Magpies facing big challenge

By Riverine Herald

■MOAMA did not perform well on Saturday.

It may just have been us putting higher expectations on them last week, but we honestly thought it was their time.

We won’t be putting the same expectation this week though.

We’ve been pretty positive of late, but Cobram are a very good side who had their pants pulled down by Congupna last week.

They will be out to show it was a one off.

We simply don’t think Moama has it to stand up against them this week.

That being said — prove us wrong Magpies.

■TONGALA is looking the goods of late.

A few reasonable sides have fallen to the Blues in recent weeks.

They have Tungamah this week who aren’t bad, but are also nothing amazing.

It should be another win, and if it is, it will be a pretty important one.

They have a couple of tough games coming up afterwards, so a win taking them to 7-4 would set them up nicely in the event they drop a few in coming matches.

The Blues are desperate to play finals, and they appear to be getting closer.

Keep winning boys, it might be your year.

■LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER are sitting just inside the five, but seem to be getting a bit of momentum behind them in recent weeks.

The kicking for goal is better, and they appear to have close to their best team on the park.

A big test awaits this week in Mount Pleasant, a side who has lost just two games this year.

That said, one was to Leitchy in round one.

The Bombers want another scalp to get their season going and to show the competition they are still a threat.

And we want them to beat a top side to prove it.

Your move, LG.

■LBU are a very good side. Heathcote sit on the bottom of the ladder. Surely this can only go one way.

The Cats will be licking their lips at the prospect of another easy kill following a big win over Elmore prior to the bye.

While Heathcote had been getting closer to their first win, they’ll be even further away by the time the final siren sounds on Saturday.

LBU have shown each of their forwards can kick a bag — perhaps we will see three or four with a handful.

This is going to get ugly.

■By their own admission MATHOURA are much better against the stronger sides than they are the weaker ones.

The Timbercutters did what they had to against Tocumwal, but premiership contender Waaia is a much bigger challenge.

Based on Mathoura’s up and down form this season, we can’t see them getting the job done.

But if they are within a sniff at three-quarter-time, the Picola and District’s biggest shock of 2019 could well be on the cards.

■We have refused to undersell just how good ECHUCA’s WOMEN’s football team is — and rightfully so.

Already, they’ve knocked off reigning premiers Shepparton twice and are definitely the premiership favourites.

This weekend’s opponents Kerang are battling for a finals position and their chances are set to hit a serious road bump.

The Murray Bombers got the job done by only 20 points in the opening round of the season — but they are now a different team.

A triple figure margin could be on the cards.