CDFNL Live caller Drew Semmens previews Round 13 of the CDFL
South Colac vs Birregurra @ Joiner Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
With Geelong and Hawthorn set to rewrite another chapter into their amazing modern day rivalry at the MCG on Saturday, two of the CDFL powerhouses will follow suit in their second rematch of their Grand Final classic in 2016. The second-placed Roos continue to impress each week and are arguably the form team of the competition at the moment, but face their biggest test in weeks against the ladder leading Saints. Despite the fifty-one point defeat in Round 4 at Forrest, the Roos did match them in the first half and will give themselves a good chance of turning the tables on them if the expected rain arrives before Saturday. With premiership players James Rowan (hamstring) and Michael Bolitho (overseas) out of the side, the Saints are finding ways to win games of footy with two of their past three wins coming under ten points, however, Saints captain Andrew Kelly said the more tough games leading up to finals the better for the team following their narrow win over Lorne last Saturday. At least eighteen players from last year’s Grand Final classic will not be involved here on the weekend including Ben Cox, Tim McLean, Brendan Monaghan, Luke Phillips and Jack Melican who have either gone to other clubs, retired or injured. Another thrilling instalment to this amazing modern day rivalry will be written when the final siren sounds.
Last Time They Met: Round 4, 2017: Birregurra 13.13 (91) defeated South Colac 6.4 (40)
Prediction: Tough game – Birregurra by three points
Lorne vs Simpson @ Stribling Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
Another big game for the fifth-placed Tigers, who will need to keep winning to make the finals, however they do have an extremely difficult three weeks ahead and it all starts this week against Lorne. The Dolphins were without six key players in their gallant eight-point defeat at the hands of Birregurra, but their effort proved they have the ability to match it with the best of the competition with the Smartt brothers having outstanding games, while Jack Brown has got X-factor across the half forward line and does have the ability to hit the scoreboard. Simpson have won five of their past six games and adding mid-season recruit Dom Dare from Hampden League club Cobden provided to be a masterstroke last week with seven majors in the victory over their Heytesbury rivals Otway Districts. Can he repeat the does on Saturday? If Dare does, it will give the Tigers every chance of getting a big scalp on the road. However, they will need a season-best to get the job done and the Dolphins have got a super record at the Pond.
Last Time They Met: Round 4, 2017: Lorne 13.10 (88) defeated Simpson 12.6 (78)
Prediction: Lorne by 12 points
Apollo Bay vs Colac Imperials @ Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
The Dustin Walters show returns to the Bay on Saturday, after the star eighteen-year-old put on a career best performance against the Western Eagles with ten goals, best on ground and took one of the all-time great CDFL marks. After snapping their five game losing streak in fine style last week, the Hawks are still a slight chance of making the finals and do have some winnable games to come over the next three weeks. On the other hand, the Cats have managed to put up some competitive performances against the likes of South Colac and Lorne in recent games so this will prove no pushover for the seventh-placed Apollo Bay. Despite a lengthy injury list including season-ending knee injuries to Pat O’Neill and Adrian Hann early in the season, they have blooded a lot of young stars with the likes of Bayley Scott, Luke O’Shannassy and Rhyley Edge all making significant impacts, while Ethan Schroder has had an amazing season in defence and has been rarely beaten against the key forwards. However, the Hawks will have a lot more to play for this week and should walk away with the points, but will not get it on their own terms.
Last Time They Met: Round 4, 2017: Apollo Bay 10.16 (76) defeated Colac Imperials 3.6 (24)
Prediction: Apollo Bay by 10 points
Alvie vs Western Eagles @ Red Rock, Saturday, 2pm
After looking gone for all money at half time, the Swans managed to pull out one of their most important wins of the seasons to come from behind against the Bombers to prove they can play on the Central Reserve. Coach Dan Casey made some significant moves to put Hayden Hickey into the midfield, Mitch Williamson to provide some run of half-back and Dave O’Sullivan to centre half-forward that provided to be a masterstroke that has set themselves nicely ahead of the finals. They cannot afford to take the tenth-placed Western Eagles lightly this week, despite them putting in some shocking displays in the past two weeks, after showing signs of improvement, which is disappointing and they will be hoping for a better outing this week.
Last Time They Met: Round 4, 2017: Alvie 23.13 (151) defeated Western Eagles 4.2 (26)
Prediction: Alvie by 61 points
Otway Districts vs Irrewarra/Beeac @ Gellibrand Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2pm
The Bombers will have to do everything right from here if they are to have any chance to make the finals and they will be kicking themselves, after coughing up a twenty-three point half time to fall away to lose by one point last Sunday to the Swans. The Demons will be up for the challenge and have shown plenty of good signs of improvement against the good sides, however, they continue to have little lapses in games that are still continuing to hurt them. They will put up a good account of themselves as the Demons return to their home deck for the first time in five weeks, but they will be running into in what expect to run into a fired-up Bombers outfit on Saturday.
Last Time They Met: Round 4, 2017: Irrewarra/Beeac 14.11 (95) defeated Otway Districts 6.5 (41)
Prediction: Irrewarra/Beeac by 17 points