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It doesn’t take too many weeks for casual observers to become experts. Or so we think. We have two weeks of form to look at when choosing our winners this week, but the picture is still murky. After all, this is Amateur football, where stars can be uncovered and names can be made overnight, then lost the very next week to a wedding, a trip to the Greek Isles, a Star Trek convention or inures sustained when playing Wii Tennis. The object of any season is to hit top form when it counts – whether that be to avoid relegation or win a premiership and in many a Spring, we can look back at lineups from the early rounds and wonder how this player was playing Ressies or Thirds and that one was playing in the Ones.
Still, we have to make our decisions on what we know. This week, in every Section, the umpires will be the winners as it is the 5th annual Umpire Appreciation Day and there will be homage paid to the men and women in white all around the VAFA. 
So to the contests . . . In Premier this week, there are three teams yet to have a win. At least one of them will grab four points, as Uni Blues and Caulfield Grammarians meet in the Winning Edge Presentations Challenge at Sportscover. Free admission for the fans and a very interesting game. The Fieldsmen were unlucky in R1 but found it a bit tougher last week against Old Carey. Blues had their chances against Collegians and after a slow start last week, might have done more in the dying stages against Old Xavs. How is that forward press going to work at the ‘Wick? We’ll see. De La take on La Sallian cousin St Bede’s/Mentone Tigers at the Bell. Both teams have a 1-1 record and last year’s clash here was a draw. There’ll be plenty of raw desperation on show as these teams have at it. I am presuming DLS will win, perhaps only because it’s a game they need to if they are going to push onwards and upwards as I expect them to do, but I can’t write off the Brindisians, who rarely fail to shake the daylights out of opponents. Rivalling this as the game of the day is the clash at Camberwell where the rejuvenated Red Men go up against Xavs. This has been happening, on and off, since the 1920s, a multi-generational battle – Holmes and Moriarty, Austin Powers and Dr Evil – and it never loses its lustre. Scotch has the tenure, but the Red and Blacks have the wins. The heavier the deck, the greater the chances are of Xavs winning. I plumped for Scotch earlier in the week and i’ll stick with them. But it should be a beauty. Old Carey goes home to greet the Snow Dogs and will be hoping to register its second win over a promoted team. Bernies are unbeaten, but this will be their biggest test to date. Panthers here. At the Trott, Trinity has the gargantuan task of wresting the football from the hands of the reigning premier. If my memory fails, the memories of the Trinity defence won’t. They’ll remember all too well having a lot of trouble with Nick Sautner last time they met. Stay Purple here.
In Premier B, the one of the key games is Beaumaris and Old Brighton in the Cal Buckley Cup. The Sharks are on fire, the Tonners yet to light a candle and I’m thinking the Blue and Golds will win it. St Kevin’s welcome OMs and the tight confines of the King will ensure a rugged contest. Stay with SKOB, but Nathan Brown has the Dark Blues playing for him. The Jackers meet the Blackers and will want to win this one to show they belong. I think the Varsity by a whisker. Oakleigh mixes it with Old Haileybury, and I’m on the Bloods. The Krushers have not quite got it going yet, and need to in a hurry. Old Ivanhoe face Werribee Districts at Chelsworth. If you’d marked your card a month ago, you would bee on the Browns. Don’t know about that. The Tiges are looking as if they will be a menace and the Hoes are coming off two almighty smashings. I’m having a bit each way. If close, I’m on the home team, but if not, it will be the ‘Bees that sting.
Premier C game of the day is Rupertswood at Parkdale Vultures. Rupo is the ladder leader but may not be on Saturday night. Watch the lineups closely and follow this one on Live Scores if you’re not there. Da Bears should be too good for the Rovers at Brockwell Boulevard, Marcellin might have too much for Mazenod, which has started 2012 as it did 2011, slowly. The Ashes meet the Wellers in another decent fight. I can’t split them. PEGS and the Roys should be an entertaining affair too, with both teams last start winners.
One of Division 1’s trendsetters Old Mentonians take on Ormond in what should be a cracker. I like the ‘Tonians at home. The Friars and Peninsula, however, is the game of day. Petracca v Payze and other big contests. As this one is at Donvale, I’m on the Franciscans, but this is a score that may be settled finally in September on a neutral field. St John’s and Glen Eira are yet to win a game after being promoted. I think the Eirans might win this one. NOBSPC and MHSOB will be a close one too. I tilt toward the Unicorns.
Division 2 has two in form leaders in Bulleen Temp and Eltham. I think they’ll both be 3 and 0 tomorrow, after defeating the Gryphs and Prahran Assumption respectively. Both could be close games, however. La Trobe is struggling and one might have said the same about SMS last week. However, the Saints look the better chance here. Therry should beat South Melbourne and Paradians should take care of ESL.
Division 3 features the "up-down" clash of the Stationmasters at Aquinas. Bloods here. The Mountain Men should edge UHS-VU in a clash of  unbeatens. Albert Park hosts Old Westbourne and the Westerners might sneak a road win here. Ivanhoe and Kew will give us a better idea of the real form lines – Kew for mine – while Power House might find the Wickers too tough and SFX might be all over Hawthorn.
In Division 4, Point Cook throw out the welcome mat for Chadstone, whom they will beat. West Brunswick appear too strong for the Cider Men. Eley Park will be looking to sink the Cobras, while the Razor Backs will be too good for BHN. South Mornington mean business and it might be a long drive home for the North Brunswick boys. 
Whichever game you choose to attend, you can follow them all on Live Scores on your mobile phone. All afternoon, as scores happen, the updates will come through. Connect your smartphone to and follow the prompts.
See you at the footy.

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