By Mathew Asciak


Where and When:
Piranha Park
Sunday 11th July at 1pm

Last time they met:
Round 9 2019, Northern Blues 14.15.(99) def Coburg Lions 13.4.(82)


Battle of Bell St: 
Played: 157
Coburg wins: 75
Preston/Northern wins: 79
Draws: 3

At Piranha Park:
Coburg wins: 39
Preston/Northern wins: 31
Draws: 2

Form in 2021:
Coburg- After weathering a comeback from Carlton in the 3rd quarter last week, the Lions re-established control of the game in the final quarter to secure a comprehensive 37-point victory.  The forward line was firing on all cylinders against the Blues, kicking 15 majors for the game, four more above the Burgers’ average for 2021; aided by their superiority in the stoppages, highlighted by the 63-32 clearances tally.  A win is a crucial for the Lions hopes of staying in the hunt for place in the 8.  


Northern Bullants- The Bullants secured a major scalp last week by knocking off the reigning premiers, Richmond, away at the Swinburne Centre.  Much like the Coburg outfit, they dominated their opponents at the source, comprehensively winning the clearances, finishing the match 51-32.  With two wins on the trot, they have moved off the bottom of ladder, currently sitting in 20th.  A third win against the Lions will give the Bullants great confidence that they can create some positive momentum to finish the season.  

Key Matchups:

Bunker vs Mitchell

Both sides are coming off comprehensive wins in the clearance department and it should be a major factor for both sides securing the victory.  The inclusion of Ballard back into the midfield setup, alongside clearance machine, Luke Bunker, who had a game high 15 clearances last week versus Carlton, averaging 7.1 for the season, behind ball magnet Marcus Lentini (7.9). The Burgers should be brimming with confidence that they continue this positive trend.  For the Bullants, midfielder William Mitchell will look to rack up the clearances again this week, currently averaging 7.3 a game, following a 9 clearance against the reigning premiers.  

Malbaum vs Boyd

Jack Maibaum has been one of the Burgers’ most consistent performers this season, averaging 13.4 disposals and 6.3 marks a game, providing an imposing presence in the Coburg defensive 50.  His performance against Carlton last week was particularly impressive, ending the match with 10 marks, 9 of which were intercept marks and 12 intercept possessions.  Bullants youngster Jack Boyd proves to be a tricky match-up for Maibaum, with his ability to take high flying marks, showcasing his aerial prowess against Frankston in round 10, taking one of marks of the year.  He currently has 9 goals for the season, kicking 2 goals in each of his last three outings.  

Look out for:

Ballard’s back
Returning to the Coburg line-up this week is experienced midfielder Jacob Ballard.  His inclusion will be a major boost the Burgers, as they look to continue their impressive performance and stamp their authority on the game by dominating inside, an area that Ballard excels in.