Southern Football League
Round 17 previews
By Gary Williamson
New Norfolk v Sorell
TOP-of the table New Norfolk is at home for the second week in a row and will be far too experienced and classy when taking on Sorell. Sorell has really improved in recent weeks and its defensive style of football has really frustrated its opponents.
With only two games left to play, New Norfolk is expected to record another big victory at home to ensure top spot on the ladder. It will be interesting to see if the improving Sorell side, which is well coached by David Lewis, can restrict their scoring ability.
Huonville v Brighton
HUONVILLE takes on the in-form Brighton which will be looking to get off to a good start and really assert its authority early in the game. The Lions should be competitive for most of the game but may face a long day if they allow Brighton to get off to a good start. Brighton should record a comfortable victory and the Lions may have to wait for the last week of the season to grab their third victory against cellar-dweller Cygnet.
East Coast v Claremont
IN the game of the round third-placed East Coast is at home and taking on second-placed Claremont. In what could be a great test for the Bombers, the in-form Claremont Magpies should be far too strong, with too many scoring opportunities.
Dodges Ferry v Hobart
DODGES Ferry takes on Hobart at Shark Park where a win should see them take third place on the ladder and a chance for the all important double chance in the finals. You would expect Hobart to put up a fight early in the game but Dodges Ferry is playing its best football when it counts and should run away with a comfortable victory and be firmly entrenched in third position on the ladder by 4.30 on Saturday afternoon.
Cygnet v Lindisfarne
CYGNET is back at home and looking to record its second win of the season while celebrating its 2004 premiership reunion. The Port players may be spurred-on by the presence of their past and present great footballers but the Two Blues have too much at stake to drop this game and should record a solid victory.