MALLEE FOOTBALL: Mallee Football League round preview with Lou Boughen

RIGHT - Sam Janetzki, Peake, takes a mark over Lachlan Rye, Pinnaroo.
RIGHT - Sam Janetzki, Peake, takes a mark over Lachlan Rye, Pinnaroo.

LAMEROO lost their first match of 2015 but still have a stranglehold on top spot.

Peake narrowly avoided a loss to Pinnaroo without a couple of star players but are vulnerable in second spot.

Border Downs-Tintinara announced they are well in the hunt for another premiership with a win over Lameroo.

Pinnaroo lost a game they should have won with poor kicking for goal.

Murrayville got back on the winners list and off the bottom of the ladder.

Karoonda, after some encouraging performances, capitulated at Murrayville and now sit at the bottom of the ladder.

Lameroo v Murrayville

Lameroo suffered their first loss of 2015 last start against BDT while Murrayville had a morale boosting win over Karoonda.

Lameroo will be hopeful Ben Greiger will return to provide a strong marking target in attack.

Hayden Thorpe is a ball winner in the midfield and Shaun Walker rarely wastes a possession.

Ben Woodall is continuing to impress and Matt Ridgway is returning to the form we know he can produce.

Andrew Hunt is handling the ruck load well with Nick Johnson returning to assist Billy McNeilly in defence.

Coach Rian Crane led from the front last match with an outstanding all round performance.

Kevin Wyatt is also in good form and provides stability to the team.

Chris Presser is an imposing presence at half forward and also assists in ruck with Trent Anderson and Cheyne Cronin capable of kicking goals up forward.

Lameroo are top because they are in good form and will defeat an improved Murrayville.

Peake v BDT

Peake need to win this game to gain confidence as they have no defeated Lameroo or BDT in 2015.

Trevor Rigney and Darren Hare will return, after being left out last match, to add to the attack and midfield.

Sam Braidwood is a strong marking half forward while Sam Janetzki can provide another avenue to goal.

Gabe Phillips has not yet returned to his best after knee surgery and Peake desperately need him to fire.

Jarryd Hill is settling in to Mallee football well while Patrick Gabb dominates in ruck most weeks.

Rick Piggott and Gareth Diprose have been around for a long time and are leaders in defence.

BDT are still in the hunt for the 2015 premiership.

Josh Richardson, Josh Keller, Lachlan Richardson and Patrick Barrett can still match it with any midfield with Chad Kennett showing he will be a very good footballer for many years.

Hayden Schilling and Bill Traeger are a consistent ruck combination while Tasman Hawthorne and Aaron Richards win plenty of the ball.

BDT look more settled and can move into second spot with a win over Peake.

Karoonda v Pinnaroo

Karoonda had been competitive until the last match against Murrayville and if they want to play finals must defeat Pinnaroo this week.

Coach Ben Quinn has led well with strong support from Zakk Bullard in the midfield and Chris Rudiger and Andrew Smithson in defence.

Nick Zander is having a good season while Ryan Paech has carried the load up forward.

Brendan Walsh is developing in ruck while Jarred Woodward is playing more consistent football.

Cameron White and Eli Koch are reliable in defence and Joel Loechel is a hard worker in the midfield.

Pinnaroo have recruited a lot of young players who are working well together.

Micah Vanloon, Tai Wheadon, Shannon Jenner and Brad Coulson are all high possession midfielders who provide run.

Alex Keough is a ball winner and Cejay Dabinett has added to the midfield.

Nick Hyde controls half back and coach Wade Nickolls is kicking plenty of goals at full forward.

Pinnaroo can consolidate a finals spot with a win at Karoonda.