With finals on the horizon, teams aim to consolidate their ladder positions with big performances in round 10 of the Steeline Limestone Coast Football Association season this weekend.
Only three rounds are left in the 2021 Premiership Cup and the battle for a home final in the Senior Men’s grade is wide open.
International, Gambier Centrals and Apollo have recorded four wins each across their seven games and the trio will be confident to enhance their respective cases on Sunday.
Ladder-leader Inter should complete the road trip to McLaughlin Park with relative ease.
In the two previous clashes this year across the Steeline and Premiership Cups, International has left Millicent black and blue.
Matthew Bueti has enjoyed himself against the green team with nine goals across the two games.
He will no doubt be a key figure around the net again this weekend as he looks to extend his narrow one-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot.
The Millicent back-line has conceded the most amount of goals in 2021 and will be put to the test again with another tough afternoon ahead.
The Senior Women’s contest should be a much tighter affair.
Just one goal split Inter and Millicent in round 5, but the former emerged victorious.
International carries strong form into the contest having won its last five games with the latest against rival Lions.
A win will be critical for both teams with Inter looking to seal second spot, while Millicent hopes to snatch a finals berth.
The match of the weekend will be Saturday afternoon’s Senior Women’s stoush between Blue Lake United and Gambier Centrals.
Since the Lions knocked over the Rangers in second round of the Steeline Cup, Sean Fulton’s team has hit back in the best possible way, winning the preseason final, plus a dominant performance a month ago.
Chelsea and Lauren Frost have done the damage and hope to combine successfully once again.
The men’s battle depends on how effective Blue Lake’s defensive press is slowing Centrals’ attacking game play.
The Rangers have flooded their back third with numbers and the ploy frustrated the Lions before the men in orange opened the floodgates after half time.
Jake Blackwell, Nathan Fleetwood and Broc Linden all scored in round 5, while Sam Shoemark is in hot form.
Webb Street welcomes the darlings of the Senior Women’s season Naracoorte on Sunday.
Fielding a female team for the first time, Naracoorte’s raw group has shown plenty of promise as each game went by and registered its first goal of the season last week off the boot of Ashlae Pilven.
The celebrated strike ensured the yellow and black avoided defeat for the first time in 2021 and the side hopes to carry the momentum into the Apollo assignment.
Webb Street is also the scene of Naracoorte’s highlight of the preseason tournament when Hayley Fulton found the back of the net.
Off the back of the tremendous draw against Millicent, Naracoorte has a sniff of snatching an unlikely finals berth if it can topple Apollo this weekend.
However, the blue and white will be just as keen to get a win on the board.
Apollo displayed plenty of fight against the dominant force of the women’s game, registering two goals last week.
Evie Thompson was the only Apollo player to beat the keeper and she was pivotal in the Steelie Cup clash with Millicent, scoring two majors in the 3-1 win.
After a 0-0 draw in round 5, a lot rides on the result of this weekend’s battle.
Apollo v Naracoorte shapes up to be the top Senior Men’s battle with both sides looking to snatch the bragging rights.
A tense battle in round 5 finished as 2-2 draw, where a Sah Sah Wah double matched the efforts of Naracoorte’s Hossian Panahi and Andrew Diment.
With both sides well in the finals mix, neither will give up the premiership points easily.