THE Southern Football League's Round 16 roster games will be played tomorrow. Below is SFL acting media liaison officer Brett Direen’s previews of the games to be played. There are only three rostered matches this Saturday with Claremont, Dodges Ferry, New Norfolk, Brighton and Kingborough all having byes.
Sorell versus Central Hawks
SORELL are back at home when they host the Central Hawks at Pembroke
Park. The Sorell Eagles were defeated by Brighton last Saturday at Pontville, but not before putting up a really strong fight and still being
very much in the game at three quarter time in a plucky
performance. The Hawks who moved their match Bothwell
to Oatlands did little to help their cause as they came up against the
might of ladder-leader New Norfolk and suffered a big defeat.
time the two sides met in Round 5, the Sorell recorded a convincing
victory. The Hawks have shown improvement since that time and have been
able to be competitive with most sides for a half to three quarters of
football, but tend to drop off at critical periods of matches when "blow-outs" occur. They can match it with sides, as they proved early
in the match against New Norfolk, but need to find sustained support for
Travis Brown, McWilliams and Daly to record a victory. If they can put
in a similar effort to that against Huonville in Round 13, they may
cause an upset.
Sorell play their home ground extremely well, move the
ball quickly and have dangerous players in Bentley, Williamson and
Hitchens who can all be very damaging if not marked closely. The game
will be won in the middle of the ground with the side that is able to
use the football most effectively going into attack likely to take the
points. Each side will need to ensure their match-ups are spot on. The
Hawks' coaching staff and players would have this game pencilled in
as possibly their last chance to record their first victory for the 2012
season, with hard games to follow. It would be a major boost for
everybody involved with the club.You would expect the Hawks to be super
competitive in this match, however as the game wears on you would expect
the Sorell Eagles should have an edge in class and fitness and should
pull away to record their third win of the season in front of their home
Lindisfarne versus Cygnet
LINDISFARNE will be back at home when they host Cygnet in what should be the match of the round. The Two Blues are hard to beat at home, and while you would expect the Port to be very competitive for the majority of the match, the Lindisfarne’s side’s edge in class and a big home crowd should be enough to see them record a comfortable victory.
Huonville versus East Coast Bombers
THE Huonville Lions will be back at home twhen they host the East Coast Bombers at Huonville Oval. While the Bombers will give plenty of cheek in the match all sides coming off the bye this season have struggled to win. Huonville should prove too strong by continuing their good recent form and record a good victory in front of their home crowd.