Last weekend I was fortunate to call the Cobden and Warrnambool game. It was a great sight to see young Jack Hutt back up and running at the Bombers, albeit heavily bandaged. Jack is one of the great young players in the competition that has been regularly plagued by injury, not allowing football supporters to witness the great things he can do on the football field. Jack looked dangerous up forward, kicking three goals as well as contesting really well. Cobden are a young side, and having him in the line-up makes them a lot better and hopefully he can be a part of their positive progression.
It got me thinking which other players are similar, players that we have not been unable to witness due to injury. Ben Malcolm of the Tigers in some ways fits that category. An experienced player who has produced many great games over the years, but has been hampered by injuries and I feel we haven’t been able to fully see what he can do. Hopefully the big man is back soon and ready to help steer the Tigers deep in the finals.
WorkSafe Game of the Month
Terrific news the Hampden Football Netball League will be showcased this weekend, with the North Warrnambool and South Warrnambool clash receiving Game of the Month status. It has worked out perfectly that former GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron is one of the special guests, viewing the team he was recruited from in the late 80’s, the Roosters. 2016 premiership hero Tom Boyd will also be visiting and watching a high quality game of football as well as speaking about an extremely important topic in society at the moment; mental health and wellbeing. Let’s hope it’s a close encounter, with a big crowd and lives up to the status of Game of the Month.
North Warrnambool vs South Warrnambool – I really like the game style of the Roosters, their forward line is terrific and each member shares the load. They have a dour defence and arguably the best midfield in the competition. North Warrnambool have endured quite a few injuries and would love to take a scalp but I don’t think it will be today.
Portland vs Terang Mortlake – I’m loving the Portland Tigers, it is terrific for the league they are up and about. Terang Mortlake will be hoping to make a real battle of it, but it won’t be at Hanlon Park (one of the league’s toughest road trips). Tom Sharp to kick at least another 5 this weekend.
Port Fairy to Koroit – I want to be real positive heading into this match but Koroit’s form suggests it could be a very significant margin. The Saints midfield is playing well and their forwards of Dobson, Korewha, Couch, Neave and Hausler are in fine form.
Camperdown vs Warrnambool – Warrnambool are heading into this encounter in good form. Darcy Graham was welcomed back into the line up last round, adding more midfield depth and their forward line is first class with Rowan, Cowling and Jed Turland combining for 15 goals against Cobden. Everything has to go right for Camperdown to win, including enough footy coming into the path of Sam Gordon.
Hamilton and Cobden – Match of the Round for mine, two young emerging homegrown sides to battle. Cobden were very good for all but one quarter last weekend while Hamilton are starting to implement coach Waldron’s game style with consistency. Melville Oval is always a tough destination to play, I think Hamilton in a thriller.
Have a great day at the footy.