GIRGARRE and Lancaster face massive challenges when the Kyabram District Football League season resumes this Saturday after last wekend’s general bye.
Girgarre, sitting in seventh spot with three wins, hosts the unbeaten reigning premier and ladder leader Tallygaroopna.
Lancaster’s assignment looks equally as difficult as it attempts to inflict second-placed Undera’s first loss for the season.
Girgarre is coming off a good win in the last round when it pulled out a big last quarter to beat Dookie United.
But Dookie is not a finals contender at this stage so Girgarre will need to go up a few notches if it is to be the first side to lower Tally’s colours this season.
Ash Kirchhofer, Tom Walsh, Callum Harding-Davies, Ash Hughes and coach Shannon Tucker were up and about against Dookie but will need to fire again and get more support if Girgarre is to have any chance of pulling off the upset.
Lancaster will need to take its A game to Undera if it is to cause an upset.
Undera is purring along nicely and has class acts in Kaine Hebert, Brenton Campbell, Rhys McKenzie and Shannon Hockey, who will provide plenty of headaches for the Wombats.
Zac Cerrone is having a big season for Lancaster along with Nathan Torney and Nic Ryan but it will probably need Billy Ryan kicking a swag of goals to give Lancaster a chance.
■ After successive losses Merrigum gets the chance to return to the winner’s list when it travels to Shepparton East.
Dylan Fitzgerald, Ciaran Hubble, Josh Smith and Jason Sinclair stood up for the Bulldogs against Undera and with a bit more support will deliver another win.
■ Stanhope, currently sitting in third place on the ladder, should be too good for Violet Town in the game at Stanhope.
The Towners have had two wins but have been found wanting against the best teams — and Stanhope is one of the best teams.
Longwood recruit Brayden Kearns is proving a good pick-up for the Lions and along with Jorge Maxwell and Drew Haebich will present problems for the Shepparton East defence.
■ The Murchison-Toolamba v Nagambie clash should be one of the games of the round.
Nagambie looks a flag contender again while the combine has finals ambitions so there is a bit at stake in the clash.
Nagambie might have a bit more physical strength but the combine plays a hard-running, possession game that should keep them in the contest for a long way.
■ In the remaining games Dookie United and Avenel should secure percentage-boosting wins over battlers Longwood and Ardmona respectively.
Murchison-Toolamba v Nagambie
Longwood v Dookie United
Undera v Lancaster
Stanhope v Violet Town
Shepparton East v Merrigum
Girgarre v Tallygaroopna
Ardmona v Avenel