Season ‘showtime’

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Season ‘showtime’

It will be a huge round 6 for the Limestone Coast Womens Football League, with all teams playing on Sunday, February 26 at Mundulla.

Moving past the halfway point of the season teams are now well prepared for what is ahead and it will only be injuries and player unavailability that will cause headaches for coaches.

First up at 10am will be Penola taking on Millicent which could turn into a one-sided game, but football can throw up a number of surprises.

The Eagles will be fresh not having played the week before and will take some time to get back into the swing of things, while Millicent will be on a high from last week’s first win.

Penola will have the strength to run and carry along with the contested ball ability to put a good score on the board, while Millicent will cause some dramas as it also plays good football and will need to be switched on come game time.

The Eagles will need the leaders in Caroline McGrath, Elise Berkin, Heidi Berkin and Simone McDonald to stand up if it is to get the points and for the Saints Alannah Pratt, Kelsie Wilkinson, Meredith Turner and Lauren Potter will need to work hard.

Next up at 10.30am Kalangadoo will take on a young South Gambier side which is building momentum.

The Magpies just missed out on a first win last week against Millicent, but are also working hard for an opening victory of its own, which is a real possibility this Sunday with good, hard football.

Focusing will be the key for the Demons but it has to have the determination to do something special to maintain possession and not give up so easily and look for teammates.

This game will be a tough, hard footy contest and the team that wants to win the most will win, but it will be a see-saw affair.

Kalangadoo’s Georgia Gentile, Natalia Edwards, Jade Brennan and Elodie Burr will be the key to the Magpies getting over the line but will have stiff opposition in Jarrah Altschwager, Bailey Broome, Leonie Robertson and Dakota Trotter for the Demons.

Casterton-Sandford and North Gambier will go to battle at 1.10pm in the match of the round.

The Tigers are coming off a percentage-boosting win over the Demons and have great depth among the group, while the Cats will be ready to go and with fresh legs having not played the week prior.

It may take some time for Casterton-Sandford to get going, but once it does it will take the fight up to the Tigers and make the side earn each possession.

On the other hand, the Tigers could just as easily come out and ‘go bang’ to blow the game out of the water in the first term and make the opposition play catch up football.

Both sides match up well across the ground and it will be the side that settles early and plays to the game plan that will get over the line.

North Gambier will need an extra special effort from Fiona Young, Laura Chester, Eadie Mustart and Luca Roulstone and the Cats will need Libby Altorfer, Chloe Finnegan, Emma Lynch and Carlie Smith to be focused come game time.

The last game to finish of the round at 2.45pm will be the home side Mundulla playing host to Kongorong.

Mundulla is coming off a bye from the last round and will be fit and firing to sit atop the ladder, while the Hawks are coming off a loss to Kybybolite and will be eager to put in a better performance.

The Tigers are a class outfit and have some excellent depth among the ranks which pushes players to perform and challenge themselves on a weekly basis.

Kongorong has three wins from four games to be in a much better position than last season, having picked up some quality players that have bolstered the stocks.

The Hawks will still need to be completely focussed on the task at hand if it is to get over the line.

Mundulla will be strong at every contest and that may test the opposition, with the Tigers looking to Erin Horsnell, Casey McElroy, Zoe Hawker and Kellsie Hinge to be the game leader’s while Kongorong will look to Janita Galloway, Jade Longbottom, Sheba Miller and Evie Sealey to keep them in with a chance.

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