Clock counts down in run to finals

South Gambier v North Gambier

With only four rounds left, time is ticking in the 2022 Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League season before finals and one team in the thick of the action is North Gambier.

The Tigers are tentatively placed near West and Casterton Sandford on the ladder and only two can survive.

The yellow and black have appeared safe for the majority of the season, but just one win from five games has made life harder.

Things will not get any easier this Saturday as the hot team of the competition South Gambier awaits.

The Demons have been breathing fire recently, playing with speed and the Tigers will need to be switched on from start to finish.

Despite losing on both occasions, North can take plenty of heart from its previous clashes with the red and white having pushed the ladder leaders to the final siren, so much so that coach Brayden Kain is more than aware.

“They have been the most challenging team we have faced all year,” he said.

“They match up really well on us and I did not see West getting over the top of them on Saturday.

“It is a challenge we are really looking forward to.”

Hard heads Nick McInerney, Hamish Telford and Brett Shepherdson could try to hit their opponents hard to slow South, but it will be a challenge with so many names from Josh Woodall to Mitch Sims in top form.

East Gambier v Casterton Sandford

Having suffered some disappointing results recently, both East Gambier and Casterton Sandford will give it everything for the premiership points at the “Kennel”.

Back-to-back defeats have put the Cats on the back foot in their finals race and they hope another Bulldogs win can kick them into gear.

In the previous clash the Victorians pulled off one of the biggest heists of the year coming from behind kicking 11 straight goals thanks to the grand efforts of Dylan Ayton and Alistair McCrae.

They will use the result as inspiration, but so will the Bulldogs, who have not been as close to glory since.

With only one win on the board all year, East is effectively out of the finals race, but has declared it will never give up.

However, the Dogs require a miracle, needing to win every game and many other results to go their way and last week’s 99-point defeat to South was not a good omen.

Millicent v West Gambier

Millicent and West Gambier are two teams in strong form will be determined to carry their momentum at McLaughlin Park this Saturday.

The Roos have collected two important wins over their nearest rivals to enhance their September chances.

Lawry Bradley-Brown has reminded the competition of his game-changing ability, while Lewis Lean and company have the backline in formidable form.

But a bigger test awaits against the Saints, who may not yet be at full strength, but are still one of the best teams going around.

The previous battle was a thriller, but in strange conditions, so this Saturday will provide a deeper insight.

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