CDFNL Caller Drew Semmens previews Round 17 of the CDFL
South Colac vs Apollo Bay @ Joiner Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
2nd vs 6th – it is simply a must win game for the Hawks and must rely on Irrewarra/Beeac to defeat Simpson will put them back inside the top five – but a loss here to the seriously in form South Colac side will all but ruin their hopes as they have got the top of the table Birregurra next week. Apollo Bay will be still kicking themselves following last Saturdays’ heartbreaking Coastal Cup loss to arch-rivals Lorne, but their first three quarters did show them that they are good enough against the best teams in the competition. However, South Colac have been sensational all season long given the amount of star players they have lost and now give themselves a shot at a premiership with the amount of talented youngsters all stepping up including the likes of Billy McLeod, Mitch Perkins and Zach Jamieson. They will know that the Bay are playing for their season given fifth spot is up for grabs and the Kangaroos will have to be at their absolute best. Despite that, both South Colac and Apollo Bay have put on some ripping games of footy before the finals with some high-scoring and close matches.
Last Time They Met: Round 8, 2017: South Colac 13.13 (91) defeated Apollo Bay 10.4 (64)
Prediction: South Colac by 10 points
Lorne vs Alvie @ Stribling Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
3rd vs 4th – a potential finals preview as the Dolphins will be looking to continue their fine form ahead of finals action as they are in a much better position to where they were twelve months ago in terms of their depth. However, they were pushed all the way in a thrilling Coastal Cup last Saturday against their arch-rival Apollo Bay as they trailed all day to hit the front in the last 10 minutes to get out of jail to secure a double chance. How did the Swans lose last week? They completely dominated play with seventy-five inside fifties, but the problems were they only booted four goals out of twenty-two scoring shots and lost to Otway Districts for the first time in over 30 years. Alvie have done a fantastic job give the amount of injuries they have had and now have given themselves a shot at glory come seasons end, however they would have to do it without Liam McGuane, who is out through injury. These two sides played a cracking game earlier in the season and hopefully this turns out the same way.
Last Time They Met: Round 8, 2017: Lorne 10.9 (69) defeated Alvie 8.8 (56)
Prediction: Lorne by 9 points
Simpson vs Irrewarra/Beeac @ Murray Goulburn Trading Oval, Saturday, 2pm
5th vs 7th – these two clubs have played some classic games of football over the past three seasons and this is expected to be no exception with the last four games been decided by less than a goal in favor of the Tigers. A victory here for the fifth-placed Simpson Tigers would guarantee themselves a spot in the finals for the fourth straight year, after showing a return to their best form with a strong four quarter performance against the Colac Imperials. The Bombers will be playing for pride for these remaining two games of the year after their chances of making finals were crushed within the opening 15 minutes against a Birregurra side, who are peaking at the right time. Coach Jason Cartwright said on pre-game last Saturday that he couldn’t put a finger on what has gone wrong that has involved three one-point losses and slow starts has been their story of their 2017 campaign. They must contain Tigers’ star studied forward line – including Jono Jennings and Dom Dare, who if they do get mighty dangerous, they are super hard to stop and if Irrewarra/Beeac can do that, it give themselves a chance of winning game. Despite all that, the Tigers have got it all to play for.
Last Time They Met: Round 8, 2017: Simpson 12.13 (85) defeated Irrewarra/Beeac 12.12 (84)
Prediction: Simpson to secure a finals berth – five points
Birregurra vs Western Eagles @ Forrest Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
1st vs 10th – it is going to take something pretty special from any team in the league to defeat the ‘Winx of the CDFL’ this season given the form the Saints are currently in heading towards another finals campaign. They couldn’t have been more impressive the last three weeks after a tough middle part of the year that saw them winning games where they haven’t been at their absolute best and getting the job done, which skipper Andrew Kelly said after the win over Lorne four weeks ago “the tougher games the better ahead of September” with now players such as Boseley, Christian Kelly, James Rowan, Josh Weatherhead and Michael Bolitho in fine form. It has been another extremely difficult year for the Western Eagles – but the path are going on is more encouraging given the amount of young talent are coming through the ranks such as Riley Raven, Kieren Walsh and Riley Thompson. Hopefully, they will stick around and give the club to further improve in 2018 and pick up another few players that will put them up the ladder to where they played finals four years ago. Lets hope they get blown away on the scoreboard and keep it to a respectable margin, however the way the Saints are going at the moment, they should win this by a street.
Last Time They Met: Round 8, 2017: Birregurra 18.14 (122) defeated Western Eagles 3.5 (23)
Prediction: Birregurra by 87 points
Colac Imperials vs Otway Districts @ Western Oval, Saturday, 2pm
8th vs 9th – Otway Districts have been on fire in the second half of the season that has included winning their past four games for the first time since 2009, which was on the breaking over a 30-year drought to defeat Alvie last week. The Demons took their chances when they needed to – as they made the Swans pay for some horrific kicking for goal and it’s fantastic for the league to see Otway get some much needed reward following a tough few seasons struggling on the bottom two on the ladder. Can they make it five wins on the trot? There is no reason why they can’t with the likes of Stewart Sutherland and Shane Boyington been in outstanding form. The Cats have had a very difficult season; but the kids have been super impressive all year long with the likes of Ethan Schroder having a breakout season, Bailey Scott, Rhyley Edge, Sam Lucas and Luke O’Shannassy making significant impact, despite going back to the Under 17 competition to get ready for their finals preparation. However on the back of a poor outing against the Tigers last week, they will need to improve drastically to defeat the in-form Otway Districts and expect them to stretch their winning streak to five games.
Last Time They Met: Round 8, 2017: Otway Districts 12.10 (82) defeated Colac Imperials 11.6 (72)
Prediction: Otway Districts by 20 points