Around the Grounds with Hilly – Round 3

Around the Grounds with Hilly – Round 3

21st April 2023

The evenness of the Hampden League has been noticeable during early rounds of the season. It appears no match in 2023 is going to be an easy game as already, we have seen some strong improvements from the sides who finished outside the top five last year. 

Terang Mortlake produced the goods in their encounter against North Warrnambool. The Bloods scored well in a game that was a twilight fixture and had very greasy conditions. Cobden’s early season emergence has been impressive, with a dominating performance against Hamilton. The Bombers are a quick ball-movement side that have a strong midfield and balanced forward line. And despite not retrieving the four points, Port Fairy are going to register some good wins this season and push the top sides. A stark contrast to the 2022 team, which is a positive for the competition. 

Rantall back at Rooster Land

It was terrific to see Jay Rantall running around with South Warrnambool on the weekend. He was one of four players in the Rooster line-up that had AFL experience, with Josh Saunders, Dan Nicholson and Ricky Henderson having all played the top level. Jay is a contracted player with Footscray’s VFL team in 2023, and whilst we all hope he plays the higher level, it sure would be nice for the Roosters and the League if he plays a few more games at South Warrnambool this season.

George Steven’s Shines

South Warrnambool young gun George Stevens had the opportunity to captain the AFL Academy last week at Gather Round in South Australia. It was a curtain-raiser before the North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions clash. The AFL Academy played Port Adelaide’s SANFL side, which featured a number of AFL listed players. A great opportunity for George, who is coming off a knee reconstruction in 2022, to show his talents against the best. There is no doubt George will draw loads of attention to AFL recruiters over the coming months. It’s awesome to see another Hampden League youngster doing well at the next level. 

Round 3 Tips

A top weekend of football is scheduled with some blockbuster matches occurring. 

The undefeated teams of 2023 all meet, which will mean only two sides will stay undefeated at the conclusion of the round.

Warrnambool vs South Warrnambool (Hampden League Live Match of the Day) – It was interesting watching Warrnambool’s new game method going forward which had similarities of Pagan’s Paddock in the successful North Melbourne days. They have zippy forwards to execute it well and a host of strong ball winners to win control of the footy. South Warrnambool’s game style is different and it will be interesting to see how the two teams fare against one another. I feel the Roosters are better placed at the moment, and I tip them to win. 

North Warrnambool vs Camperdown – A match that I feel will be much closer then expected. The Eagles will be on the rebound after their heavy loss while the Magpies are seeking their first win. The midfield battle should be first class but with the inclusion of Dylan Parish, I think the Eagles just. 

Cobden vs Terang Mortlake – Two emerging teams that are both undefeated thus far. Both sides are young, fit and play a fast paced brand of football. I like the fact that each team is sharing their goal-kicking loads so far and at the moment I think Cobden is slightly ahead. A terrific encounter coming up. It’s sensational to see these two eastern sides up and about. 

Koroit vs Port Fairy – The arch rivals go head to head in a contest that will be significantly closer than last years results. I was extremely impressed with Port Fairy’s improvement last round against quality opposition and they will get there share of wins this season. The Saints will be aiming to string together their second win and confidence will be high after their efforts against Portland. A quality match, with Koroit just getting home by under two goals.

Portland vs Hamilton – The old foes face off in ANZAC Day Football. Both sides have showed signs in their first two matches but no over four quarters. Some exciting talent in both lineups. I think Hamilton are in a little bit more form heading into this one.  

It promises to be a great weekend ahead and potentially a massive one for Jason Rowan . If you love your Hampden League Football, don’t forget to tune into Hampden league Live on 94.5 3YB FM each Saturday afternoon from midday for all the action.

See you at the footy 


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