Old foes go all out for glory

Teams will be going all out for glory in the final round before the first bye of the Steeline Bendigo Bank Limestone Coast Football Association season this weekend.

Every team has faced each other in the season and a pecking order is starting to establish.

At the top of the tree in both grades is International, which is the only undefeated team remaining.

But the black and blue will be facing the club which produced one of the toughest challenges, Apollo.

The Senior Men’s game was a classic where Apollo held the lead until the dying stages when a special Matthew Bueti hat-trick pulled a win out of the fire.

Since then Inter has gone from strength to strength with its ability to kill games in the second half proving the difference.

Last week the team showcased its firepower by beating a strong Naracoorte team 11-1 where Bueti increased his Golden Boot lead with another six goals, while Say Hay Moo caused the opposing defence headaches by completing multiple assists.

If Apollo wants to even the ledger at Casadio Park this weekend, it must keep up the intensity for the full 90 minutes.

The Senior Women’s battle will also be an intriguing affair.

Reigning premier Inter has also conquered all, but the team which created the biggest scare was Apollo.

In the opening round an unproven Apollo team showcased its improvement by pushing the black and blue to very edge in a hard-fought contest.

However, a five-minute lapse proved costly for the blue and white and coachJames Stephenson will do his best to ensure this does not happen again.

But since the opening round International has just continued to build momentum, while Apollo wants to rediscover its best after an undermanned team suffered a tough draw with Millicent.

Inter will start as favourites on their home patch, but its always must-watch action when they meet Apollo.

The Naracoorte Senior Men will be determined to show they can cause the top teams headaches when they welcome Centrals to their turf.

The yellow and black have been able to get themselves well entrenched into the top four, but the team’s confidence has taken a hit following an 11-1 thrashing at the hands of Inter.

The perfect response will be taking the fight to the Lions, but this will be another tall order as the defending champs are also clicking.

Jake Blackwell and Christian Fleetwood are an imposing combination in the midfield and they will aim to give their strikers more opportunities to recreate the 4-0 win from round 1.

The women’s game is an important opportunity for the Lions to bounce back following a recent touch up by Blue Lake.

Centrals was impacted by player unavailability and struggled as a result, but will fancy an inexperienced Naracoorte team as a chance to get back on the winner’s list.

The Rangers head to McLaughlin Park to take on Millicent United.

Blue Lake’s women hope to keep their momentum building, but could face some resistance from a Millicent outfit which showcased its fighting spirit to avoid defeat against Apollo.

Despite ladder positions five and six facing off, the Senior Men’s game may not be quite as close.

The Rangers cruised to a big 9-1 win thanks to a Lay Bae Htoo hat-trick after only needing a couple of minutes to find the back of the net, but the Millicent defence will be keen to make scoring harder on home turf.

All games aside from the Millicent v Blue Lake Senior Women’s fixture will be played on Sunday.

Those lucky enough to be picked in the LCFA Select Squads will be presented with their uniforms at the Mount Gambier Racing Club from 5.30pm on Monday night.

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