By Mathew Asciak
Where and When:
Peanut Farm Reserve, St. Kilda.
Sunday June 27th at 2pm.
Last time they met:
Round 1 2021, Coburg Lions: 2.2. (14) def by St. Kilda Sharks: 14.12. (96)
Form in 2021:
St. Kilda Sharks
After starting the season strongly, winning 3 of their first 5 games, the Sharks are currently two games without a win, with losses coming against the Eastern Devils and top of the ladder Seaford either side of the most recent lockdown. They go into the big clash with Coburg sitting in fourth with a healthy percentage of 275.74%, which will propel them above the Lions, regaining a spot in the top. 3.
The Lions are in a great vein of form going into the round 7 clash, winning their last three matches. Coming of a commanding 60-point thrashing of Frankston last week, they could not be in a better position to knock off the reigning champs; making amends for the loss they suffered in their last meeting in round one and to send a message to the rest of the competition.
Players to watch:
Aleesha Hobbs #14
Since making her debut for the club last month against Mornington, Aleesha Hobbs has been a crucial cog within the Lions forward setup. Her performance against Frankston was arguably her best performance in a Lions guernsey, garnering praise from head coach Liam Cavanaugh, who believed she was best afield last Sunday. Her willingness to attempt second and third efforts is well documented amongst the Coburg squad, but she was also able to collect 6 marks, along with 20 disposals and two goals.
Tylah Bell #23
If St. Kilda are looking to prevent another loss this Sunday, curtailing the influence of ball magnet Tylah Bell will be critical. Bell has been instrumental in securing first use of the ball for the Lions, raking in a team high 27 disposals, which included 6 clearances, 7 marks and a goal. She also did her job of the defensive end, creating 4 forward half turnovers for the Burgers, along with 4 tackles.
St. Kilda Sharks
Jess Gardner #33
In our last meeting versus the Sharks Jess Gardner was the standout performer, finishing the game with six goals straight. Despite not registering multiple goals since the Sharks match against Tyabb last month, she is still averaging 2 goals a game and is second in the Bendigo Bank Premier division for goalkicking with 12 for the season.
Georgia Harris #12
Much like her teammate, Georgia Harris has been quiet by her standards set earlier in the season, only managing single goal returns in her previous matches. Her best outing came against Mount Eliza last month, where she booted 6 goals. Harris currently leading the goalkicking for the division with 17 goals to her name, averaging 2.83 a game.