From the Centre Bounce returns for round nine.

FORWARD THREAT: Moyston-Willaura forward John Vanderwaal is on track for his second consecutive 100-goal season. He has kicked 56 goals at the halfway point of the season. Picture: Peter Pickering
FORWARD THREAT: Moyston-Willaura forward John Vanderwaal is on track for his second consecutive 100-goal season. He has kicked 56 goals at the halfway point of the season. Picture: Peter Pickering

Saturday’s Mininera and District Football League round will have a major influence on the makeup of the final five as three teams in the five sit on 20 points with four teams on 16 points and chasing a coveted position.

Two games stand out. 

Penshurst playing current Premiers Tatyoon, a loss by Tatyoon could place them in an unknown situation of out of the five for the first time in a decade.

The second game has Woorndoo-Mortlake up against Wickliffe Lake Bolac, both on 20 points and clubs of equal make up, a loss by either will have them out of the five Saturday night. 

Glenthompson–Dunkeld surprised by overcoming Penshurst last week, the win may be attributed to the appearance of former West Coast Eagles star, Daniel Kerr for the home side.  

Kerr had numerous possessions bringing his teammates into play by using handball to provide more opportunities for team mates.

Great Western have the opportunity to chalk up the second victory of the season by playing bottom side Caramut and with the Lions at full strength, the Westerners should gain the points

The talking point at Moyston–Willaura is will Pumas’ forward John Vanderwaal repeat his 2016 season’s performance in front of the goals.

Last season John won the league’s DJ Martin Award for kicking 124 goals and was also the fastest to notch up 100 goals in Australia for the season.

Vanderwaal is on target with 56 goals after round 8 in comparison to the same round last year on 52 goals.

Can we see a repeat in the making of another 100 goal season with eight games remaining?

The following article provides a fact football respect and sportsmanship is alive and well.

In a strong interstate competition, the unbeaten team kicked 35 goals to their struggling opponents two points.

After the match, the winners donated all their match awards to the opposing team players in a show of respect for the struggling club.

This gesture left the losing president gobsmacked and to his knowledge has not been heard of before. 

Ben Robertson

Ben Robertson

Tips: Hawkesdale-Macarthur v Moyston-Willaura, Caramut v Great Western, Penshurst v Tatyoon, SMW Rovers v Glenthompson-Dunkeld, Woorndoo-Mortlake v Wickliffe-Lake Bolac, Ararat Eagles v Lismore-Derrinallum.