TYNTYNDER faces a tough challenge tomorrow – taking on the Central Murray Football Netball League's six-time reigning premiers one week after losing at home.
Kerang will aim to produce a 13th consecutive win against the Bulldogs, who trail the Blues by six points following the opening month of the season.
Both sides recorded losses last weekend, and although Tyntynder's 29-point defeat to the Cohuna Kangas was predicted, Kerang's result against Lake Boga is set to be one of the upset results of the season.
The Blues missed Bradlee Pay and new recruit, Nathan Brown last weekend in the club's five-point loss to the Magpies, and if either of the pair takes to the field tomorrow, the visitors' midfield will be back to being one of the best in the league.
Josh Cheek will again lead the Bulldogs' midfield hopes, with Brad Carroll to be just as important around the stoppages if Bryce Delmenico does not play.
Troy Davis will also give the Blues an advantage in the ruck, especially if Justin Ellis misses another match for the hosts.
Matthew Lanigan will be key to the hosts' hopes inside their forward 50, with Patrick Taban and Joshua Nitschke to work together to contain Tyntynder's goalkicking options.
Down the other end of the ground, the likes of Luke Cotchett, Travis Matheson and Riley Hird could have a day out against an undermanned Bulldogs defence.
Kerang's last visit to Alan Garden Reserve produced a 10-point win in the final round of the 2017 home and away season. Another tense result may occur tomorrow if the hosts regain some of the its key players.
PREDICTION: Kerang will win by 20 points.
Winner remains in touch
LAKE BOGA and Koondrook/Barham will aim to stay in touch with the Central Murray Football Netball League top five heading into the AFL Victoria Community Championship break.
Sitting sixth and seventh on the ladder respectively, the Magpies and Raiders have only won one match each so far this season.
The Raiders' last win came in round two against Nyah-Nyah West United, whilst the Magpies provided one of the upsets results of the season last weekend, defeating six-time reigning premiers, Kerang.
The win six days ago will give Jeremy Hayes' side confidence against a team it claimed one of its two victories of season 2017 against.
If Jayden Lonergan and Cal Lyons again lead the way in collecting the ball at ground level, Lake Boga will go into May 26's visit to Lalbert with two wins in as many games.
This may be difficult against the likes of Troy Rogers and Patrick Goble, with the duo to aim to get the ball to Cameron Arnold.
The Raiders' key forward continues to lead the way for the club, and if Nelson Ibbs and the hosts' defenders cannot contain the competition's leading goalkicker, the Raiders will move to 2-3 before hosting Tyntynder in 15 days' time.
PREDICTION: Koondrook/Barham will win by 20 points.
Eagles to remain as leaders
THE Mallee Eagles will aim to move one win clear at the top of the Central Murray Football Netball League ladder tomorrow with a win at Balranald.
The Lalbert-based team will look to take advantage of the Cohuna Kangas' bye tomorrow and record a fifth consecutive win against an opponent that also sits in the top five.
Dean Helmers' side was too strong for Tooleybuc/Manangatang six days ago in a 40-point win, whilst the 'Roos held on for a five-point win against Koondrook/Barham.
This game looms to be a shootout between the hosts' key forward, Ben Fuller and former Western Bulldog, Lindsay Gilbee, who will take on renowned Eagles spearhead, Saad Saad.
Both Gilbee and Saad missed last weekend's games and if the pair take to the field for their respective sides, those in attendance at Greenham Park will get their money's worth.
However, it will be the Eagles' class in the middle of the ground, thanks to Harry Allan and Bo Alexander, that will get the visitors over the line.
The Mallee Eagles have won their past three games against Balranald, with the streak to grow to four matches tomorrow.
PREDICTION: The Mallee Eagles will win by 40 points.
• IN the weekend's other matches, Woorinen will aim to inflict a fifth consecutive loss on Nyah-Nyah West United when the sides meet at the Nyah Recreation Reserve.
Meanwhile, Tooleybuc/Manangatang and Swan Hill will aim to record their second win of the year when the sides meet at Tooleybuc.
The Cohuna Kangas have the bye, with the club's next match occurring on May 26 against Kerang.