Cupido aims big for Ouyen United

LAST week Jeparit-Rainbow tried Ben Marra, Tyler Edelsten, Andrew Watson and Adam Schulz in an effort to contain Sea Lake-Nandaly’s Cliff Ryan at full-forward.
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He kicked 16 goals.

This round, the Laker defenders take on the might of the Ouyen United goal-kicking machine Damien Cupido.

Cupido has Ryan breathing down his neck on the Mallee Football League goal-kicking table, and he needs seven goals to reach his ton.

The Dees hope to get back Jerry Wilson at the weekend and Wade Brady should return, but they will miss Adam Weir, hamstring, and Simon Jardine, shoulder.

The Lakers are expecting to field all their Darwin players and Andrew Watson might be their only injury concern.

But they rely on too few to do too much and will be no match for a Cupido-centric Ouyen United at Blackburn Park.

The match of the day between Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers and Beulah will be the third time these two sides have met this season.

Next week will be the fourth when they meet again in the second semi-final at Underbool.

It is difficult to judge just how seriously the two sides will take this game, given the potentially-ruthless finals series ahead.

The battle of the midfield will be a key to the game, with match-ups including Dan McEwan against Steph Saunders, the Buchanans versus Wes Harrison, Jason Collins and Darcy Ryan and the old stagers in Col Durie and Scott Smith eager to do their bit.

In another case of deja vu all over again, Woomelang-Lascelles and Walpeup-Underbool will front up twice in two weeks – firstly in the final home and away game and then the first semi-final.

The Roos have a few injuries including the disastrous news the in-form Ben Fisher might miss the rest of the season.

Matt Brown is also in a race against time to be fit for the first week of the finals and they have a number of key players unavailable for the final round of the home and away season.

Woomelang-Lascelles’ Aaron Lonergan is in good form and finished with three goals at the weekend.

The Cats might be favourites but itall could turn around come finals time.

SKILLS: Jeparit Rainbow’s Eliot Bath swoops on the ball. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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