Heavyweight clash to determine top team

OUTRIGHT premiership favouritism will be at stake when pacesetters Cudgewa and Corryong clash in a blockbuster at Cudgewa on Saturday.

The winner will also be virtually guaranteed a top-two finish and the prized double chance, with the ladder-leading Blues only four points and percentage clear of the Demons.

Cudgewa enjoyed a 29-point win when the teams last met in round five after overrunning the Demons, who were down to one on the bench in the second half.

Corryong coach Andrew Reid said he was eager to throw caution to the wind and experiment drastically.

“I’m not too worried about the minor premiership and am just looking forward to having a decent crack at Cudgewa with probably our strongest line-up of the season,” Reid said.

“I just want a dry day and hope we can string together four quarters of consistent football.

“I wouldn’t mind trying a few different things just to try and find a few chinks in their armour.”

Cudgewa suffered its first loss of the season last week against Bullioh after the Bulldogs kicked a goal with less than 30 seconds remaining to snatch a thriller.

The Blues boast the league’s two leading goalkickers in coach Bill Deery and Brendan McEvoy, who have combined for 76 goals.

Reid said the Demons’ ability to restrict the dangerous duo would have a bearing on the outcome.

“They only have two genuine avenues to goal and if we can restrict them to a couple of goals each it will go a long way to us winning the game,” he said.

“I’m confident we have got the right match-ups but I won’t be afraid to make a few changes to make sure we get it right before finals.”

Bullioh will start favourites when it travels to play Federal.

Tumbarumba will be chasing a percentage-boosting win against Border-Walwa.