Hills shouldn’t slow LG down

August 05, 2017

Jack Dye of Leitchville Gunbower flys above Sam Demeo of North Bendigo during the HDFNL seniors match between Leitchville Gunbower and North Bendigo. Photo by Luke Hemer.

FRESH from the biggest win of its season so far, Leitchville-Gunbower will travel to White Hills this Saturday looking to make it nine wins in a row.

LG has turned a corner since the round seven beating at the hands of North Bendigo, and got its revenge last weekend with a 50-point win of its own.

Locked into at worst second position on the Heathcote and District Football league ladder, the Bombers would need to make up 12 per cent on the Bulldogs in the last two games of the season to steal top spot.

While both first and second positions secure a double chance in the HDFL finals, top spot has a far easier path to the grand final, with just one win required to qualify.

The Bombers face fifth-placed White Hills and then sixth-placed Lockington-Bamawm United, but will have a tough time making up the percentage with North Bendigo facing the two bottom sides in Mount Pleasant and Elmore.

LG coach Matt Hawken said one of the biggest challenges of facing the Demons would be moving on from the memorable North Bendigo win a week ago.

‘‘We’ve got to shake it off; we’ll enjoy the win but it’s on to the next game,’’ he said.

‘‘White Hills and Colbinabbin played a cracker last week and clearly they performed well, and it’s a tricky ground to play.

‘‘A positive for us is our reserves are tracking really well and there are plenty of guys pushing for senior selection, there’s plenty of competition for spots.’’

The Bombers will travel to White Hills full of confidence, the last time the sides met having touched up the Demons by 82-points.

■LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United has taken great strides in the back half of 2017 and will put those improvements to the test against a rock-solid Colbinabbin line-up this Saturday.

The Cats are two games and 29 per cent outside the finals, but to even be close to the finals pictures shows their brilliant recent form, having lost their first eight games of the season.

They’ve won four of their last six games, including an upset of finals contender White Hills by 39 points in their last outing.

But Colbinabbin will be a tougher challenge, the experienced Grasshoppers a strong side with a 10-5 record this season.

LBU went down by 78-points when it hosted the Hoppers in round eight, but will be looking for an improved performance at the MJ Morgan Reserve this weekend.

Many of the LBU youngsters have lifted in the back half of the year, the Cats still an eye towards the coming seasons with their young list.

■LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER’S A grade netball is in prime position for Heathcote and District Netball League finals, but will be looking to make it official when it faces White Hills this weekend.

The Bombers are one game and 10 per cent clear of LBU for the last position in the finals, and things would need to go seriously wrong for them to miss the top five.

But this weekend’s challenge will not be easy; the Demons have established themselves as the clear second-best team in the league, with only two losses this season both to undefeated Colbinabbin.

They pushed the Hoppers within a single goal last weekend, and will be looking to bounce back and continue their winning form this weekend.

The Demons comfortably handled LG by 20 goals when they met in round eight.

■LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United’s A grade netball season is in strife, and it might need a massive upset win this weekend to keep it alive.

The Cats face 15-0 Colbinabbin, who outside of a one-goal win last weekend, have rarely been pushed this season including in a 70-34 win against LBU in round eight.

LBU is 7-7, but has won four of its last five games to keep itself in finals contention.

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