By Joab Graybrook
Where and When:
Sunday 1st of August, 10:30am
Last time they met:
This is the first of two games between these sides after their round 6 matchup was postponed due to Covid-19. They are scheduled to meet in the following weeks, as both teams push towards the top as the season ends.
Form in 2021:
Coburg – The Lions had a strong win against Tyabb in their last game. Playing in tough conditions, the Lions came out on top by 19 points, led by standout performances from Jamie Nankiville, Tegan Brett, and Simone Craige. Sitting 4th on the ladder, Coburg will be hoping for another strong performance to establish themselves among the top teams.
Eastern Devils – Sitting 2nd on the ladder, with an impressive percentage of 305%, they have endured a strong year with just the 2 losses. One of those came in the last round when they played St Kilda Sharks, losing by just 17 points, and even outscoring the Sharks in the last 3 terms. A win for the Devils would help them stay in touch with ladder leaders, Seaford.
Players to watch:
Jamie Nankiville #10
After starring in the victory in round 13 vs Tyabb, Nankiville will want to continue the good form in the strong forward line. Nankiville kicked 4 majors in the previous round, in which only 3 other goals were scored. The footy smarts and accuracy in the forward line will make Nankiville a dangerous target for Coburg.
In her first game for the club, Lauren Szigeti brings talent and elite ball-winning skills to the midfield group. After playing 8 games in the VFLW for Hawthorn, her experience will help the team as they strive to archive their 6th victory of the year.
Shelley Beggs #16
Shelley Beggs is a dynamic forward who sits equal 2nd in the goalkicking for the competition. With 16 goals so far this season, Beggs, as long side teammate Chloe Hunt, who sits 3rd with 15 goals this year, will form a threatening forward line. If the Lions’ defenders can keep the two stars quiet, then it will give them a good chance to win the game.