Saints and Roos gear up for match of the round

Saints and Roos gear up for match of the round

North Gambier V South Gambier

North Gambier will host South Gambier in the annual Anzac Day clash today at Vansittart Park as Round 2 of the Bendigo Bank Limestone Coast Football Netball League kicks off.

The Tigers will be heading into this afternoon’s game hungry for a win after falling short to the Roos last week, whereas South will be buzzing and full of confidence after a big round 1 win over the Doggies.

In the past two seasons the teams have split the Anzac game with the Tigers winning last year at Blue Lake Sports Park and in the season prior South got the job done on North’s home deck.

A big factor in this game will be North’s experience as the Tigers’ list is nearly identical to last year which means they have seasoned players who know how to handle the pressure of playing in big games.

South will likely have the same young trio of Brody Fox, Will Attiwill and Kobe Bannon playing this week.

This will be their first Anzac Day game which may affect how they play this week.

Overall South is a younger side which has its pros and cons when playing an older team like North.

The Tigers will look towards key forward Toby de Wit to have a good game, coming off a three goal haul last week as a consistent target for the Tigers mids to hit up.

Mason Hein will be a key player for the Demons, with his ruck work elite last week and his return to the Dees is already looking like a great signing with how well he elevates South’s midfield with the likes of Mitchell Sims working off him in the guts.

Millicent V West Gambier

This game is looking like it’s going to be a ripper as Millicent takes on West Gambier in Millicent.

Last season the Saints got the better of West in the semi finals so the Roos will be out for revenge come Saturday.

Both teams have similar rosters to last season with only a few changes.

The key to West’s success in this game will be their ability to play consistent footy for all four quarters.

It showed last week in the fourth quarter where they struggled and North nearly caught them.

They cannot afford a repeat with the Saints showing what they can do to sides that play poorly.

For Millicent to win they will need to play high intensity football for four quarters and keep the pressure on West.

Key players for Millicent will be Kalan and Billy Shanks who both had great games last week and will need to continue theme this week.

Millicent will have to look to Frazer Bradley again after his five goal performance last week.

West Gambier’s Sam Casey will be keen to have another solid game after last week’s A grade debut performance.

Jordan Williams will also need to keep his round 1 form going into this game after kicking four goals last week.

East Gambier V Casterton Sandford

East Gambier will take the field against Casterton Sandford at the Kennel this Saturday.

Both teams are coming off 60+ point losses last week so this round will be a good test to see how they go against a similar standard opponent.

The Doggies showed flashes of good play last week, especially in the final quarter where they kicked four goals.

Similarly the Cats had a few good quarters in their game against the Saints.

The Cats started the game well as they only trailed by eight points after the first quarter.

But they just could not keep that level of play for four quarters and that is something they need to improve on going into this game.

In a disappointing loss last week East Gambier’s Carl Slape still kicked four goals.

Slape will need to bring that energy this week to give the Doggies a win in their home opener.

For Casterton, Callum Currie and Hamish Mccrae are coming off a good first round and will need to bring it again this week as both have ability to get goals on the board after last week’s game.

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