JAKE'S TAKE | Does blockbuster mean more for Pigeons?

SATURDAY’S blockbuster at Lavington might be more important for Yarrawonga than the Panthers.

While most talk leading into the clash will centre around the importance of Lavington claiming the minor premiership and easiest passage to the grand final, the Pigeons will be desperate to beat a rival contender.

That’s something they haven’t done this year.

While Yarrawonga is the reigning premier, it has fallen short against both Albury and Lavington on every occasion they’ve crossed paths this year.

Another loss, particular one of significance, could prove a mental demon too big for the Pigeons to overcome when it matters.

Statistics alone suggest it would be mighty hard for the Pigeons to salute in September.

But as Yarrawonga showed last season, statistics are made to be broken.

The Pigeons snapped a seven-year streak of teams winning the flag after claiming the minor premiership when it sunk Albury after finishing the home and away season in second spot.

That’s a precedent Lavington would rather not try and replicate.

The Panthers will be desperate to hang onto the mantle of top dog in the run home and there’s little doubt their chances of breaking Albury and Yarrawonga’s stranglehold on the grand final rests significantly on the result of Saturday’s game.

Both clubs have stacks to play for and it shapes as an epic finals preview.

Bring it on.

WHAT'S HOT?

KRISTAN Height can win the Morris Medal.

The Myrtleford magician has been sublime this year and surely has to come under notice from the umpires.

He was superb against Wodonga on Saturday.

The only thing standing in Height’s way is the fact the Alpine Saints have won just four games.

How that affects his polling remains to be seen, but he should be right in the thick of things on September 15.

WHAT'S NOT?

ONCE again, there was slim pickings for a game to watch in Albury- Wodonga on Saturday.

It seems to feast or famine.

One week there are four games in town, and the next just one or none.

It makes little sense and has happened several years running.

While there was little to pick from on Saturday, there’s a couple a good ones this week.

Lavington’s blockbuster with Yarrawonga will be the talk of the town, while North Albury could have a cracker against Corowa-Rutherglen.

Imagine the crowds at both if they were fixtured a week apart.

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