Hopetoun to face Jeparit-Rainbow in Mallee league

GRAB: Hopetoun's Zac Robins marks against Walpeup-Underbool at the weekend. Picture: HOPETOUN COURIER

GRAB: Hopetoun's Zac Robins marks against Walpeup-Underbool at the weekend. Picture: HOPETOUN COURIER

MALLEE Football League's home and away season finishes tomorrow.

Hopetoun heads west to face Jeparit-Rainbow and will be full of confidence after an emphatic win against Walpeup-Underbool.

The Devils had a good forward target in Ben Webster.

He was supported by David Johnstone, who made the most of his opportunities.

If the Lakers cannot match Hopetoun through the middle of the ground, the Devils have the firepower up forward to win this match.

The Lakers were in good form against ladder-leader Beulah at the weekend.

Trevor Johnstone will provide plenty of run from the backline and Lucas Edelsten will always give 100 per cent at every stoppage.

Jeparit-Rainbow veteran Dean Schumann will play his last game for the club tomorrow.

Schumann is a former coach and president of the club, and a senior and reserves best and fairest.

He also coached the Mallee interleague side.

The Lakers will want to record a big win in front of their home crowd and will throw everything at the Devils.

The second match of the round is somewhat of a dead rubber, with top-placed Beulah taking on second-placed Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers.

Both sides have worked hard throughout the season to ensure they have the double chance in the finals.

Beulah has been getting plenty from its backline, and tomorrow will be no different.

Fabian Dorbolo and Rory Shannon will have plenty of work to do as they face arguably the best forward-line in the league.

The Tigers will have a challenge on their hands as they try to run with the Blues' premier midfield.

Colin Durie and Zac May will compete in the centre, and their form on match day will go a long way towards a Tigers victory.

Walpeup-Underbool will host Woomelang-Lascelles in what will be a close match.

The Roos will look to bounce back from a loss, while the Cats will want to get some momentum behind them as the look towards finals.

Roo Ryan Stacey has been in good form in recent weeks, and his pace will be vital again.

The Cats will welcome a few players back from injury and will hope to get some run into their players' legs after a bye.

Jayden Lonergan has had a terrific year up forward and will provide a good focal point again tomorrow, while Joshua Ratcliffe's drive will also be influential.

Ouyen United has a bye.


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