SFNL Round 10 preview

All teams have now played each other once and are set for another encounter on Saturday 15th June for round 10.  Here’s the scoop:

RED CLIFFS V WENTWORTH DISTRICT

Red Cliffs Football Netball Club

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Wentworth Mildura Football Netball Club

While Wentworth may have had the better of their encounter earlier in the season, the form line suggests this will be a much tighter contest. Red Cliffs have won two of their last three games and are at home while Wentworth, since their round 7 bye, have dropped their past two games.

Peter Tuifao has been in red hot form for the Tigers and will look to get a negating role on one of the Wentworth match winners. While in the forward half, Ryan Doherty will be looking to get a good spread of goal kickers in an effort to kick a winning score.

Wentworth will be looking for their experienced players in Wall, McDonnell, Hancock and Brander amongst others to lead the way and inspire their youth in an effort to recapture their early season form that saw them win six games on the trot.

Their last encounter: Round 1  – Wentworth 18.9:117 Red Cliffs 9.9:63 – Wentworth won by 54 points

ROBINVALE EUSTON V IRYMPLE

Robinvale - Euston Football Netball Club

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Irymple Colours

The clash between last year’s grand final combatants’ shapes as a huge game for both clubs. Both teams are coming off wins against the league’s early benchmark Wentworth, Robinvale Euston winning at home last week, while Irymple will be refreshed with a bye last week having defeated the Roos a week earlier.

Robinvale are starting to recapture their 2023 form with their strength around the contest from the likes of James Zappia and Anthony Mezzatesta key to this resurgence.

Irymple’s form has been a little up and down throughout, but while they have past and present coaches in Couglan and Thrum respectively in good form, at their best they have exhibited their premiership credentials.

This will prove to be an interesting contest.

Their last encounter: Round 1  – Irymple 10.8:68 RE 13.15:93 – Robinvale Euston won by 25 points

IMPERIALS V MILDURA

Imperials colour

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Mildura Football Netball Club

A cotenant clash for the age’s looms at Brian Weightman oval this weekend. With all teams having played each other once, Imperials find themselves as the rightful league leaders at the halfway mark of the season. Mildura, after a slow start to the season have bult some momentum of late with impressive wins over fellow finals aspirants, Irymple, Robinvale Euston and Red Cliffs.

Bryce Hards has been a solid contributor for the team in green and a strong reason why Imps has climbed from the bottom of the ladder to the top.

Undoubtedly Hards, at various stages, will be pitted against Demons coach Sam Kerridge who, along with captain, Mitch Rogerson have been consistent performers for the Mildura outfit.

One can expect that this will be an entertaining game that will invite plenty of crowd involvement and banter. 

Their last encounter: Round 1  – Mildura 8.7:55  Imperials 14.11:95 – Imperials won by 40 points

MERBEIN V STH MILDURA

Merbein Football Club

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South Mildura Football Netball Club

A game and percentage outside the top five, Merbein will have ambitions of staying in touch and pushing for a finals berth in the second half of the season. They will envisage that that journey can start this week as they take on South Mildura at home.

South Mildura likewise will relish the opportunity to try their wears against another team that is outside the top five and will see this as a winnable game opportunity.

At their best Merbein have produced some high-quality transition footy and the likes of Vinnie Rodi and Daniel Tung have been catalysts of this.

For the Bulldogs, Sam Kalbfell and Domenic Scullino have been important players and will look bring their best form as they seek to turn the tables on the early season loss to the Magpies.

Both teams will be hungry for the win, and this should result in an entertaining encounter.

Their last encounter: Round 1 – South Mildura 10.6:66 Merbein 22.8:140 – Merbein won by 74 points

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