CDFNL Live caller Drew Semmens previews round 3 of the CDFL
South Colac vs Colac Imperials @ Joiner Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
The first Cat-Or-Roo Cup for the season is a huge clash for both teams with the Roos having the wood over their cross-town rivals over the past three years, but the Cats will give themselves every chance to bring the trophy back to the Western Oval. Minus Ben Cox in the first two weeks, they have manage to find a more even spread of goal kickers in the likes of Harry Sinclair and Tom McKean as well as blooding younger players including Sam Hudgell, Harry Smith, Alistair Lugg, Zach Jamieson and Billy McLeod (who impressed against Lorne) that will become stars in the future. Similar thing is developing at the Cats, with the likes of Bailey Scott, Ethan Schroder, Rhyley Edge and Jordan O’Dwyer showing a stack of potential and lived up to that in the victory over the Western Eagles a fortnight ago. They’re both still new looking teams and will look for improvement over the coming weeks so this will be a good test to see where they are at, but Dave Marendaz and Clay Brewer are expected to return to help bolster the Kangaroos.
Last Time They Met: R9, 2016: South Colac 12.13 (85) defeated Colac Imperials 10.7 (67)
Prediction: South Colac by 12 points
Alvie vs Irrewarra/Beeac @ Red Rock, Saturday, 2pm
What is going on with the Swans? I know it’s early, but their first two weeks of this season have been nothing short of disappointing which they have been giving terrific chances to prove they are contenders this season. Maybe the week off might have done them the world of good, but will need to improve dramatically against a side that has been impressive in the first two rounds in Irrewarra/Beeac. Since Jason Cartwright took over as coach, they have adapted a more of an attacking game style and have managed to score heavily in the opening weeks with the likes of Dillyn Fedley and Joel Menzies impacting the scoreboard. A massive game looms for the Swans and they have to get their first win of the season to get their campaign back on track or it is going to be a very long road back.
Last Time They Met: Rd 14, 2016: Alvie 13.10 (88) defeated Irrewarra/Beeac 13.3 (81)
Prediction: Irrewarra/Beeac by 23 points
Apollo Bay vs Western Eagles, Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
The Hawks will be given themselves in a chance to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the red-hot Bombers, but showed signs of their inconsistent 2016 season, when one week they look sharp and look off their game the next. They need to take the next step if they want to take the next step and play finals footy and it starts this week against the Eagles, who would want to snap their losing streak. The Colac Imperials lose was very disappointing as they looked a terrific chance to win, but didn’t give a yelp from the opening bounce, which frustrated coach Paul Price, however, their depth is getting better each week. Expect a much competitive performance from them this week, but the Hawks have to bounce back.
Last Time They Met: R13, 2016: Apollo Bay 26.15 (171) defeated Western Eagles 6.9 (45)
Prediction: Apollo Bay by 52 points
Otway Districts vs Simpson, Gellibrand Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
The Heytesbury Shield is up for grabs between the two bush rivals, with the Demons will be given the chance of causing a massive upset against the Tigers, who have had the wood over them in years gone by. They have become more competitive against the two Grand Finalists, Birregurra and South Colac in the first two weeks of the 2017 season and will be on the lookout to more improvement as the year progresses. Simpson will be looking to string back-to-back wins together for the first time in Dan Razga and Tom Leishman new roles as co-coaches of the club and they have managed to play youngsters in the process. It will be great to see premiership player David Weel return to the senior team for the first time in over 12 months, which will give the side a massive bonus going forward. Expect a tight affair early and the Demons to make a real game of it, but the Tigers will be hoping their dominance over the Demons continues.
Last Time They Met: R11, 2016: Simpson 17.11 (113) defeated Otway Districts 10.2 (62)
Prediction: Simpson by 28 points