ECHUCA UNITED will be out to impress as generations of club members flock to watch the Eagles take on the Deniliquin Rams in Murray Football League action tomorrow.
United will host a reunion tomorrow for players from the old Echuca South and Echuca East clubs, before they joined together in 1994 to create Echuca United.
On the field, United has a huge chance at having its season go from 0-4 to 5-4 in five consecutive matches, as bottom placed Deni Rams travel to Echuca South Rec Reserve.
It would be a remarkable turnaround for Eagles coach Guy Campbell and his men, who have suffered through injury after injury to key players this season.
Expect United to get the job done convincingly and begin to put pressure on Cobram and the top five.
■ MOAMA really needs to respond after last week’s debacle against Congupna.
A match that, realistically, the Magpies should have won.
Now the Magpies need to get a win on the board in the local derby against Tongala tomorrow.
Tongala is hunting another win as well, so it’s not going to be easy.
Moama’s key will be accuracy in front of goal. The Magpies kicked 12.12 against Congupna — and lost the game.
Tonny’s backline has been pretty good for the most part this year, refusing to give up too many big scores.
So, if the Magpies are going to win, they will have to take every opportunity.
Fortunately, they have Angus Grigg and Rhys Archard, both of whom have been kicking well.
So, Moama, how will you respond?
We are waiting.
TONGALA is coming off a bye and probably needed that week off.
It was always going to be a tough season for the Blues.
In the early stages though, they produced some pretty strong football.
As the season has gotten deeper, the Blues have started to show some signs of form dropping off.
So a week off was needed.
Coming up against Moama this week, it’s their last chance.
If they lose, we could all but rule them out of finals contention.
If they win, the glimmer stays alive.
But we really want to see something big out of the Blues.
Moama is licking its wounds after its loss to Congupna, so maybe the Magpies’ confidence is down a little.
Seems like this is Tonny’s best chance to strike.
■ LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER looks to be back to its best in the Heathcote and District Football League.
Bomber onballer Jack Gleeson is rapidly looking like the best player in the competition.
Gleeson starred last week against White Hills as the Bombers kicked away to a 99-point win without full-forward Matt Perri.
The Bombers have three players in the top 10 for the goal kickers which is a concerning sight for opposition defenders.
LBU is the opponent this week and the Cats could be without its star Jarod Bacon.
So, let’s see what the Bombers’ defenders are able to do here.
The defence has been pretty strong all season, but we want to see them keep the opponent’s scores really low — under 10 goals low.
We’ve seen the Bombers this year — the mids are incredible, the forwards are dominant — so let’s get the backs to show us just how good they are.
We think it could easily be done.
LBU has already lost a few of its nine lives this season, and may have lost another in the form of Bacon.
With three losses from seven already in the campaign, the likely loss of Bacon to a knee injury just before half time in last week’s loss to Colbinabbin may have started the way things are to come at Lockington.
And it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the club as they await the arrival of local foe Leitchville-Gunbower tomorrow.
LG is in second and has been in cruise control in the HDFL so far.
With known threats in the form of Gleeson and top of the goal-kicking charts Perri, the Cats could be in for a world of hurt tomorrow if Bacon doesn’t take to the field.
■ PICOLA UNITED will not hesitate in plunging a sword of redemption deep into Yarroweyah tomorrow in Picola and District league action.
The Blues faltered in the last round against the so-far invincible Waaia Bombers, falling to a 35-point loss at their home ground.
But John Varcoe and his side are confident that mistake will not be made twice.
The Hoppers have won once all year and are not bottom of the ladder solely on a points percentage difference of three.
Yarroweyah has conceded the most points in the league by more than 20 goals, while United boast the third-best attack in the Picola and District Football League, booting an average of 101 points a match.
Picola will not fail in bouncing back strongly against a floundering Yarroweyah tomorrow.
■ MATHOURA takes on Katunga tomorrow with the idea in mind of going two in a row.
Following the Timbercutters’ five-goal victory in round nine over fellow strugglers Yarroweyah, Mathoura has a real shot at taking down the Swans in their nest.
Katunga has taken victory three more times than the Timbercutters this year and sit comfortably in sixth on the Picola and District Football League ladder.
The Swans go into the match with a huge points percentage difference (90) and a home ground advantage, but Mathoura will know that a win here could well see the side go into the top eight.
Although unlikely, Mathoura will be rallied by the likely return of skipper Jack Hughes following a hamstring injury to face Katunga.
It will be hard going for Mathoura and nothing less than a four-quarter performance will get the points.
■ ECHUCA WOMEN are going on a Bear hunt and they’re not scared.
The women have the game of their season to look forward to tomorrow afternoon against the Shepparton Bears.
The Bears come knocking at Victoria Park tomorrow at 5pm after their male clubmates go head-to-head in the live-streamed game earlier in the day.
In the first-versus-second match, the Bears will be keen to continue an unbeaten run in the NCWL, eight games on the trot with the average score a 53-19 win.
With Echuca’s Sophie Douglas in red hot form in front of goal, and Mick McInnes’ confidence in his charges, this will no doubt be a highlight on the Northern Country Women’s League calendar.
We predict a close run thing, and hope to see the bottle green come out on top.