GLV | Staging for an intriguing round of action


Match to win: Ben Rigoni and Seymour must win on Saturday to stay in the hunt for the finals. Photo: Megan Fisher Photo by Megan Fisher

After two weeks with just six teams in action, Goulburn Valley League supporters will have a full choice of games to choose from this weekend.

A tantalizing contest between Seymour and Kyabram headlines another great Games weekend, as the Shepparton Swans hope to build on their big win in Round 13 and Tatura are set to celebrate a Games milestone. .

Seymour vs. Kyabram

In what is shaping up to be the match of the round, Seymour will host Kyabram at Kings Park, with a distinct finale flavor to the match.

After a two-point loss to Shepparton Swans last week, Saturday afternoon’s game is a must win for the Lions and coach Ben Davey has acknowledged that.

Davey said his team approached the match “pretty much like a grand final”.

“If we lose this one, the finals might not be possible,” Davey said.

“We have to start this week stronger, faster and be ready to go from the start.

“Facing a better team like Kyabram, they won’t give you a chance to get back in the game.”

Seymour will welcome Michael Hartley to the squad this weekend, while Nathan Beattie will be back after playing for VFL side North Melbourne.

Saturday afternoon’s game at Seymour will start at 2:35 p.m.

Mansfield v Shepparton

With both teams picking up impressive wins, fans will be treated to an interesting game at Mansfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles returned from their bye week to put Rochester to the sword last Saturday, while the Bears enjoyed a well-deserved break last week after beating Shepparton United.

Mansfield manager Chad Owens said his side are looking for consistency.

“When we played them in Shepparton it was actually a really good game,” Owens said.

“In the first term, they kind of caught us but didn’t hurt us on the scoreboard, so we have to make sure we’re the quick-starting team this time.”

Brett Mahoney and Frazer Dale will be two big players for the Eagles this weekend, while others could come in depending on the balance of the team.

Like Mansfield, Shepparton are preparing well for the weekend.

Bears coach Ted Lindon said his team was growing into a strong team, with the 13th-inning victory being a good reward for their efforts.

“When we don’t have the ball we do a lot of things right in that space, our challenge for the second half of the year is to keep improving when we have the ball,” Lindon said.

“We are looking forward to the weekend, it will be a very good test against a team that is third.”

Play at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Back: Mansfield will welcome Brett Mahoney to the squad this weekend. Photo: Zac Standish Photo by Zac Standish

Rochester vs. Benalla

Rochester will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers hosting Benalla.

After suffering a loss at the hands of Mansfield last time out, Steven Stroobants said he will be looking for a strong four-quarter performance this weekend.

“I think we played two good quarters against Mansfield last week but couldn’t get the job done in the second half,” Stroobants said.

“Obviously losing Seymour last weekend helps us a bit, we’re looking forward to this weekend.”

Chris Jansen, Shaun Atley and the rest of the Rochester midfield will be ones to watch this weekend and they will need to be at their best against a much improved Benalla.

The signing of Jarrad Waite has seen a resurgence for the Saints and after picking up another win last weekend, Benalla won’t be an easy task.

Saturday’s clash at the Moon Oval in Rochester will begin at 2 p.m.

Echuca versus Tatura

The league-leading Murray Bombers host Tatura at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.

Last time out, Echuca picked up a 49-point win, but with Tatura stalwart Linc Wellington set to play his 300th game, the Bulldogs could cause an upset.

Tatura manager Paul Kirby, Premiership player and Wellington’s great mate, wished his former team-mate well ahead of Game 300.

“This is a great achievement for Linc. I’m just super happy and proud for him,” Kirby said.

“He did everything in the GV and he deserves to have a great day and a celebration. Linc has been a great player, a great leader and a great companion and I’m happy to be able to coach him to his 300th.

The Bulldogs will miss three more team players this week as the team’s injured list continues to pile up.

“We’ll be on again,” Kirby said.

“We know we are up against a very good team, but we will fight.

“They (Echuca) look like a full side; they have key targets, a solid midfield and batting depth.

“We’re just going to focus on our effort, our pressing and keeping the ball.”

Tatura will face the arduous task of Echuca at Echuca on Saturday at 2:35 p.m.

Keep an eye on: Mooroopna’s Chris Nield has been in great shape this season. Photo: Aydin Payne Photo by Aydin Payne

Shepparton United v Mooroopna

Saturday afternoon’s contest at Deakin Reserve should be entertaining, with two young teams preparing to battle.

Both teams will enter the match with fresh legs after a bye week and the game is expected to be played at a fast pace.

United will face the full force of a Cats side looking to secure final action, with John Lamont’s men hungry for victory.

With games against Seymour, Mansfield, Euroa and Echuca to come, Saturday afternoon’s game is a must win for the Cats and United will do everything they can to spoil the party.

Shepparton United will face Mooroopna at 2pm on Saturday at Deakin Reserve.

Euroa v Shepparton Swans

The Battle of the Birds will be intriguing on Saturday afternoon, with two big round 13 results to be thought-provoking.

As Euroa return from a week off, a massive 62-point loss to Echuca last time out will certainly play on their minds and after the Swans overcame Seymour last week, this contest could go either way.

The Magpies will certainly come into this game as favorites but with the confidence of last week’s win Jedd Wright signed on as manager from 2023 and with their season drawing to a close the Swans cannot be ruled out. .

Euroa and the Shepparton Swans face off at the Memorial Oval at 2.35pm on Saturday.


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