LEITCHVILLE/GUNBOWER may need to find another avenue to goal tomorrow when the reigning Heathcote District Football Netball League premiers take on White Hills.
Matt Perri – who has kicked 32 from six games this season – spent a considerable amount of time on the bench during last weekend's 32-point win with a hamstring complaint.
The Bombers spent this week assessing the key forward's fitness leading into the club's final home game of the season at Leitchville, but even if Perri misses, the hosts are strong favourites to record a 10th-consecutive win against the Demons.
Daniel Coates showed last weekend he is more than capable of covering the loss of Perri, kicking five of the Bombers' 19 goals for the match.
Coates and the reigning premiers' midfield brigade – led by Tim Lincoln, Brad Ladson and Daniel Couwenberg – will need to repeat last week's efforts tomorrow if the side is a chance to reclaim top spot on the ladder in eight days' time when Huntly has the bye.
It is a different situation for the Demons, whose sole win of season 2018 came in round five against Elmore.
Tomorrow's visitors have struggled against the league's top five sides, and will need for Jordan Waldron and Kristopher Bedford to dominate in the forward line to have any chance of winning.
This will be difficult against the likes of Ryan Prendergast and Sean Hay in the hosts' defensive 50, whilst Mitchell Curtis and Jasper Ibbeson-Coatsworth will struggle against the Bombers' premiership-winning midfield.
White Hills' last visit to Leitchville this time 12 months ago resulted in an 82-point loss, whilst the Bombers produced a 126-point win when the teams last met in August.
PREDICTION: Leitchville/Gunbower will win by at least 80 points.
OTHER HDFNL MATCHES: Colbinabbin v Lockington Bamawm United; Heathcote v North Bendigo; Mount Pleasant v Huntly. Bye – Elmore.