Weekend footy previews

By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk v Huonville
NEW Norfolk is back at home tomorrow and should be confident of another victory when they host Huonville who have steadily improved in recent weeks. The Eagles were big winners over Sorell last weekend but are in need of a challenge, and winning so easily will not help them against the better sides in coming weeks.

The Lions really improved last weekend and were unlucky not to defeat Dodges Ferry but this is a lot harder task and they really need to start the game well and put some scoreboard pressure on the free scoring opposition. They also need to block up the Eagles forward line and try to stop their dominance of the stoppages and centre clearances. If they lose in this area then the powerful Eagles will score heavily and very quickly.

New Norfolk do not lack hunger and will go for the kill early in the game and not allow the visitors any momentum of confidence especially away from home. The Lions may give some cheek early but the Eagles will be far too strong and have too much scoring power to record another easy victory at home.

Brighton v Central Hawks
BRIGHTON are back at home and will be confident of recording an easy victory against the bottom placed Central Hawks who have struggled in recent weeks and really need an inspired performance. The Robins had a scare last week against East Coast and this should remind them to be more consistent and keep their concentration for the entire match if they are to threaten the top sides. The Hawks were soundly beaten away from home by Cygnet and really need to attempt to start a lot better and get into the game early to gain some much needed confidence and team spirit.

Brighton usually play very well at home and if they can take over the midfield battle, win the clearances and run the ball through the corridors then their key forwards will be in for a big day. The opposition need to slow the game down and try and play a loose man in defence and really use the wide open wings on the ground if they are to attempt to control the play. Brighton will be far too strong and have too much goal scoring ability with several key forwards and should make this a percentage boosting victory and remain firmly in the top six.

Dodges Ferry v Claremont
DODGES Ferry are back at home and will be looking to stay in touch with the top two sides as they host the most improved side in the competition in Claremont in what should be a really close affair. The Sharks have been in great form in recent weeks but received a real scare last week away from home against Huonville and will need to start the game better and play a lot more consistent football. They love playing at home and this usually brings out the best in them and a good start will help their cause and silence the visiting side. The Magpies will be fresh from the bye and the week before that they beat Kingborough at home. That was the big scalp they needed to give them the self-belief they can take the next step as they have only lost two games this season.

The midfield battle will be crucial and both sides have plenty of talent in this area with the Magpies probably a lot stronger at the contest while the Sharks having more running power. If Dodges Ferry can open up the game and create the loose man then they will be hard to hold out but if it is a real scrap then this will suit Claremont. In a game that could go either way, perhaps the Sharks with a vocal home crowd should take the points but will have to be at their best against a well coached and confident side.

Kingborough v Cygnet
Kingborough are back at home and will be looking to rebound and get back into form as they have a real fight to stay in the top six. They host an in-form and confident Cygnet who will knock them out of the top six if they win the game. You would expect the Tigers to really lift under pressure especially at home but will have to be at their best. An in-form and much improved Cygnet would love to knock them out of the top six after several beatings in previous seasons. This is the game they need to win.

Sorell v East Coast Bombers

SORELL are back at home and should lift for a big chance to win their second game of the season but their opposition East Coast will also be viewing this game as a change to record their third win of the season. Sorell should be in the game for a long time but the Bombers have a little too much class and experienced players and this should see them take the points in what should be a close game. Let’s hope the home side lifts its work rate and puts on a good performance for their supporters.

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