Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Ten
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Cabramatta Two Blues
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, May 31
Referee: Chris Treneman
Summary: The Western Suburbs Magpies could find themselves inside the top-four at the completion of this weekend’s round after a strong month of football that has seen them unbeaten for the last four weeks. The Magpies scored a hard fought draw with The Entrance in their last match and will be confident heading into their clash with the Two Blues. Dayne Craig has been in good form, scoring a double against the Tigers. Cabramatta will be hoping they can produce a massive form reversal this weekend, after being hammered by Guildford 40-4 in their last start. The Two Blues have now gone three weeks without a victory and risk falling outside the top-eight if results go against them this weekend. A trip to Campbelltown will not make things any easier.
Prediction: The Magpies should be too strong at home. Wests by 10.
Windsor Wolves Vs Asquith Magpies
Windsor Sports Complex, Saturday, May 31
Referee: Lawrence McDonell
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au)
Summary: The Windsor Wolves scored a much needed victory last weekend when they defeated The Entrance Tigers in a rescheduled match from Round Three. The Wolves were in desperate need of a win, having not tasted victory for four weeks previously. Windsor currently sits just outside the top-eight and will be hoping a second consecutive victory can get their season back on track. The Asquith Magpies continued their brilliant recent form in Round Nine of the Ron Massey Cup, smashing competition leaders Auburn 48-26. The Magpies have now won three consecutive matches and shown the rest of the competition their premiership credentials. Halves Ben Fisher and Daniel Vaseak have been leading their team with distinction and will need to be watched by the defence.
Prediction: Maybe the Wolves win last week has switched them on. Wolves by 4.
Guildford Owls Vs Blacktown Workers
McCredie Park, Sunday, June 1
Referee: Damien Briscoe
Summary: The Guildford Owls produced their best performance of the season last weekend, smashing Cabramatta 40-4 in a scintillating display. With a three game winning streak under their belts, the Owls will be confident on building on their good form and could find themselves in the top-four by the end of the round if results go their way. Blacktown broke a seven-game losing streak last weekend, defeating Windsor 20-12 to score their second win of the season. The Workers will be hoping to build on their momentum when they take on Guildford this weekend, but will need a big effort to score their third win of the season.
Prediction: The Owls are hooting along nicely and should win again here. Owls by 16.
The Entrance Tigers Vs Kingsgrove Colts
EDSACC Oval, Sunday, June 1
Referee: Daniel Olford
Summary: The Entrance Tigers will be aiming to get back into the winners circle this weekend after going down to Windsor in a rescheduled game last weekend. The Tigers have failed to taste victory in their last two matches and will be hopeful of regaining the form that saw them win four straight matches over highly fancied opponents earlier in the season. After a strong start to the season, the Kingsgrove Colts have struggled to maintain consistency in recent weeks and will be hopeful of putting in a strong performance this weekend. The Colts have been competitive for the majority of their matches, but defensive lapses have been letting them down and Coach Jeremy Smith will be wanting to see more commitment from his troops.
Prediction: The Tigers will bounce back here after last week’s loss to Windsor. Tigers by 12.
Burwood North Ryde United Vs Mounties
TG Milner, Sunday, June 1
Referee: Phil Henderson
Summary: Burwood North Ryde United will need a massive form reversal if they are to score their second win of the season this weekend. United have conceded 104 points in their previous two matches and could be in for another long afternoon if they don't aim up against Mounties this weekend. Currently anchored at the bottom of the competition ladder, a review of their recent performances should provide them with all the motivation they need for an upset. Mounties will be looking to improve their position in the top-eight with a victory this weekend. After defeating Wentworthville in arguably their best performance of the season last weekend, Mounties will be hoping to build on their momentum as they near the half-way point of the season.
Prediction: Burwood will give Mounties a fright but the visitors should be too strong in the end. Mounties by 10.
Wentworthville Magpies Vs Auburn Warriors
Ringrose Park, Sunday, June 1
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: The reigning Premiers have been patchy over the past month of the Ron Massey Cup, winning only one of their previous four matches. After scoring a 60-28 victory over Burwood, the Magpies were brought back to earth last weekend when they were defeated 30-24 by Mounties. With arguably the strongest roster in the competition, the Magpies are more than capable of bouncing back to form; but will have their work cut out for them against the current Premiership favourites. The Auburn Warriors have been dynamic in 2014, winning seven of their nine games to start the season. After winning six-straight games, the Warriors were dealt an upset last weekend going down to Asquith 48-26. Whilst Asquith have been in great form themselves, you get the feeling that the Warriors may have had their eye on this weekend’s match-up with Wenty.
Prediction: Possibly the match of the round. Tipping the home team, but a Warriors win wouldn’t surprise. Wenty by 6.
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