best against an improving Sorell who just lack some big players to make them more competitive.
Huonville v Lindisfarne
Huonville are back at home and, fresh from the bye, will be looking to record their second win of the season but face a massive task when they take on the in form and undefeated Lindisfarne.
The Lions have been struggling for most of the season, but they will have to attempt to play a more consistent and accountable brand of football if they are to stay with the best side early in the game.
They must use their home ground to advantage as they did last week recording a good win at home against East Coast. Though once again the Lions kicked poorly for goal but when they get their kicking boots on they will be in for a big win as they have dominated games in recent weeks.
They have a very hard running and even side and are difficult to match up with and if they take control and win the stoppages then they will be very hard to defeat.
The Blues, though, should be far too strong all over the ground and should record a comfortable win away from home to keep a game clear of their rivals.
Central Hawks v Dodges Ferry (Oatlands)
Central Hawks are back at home on their Oatlands ground and will be looking to record their first win of the season but face a huge task against Dodges Ferry who have been in good form in recent weeks and would be confident of victory.
The Hawks were soundly beaten away from home last against Kingborough and after a good start they fell away badly and will need to play more consistent football over the four quarters if they are to cause an upset victory. The Sharks drew last week at home against Brighton but kicked poorly for goal which cost them the game after dominating for most of the day and they will need to get off to a good start especially playing away from home. Dodges Ferry have plenty of fire power up forward and if they can take control of the midfield and create the loose man and run the ball through the corridor then they should score heavily against a struggling defence.
The Hawks must play accountable football and attempt to slow the game down and frustrate the opposition but not allow them any space.
The Hawks should give plenty of cheek early in the game but the class and scoring power of the Sharks should see them far too strong and record another victory to keep them in touch with the top sides of the competition.