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Vic M-League 2019: Mixed Premier Division preview – Round 8

THE halfway point of the Mixed Premier Division season has well and truly hit, with plenty left in the tank for most teams and still one side sitting undefeated. Expect another week of big ladder movement, with a number of ladder-changing results likely given the closeness of the table.

Vic M-League 2019
Mixed Premier Division – Round 8

While a match between top and bottom will ultimately be the kicker this week with St Therese set to take on Parkville Panthers, Melbourne City Blackhawks will be tested against Pasifika Sharks with the two sides battling it out for a position in the top four, separated only by percentage. Meanwhile, DDNA will take on Eastside Sonics and Geelong Cougars have the bye.

Valley Wolves will look to continue their strong form this week against NNE Vipers despite a loss to Geelong last week, getting close to the Cougars but unable to capitalise when it counted. A win this week will bring the Wolves one step further toward locking in their top four position, still sitting two wins behind Parkville and Geelong. For the Vipers, an inaugural win last round over St Therese will go a long way for confidence in the side, which has built up gradually and had three close matches – all within a five goal margin – prior to their victory last round. The speed of Hannah Kuhar and versatility of Nat Billings will be big in this match, with Kuhar able to rotate through the midcourt while Billings is a sharpshooter with the proven ability to move into wing attack and provide a solid feeding option on circle edge. Meanwhile, the defensive combination of Erin Jay and Alastair Punshon has proved key this season, with Punshon yet another who can go between positions in goal keeper and shooter. For the Vipers, Michael Dower is a force in the goal circle, able to turn and shoot while the midcourt pairing of Ben Bruitzman and Chloe Coffin has been solid this season so will look to continue that form against the Wolves.

VIC M-League 2019: Mixed Premier Division preview – Round 7

ROUND 7 of Mixed Premier League is set to be a big one, with two sides more than ruling the competition as we reach the halfway point of the season. This round will see a number of big matches with the top four battling it out once more while DDNA have the bye.

VIC M-League 2019
Mixed Premier Division – Round 7
8:20, 9:40

With plenty of intensity likely this week, the top four will potentially be given a shakeup with Geelong Cougars taking on Valley Wolves – with both sides sitting on only one loss for the season so far, while Parkville Panthers will take on Pasifika Sharks. Parkville are yet to lose a game this season but will be put under the pump against the Sharks, with the side unlucky with absences for vital matches seeing them go down to teams lower on the ladder. Meanwhile, Eastside Sonics will look to start making their way into the top four, with a win against Melbourne City Blackhawks this week giving the Sonics an opportunity to edge closer to Sharks in fourth.

One of the two bottom teams in St Therese and NNE Vipers will presumably see their first win of the season this round when they do battle. While both sides have been unlucky this season, Vipers are unfortunate to sit in ninth with a better percentage but having played all six matches this season while St Therese gained points for the bye back in Round 2. Both teams have plenty of talent but have not really been able to put it into practice yet, making this match an interesting one with plenty on the line while averaging a similar amount of goals scored per game. Through the midcourt will be a key battle, with Chloe Coffin and Ben Bruitzman taking on the likes of Prue Stanley and Ailish McCormack. Saints also have the added benefit of Victorian Netball League (VNL) midcourter Shannon Blackman who can inject plenty of speed into the side when required. While Saints sit higher on the ladder, this match could see Vipers well and truly take over the match credit to teamwork and consistency week in and week out on court. Saints have had a mix of players come through the ranks and while this means an element of surprise can come into play, it could also allow the Vipers to take advantage of their connections across the court.

VIC M-League 2019: Mixed Premier Division preview – Round 5

ROUND 5 of Mixed Premier Division is set to be an interesting one, with ladder leaders Parkville Panthers having the bye and giving Eastside Sonics in second an opportunity to close the gap. While the Sonics do not have the percentage to overtake Panthers, a win this week would go far for ensuring they stay in the top four.

VIC M-League 2019
Mixed Premier Division – Round 5
7:00pm, 9:40pm

With big matchups on every court, an interesting battle will see NNE Vipers in ninth take on DDNA in seventh. DDNA was dealt a big loss last week to drop from fifth, meaning the side will be ready to take on the Vipers and hopefully head back up the ladder with another victory. For Vipers, they came agonisingly close to a win last week, only going down by two goals to Melbourne City Blackhawks so will well and truly be in this match with plenty to play for. Michael Dower and Bridget Ryan were solid as ever at the post for the Vipers, finding plenty of ball and putting it to good use while Ben Bruitzman showcased his versatility rotating through the midcourt and using his clean hands to find Dower and Ryan in the ring, meaning that the key for DDNA this week will be to limit ball access around the circle with both players able to turn and shoot. For Vipers, the goal will be to deny easy ball into the goal circle with the height and strength of Christian White almost unstoppable at the post, especially with the feeding abilities of Ellen Hurley, Sam Mackerras and David Butler both in and outside the circle. In other games, Melbourne City Blackhawks take on Valley Wolves for a spot in the top four, while Geelong take on St Therese and Pasifika Sharks hope to regain some form when they take on Eastside Sonics in second.