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Top four playing bottom four to finish up

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August 10, 2017

Deniliqun playing coach Nick Braybon will coach his final match on Saturday.

The Picola District Football League north-west division enters a state of limbo this weekend.

With finals action set to begin after this round, and fifth-placed Berrigan having a bye, the fixture has thrown up a unique set of circumstances that has the top four teams each taking on a bottom four opponent.

It leaves the competition’s heavyweights with what should be an easy run into the business end of the year, but with nothing to lose, the clubs out of contention will have a free swing at finishing their seasons on a massive high.

Ladder leader Picola United travels to face the Deniliquin Rovers (sixth) and barring a miracle (and something about the mark of a 260-52 victory for the home side), neither team will move positions on the ladder after the game.

The Blues annihilated Yarroweyah last week by 217 points, with Kian Wise (seven goals), Dylan Cunningham and Adam Jorgensen (six) doing most of the damage, and the reigning premier will be hoping to keep that momentum rolling on Saturday.

Deniliquin playing coach Nick Braybon will coach his final match, with his side sure to lift to finish the season well and help attract a new leader to Memorial Park.

Terry Lumbar kicked six goals last week and will need to increase that output against the Blues.

●Strathmerton has not lost since April 22 (round three) and will be confident of extending its winning streak to 13 when it hosts Jerilderie this week.

The crux of the Bulldogs’ success has been their ability to create an attacking weapon out of almost every player on their list.

Of the Strathmerton troops to have played five or more matches, only two (Zac Connell and Luke Collyer) have not managed to hit the scoreboard, a remarkable feat of consistency and teamwork.

The Demons have so far matched last season’s four wins, and will be hoping they can cause an upset here to show their improvement.

Josh Hillary’s side has already scored 180 more points in this campaign than last, and Aaron Purcell and Marc Shaw will be hoping to help add to that difference.

●Blighty will look to record a significant victory against Yarroweyah.

Jed Brain spearheads a group of nine Redeyes to have kicked 10 or more goals for the year, and more team mates will look to join that club before finals start.

The Hoppers will have much more to play for than Blighty, with a 1977 reserves premiership reunion hoping to see their side win its first game for the year.

●The final match of the round pits Tocumwal against Mathoura.

Last time the two sides met the Bloods came away with a 92-point victory and they will be hoping for an even bigger margin this time around.

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