Friday, July 25, 2014

Tomorrow's southern footy previews

Southern Football League
Round 15 previews
By Gary Williamson

East Coast Bombers v New Norfolk
THE in-form East Coast Bombers are back at home this weekend and will be looking forward to a challenge against top side New Norfolk. It will be a great game for Coach Coppleman to determine the gap between his Bombers and the top side as an upset victory would see them move to third position on the ladder and get the all important double chance.

The Bombers produced their best performance of the season last weekend away from home against fifth-placed Dodges Ferry, dominating all over the ground. This confidence and momentum along with their key forwards back in top form should see them a dangerous combination at home.

The Eagles really had to work hard for a victory against Lindisfarne last Saturday but this solid workout is just what the Eagles need in their lead up to the finals. I’m sure they will relish the challenge of playing the highly-talented and high-scoring Bombers on their home ground tomorrow.

East Coast really needs to structure its defence to eliminate New Norfolk's high-marking multiple key forwards and stop them from creating the loose man out wide as the Eagles forwards will be really hard to stop if they can get into a one-on-one contest.

New Norfolk coach Jon Murray will also realise the dangers of the Bombers playing on their home ground and will ensure his players are really fired up to get a good start and not allow the home side to gain any early advantages.

You would expect the Bombers to be competitive throughout during periods of the game but if the Eagles are really switched-on they should power away for another comfortable victory as they tune up for finals and need to keep wining to ensure they remain in top position on the ladder.

Brighton v Hobart
BRIGHTON is back at home and looking to record a sixth win of the season when it takes on the improved Hobart in what should be an entertaining game as both sides have been in good form in recent weeks.

The Robins recorded one of their best wins of the season away from home against Sorell in a dominating display last weekend and they will be full of confidence for this clash. Hobart thrashed Huonville at the TCA last weekend and with multiple goal-scorers it really showed its best football. There are some promising signs for coach Woods as the Tigers strive for a few more wins to finish off the season.

In what appears to be a fairly even contest, Brighton with a home-ground advantage and recent good form should take the points in what could be a fairly close contest.

Lindisfarne v Claremont
IN the game of the round, third-placed Lindisfarne takes on the in-form second-placed Claremont. Claremont should be too strong towards the end of the game and this may be the challenge it is really looking for, but they must produce their best football as an improving Lindisfarne is a very dangerous side at home.

Cygnet v Dodges Ferry
CYGNET has a home game to be played at Kermandie tomorrow. A big local crowd is expected as the Port hosts Dodges Ferry in a game where the locals will be looking to record their second win of the season. You would expect Cygnet to put up an improved performance for much of the game but Dodges Ferry should bounce back from last weekend’s poor performance as they are assured of finals football and really need to get back into form towards the end of the season.

Huonville v Sorell
HUONVILLE has a great chance to record its third win of the season but must improve on last weekend’s performance when they host the Sorell Eagles who have also struggled in recent weeks. Both sides look evenly matched and while the home side may have a slight edge as the Eagles don’t travel well, a win for Sorell would not surprise as its best form would be good enough to win this game.

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