LCFA action heats up

The fifth round of the 2022 Steeline Bendigo Bank Limestone Coast Football Association season looms as an important one being the last time teams are facing off for the first time.

There will be round ball action taking place across the weekend with Blue Lake v Centrals the headline act.

The Rangers will be committed to taking the fight to the Lions in both senior grades on their home turf of Malseed Park.

The hosts can be confident of finishing on top in the senior women’s bout, but it will be no certainty.

The rivals were two of the most successful SEWFA clubs back in the day and have already fought some entertaining LCFA battles including a high-scoring 2021 Steeline Cup final.

Blue Lake sits third on the ladder and will look to build momentum after Brooke Gilbert and Jasmine White made the key blows in the team’s hard-fought win over Apollo.

Centrals season also has not gone entirely to plan with sickness and unavailability shuffling the playing squad around, but coach Scott Dickson will eye the contest as a big chance to make a statement.

The lady Lions have only scored one win in 2022, but have shown what they are capable against the Rangers in a 0-0 draw when the pair met at the preseason carnival.

It will also be an intriguing match-up in the senior men’s grade as a young Blue Lake outfit hopes to push the buttons of a battle-hardened Centrals team.

Injuries and illness have taken their toll on the players and coaches, but that has not stopped the Lions from roaring towards the top of the ladder with their first defeat only arriving last week to a fired up International.

A heavy workload has been placed on the shoulders of Christian Fleetwood and Lewis March, who have won lots of possession across the first four weeks to help Centrals become the highest scoring side in the competition.

Since a dominant opening round display, the Rangers’ confidence has taken a hit with defeats to Inter, Naracoorte and Apollo, but a competitive effort against the reigning premiers will prove they are not here just to make up the numbers.

International prepares for the road to Naracoorte in a good headspace, with both its senior men and women sides sitting pretty at the top of the ladder.

After edging out Centrals last week the Inter men are the last undefeated team left in the competition.

The secret behind International’s success has been its ability to lift the intensity in the second half and this could be needed if Naracoorte fire at full force at home.

The yellow and black has caught Millicent and Blue Lake by surprise with their striking skills, but they would like to brush up on the defensive efforts being the only member of the top four to concede more than 10 goals so far.

The Inter women’s team coached by Ricky McRobert and captained by April Hockey should be able to enjoy a relatively comfortable 90 minutes against a developing Naracoorte outfit.

Apollo will also be striving for success when it welcomes Millicent through the Webb Street gates.

With the blue and white expected to cruise to a comfortable win in the senior men’s battle, the women’s contest at Blue Lake Sports Park on Saturday afternoon will be the one to watch.

The Apollo ladies have come on in leaps and bounds this year and are the most prolific team in front of goal.

But in the preseason carnival Millicent was able to escape with a draw against Apollo and the team led by Darcey Allen hopes to give the hosts a scare after recording a big win over Naracoorte.

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