MC Labour Division 2 Preview – Round 7

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Author : Giacomo Bruno

With most teams in the top five facing teams in the bottom five this week, the opportunity to increase or reduce the gaps in the MC Labour Division 2 competition is as high as ever.

St Mary’s clash with Eltham should make for an intriguing contest.

The Burra sit fifth on percentage following their 107 point over Epping last Saturday but only sit four points away from their round seven opponents.

Bailey Leonard and Joel Wesley were the side’s top contributors in the 17-goal win, while the exciting Riley O’Sullivan recorded his biggest goal tally of the season, finishing the day with five majors.

It’s the perfect form for Fabian Carelli’s side to be in as they face the ladder leaders who are coming off a big win of their own.

Eltham are currently the ladder leaders and are coming off a comprehensive 59-point win over Thomastown.

Getting off to hot start, kicking six goals to none in the opening term, the Panthers cruised to a 59 point win over Thomastown last week.

Bronson Glasgow and Finnbar Maley were once against the top contributors for the side as Daniel Owen finished the round as the competition’s leading scorer, adding another four goals to his tally.

Having won by an average of 84-points in their last three matches, the Panthers come into this clash in hot form, but Robert Hyde’s men will be weary of a Burra side that can cause an upset.

Sitting a game outside of the top five, Watsonia will be looking to upset Banyule at Beverley Road Oval.

The Saints are yet to secure consecutive wins this season, starting the season 3-3, and will be looking to bounce back following their loss to Diamond Creek last weekend.

In the losing effort, Joshua Boulton and Lachlan Potter were named as the Saints top two contributors, with the duo putting in their best performances of the season.

Kyle Wheatley kicked half of the Saints’ goals for the day as the forward continues his impressive start to the season.

Having already upset a finals bound side in Lower Plenty this season, you can expect the Saints to give it their all in their clash with the Bears.

Banyule will be a tough challenge however, as Paul Harris’ and Ricky Dyson’s side currently sit second on the ladder following their 169-point demolition over Fitzroy.

Up by 60-points at half time, the Bears didn’t hold back in the second half, kicking 20 goals to two in the second half.

Daniel Kelly and Jack Langford were standouts in the win, with Langford having a day out, kicking seven goals.

One of the highest scoring teams this season, if the Bears can continue their prolific ways, they should run out comfortable victors.

Thomastown will be desperate to get back on the winner’s list and regain touch with the top five when they take on Panton Hill.

The Bears had their most disappointing performance of the season last weekend following a nine goal loss to Eltham.

Jarryd Coulson was the standout for the side in their losing effort as he continues to stake his claim as the best ruckman in the division.

The loss puts Thomastown in seventh spot on the ladder and six points behind fifth placed St Mary’s, meaning anything other than a win for the Bears might have them pushing the panic button.

Still sitting a game clear of bottom, their opponents Panton Hill will sense their match up against the out of form Bears as an opportunity to create a further gap from the winless Fitzroy Stars.

The Redbacks are coming off a poor 23-goal loss to Lower Plenty and will be looking to put in a more spirited showing in Round seven.

John Pritchard and Oliver Parks were solid contributors in the defeat and will need to be again if they want to turn their side’s fortunes around.

Having won by a massive margin last week, it could be more of the same for Lower Plenty when they take on Epping.

Jonathon Zapantis was the star of the show in the 138 point thumping of Panton Hill, kicking 10 goals along with Corey Sleep who finished with five majors of his own.

Percentage will continue to be important for the top five sides in the competition so the Bears will want to replicate that form against a struggling Epping.

Down by four goals at half time, the Blues were every chance against St Mary’s before being blown away in the second half.

Adrian Cirianni and Bailey Caldow were named as the best for the Blues in the loss, with the duo the shining lights in a disappointing day for the side.

But despite those shining lights, Saturday was their third consecutive loss by over 90 points and although this Saturday’s opponents won’t make things easier, the Blues will at least aim to put in a more spirited showing.

Still in search for their first win of the season, the Fitzroy Stars will be hoping to break the drought this weekend against Diamond Creek.

The Stars were at the end of another heavy defeat over the weekend, this time against Banyule, but despite still missing several key players, Aaron Lynn kept up his impressive start to the season and was named the best player in the loss with Ashely Hood also playing a role throughout the afternoon.

Playing back at home, the Stars will be hoping to pull off a major upset in front of their faithful.

The Creekers on the other hand are in brilliant form and sitting one game from top spot, they will be hoping for a nice win to keep them well entrenched in the top five for the time being.

Ryan Pingree, Sam Gleeson and Jai Norman have been just some of the names that have stood up this season for Andrew Tranquilli’s side.

Proving to be one of the big improvers of the competition, another comfortable win over the Stars will give Diamond Creek all the momentum in their big clash with Lower Plenty in round eight.

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