COMING off a crushing win against Lockington-Bamawm United, Leitchville-Gunbower will hope its strong form will hold up against a tough Colbinabbin side this weekend.
The Bombers looked to be back to their best in the 129-point win, its second straight bouncing back from its first loss of the season against North Bendigo.
Coach Matt Hawken said things had clicked in the LBU win and he would look for the form to continue improving as the season rolled on.
“It came at a good time; we took a young side to North which is always fraught with danger as they’re a big, powerful side,” he said.
“We haven’t been really happy with our progression until (LBU), and we made some good steps in terms of what we’re trying to work on.”
The Bombers beat Colbinabbin in round one, having led comfortably throughout most of the game on their way to a 48-point win.
But Hawken expected a tougher contest in this round 10 clash, with the game at Colbinabbin’s MJ Morgan Reserve and the Grasshoppers having important players back in the line-up.
“They had a tough practice match to lead into us; they were a bit undermanned in the first game with a few key guys missing and I think they’re getting back to their best,” he said.
“I think we’re probably a bit the other way; we’re a bit wounded at the moment but we’re still playing a good brand of footy so it will be a good game down at Colbo.
“If we can get through that we’re into the bye in good shape; we’re 7-1 but this game will be really important given they’re a top three side.”
Colbinabbin sits third on the table directly behind Leitchville-Gunbower, and could halve the two-game gap between the sides with a win.
■ LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United will look to break through for its first win of the season when it battles Mount Pleasant at the Nichol Trading Oval on Saturday.
The Cats will have the added incentive of trying to avenge its round one loss to their opponent, where the Blues piled on seven last quarter goals to run away with a 42-point victory.
Still looking for its first win of 2017, LBU was shown what an experienced football side looks like last weekend in the 129-point loss to Leitchville-Gunbower.
The Cats trailed right from the start at their home ground and couldn’t use the ball as cleanly as their opposition, something they will hope to improve with more games into their younger players.
Mount Pleasant has also had a difficult 2017 with just two wins to sit two places above LBU in seventh on the ladder.
It was beaten by White Hills last time out, going down by 21 points in a game where it was not in the contest for very long.
It has not won since before the interleague bye, a four-game losing streak beginning after a win against Elmore.
The game is one of LBU’s better chances to win a game for the season, but it will need to limit its turnovers and play with more physicality than against Leitchville-Gunbower.
LBU will be supporting the HoMie charity, co-founded by senior player Marcus Crook, at the game.
The charity tackles homelessness in Melbourne by selling streetwear, and provides a new item of clothing to the homeless for every item sold in its store.
Beanies will be sold for $20 with other HoMie branded clothes available for purchase at the game.
Co-founder Crook will speak after the game about the charity, with a barbecue also being put on to raise money.