Round six marks the first third of the eighteen round home and away fixture being played and also indicates to clubs and players alike that opportunities on offer will quickly disappear if they are not taken when presented.
Boolarra v Yinnar
A week's respite and time to reflect on some close clashes lost, should have Boolarra ready to go against one of the inform teams of the MGFNL competition. The Magpies have been starting to show some of their premiership winning form of 2022, their efforts even more impressive given a handful of first choice players are still to make their way into the starting lineup. Daniel Taylor, Yinnar coach “ Boolarra this week will be another big game, they'll be fresh off the bye and looking to get their season rolling.” The Demons can be a very tough prospect on their home deck and if Boolarra will need to be at their best, it will be this weekend against Yinnar. Tony Giardina, Boolarra “ in our last game before our bye, undisciplined free kicks cost us badly, you can’t give good sides a head start and unfortunately we haven’t hit another four points. now this week it's a massive game against Yinnar" Boolarra have unashamedly set their sights on a top six finish to back up their impressive performance of 2022. To do that the Demons will need to win a game or even two such as this. Foster v Mirboo North A clash of two Tiger teams could not be more important than this week's encounter between Foster and Mirboo North. Both teams have shown patches of very good form, some instances of concentration lapses and periods I'm sure they would rather forget. Most importantly is the fact that Mirboo North currently hold a four premiership point lead over Foster, and another win this week would have the visitors with some clean air as we start to approach the halfway mark of the season. Sam Davies, Foster coach “Got outplayed in the terrible match conditions. Horror day actually, nothing went our way. Two gifted goals in a low scoring game that couldn’t be explained doesn’t help either. Mirboo North at home will be tough. We need to find some intensity, it's been a flat 3 weeks.” As much as Foster is desperate to bounce back with a win, the side they meet this week are in exactly the same position. Peter Mongta, Mirboo North coach “this week we head across to Foster which could see another wet weekend of footy so we will freshen up and be ready to go as a club.” Foster can be an inhospitable place for visiting teams, and that is just the way the home ground Tigers like it. With premiership points as valuable as gold, expect both sides this weekend to be doing everything to strike it rich. Hill End v MDU The efforts of Hill End would no doubt be testing the patience of coach Mike Santo, and a loss at home to MDU this coming weekend is something the experienced leader would be reluctant to even consider, but the fact is that the visiting Demon's are likely to start favourites, given they have shown enough to believe this encounter will be another that should be able to control. Nathan Allen, MDU coach “ Mirboo North outworked and outplayed us on their home deck last week, and this week we go to Hill End and we need to get our first win away from home.” The Demons may well be leen to get their first win away from home, but for Hill End, there is a building desperation to just secure a win anywhere. Mike Santo Hill End coach “Thorpdale wore us down and deserved the win last week, and we face another tough challenge this week.” The Rovers are due for a change of luck and it may well come this week, although that good luck will also need to be complimented by good old fashioned hard work and a sprinkling of skills as well. Morwell East v Thorpdale A lot will be learnt about Morwell East this weekend, their disappointing loss to Newborough last weekend, enough to test the mental resilience of a young Hawks team. Thorpdale have put together two wins in a row, and if they even sense an opportunity to make it three in succession, you can expect the Blues will be very hard to stop. Paul Henry, Morwell East coach, “Our skills and decisions just weren't where they needed to be, to win the game. We are disappointed as a group, but we have to accept the loss in order to move forward. Next week we will host an in-form Thorpdale and that's our focus now.” The Blues have some momentum with their last fortnight of success, but momentum can be hard to stop, even against a class act like Morwell East. Jason Winderlich,Thorpdale coach “ Huge test against another top three team this week at Morwell East. Another big week of recovery and training is required to give ourselves the best opportunity to compete.” If the Blues can overcome the Hawks and make it three wins in a row, a final dream might well be awakened within a club that have struggled manfully for several years. Tarwin v Fish Creek Tarwin could not have been more disappointing in their loss to Yinnar in round five, the Sharks had set themselves for an upset against the reigning premiers, but they never, ever got into the game. If the home side delivers what they did last week, you can probably expect the same result this week, but good sides don't put together two bad ones in a row. Troy Hemming, Tarwin coach “We play Fish Creek at home who just beat Foster! This comp is even so we are going to have to step it up to where we should be and it looks like it will be a good game!” This is really shaping up as a defining clash for both of these two teams, the difference between a win or loss is as contrasting as night and day. Jarrod Walker, Fish Creek coach “ For this week, Tarwin at Tarwin is always a hard match up. A team that I’m tipping will be there or thereabouts come the end of the year so a must win for us” A win gives the successful club an injection of self belief that will be certainly needed as the halfway mark of the season approaches, however for the losers, a giant mountain will appear just as winter starts to get comfortable. Toora v Newborough As tough as this season has been for Toora, the bar will be lifted even higher this weekend, when they take on a rampaging, unbeaten and in form Newborough side. The Bulldogs made light work of the previously unbeaten Morwell East in round five and they certainly don't look like being stopped this weekend. Craig Skinner, Newborough coach “ After five weeks we’ve played all the top 5 sides and now head to Toora on the Bus and like every other week we are never 100% sure what to expect from a South Gippsland side playing at home.” You get a sense that this Bulldogs side is going to be mighty hard to stop, as any ground in the MGFNL. Jack Weston, Toora coach “this week we face what appears to be the biggest challenge in the league. I look forward to the challenge of coaching against Craig and playing against last year's grand finalist.” Toora will be hard pressed to overcome the top of the ladder Bulldogs, but sometimes the greatest victories come from the most unlikely places.