Weekend footy preview

By Andrew Johnston

ECHUCA'S football side has one last chance to build before the Goulburn Valley League finals.

Just 120 minutes stand between Echuca and another shot at the undefeated Goliath that is Kyabram.

We aren’t intentionally dismissing the Murray Bombers' opposition tomorrow in Shepp United — the Demons have had moments this season where they have looked pretty handy.

But with Echuca’s next week locked in, it’s hard not to look ahead at it.

The Demons are unlikely to put up much of a fight this week, it should be a pretty easy win for the Murray Bombers.

Then, as with the rest of the competition, they move on to bigger things.

We may see a few different plans and position changes performed by Echuca on Saturday, but it will all be a calculated decision ahead of the Ky game.

ECHUCA UNITED failed to fire in the Murray Football League last week against Tongala and simply must bounce back against Nurmurkah.

While they are guaranteed to finish second on the ladder, the Eagles won’t want to enter the finals series off back-to-back losses.

Numurkah got the better of United when the two sides met earlier in the year and we’re expecting them to have learnt their lessons from last week.

United will bounce back in a big way as they find top gear before their first final.

MOAMA has one final chance to get off the bottom of the ladder on Saturday, when they take on Katandra.

At the end of the game, an interesting season for the Magpies comes to an end.

For all the positive signs, particularly against the better teams, it remains a two-win season for Moama so far.

Getting another win by the end of the year isn’t the be-all and end-all, but with the Magpies sitting on the bottom of the ladder, it may well be a major confidence boost for them to get back on the winners list.

Katandra have not been good this season, only one more win than the Pies on the year.

This feels like a real chance for Moama to get the victory and again remind the younger players their club is on the right track.

TONGALA is riding high off the win of the year on Saturday against United.

Few (if any) could possibly have seen this kind of result coming when the Blues dominated the Eagles.

Now comes an even bigger challenge in the all conquering Nathalia.

Few teams have been able to get close to Nathalia, the ever dominant Purples have dropped one game for the entire season so far.

But there was something about the way the Blues played on Saturday.

This doesn’t make the task of playing the Purps any the less daunting, but it may mean this match isn’t as clear cut as we had thought even a week ago.

It’s still going to take the absolute best of the Blues, but if they need an extra bit of motivation — a Mulwala win against Cobram on Saturday will dislodge the Blues from the four, unless Tonny get the upset.

Their destiny is in their own hands