Roopena v South
Round two football gets underway with Roopena taking on South in the early game at Memorial Oval on Saturday. Much of the talk over summer has been about how much the Demons will struggle this season but going on last weekend’s win over Weeroona Bay they may surprise a few teams. The introduction of Nathan Ahmat-Watkins, Adey Lawson, Peter Eades and Peter McIntosh has strengthened their side and they will go into their clash with the Roos full of optimism.
By all accounts Roopena were unlucky not to win against North last weekend which would have given them confidence knowing that they can match it with the big boys. The arrival of Hayden and Dylan Warren, Nathan McElroy and a fit Brett Rae has strengthened their team and on paper they look like they could be in for a big year. This game could go either way but going on recent history the Roos have had the wood over the Demons and as much I’d love for South to be two from two, I’m tipping Roos in a nail-biter. Roos by three points.
Weeroona Bay v Central
Saturday’s second game of the double header at Memorial Oval sees Craig Inglis’s Weeroona Bay taking on Kemal Brkic’s Central. Both sides suffered first round defeats, the Bays losing to South and Central to West in a grand final rematch. The Bays were quite impressive in their defeat last weekend, returning juniors Jake Beinke and Bluey Baker are quality inclusion adding to their long list of talented youngster at their disposal and if they can add some consistency to their game they are going to be hard to beat.
The Roosters were disappointing last weekend but to their defence the loss of Nick DeJonge, Nick Sims and possibly Daniel Sims has left a big hole in their side. First year coach Kemal Brkic has promoted several talented youngsters to fill the void and this bodes well for the future. This game is another that could go either way but I’m going for Weeroona Bay to open their 2018 account in the battle of the youth. Weeroona Bay by 11 points.
West v North
Sunday’s Memorial Oval blockbuster sees a clash of the heavyweights with the reigning premier West taking on North. Both sides recorded first round victories, the Dragons belted Central while the Magpies got out of jail in a close one with Roopena.
West again looks to be the side to beat, the loss of star midfielders Brannen and Dylan Everrett and Sam Clements will hurt, but all it has done is opened the door for a number of talented juniors waiting in the wings. All the talk over the summer has been that the Magpies will be the team to challenge the Dragons, especially with their summer signings.
Premiership players Adam Nicol, Josh Ackland, Chad Clothier and Eddie Wilson have all returned home to the nest and their inclusion’s have only strengthened their chances of a successful 2018. It’s been two years since the Dragons lost a game and it would be a brave man to tip against them, the Magpies are definitely capable of winning but I’m sticking with the Dragons by a small margin. West by nine points.