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GIPPSLAND MEN

Plenty on this weekend across the Gippsland Men’s conference, but all eyes are naturally drawn to Sale vs Maffra. The next-door neighbours and fierce rivals lock horns with Sale wanting a bit of revenge from the round one 89-94 loss.  – this is a game to get down and see.

Both Sale and Maffra will be backing up from earlier clashes against Korumburra and Sale; let’s see who has the legs to go around again on Sunday.

Bairnsdale and Korumburra also has a bit on the line as both winless teams get a chance to take some points and knock down a six-game losing streak.

 

Maffra v Korumburra

Traralgon v Sale

Bairnsdale v Korumburra

Sale v Maffra

 

GIPPSLAND WOMEN

Maffra’s season is at a tipping point this weekend when the Eagles host Korumburra before travelling to battle Sale.

Sitting 2-3 after five clashes, the Eagles need some runs on the board and need them quickly to stay in contention with the top three and stave off Moe who nips at their heels. The undefeated Korumburra crew will be a hard clash for Maffra to take a positive result from, but the likes of Jennifer Wrigglesworth and Coco Henry have showed plenty in the season so far. It would be a resounding upset if so, but there’s plenty you can build on with a little bit of hope.

Traralgon will battle Sale on Saturday night to round out the weekend the T-Birds aim to keep their winning ways going.

 

Maffra v Korumburra

Traralgon v Sale

Sale v Maffra

 

NORTH EAST MEN

It’s a big weekend for Castlemaine. If the Cannons can rattle off a pair of wins over Kyneton and Bendigo it will set the stage for a rapid rise up the ladder and push them pretty close to marquee billing in the hotly contested conference. Cameron Deveraux, Lloyd Needs and Aidan Brohm have been the engineers of their rise up the ladder and it’s paying off handsomely for the lads from Castlemaine. But by no means is this discounting Bendigo or Kyneton, as both sides have shown plenty across their campaigns so far. This is just the reality of an even competition as all sides can be riding high one week and flatlining the next. You really have to keep on top of the game to stay on top of this conference.

Kyneton will host Mildura and Castlemaine across the weekend with the Tigers desperate to get a bit of winning continuity to their season. Aidan Darmanin and Louis Bongiovanni have been tirelessly toiling for the Tigers and will get their just results in time if their formlines continue. Mildura can bounce up with a win on the weekend as they look to get back to form after its loss last week against Echuca.

 

Kyneton v Mildura

Castlemaine v Bendigo

Kyneton v Castlemaine

 

NORTH EAST WOMEN

Plenty of action across the South West this weekend as some high-ranking showdowns tip off. Myrtleford battles Swan Hill with this third vs fourth battle set to shape the ladder heading towards the Christmas break while Maryborough can leap back into the top ranks with its double-header against Wodonga and Wangaratta. The Blazers have been a bit hot and cold this year but they’ve got plenty of firepower to get the job done as Tori Chandler, Claire Blower and Keely Hare have all hit their strides early.

 

Myrtleford v Swan Hill

Shepparton v Bendigo

Wodonga v Maryborough

Shepparton v Swan Hill

Wangaratta v Maryborough

Wodonga v Echuca

 

SOUTH WEST MEN

Unbeaten and flying high, the Hornets have done no wrong throughout the South West season so far. They’ll battle Terang and Hamilton this weekend with a chance to extend that record to an incredible 9-0.

Mt Gambier hosts Colac and will be out to avenge its first loss of the season while Hamilton faces Ararat in the first of its double-header. Rounding out the weekend will be the next-door neighbourly showdown between Geelong and Bellarine as both sides battle to stay in contention with the top of the table.

Mt Gambier v Colac

Hamilton v Ararat

Geelong v Bellarine

Terang v Horsham

Hamilton v Horsham

 

SOUTH WEST WOMEN

Horsham’s double-chance gives the Hornets plenty of opportunities to move up the ranks in the South West. Battling Terang and Geelong, the likes of Ema Iredell, Faith Mckenzie and Georgia Hiscock have been phenomenal across their CBL campaign thus far and will go a long way towards pushing the Hornets up the ladder. Portland can maintain its high-flying ways when it hosts Colac over the weekend.

Geelong’s double header against Bellarine and Horsham makes this weekend a defining round for their season’s hopes. They’re riding high on back-to-back victories and if they knock in another two expect them to have done enough to feature in finals. Otherwise they could be knocked back into the logjam and have to battle for contention.

Geelong v Bellarine

Terang v Horsham

Portland v Colac

Geelong v Horsham

 

NORTH WEST MEN

Seymour at Shepparton. This is the match of the round as these sides fight for bragging rights and top billing in the conference. It will be hard to separate them but the Blasters will be out to right some wrongs following their maiden loss of the season in round 6. They’re a powerhouse outfit with plenty of shooting strength across the board as Robbie Sartori, Thomas O’Connor and Matthew Boland have taken this season by the scruff of the neck. On the other hand the Gators can’t be discounted as they’ve rocketed up the ladder through the likes of Nick Dodd, Dylan Wayman and Gabe Evans shooting the lights out.

Seymour and Shepparton will back up the following night seeing the Blasters head out to Wangaratta while Shepparton hosts Benalla. Myrtleford vs Wallan rounds out the weekend as both sides have plenty on the line with this fourth vs fifth showdown.

Myrtleford v Wallan

Shepparton v Seymour

Shepparton v Benalla

Wangaratta v Seymour

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