Tricky time for United

By Riverine Herald

■ ECHUCA UNITED continue to be challenged but they just keep responding.

Tomorrow, they face a Tungamah team which is more confusing than the AFL’s rules in 2019.

The Bears have proven they can match it with the best teams in the Murray League, but go off the boil like they did in last week’s 130-point loss to Nathalia.

United should fear this as a danger game against a home side who will be eager to respond.

But the Eagles should shine through in a tight victory.

As a side note, the battle between the league’s leading goal kickers Ashley Saunders and Josh Mellington should be fun to watch.

■ MOAMA are, if this is possible, the best 0-9 team we’ve seen in a long time.

For the past few weeks since the interleague bye, they’ve been matching their opponent for most of the game.

It really feels like a win is on the horizon, so maybe this is the one.

Rumba have been pretty disappointing so far this season, with just one win to their name so far.

If Moama are able to put on strong showings against better sides, surely they can do the same against this Rumba side.

We’re hoping so, because we have a feeling they could get the job done here.

■ TONGALA were, in many ways, going to be defined by the way this month of football went.

They played some good sides, so they needed a few wins to prove they were legit finals chances this season.

A few have come, but another would be nice.

Finley are thereabouts this season, have had some good moments, but also sit just outside the eight.

This is a chance for Tonny to separate themselves from the middle by beating one of the teams around them.

It sounds simple, but it’s steps like these that are quite important for young football clubs.

■ LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER sit around the middle of the pack, playing a side who is also the middle of the pack.

These two sides are very similar in terms of form and ladder position.

But we are giving Leitchy the advantage.

The class has started to shine through at stages in recent weeks, Leitchy has a good side, it just hasn’t achieved to the level we have come to expect from them so far.

A game like White Hills is an opportunity to do what we expect, so the Bombers should get the chocolates here.

■ MATHOURA are the favourites again this week, as they should be against last placed Tocumwal — but they continue to let themselves down.

Last week’s loss against Yarroweyah meant an early morning river session on Sunday, so we would hate to see what the response will be if they drop this game.

We believe they’ve now learnt their lessons and are set to claim a big victory — although we did predict a similar outcome last week.