Birchip-Watchem looks for win against Charlton

STARRING ROLE: Birchip-Watchem’s Alex Hutchins was pivotal in the Bulls’ win over St Arnaud at the weekend. He will have to perform well against Charlton on Saturday. Picture: JASON SMITH

STARRING ROLE: Birchip-Watchem’s Alex Hutchins was pivotal in the Bulls’ win over St Arnaud at the weekend. He will have to perform well against Charlton on Saturday. Picture: JASON SMITH

BIRCHIP-WATCHEM will look for its third consecutive win when it hosts Charlton at Birchip’s George Cartwright Oval on Saturday.

The Bulls have enjoyed narrow successes in the past fortnight against Wycheproof-Narraport – by two points – and St Arnaud – by six points – and the second-placed Navy Blues will present an even bigger challenge.

Another win would keep the Bulls within touching distance of the top four – or even see them move into the top four if Donald can upset Boort.

The Bulls will need forwards Daniel Castellano, 25 goals, and Shaun Neeson, 14 goals, and in-form duo Tom Carland and Daniel Ratcliffe to fire if they are to turn the tables on the Navy Blues.

When the two sides met in round three, it was the Navy Blues who blew the Bulls out of the water, claiming an 80-point victory.

Forward Joe McGrath kicked five goals in the win and has been in superb form in the Navy Blues’ past two matches, kicking 10 goals.

For the visitors, Ben Walklate, Rhys Thompson and coach Aaron Walklate will hope to continue their strong form.

Meanwhile St Arnaud will look to bounce back when it visits Wycheproof-Narraport.

The Saints lost to the Bulls by just one kick at the weekend, and if previous form is anything to go by, they will face another tough task at the weekend.

Just 11 points separated the sides when they met in round three, with the Saints over-running the Demons, who had led at every change.

Star forward Daniel Needs was instrumental with seven goals in the win, but has had a lean run in the past three matches, kicking just five goals.

Donald will chase its first win for the year against Boort at Cobram Estate Oval, Boort.

The match will be an important one for the fourth-placed Magpies, who want to return to the winners’ list after back-to-back defeats.

Royal Blues’ playmaker Glenn Wyatt has been impressive on his return from injury, while defender Luke Carr has also been one of his side’s better performers this season.

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