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Game will either make or break season

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July 20, 2017

Picola and District Football League teams will be vying for strong positions on the ladder this weekend.

Most matches carry extra significance at this time of the season.

With sides fighting tooth and nail for positions during the run to the finals, every win is worth its weight in gold.

The Picola District Football League north-west division is no exception, with Berrigan Recreation Reserve to play host to a genuine eight-pointer on Saturday.

Sixth-placed Deniliquin Rovers will battle the fifth-placed Saints and if the home side prevails it could spell the end of their opponent’s finals hopes.

After losing three straight games, Berrigan could have played itself back into form after smashing a hapless Yarroweyah outfit by 138 points last round.

Fourteen Saints managed to hit the scoreboard in that victory, but it was the efforts of league leading goalkicker Tom Irvine (seven goals) and Tom Beams (three) that stood out the most.

The duo will again be integral to their side’s chances of snaring an important win.

For the Rovers, Terry Lumbar booted five majors in a loss to Strathmerton last week and could win the match for his team off his own boot.

If the Rovers, who have a game in hand on the Saints, manage to succeed on Saturday they will draw level on premiership points, but if they fail it will be a long road back to take part in this year’s finals.

●A battle for pride will also take place on Saturday, with Jerilderie set to host Yarroweyah.

The two bottom sides of the competition will throw everything they have at each other in an attempt to gain a rare victory and the game could go right down to the wire.

Last time the sides met the Demons secured a 39-point triumph and they will be hopeful of a similar performance this time.

●Jed Brain continues to impress for Blighty and has kicked 13 goals in his past four games.

The Redeyes face a trip to Tocumwal to take on the Bloods and although the sides sit third and fourth respectively on the ladder, the gap between the two teams widens almost weekly.

Four wins and almost 70 percentage points separate the pair and a win to the away side on Saturday will increase the difference between the best and the rest in the league once more.

●With ladder leader Picola United having a much-needed bye this weekend, the form side of the competition will relish the opportunity to peg a game back on their rivals.

Strathmerton has won 10 matches in a row and that streak will not be troubled at Memorial Park this week when it hosts Mathoura.

The second-placed Bulldogs won by 93 points when these teams met in round six and a similar result is expected this time around.

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