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Cats face massive test at Gunbower

by Nathan Dole

ALTHOUGH they are underdogs, the Lockington Bamawm United Cats will be giving their all in Saturday’s clash with Heathcote District Football League power Leitchville Gunbower.

The clash between the reigning premiers and fifth-placed LBU on the Bombers turf at Gunbower is match of the day in the last of the home and series.

Bendigo Bank round is a way for AFL Central Victoria and the Heathcote DFNL to thank the bank for its outstanding support of football and netball across the region.

The LBU Cats played brilliant football to score a two-point victory against Colbinabbin last round, but now face one of the most daunting trips in the competition.

A talented Leitchville-Gunbower won the round nine clash at Lockington by 68 points.

The Bombers have two of the league’s top three goalkickers.

Matt Perri leads the race for the goalkicking title on 61 goals from Mount Pleasant star Ben Weightman, 54, and Bombers’ team-mate Jake Vandongen on 48.

The Cats have had Jarrod Bacon kick 47 goals and Lachlan Collins add 40 in a superb season by both.

Colbinabbin is at home against North Bendigo at M.J. Morgan Reserve.

The Grasshoppers will be determined to build confidence ahead of their elimination final showdown with LBU.

Earlier in the year, Colbo played well to finish within 31 points of the Bulldogs at North Bendigo.

Both line-ups have plenty of scoring power, although Colbo will be without Ryan Hon who has kicked 40 goals.

There will be a greater relinance on Elliot Bowen, 31 goals in 11 games, to dominate for the Grasshoppers.

A formidable Bulldogs forward line includes Tyson Findlay, 48 goals; Sean Morris, 41; Sean Christopher and Darcy Richards.

Heathcote takes on Elmore at Pigeon Park in Barrack Reserve.

Earlier in the season the Saints won at Elmore by 22 points.

It’s the final chance for the Bloods to avoid a winless season.

Mount Pleasant takes on White Hills at Toolleen.

The work by the Demons to limit scoring chances for Weightman will go a long way toward beating the Blues.

White Hills played brilliant football to finish within 29 points of Leitchville Gunbower in the Demons den last round.

The round nine clash between White Hills and Mounts ended in a seven-point victory for the Blues.

Kris Bedford and Jordan Waldron lead the White Hills goalkicking award on 30 and 29 goals respectively.

Huntly has the bye.

Heathcote DFNL senior footy ladder:

North Bendigo 52 points, 248 per cent; Leitchville Gunbower 52, 207; Huntly 48, 151; Colbinabbin 40, 158; Lockington Bamawm United 40, 133; Mount Pleasant 16, 63; White Hills 12, 66; Heathcote 12, 42; Elmore 0, 31.


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