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Round 17 Preview - Strathmore Community Bank Division 2

By LIAM McALLION


MOONEE VALLEY v JACANA

A BIG crowd will be behind Moonee Valley at Ormond Park for a game of the highest level between two in-form teams who are locked in for finals.

Jacana, after a dominant 14 weeks with record-breaking forward Cameron Cloke and leaders galore, are back chasing the minor premiership.

An always proud and vocal crowd for the Fog will again be aplenty and with the forward pressure that their black and white provide, this will be an absolute thriller.

It’ll be a finals-like atmosphere with two of the most in-form teams on display, and there’ll be bags of goals and many big hits in a must-see matchup.


EAST SUNBURY v NORTHERN SAINTS

The speed and pace of the ball will be at an elite level.

With the experience of Wally Abbouchi coming back into the side, he adds to the class the Saints have by foot, while young gun Tom Burnside's aerial ability and agility will make this one to watch.

The wide expanses of John McMahon Reserve will have the crowd licking their lips as run-and-carry is both sides’ forte.

The Northern Saints are looking for a clean run and positive mindset towards finals but they will be challenged in a close one against East Sunbury, who are hard to beat on home soil.


COBURG DISTRICTS v KEILOR PARK

Fresh off a burst into top spot, Coburg Districts is looking to keep the minor premiership dream alive and will bring its A-game this weekend.

At the opposite end of the ladder, Keilor Park is still looking to save itself from the wooden spoon and jump the Bears on the ladder.

The Devils have shown lately that through a young swift midfield and experience around the ground that they can be competitive each week and create high-scoring affairs.

This game will feature some of the division’s best in the Lions and with the fitness and tenacity the home side has each week to run out games, fans will not be disappointed.


ROXBURGH PARK v BURNSIDE HEIGHTS

With pride still on the line for both sides to finish out the season on a high, the tough, grinding attitudes these clubs bring each week will again shine.

With 67 goals for the year, Josh Covelli will no doubt be one to watch.

With his experience up against a rising star of Jack Elliot bringing his immense pressure, there will be some really good contested footy inside the Bears’ arc.

Burnside Heights’ determination to stay above the bottom of the ladder and Roxburgh Park’s tenacity in contests will give fans plenty to cheer about in what could be a close one.

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